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Sports news briefs — March 18

Compiled from wire reports

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basketball

Auburn hires Pearl to restore program

• Auburn hired former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl to revive a struggling men’s program that hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament in more than a decade.

The school announced the hiring of the charismatic coach, who remains under a show-cause penalty from the NCAA into August. Pearl had plenty of success on the court, taking Tennessee to the NCAA Tournament in each of his six seasons before getting fired in March 2011 in the wake of an NCAA investigation.

NCAA spokeswoman Emily James said Auburn has 30 days to file a report to the Committee on Infractions either contesting or accepting the show-cause penalty barring Pearl from recruiting until Aug. 23.

Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said he believes Pearl “has learned from his mistake.”

• Washington State fired men’s coach Ken Bone on Tuesday after five seasons during which he was unable to sustain the success of his predecessor, Tony Bennett. Bone was 80-86 in five seasons at Washington State and just 29-61 in the Pac-12. He failed to reach the NCAA Tournament. His buyout included the final two years of his contract worth the remaining $1.7 million.

• Montana State men’s coach Brad Huse resigned after eight seasons. Athletic Director Peter Fields says Huse resigned during a meeting between the two on Tuesday morning. Fields says MSU will pay out the final year of Huse’s contact, which paid him $135,000 a year. Huse’s teams posted a 107-133 record.

• The winningest coach in Iowa girls history resigned. The Des Moines Register reports Gene Klinge, 77, submitted his resignation Monday after his coaching contract was not renewed for the Waukon High School girls’ program. In early 2013, Klinge became just the ninth girls’ basketball coach in the country to reach more than 1,000 wins.

football

Hoosiers receiver nearly drowns in Fla.

• Indiana wide receiver Isaac Griffith was hospitalized in Florida following a swimming accident. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department said Griffith was drinking in a hotel room with fellow players Nick Stoner and Ty Smith and a friend, Mitch McCune, when the four decided to go swimming at Siesta Beach. The current swept all four away from shore, authorities said. When Griffith, 19, went under, he was rescued and returned to shore unconscious by McCune, who performed CPR.

• Four Georgia players were released on bond following their arrests on charges of illegal check-cashing. An investigation found that three players — starting safety Tray Matthews, defensive linemen Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach — received double payments for checks of $71.50 issued by the athletic department.

other SPORTS

Back pain will force Woods to miss event

• Tiger Woods pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla., because of persistent back pain. The eight-time winner at Bay Hill said on his website Tuesday he called Palmer to say he won’t be able to play.

• Chelsea ended England’s one-year absence from the Champions League quarterfinals, beating Galatasaray 2-0 on first-half goals by Samuel Eto’o and Gary Cahill to finish a 3-1 aggregate win.

Alberto Contador won the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race to signal a return to form after going all of last year without a victory in multi-stage races. The five-time Grand Tour winner finished 2 minutes, 5 seconds ahead of Tour de France runner-up Nairo Quintana.

Dominic Galluscio, a trainer with more than 1,000 winners during 34 years on the New York racing circuit, died of pancreatic cancer Monday night. He was 55.

— From wire reports


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