In Brief


BASKETBALL

Tarkanian tentatively set to be released from hospital today

Former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, who suffered a mild heart attack March 20, is tentatively set to be released from MountainView Hospital today, his son Danny Tarkanian said.

"Everything is looking good, and hopefully it stays that way," Danny Tarkanian said Monday.

Jerry Tarkanian was moved out of intensive care Friday. He was invited to be Kentucky coach John Calipari's guest at the Final Four in New Orleans, and Danny Tarkanian said his dad is unsure if he can attend.

Also: Frank Martin will leave Kansas State, agreeing to become South Carolina's next coach, according to sources familiar with the decision. Martin will replace Darrin Horn, who was fired two weeks ago after going 60-63 over four seasons.

Austin Rivers is leaving Duke after one season for the NBA Draft. The freshman guard, the Atlantic Coast Conference's Rookie of the Year, averaged a team-leading 15.5 points.

Texas freshman Myck Kabongo, a former Findlay Prep standout, has decided not to enter the NBA Draft and will return for another season.

Centennial High girls standout Jada Brown, a junior, made an oral commitment to Kansas, Bulldogs coach Karen Weitz said. Brown, a 6-foot forward, picked the Jayhawks over scholarship offers from UNLV and Navy.

Brown was named Gatorade Nevada Player of the Year this season after averaging 12.8 points and 8.3 rebounds to lead Centennial (29-3) to the Sunset Region title.

PRO FOOTBALL

Goodell might allow Payton to coach Saints during an appeal

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell might allow Sean Payton to coach the New Orleans Saints while he appeals his seasonlong suspension for his role in the team's bounties program.

"I said in a letter they have to appeal by April 2, I believe," Goodell said at the owners meetings in Palm Beach, Fla. "If he decides to appeal, I probably will allow him to continue, and I would expedite the hearing and I would expedite my decision.

"We did meet twice and went through the information. If he has something else for me to consider, I will."

Payton is still trying to figure out his next move, including whether to appeal, his agent Donald Yee said, and has reached out to his mentor and former NFL coach Bill Parcells for advice.

Also: The St. Louis Rams signed free-agent wide receiver Steve Smith, filling a pressing need. Smith, who had 107 receptions for the New York Giants in 2009, will be entering his sixth season.

MISCELLANEOUS

Mariners' Iwakuma shaky in last exhibition before opener

Hisashi Iwakuma had a shaky return to Japan, giving up six runs over four innings in Seattle's 9-3 exhibition loss to the Yomiuri Giants -- the last game for the Mariners before their season opener.

Seattle is in Japan to open the major league season against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday's game will begin at 3:10 a.m. PDT.

Also: Injured Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is certain he'll be in the lineup on Opening Day. Cabrera rejoined his teammates, a week after a bad-hop grounder in an exhibition game broke a bone below his right eye.

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts (concussion) will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list as he strives to return from a concussion.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert suffered a heart attack in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he was preparing to run Game On Dude in the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Baffert's assistant, Jim Barnes, said from Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia, Calif., that Baffert was "doing very good" after having three stents inserted in two arteries.

Andy Roddick beat Roger Federer for only the third time in their 24 meetings, dominating with his serve to win 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-4 in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. On the women's side, Serena Williams beat Samantha Stosur 7-5, 6-3, and Venus Williams rallied to beat Ana Ivanovic, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2.

A federal appeals court in Virginia refused to revive a lawsuit by former racecar driver Jeremy Mayfield against NASCAR over his suspension for failing a random drug test.

Jaime Alas scored in stoppage time as El Salvador ousted the United States from Olympic qualifying with a 3-3 draw in Nashville, Tenn.

The Americans' U-23 squad had to win to reach the semifinals and stay alive in qualifying, and the U.S. led 3-2 after Joe Corona's goal in the 68th minute. But Alas scored off the hands off keeper Sean Johnson to stun the Americans.

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has started to eat again and gotten out of bed, making "encouraging progress" in his recovery from cardiac arrest during a game. A joint statement from Bolton and the London Chest Hospital said Muamba remains in intensive care.

 

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