From wire reports
Weber State names Sears interim coach
•?Weber State selected Jody Sears as its interim football coach to replace John L. Smith.
Smith left Monday to take the Arkansas job following that school’s firing of Bobby Petrino.
The 44-year-old Sears joined the Wildcats’ staff this spring and has been working as the team’s defensive coordinator. He will continue in that role, as well.
Sears spent the previous three seasons at Washington State, where he was co-defensive coordinator. He also is no stranger to the Big Sky Conference as he spent five seasons as defensive coordinator at Eastern Washington.
He began his collegiate coaching career at Iowa State in 1994.
Sears was a two-year letter-winner at Washington State after walking on as a wide receiver.
•?An Ann Arbor, Mich., judge found Michigan sophomore Josh Furman not guilty of domestic violence, assault and battery and illegal entry during a confrontation at an apartment. AnnArbor.com reports that District Court Judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines said it was not completely clear to her that the safety’s actions were criminal. Furman was accused of assaulting an ex-girlfriend and another woman on Feb. 11. The women testified earlier this week that they were trying to hold Furman back. Furman is suspended from the team. His attorney, Gerry Mason, says he expects his client to be reinstated.
•?A Cincinnati judge dismissed an assault charge against Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga after learning the dispute was settled in mediation. He still faces possible punishment from the NFL under its personal conduct policy.
Duke, Tringale lead at Zurich Classic
•?Ken Duke and Cameron Tringale topped the Zurich Classic leaderboard at 7-under-par 65 in Avondale, La., leaving defending champion Bubba Watson 6 strokes back at TPC Louisiana in his first tournament since winning the Masters. Duke birdied the final four holes and finished the round with eight birdies and a bogey. Duke had seven birdies in a bogey-free round. Both players are winless on the PGA Tour.
•?Victor Dubuisson of France overcame tough scoring conditions to shoot a 4-under 68 and take a 2-shot lead after the first round of the Ballantine’s Championship in Seoul, Korea.
•?Katie Futcher was the only American among the four leaders at 67 after the first round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala. Great Britain’s Lindsey Wright, Caroline Hedwall of Sweden and Jennifer Rosales of the Philippines also were at 5 under.
Crew add Arrieta to bolster offense
•?The Columbus Crew signed 28-year-old Costa Rican striker Jairo Arrieta to reinvigorate their offense. Arrieta can play for the Crew after the transfer window opens on June 27, pending all paperwork. The forward joins the Crew from Deportivo Saprissa of the Costa Rican First Division, where he scored 45 goals over the past five seasons.
•?The Colorado Rapids signed forward Edu from Brazil’s Vitoria. A veteran of Brazil’s 2000 Olympic team, the 33-year-old is most known for a nine-year stretch in Spain with Celta Vigo and Real Betis.
French rider wins Romandie stage
•?Jonathan Hivert of France was strongest on an uphill finish to Thursday’s third stage of the Tour de Romandie, and Bradley Wiggins of Britain retained the overall lead. Hivert edged Rui Costa of Portugal on a narrow, winding road to take the victory.
•?Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators are the finalists for the Norris Trophy for the NHL’s best defenseman. The winner will be announced June 20 at the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
•?Colorado State women’s basketball coach Kristen Holt resigned after four seasons. Assistant coach Dick Lien will fill in on an interim basis. Holt was 50-71 with the Rams.
— From wire reports