COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NCAA probes recruitment at Connecticut basketball

• The University of Connecticut is the target of an NCAA investigation into recruiting in its men’s basketball program.

President Susan Herbst said Friday in a prepared statement that the school will cooperate in a “thorough and transparent manner reflective of the model athletic and academic institution we continually strive to be.”

The university said it would have no further comment, but would “respond appropriately as the inquiry moves forward.”

• Southern California fired associate head coach Tony Bland in the wake of his arrest in the college basketball bribery and corruption case. He had been on administrative leave since his arrest in September. He was on USC’s staff for 4½ years.

• Arkansas signed coach Mike Anderson to a two-year extension through the 2021-22 season. Anderson is in his seventh season with the Razorbacks and has an overall record of 142-80.

• Western Kentucky raised second-year coach Rick Stansbury’s base annual salary to $650,000. The Hilltoppers are 14-6 this season, including 6-1 in Conference USA.

OTHER COLLEGE

Missouri softball coach fired before 2018 opener

• Missouri fired softball coach Ehren Earleywine less than two weeks before the season opener. Athletic Director Jim Sterk said the university had lost confidence in Earleywine’s ability to foster a “healthy environment” for players. The Tigers were 482-182 in Earleywine’s 11 seasons.

• Florida hired Larry Scott as tight ends coach, filling an opening created by the departure of Ju’Juan Seider. Seider left the Gators this week to become running backs coach at Penn State.

SOCCER

David Beckham wants to bring MLS to Miami

• Soccer icon David Beckham called a news conference for Monday to reveal his plan for bringing an MLS team to Miami. Beckham has been trying since 2014 to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to South Florida.

• Michigan women’s soccer coach Greg Ryan will not return next season. Ryan, who coached the U.S. women’s national team at the 2007 World Cup, went 103-64-36 int 10 seasons at Ann Arbor.

OTHER SPORTS

Pop Warner group balks at ban on tackle football

• The Pop Warner youth football program doesn’t agree with banning football for young people after Illinois unveiled a bill to prohibit tackle football for kids under 12. Pop Warner spokesman Brian Heffron said the group “can’t imagine elected officials mandating to parents which sports their children can play.”

• U.S. skier Steven Nyman crashed in downhill training on the Kandahar course in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He escaped relative unharmed but will skip Saturday’s World Cup event.

• Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian will miss the rest of the season after having hip surgery. Bogosian will miss four to six months with the expectation the player will be ready for the start of training camp next season.

— ABJ/Ohio.com wires