In Brief


Troubled Florida cornerback Jenkins kicked off team

Florida football coach Will Muschamp sent a strong message to his team Tuesday by dismissing star cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

Jenkins, a senior this season, was kicked off the team after his third arrest in less than two years, his second in the past four months.

Muschamp's decision makes it clear he won't tolerate the off-the-field issues that plagued the Gators during former coach Urban Meyer's tenure. The Gators had 30 arrests involving 27 players during Meyer's six seasons.

One of those included Jenkins. Police used a stun gun when arresting Jenkins in May 2009, and he was charged with affray and resisting arrest without violence. Jenkins signed a deferred prosecution agreement, receiving probation and community service.

But his last two arrests were on marijuana possession charges.

Jenkins was charged with marijuana possession Saturday after a Gainesville police officer spotted the 22-year-old sitting in a parked car, smoking what the officer later found to be a marijuana cigar.

Jenkins was arrested on the same charge in January and later accepted a plea deal.

Also: Illinois senior running back Jason Ford, the team's top returner at that position, was arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license.

University of Illinois Police Lt. Roy Acree said Ford was arrested Sunday morning. That's when police discovered a warrant in nearby McLean County for failure to appear in court to answer the July 2010 charge. Ford is free on $300 bond.

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is mulling a chance to coach the Dominican Republic national team.

Calipari posted on his website that he has been approached by Dominican officials about helping to get the national team into the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Richard Pitino is back coaching alongside his father Rick Pitino at Louisville.

The school announced that Richard Pitino and former New Mexico assistant Wyking Jones have joined the Cardinals' revamped coaching staff.

This marks Richard Pitino's second stint at Louisville. He served as an assistant coach from 2007 to 2009 before leaving to join Billy Donovan's staff at Florida.

Point guard Ryan Harrow, who played in 29 games and had 10 starts as a freshman, is transferring after one season at North Carolina State.

The school said Harrow and new coach Mark Gottfried came to a mutual decision that the guard will transfer to another program.


Baseball team comes up short in loss against Southern Utah

The UNLV baseball team fell into a huge hole it couldn't climb out of, losing to Southern Utah 13-11 in a nonconference game in Cedar City, Utah.

The Thunderbirds led 9-0 after four innings before the Rebels (25-18) finally got on the board with a Trevor Kirk sacrifice fly. UNLV had seven runs over the final two innings to make it close.

Travis Feiner went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three RBIs and three runs scored for the Rebels, and Trent Cook stretched his hitting streak to 18 games with a fourth-inning single.

Also: UNLV's Mehdi Bouras was named Mountain West Conference men's tennis player of the week for a program-record seventh time.

Bouras had victories at No. 1 singles and doubles in the Rebels' home win Saturday over San Diego State.


Manchester United closes in on Champions League final

Manchester United defeated Schalke 2-0 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal, on goals by Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs.

Rooney set up one goal and scored another two minutes later, putting United in strong position to reach the May 28 final at Wembley against Real Madrid or Barcelona. The second leg is next week at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.

Giggs scored in the 67th minute off Rooney's pass. Rooney then struck in the 69th minute after United had wasted a dozen chances against the unheralded German club.

Real Madrid and Barcelona open their home-and-home series today in Madrid.

Also: American tennis player Donald Young apologized to the USTA, saying he was sorry for the obscenity-laced message he posted on Twitter criticizing the American tennis federation.

Last week, Young sent out the expletive-filled tweet, using choice language to tell his followers he was sick of the treatment he received from the USTA, after losing in the final of a tournament that awarded the organization's wild-card entry into the French Open.

On Tuesday, the 21-year-old player from Atlanta made amends with several of his coaches and contacts at the USTA, including Patrick McEnroe, the head of player development. In a pointed interview Monday, McEnroe said Young needed to apologize for the relationship to continue.

Las Vegas' Michael Hunter advanced to the second round of the National Golden Gloves championships in Indianapolis, defeating Rocky Mountain's Victor Gomez in the first round of their 201-pound division bout after the referee stopped it.

Andrew Tabiti, also from Las Vegas, lost his opening-round 201-pound bout to Jake Schlaney of Detroit.

New Jersey's top election official ruled that nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is ineligible to run for state Senate because he failed to meet the four-year state residency requirement for candidates seeking elected office.

Secretary of State Kim Guadagno ordered Lewis' name to be stricken from the June Democratic primary ballot.