Stewart out, Holgorsen in as West Virginia football coach
Dana Holgorsen was introduced as West Virginia's head football coach Friday night, hours after Bill Stewart resigned. Athletics Director Oliver Luck didn't address specific reasons for Stewart's resignation at a news conference in Morgantown, W.Va. But Luck said recent developments had become an issue.
"It was a combination of things," Luck said. "The program is more important than any individual. Clearly this was becoming a distraction for the program."
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Both Holgorsen and Stewart made unwanted headlines in recent weeks. An intoxicated Holgorsen was escorted out of a casino last month. More recently, a reporter said Stewart had approached him shortly after Holgorsen's hiring to "dig up" dirt on his eventual successor. Holgorsen was hired as offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting in December, while Stewart was to serve his final season in 2011. Now Holgorsen is a college head coach for the first time and also will serve as offensive coordinator.
"This is the chance of a lifetime. I understand that." Holgorsen said.
■ Auburn's Gene Chizik received a new contract nearly doubling his salary and making him one of college football's highest paid coaches. Auburn announced the deal Friday and it's worth $3.5 million a year through 2015, with incentives that could tack on $1 million more. Chizik was rewarded for leading the Tigers to their first national title since 1957 in just his second season.
Makusha breaks college record for 100; U of L's Hughes wins NCAA steeplechase
Florida State's Ngonidzashe Makusha broke the national collegiate record in the 100 meters Friday in the NCAA Outdoor championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, winning in 9.89 seconds. He broke the mark of 9.90 set by UCLA's Ato Boldon in 1996.
■ Louisville senior Matt Hughes won the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase in a stadium-record 8 minutes, 24.87 seconds.
■ Kentucky senior Jenna Martin was seventh in the women's 400 meters, finishing in 52.97 seconds. Texas A&M's Jessica Beard won the event in 51.10 seconds.
■ Western Kentucky senior Laura Igaune finished seventh in the women's hammer throw. Virginia Tech's Dorotea Habazin won the event with a throw of 68.15 meters, Igaune threw 63.2 meters and Louisville senior D'Ana McCarty was eighth at 62.92 meters.
UK target Calhoun picks UConn
Omar Calhoun, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Brooklyn, N.Y., who had been considering Kentucky, committed to NCAA champion Connecticut on Friday, according to several media outlets.
Calhoun is rated as the No. 32 prospect in the class of 2012 by Rivals.com, No. 55 by Scout.com and No. 38 by ESPN.
■ Arkansas senior Jeff Peterson was granted his release from the Razorbacks' basketball team. Peterson, who transferred from Iowa, started 23 games last season and averaged 6.3 points.
Karlsson leads by three in Memphis
Robert Karlsson keeps playing better and better at Memphis' TPC Southwind. The Swede could be on track for his first PGA Tour title if he keeps it up. Karlsson shot a 5-under 65 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the St. Jude Classic. Karlsson started a stroke behind first-round leader David Mathis and carded six birdies and a bogey to reach 9 under. Karlsson, who lost here a year ago in a playoff with Lee Westwood, has played his first six career rounds at the course under par with this his lowest score yet.
■ Mindy Kim maintained her two-stroke lead in the LPGA State Farm Classic, following her opening career-low 64 with a 5-under 67 to reach 13 under in Springfield, Ill. Kim had seven birdies — four in a row on Nos. 12-15 — and two bogeys. Top-ranked Yani Tseng (66) and Shanshan Feng (65) were tied for second.
■ Bob Tway birdied the 18th hole for a 9-under 63 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C. Tway, winless on the Champions Tour, made just one bogey. Kentuckian Kenny Perry was three shots back after a round with seven birdies and one bogey.
It'll be a 1-2-3 grouping at U.S. Open
The U.S. Open used the top of the world ranking for one of its star groups next week at Congressional in Bethesda, Md. Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer will play together the first two rounds. They are the three players who have been No. 1 since Tiger Woods relinquished the top spot in November.
Phil Mickelson will be in a group with Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. Defending champion Graeme McDowell is grouped with British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein.
Capt. Candyman Can sidelined again
Capt. Candyman Can is expected to miss most or all of the remainder of the year after apparently suffering an injury during his third-place run behind Noble's Promise in last week's Grade III Aristides at Churchill Downs. Trainer Ian Wilkes said he suspects that Capt. Candyman Can fractured his humerus bone in his left shoulder. Wilkes said the horse will be out of training for "at least 90 days." Capt. Candyman Can missed all of 2010 with a knee issue. The Aristides was his fourth start of 2011 and he was being pointed toward the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs.
■ Native Ruler came from behind to take the lead at the eighth pole and win by a neck Friday in the feature race at Churchill Downs. The 7-year-old son of Elusive Quality, ridden by Miguel Mena, was fifth in the field of six before cutting between Wise Dan and Homerun Berti for the win, covering 7 furlongs in 1:23.30.
Tsonga beats Nadal in Wimbledon tuneup
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated an exhausted Rafael Nadal 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1 Friday in the quarterfinals at Queen's Club in London. Tsonga had 25 aces and kept the French Open champion off balance with his powerful baseline game and inspired net play.
Andy Roddick eased past Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-2, while second-seeded Andy Murray received a walkover into the semifinals when Marin Cilic withdrew with an ankle injury.
In a delayed third-round match, defending champion Sam Querrey was upset by 217th-ranked James Ward of Britain 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The last word
New York Giants Pro Bowl linemen Shaun O'Hara, who ran his team's offensive line drills during workouts in New Jersey this week:
"It's exhausting coaching these professional athletes. They are very spoiled. It wears you down, and the heat doesn't help either."