King says limit men to three sets at major events

Billie Jean King would like to see men playing best-of-three-set matches at Grand Slam tournaments. The tennis great, who fought for equal rights and equal prize money in her playing days, said in Singapore that men and women should play the same amount of sets at major tournaments like they do on the ATP and WTA tours.

“Personally, I don’t want the men playing five sets anymore. I think it takes too much out of them,” King said at a WTA Finals event.

Men play best-of-five sets at the four Grand Slam tournaments.


Harbaugh picks Warinner to coach Michigan’s O-line

• Michigan’s reshaped football coaching staff now includes moving Ed Warinner to lead the offensive line.

Jim Harbaugh announced the move, effectively filling Tim Drevno’s spot on the staff. Harbaugh hired former Florida coach Jim McElwain to coach wide receivers and that seemed to lead to Drevno’s departure. Michigan hasn’t announced who will be its offensive coordinator.

Warinner was hired away from the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

• Men’s basketball coach Nate Oats is being rewarded for the University at Buffalo’s record-setting season, agreeing to a new five-year contract.

The agreement was announced shortly after the Bulls improved to 24-8 to set a single-season program record for victories by beating Central Michigan 89-74 in the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals at Cleveland. The new deal includes a two-year extension for Oats.

• Men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings was let go by the University of Pittsburgh, just two days after the Panthers completed an 8-24 season that included a 0-19 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

• Terry Zeh is out after completing his 14th season as Canisius College’s women’s basketball coach.


Bob Knight jersey stolen at fundraiser in Massillon

• Organizers of a fundraiser for Fairless High School in Stark County say someone stole a jersey worn by Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight. The Independent in Massillon reports the jersey was reported missing during a baseball team benefit at a Massillon bowling alley Saturday.

The legendary Indiana Hoosiers coach was born in Massillon. The jersey was donated by Brewster Village Councilman Dave Godwin.

• Sebastian Vettel can start the Formula One season with renewed hopes of challenging Mercedes’ dominance after smashing the unofficial track record on the penultimate day of testing. Vettel pushed his Ferrari to a lap of 1 minute, 17.182 seconds at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. That bettered Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo’s effort of 1:18.047 set the previous day.

— ABJ/ wires