Jim Calhoun wants to be first coach of DIII program
• Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun wants to become the first men’s coach at tiny University of Saint Joseph, a Division III school located in suburban Hartford, Conn. The Catholic university has a total enrollment of about 2,400 students and a gym that seats about 1,200 people. The former all-women’s school just began admitting men and begins playing men’s basketball in November. The 76-year-old is in the final month of a 10-month consulting contract at Saint Joseph, but also recently signed a new contract to continue as an adviser at Connecticut, where he retired as coach in 2012 after 26 seasons and three national titles. During his 40-year coaching career at Connecticut and Northeastern, Calhoun amassed 873 wins.
Fabio Fognini gets crowd fired up at Italian Open
• Fabio Fognini got the Italian Open crowd fired up with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win over sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem to reach the third round in Rome. Rafael Nadal, a seven-time Rome champion, and four-time champion Novak Djokovic also advanced. Nadal routed 31st-ranked Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-0, while Djokovic beat Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2. Nadal will next face Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, who got by Robin Haase 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 6-3, while Djokovic will play Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who rallied past eighth-seeded John Isner 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5). In women’s action, Simona Halep routed Naomi Osaka 6-1, 6-0 for the first of two wins she needs this week to keep Caroline Wozniacki from taking her No. 1 ranking. Wozniacki eliminated Belgian qualifier Alison van Uytvanck 6-1, 6-4, three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova came back to beat Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, and 1999 Rome champion Venus Williams advanced with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 win over Elena Vesnina.
Ledecky shatters world record in 1,500 freestyle
• Katie Ledecky looked as dominant as ever in her pro debut. She set another world record in the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle, shattering her previous mark by exactly five seconds and pulling away from everyone else in the IUPUI Natatorium pool in Indianapolis. The six-time Olympic gold medalist finished in 15 minutes, 20.48 seconds, breaking her previous mark from August 2015.
• Overall leader Simon Yates gained a few more seconds on closest rival Tom Dumoulin by winning the 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia. The Mitchelton-Scott rider attacked with about 1.5 kilometers remaining in the 156-kilometer leg from Assisi to Osimo, Italy, and held off Dumoulin on the steep climb to earn his second stage victory of the race. Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome lost more time on the leaders.
— ABJ/Ohio.com wires
Sports news roundup, May 16: Jim Calhoun looks at Div. III school