UNLV women’s golf earns
berth in NCAA regionals
The UNLV women’s golf team, wrapping up its 10th season, qualified for the NCAA regionals for the ninth straight year. The Rebels were seeded 15th Monday in the Central Regional, to be played May 5-7 in South Bend, Ind.
UNLV, under first-year coach Amy Bush, is in one of three 24-team regionals. The top eight teams in each regional advance to the NCAA championships May 18-21 in College Station, Texas.
Therese Koelbaek, ranked 19th nationally, leads the Rebels.
Also: Karl Hobbs was fired as men’s basketball coach at George Washington after 10 seasons at the school. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Hobbs was offered the chance to resign but refused to do so.
Hobbs was the Atlantic 10 coach of the year after leading George Washington to a 27-3 record in 2005-06, including 16-0 in the conference. In his 10 seasons, Hobbs posted a 166-129 record.
In the past four seasons, George Washington has struggled, going 52-64 overall and 25-39 in the A-10.
Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne said he’s giving coach Bo Pelini a new five-year contract to ward off teams that might want to hire him away from the Cornhuskers. Pelini’s contract gives him an immediate $425,000 raise, to $2.775 million, and will pay him more than $3 million a year starting in 2014.
Former University of San Diego basketball player Brandon Johnson, the school’s all-time leading scorer, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in a sports bribery case in San Diego, then returned home to Houston. He is free on a $25,000 bond and was appointed a local public defender.
Johnson is one of 10 defendants in the marijuana distribution and sports gambling case. Each faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
911 call from Marshall’s wife
doesn’t mention stabbing
A brief 911 call police say was placed by the wife of Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall described only an unspecified emergency, with no mention of a stabbing.
The caller, identified by the Broward, Fla., Sheriff’s Office as Michi Nogami-Marshall, phoned a dispatcher at 4:41 p.m. Friday. Twice she said, “Please come, it’s an emergency.” The dispatcher tried to find a location, but Nogami-Marshall apparently hung up and didn’t answer a return call.
Deputies say Nogami-Marshall stabbed her husband in the abdomen with a kitchen knife. She is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and is free on $7,500 bail. Nogami-Marshall told investigators she acted in self-defense.
Marshall was released from the hospital Saturday and is expected to fully recover.
Also: A fire tore through former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman and Super Bowl champion Ted Petersen’s Illinois home Sunday, leaving it uninhabitable.
“What couldn’t be replaced is family members, and God was gracious with that,” Petersen told The Daily Journal newspaper in Kankakee. “I have a lot to be thankful for — that’s for sure.”
Petersen saw smoke when he and his family were returning home from church on the Easter holiday. Firefighters were able to recover Petersen’s 1979 and 1980 Super Bowl rings.
Hall of Fame fullback Joe Perry, the first player with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and nicknamed “The Jet” for his speed, died at age 84. The San Francisco 49ers announced that Perry, also a World War II veteran, died in Arizona of complications from dementia.
U.S. women top Canada in OT
to claim world hockey crown
The United States won its third straight women’s world hockey championship, beating Canada 3-2 in overtime in Zurich, Switzerland.
Hilary Knight scored the winner 7:48 into the extra period for her fifth goal of the tournament, giving the United States its fourth world title in the last five events.
Defending Olympic champion Canada, which lost for just the fourth time in the last 13 meetings, forced overtime on Rebecca Johnston’s power-play goal with less than four minutes left in the third period.
Also: Offended by American tennis player Donald Young’s expletive-laden rip on the USTA via Twitter, Patrick McEnroe responded with a pointed comeback of his own, saying the 21-year-old would need to apologize before the USTA did anything more to support him.
Young’s curse-filled tweet came out Friday after he lost in the final of a tournament that determined who would receive the USTA’s wild-card entry into the French Open.
McEnroe, the USTA’s head of player development, said the tournament had been scheduled for weeks. McEnroe said Young, who recently broke into the top 100, wanted the wild-card entry without having to play in the tournament.