Knight to work for ESPN during NCAA tourney

Bob Knight will work as a guest studio analyst for ESPN during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

The Hall of Fame coach, who resigned from Texas Tech on Feb. 4, will begin his new job March 12 during the conference tournaments, the network announced Thursday.

Knight also will provide commentary on Selection Sunday and will travel to San Antonio to offer analysis during the Final Four.

Also: Auburn forward Korvotney Barber will remain sidelined for the rest of the season with a broken hand, coach Jeff Lebo said.

Barber hasn’t played since breaking his left hand Dec. 29 against Towson.

Fresno State appealed a jury verdict that awarded millions of dollars to a former women’s basketball coach who sued for gender discrimination.

The university filed its appeal in the case of Stacy Johnson-Klein. She was initially awarded $19.1 million before a judge reduced the amount to $6.62 million.

The UNLV men’s swimming and diving team won four of five events to move into first place at the Mountain West Conference Championships in Oklahoma City.

Johan Claar won the 500-yard freestyle for the Rebels, who took a 36-point lead over second-place Wyoming.

Devin Phillips won the 200 individual medley, Richard Hortness won the 50 free and UNLV won the 200 free relay.

The women’s team moved up to third place after winning three events.

Kim Bonney won the 200 IM, Megan Hunt-Higgins won the 50 free and the Rebels won the 200 free relay in 1:31.83, setting a conference record.

Linebacker Beau Bell will not participate in UNLV’s pro day Wednesday but will put together an on-campus workout for NFL scouts March 31.

Bell injured his left knee at Senior Bowl practices about a month ago. The injury prevented him from participating in drills Monday at the NFL scouting combine.

Defensive end Jeremy Geathers will be the headline player at UNLV’s pro day. Defensive back Mil’Von James also is expected to work out.


Henin loses in quarters at Dubai tournament

Justine Henin lost in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships, falling to Francesca Schiavone of Italy 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Schiavone will play eighth-seeded Elena Dementieva in the semifinals today. Dementieva beat third-seeded Ana Ivanovic, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.

Also: Fourth-seeded Lindsay Davenport advanced to the semifinals of the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tenn., routing sixth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 6-0, 6-2.

In the men’s Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, top-seeded Andy Roddick beat Mardy Fish 6-4, 6-2 to set up a quarterfinal match against eighth-seeded Robin Soderling.

Top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic advanced to the quarterfinals of the Zagreb Indoors in Zagreb, Croatia, beating Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3.


CBS announces deal to air MMA in prime time

Mixed martial arts will air on one of the major television networks for the first time.

CBS announced a deal with ProElite, which produces MMA events, to broadcast in prime time a sport that has been growing in popularity. The plan is to televise two-hour live specials four times a year on Saturday nights.

Also: Dimitry Kerilov of Russia got a 12-round majority draw against Cecilio Santos of Mexico to retain his IBF junior bantamweight title in New York.

Tampa Bay Lightning center Chris Gratton will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip next week. He will be sidelined indefinitely.

The Los Angeles Kings activated defenseman Rob Blake from injured reserve after he missed 11 games because of an ankle injury.

Sprinter Justin Gatlin has filed a brief with the Court of Arbitration for Sport outlining the appeal of his four-year ban for doping violations.

The reigning Olympic 100-meter gold medalist is seeking to void the first of his two doping violations to compete in the Beijing Games.

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