IN BRIEF

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Standout forward Rudd leaves Findlay Prep

UNLV men’s basketball recruiting target Victor Rudd has left Findlay Prep, Pilots coach Michael Peck said.

Peck said Rudd was suspended for Findlay Prep’s regular-season finale against Impact Basketball Academy on Feb. 27 for an “undisclosed violation of team policy the week before.”

Rudd then left for his home in the Los Angeles area and has not spoken with Peck since, the coach said.

Rudd, a 6-foot-8-inch forward who averaged 16.6 points and 8.6 rebounds, was considering scholarship offers from UNLV, Arizona, Marquette and Memphis, Peck said.

Findlay Prep (30-0) is ranked second in USA Today’s national Super 25 poll.

HOCKEY

Rangers’ Avery plays for first time since Nov. 30

Left wing Sean Avery returned to the NHL after a three-month exile and started a second stint with the New York Rangers, who beat the New York Islanders 4-2 in Uniondale, N.Y., on Thursday.

Avery, claimed off waivers by the Rangers on Tuesday, was playing in his first NHL game since Nov. 30. He was banished by the Dallas Stars in December because of crude comments he made about players dating his former girlfriends, then suspended six games by the NHL.

Also: Sidney Crosby had a goal in his return to the lineup as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 in Sunrise, Fla. Crosby had missed Pittsburgh’s last four games with a groin injury.

A bruised heel caused Alex Ovechkin to miss the Washington Capitals’ home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, only the second one he has missed in his career because of injury.

MISCELLANEOUS

Allenby fires 66, leads Honda Classic by one

Robert Allenby shot a 4-under-par 66 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

By the time darkness suspended play, six players — Charlie Wi, Jeff Overton, Angel Cabrera, Stewart Cink, Will Mackenzie and Sergio Garcia — were one shot behind Allenby.

Also: Al Michaels will serve as a host for NBC’s coverage of next year’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, the 30th anniversary of his call of the “Miracle on Ice.” Michaels famously exclaimed, “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” when the U.S. hockey team shocked the Soviet Union at the 1980 Lake Placid Games.

Jim Scherr resigned as the chief executive officer of the U.S. Olympic Committee, an awkwardly timed move that comes with the federation attempting to climb out of a financial hole while bidding to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago. Scherr will be replaced on an interim basis by Stephanie Streeter, a member of the USOC board of directors.

Swimmer Dara Torres, 41, won her first competition since collecting three silver medals at the Beijing Olympics, taking the 50-meter freestyle at the Austin (Texas) Grand Prix with a time of 24.91 seconds.

The San Antonio Spurs signed power forward Drew Gooden for the remainder of the season after he bought out his contract in Sacramento this week.

Former Miami coach Larry Coker has been hired to lead the new Texas-San Antonio football program, his first coaching job since the Hurricanes fired him in 2006. Texas-San Antonio plans to play its first season in 2011 in the Football Championship Subdivision.

St. Cloud State sophomore wrestler Gabe Suarez, a graduate of Cimarron-Memorial High School, won the 141-pound division at the NCAA Division II Super Regional Three last weekend in Marshall, Minn. He advances to the NCAA Division II championships for the second straight year.

The UNLV men’s tennis team lost to No. 14 Pepperdine 6-1 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex. The Rebels (9-4) got their point at No. 5 singles from Attila Toth.

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