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Sports news briefs — compiled June 6

Compiled from wire reports


Quin Snyder named 
new coach of Jazz

• The Utah Jazz hired Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder on Friday to replace Tyrone Corbin, who was let go earlier this year after three-plus seasons in Salt Lake City. Snyder most recently completed his first season as an assistant with the Hawks. He has also been an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Clippers. He was the coach at Missouri for seven seasons, from 1999 to 2006, leading the Tigers to four NCAA Tournaments.

• Samford announced the departure of basketball coach Bernie Seltzer and promoted former Kentucky and NBA player Scott Padgett to replace him. Seltzer was 24-41 and had 14 players transfer from the program during his two seasons.


Penguins fire coach, hire general manager

• The Pittsburgh Penguins fired coach Dan Bylsma and hired Jim Rutherford as their new general manager. Bylsma won a franchise-record 252 games behind the bench but failed to produce a bookend to the championship he captured with stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in 2009. The Penguins were just 4-5 in playoff series since raising the Cup, with each loss coming to a lower-seeded team. Rutherford replaces Ray Shero, who was fired three weeks ago. The move is a homecoming for Rutherford, who played goaltender for the Penguins in the 1970s.

Auto racing

Denny Hamlin wins pole for Pocono

• Denny Hamlin won the pole the first time he ever raced at Pocono Raceway. Eight years later, Hamlin still had the speed in the No. 11 Toyota to take the top spot at the triangle track in Long Pond, Pa. Hamlin turned a track record-lap of 181.415 mph to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup pole. Hamlin is a four-time winner at Pocono. Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon completed the top five.

• IndyCar Series points leader Will Power will start on the pole at Texas for the second consecutive year. Power had a two-lap average of 218.896 mph in qualifying at the high-banked, high-speed 1½-mile track for his 34th career pole in Fort Worth. Josef Newgarden qualified second at 217.835 mph. That was just ahead of Tony Kanaan.


Ben Crane leads 
St. Jude Classic

 Ben Crane shot a 5-under 65 to open a 6-stroke lead in the St. Jude Classic before heavy rain delayed play twice and forced the suspension of play for the day in Memphis, Tenn. Crane had a 12-under 128 total at TPC Southwind. Carl Pettersson and Jason Bohn were tied for second at 6 under. Pettersson had one hole left, and Bohn had two to play. Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen were unable to start the second round. Mickelson opened with a 67 on Thursday, and Goosen had a 66.

• Defending champion Hee Young Park and Shanshan Feng topped the second-round leaderboard in the LPGA Tour’s Manulife Financial Classic, a stroke ahead of Michelle Wie in Waterloo, Ontario. Park had a 5-under 66 to match Feng at 11-under 131 at Grey Silo. They are bogey-free through 36 holes. Feng shot a 66. Wie, the winner in Hawaii in April, followed her opening 65 with a bogey-free 67.

Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry teamed to birdie the final three holes for a share of the lead with Jeff Sluman and Fred Funk in the Champions Tour’s rain-delayed Legends of Golf in Ridgedale, Mo. The leaders were at 10-under 61 after their better-ball rounds on the Buffalo Ridge course.

• Southern California’s Annie Park won two matches in the Curtis Cup to help the United States take a 5-1 lead over Britain and Ireland at St. Louis Country Club in St. Louis.

• Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg shot a 4-under 68 to take the second-round lead in the Lyoness Open in Atzenbrugg, Austria. Lundberg had a 9-under 135 total at Diamond Country Club. England’s Lee Slattery was a stroke behind after a 66.

— From wire reports


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