Wolf Pack brings back Buh to be defensive coordinator

Andy Buh is coming back to UNR as defensive coordinator after three seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford, Wolf Pack coach Chris Ault said Thursday.

Buh will replace Nigel Burton, who resigned Dec. 7 to become head coach at Portland State.

“He will bring the sense of urgency and new energy that we need on that side of the ball,” Ault said in a statement. “His experience at Stanford speaks volumes about his ability to coach at this level.”

Buh’s time at Stanford included the past two as co-defensive coordinator. The Cardinal had four defensive players gain All-Pac-10 recognition this season as the school made its first bowl appearance since 2001 and finished in a second-place tie in the conference.

Also: Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead will skip his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.

Snead led the Rebels to a 21-7 victory over Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl.

He finished the season with 2,632 yards passing and 20 touchdowns, completing 191 of 351 attempts with 20 interceptions.

Attorneys for fired coach Mike Leach want to take Texas Tech to trial in the next six weeks.

The coach’s legal team filed court documents Thursday asking a state judge to allow them to depose administrators and others in about two weeks. One of those they want to question is Adam James, the player whose injury ultimately led to Leach’s dismissal last month.

First-year Richmond football coach Latrell Scott has landed his first big recruit — Southern California backup quarterback Aaron Corp.

The school announced that Corp, a native of Villa Park, Calif., is transferring in with two years of eligibility remaining. Corp was slated to be the Trojans’ quarterback last spring, but lost the job to Matt Barkley after getting hurt early in preseason camp.

Virginia Tech defensive end Jason Worilds said he’s passing up his final season of eligibility to make himself available for the NFL Draft.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is bringing two assistants from his Cincinnati staff to be his defensive and offensive coordinators.

Bob Diaco, the Bearcats’ defensive coordinator this season, will have the same position at Notre Dame. Charley Molnar, who served as Cincinnati’s passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach, will be the offensive coordinator and coach the Irish quarterbacks.


Federer, Nadal win, advance to semifinals of Qatar Open

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal reached the Qatar Open semifinals in Doha, Qatar.

Federer overcame strong-serving Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, and Nadal led Steve Darcis 6-1, 2-0 when the Belgian retired because of a back problem.

In today’s semifinals, Federer will play third-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) winner over seventh-seeded Ivo Karlovic.

Nadal will face fifth-seeded Viktor Troicki, a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) winner over Lukasz Kubot.

Also: Justine Henin reached the final in her comeback tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 win over 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic at the Brisbane International in Brisbane, Australia.

Henin, playing her first tour event since she retired while holding the No. 1 ranking in May 2008, struggled with her first serve but otherwise was too consistent for the third-seeded Ivanovic.


Prosecutors accuse Bonds’ son of throwing doorknob at mom

San Mateo County prosecutors have charged Barry Bonds’ son with five misdemeanors after he allegedly threw a doorknob at his mother.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Nikolai Bonds, 20, faces charges of battery, false imprisonment, vandalism, making threats to an officer and obstructing an officer in Redwood City, Calif.

Menlo Park police said Bonds threw the doorknob at his mother, Sun Bonds, and spit in her face during a Dec. 5 confrontation.

Also: Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has told his Japanese counterpart that he is open to games between the World Series and Japan Series champions, but no steps have been taken for such a matchup.

The Mariners finalized the trade with the Boston Red Sox that brought first baseman Casey Kotchman to Seattle for outfielder Bill Hall and a player to be named.

The Kansas City Royals agreed to a $7 million, five-year contract with Cuban left-hander Noel Arguelles. Arguelles turns 20 on Jan. 20.

The Oakland Athletics agreed to a $2.65 million, one-year contract with Jack Cust, who probably will be the club’s designated hitter this season.

Matt Holliday and the St. Louis Cardinals finalized their $120 million, seven-year contract.


UConn women’s guard injured, could miss North Carolina game

Connecticut point guard Tiffany Hayes left the Huskies’ 83-51 victory against Cincinnati on Thursday with a sprained left ankle.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma said he didn’t know if Hayes would be able to play Saturday, when the top-ranked Huskies host No. 7 North Carolina and former Centennial High School star Italee Lucas.

Also: Dallas Stars center Mike Ribeiro will miss four to six weeks after being accidentally hit in the throat with a stick during a game against the New York Rangers.

Wranglers defenseman Robbie Bina has been named to the ECHL National Conference All-Star team as a starter. Bina, 27, has appeared in 22 games this season and is tied for sixth among defenseman in scoring with 19 points.

Italian motorcyclist Luca Manca was critically injured Thursday in the Dakar Rally and is in an induced coma in Santiago, Chile. Officials said Manca, 29, sustained critical head injuries and was breathing on a respirator.

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