Miami hires Larranaga from George Mason
Jim Larranaga took the University of Miami basketball coaching job Friday after 14 years at George Mason that included an improbable run to the Final Four in 2006.
The 61-year-old said he took the Hurricanes job because of the chance to coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which he considers the country’s best basketball league.
Larranaga will reportedly make more than $1 million in base salary per year. His contract at George Mason, which ran until 2016, had a base salary of $525,000.
Larranaga led George Mason to five NCAA Tournament berths and went 273-164, setting a school record for victories. This season, his team went 27-7 and reached the third round of the tournament before losing to overall No. 1 seed Ohio State.
Miami was 43-69 the past seven seasons under Frank Haith, who left for the Missouri job.
Also: Texas players Jordan Hamilton, Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson have declared for the NBA Draft.
Hamilton, a sophomore forward who led the Longhorns in scoring last season, plans to sign with an agent, which would immediately end his college eligibility. Former Findlay Prep stars Joseph, a freshman guard, and Thompson, a freshman forward, will submit their names but won’t sign with agents, meaning they can return to Texas.
The deadline for underclassmen to submit their names to the NBA is Sunday. The NCAA allows them to withdraw by May 8 and maintain their college eligibility.
Hamilton averaged 18.6 points last season. Thompson, the Big 12 freshman of the year, averaged 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds and blocked 86 shots. Joseph averaged 10.4 points and 3.0 assists.
Georgetown sophomore forward Hollis Thompson entered his name in the NBA Draft but won’t hire an agent. He started 22 of 32 games last season, averaging 8.6 points and 4.4 rebounds.
Forward Ari Stewart has transferred to Southern California after two seasons at Wake Forest, where he averaged 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds and started 16 games last season.
Maloofs still undecided about move to Anaheim
Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said his family is still deciding whether to move the franchise to Anaheim, Calif., and he confirmed that NBA officials will be in Sacramento again next week to further research the city’s viability.
Maloof said he’s "as anxious as anybody" to find out if Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson can deliver on his promises for more sponsorship support and finally finance a plan for a new arena. He denied reports the team has already made a decision.
The Kings have until May 2 to request permission to relocate, and a majority vote by owners is needed to approve any move. While Johnson has become increasingly optimistic that the team will remain in Sacramento next season, Maloof said the team still wants to know more information about the region’s proposals.
Johnson presented more than $9.2 million in commitments for new advertising, ticket purchases and other financial support from regional businesses and other backers. He said that would help the Kings next season and allow the city more time to complete a plan to build — and finance — a new arena, which the cash-strapped city has refused to contribute public dollars toward for years.
Donald claims Heritage lead, eyes No. 1 ranking
Luke Donald moved a step closer to the No. 1 ranking, shooting a 6-under-par 65 to take the second-round lead in The Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Donald is ranked third, behind No. 1 Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood. But Donald would jump to the top with a win at Harbour Town, no matter how Westwood fares at the Indonesian Masters.
Westwood had a one-stroke lead in Jakarta after the second round. Kaymer isn’t playing this week.
Donald is at 10-under 132 for a one-shot lead over first-round leader Garrett Willis (69).
Also: The teams of Tom Kite-Gil Morgan and Ted Schulz-Gary Hallberg each shot 10-under 62 for a share of the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s Legends of Golf in Savannah, Ga.
The teams of Scott Hoch-Kenny Perry, Hal Sutton-Larry Mize, David Frost-Michael Allen and Sandy Lyle-Peter Senior opened with 63s.
UNLV implodes in sixth, loses to No. 7 TCU, 9-3
Seventh-ranked Texas Christian erupted for six runs in the sixth inning and defeated UNLV 9-3 in a Mountain West Conference baseball game in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Rebels (25-16, 4-9 MWC) scored twice in the top of the sixth to take a 3-2 lead, but starter Joe Robinson (4-4) couldn’t hold it. The junior was relieved with one out in the sixth after allowing six runs on seven hits for the game.
UNLV first baseman Trent Cook extended his hitting streak to 16 games, going 2-for-4 with one RBI. Designated hitter Ryan Scott also went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
TCU (28-11, 12-2) has won the first two games of the three-game series.
Also: The College of Southern Nevada baseball team dropped a doubleheader to 14th-ranked Western Nevada College, losing 4-3 in eight innings and 3-2 in eight innings at Morse Stadium.
In the opener, Cameron Harper hit a solo homer for the Coyotes (23-23, 12-18 Scenic Western Athletic Conference), but the Wildcats won on Tanner Nielsen’s two-out, two-run double in the eighth.
Western Nevada won the second game on Bobby Poppin’s two-out RBI single, set up by center fielder Quinnton Mack’s three-base error.
The CSN softball team (27-25, 20-18 SWAC) swept Colorado Northwestern Community College 10-3 and 13-1 in Rangely, Colo.
The Coyotes’ A.J. Woodward hit her 22nd home run in the first game, and Alicia Firelein homered in the second game.
Kyle Busch dominates, wins another truck race
Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch raced to his second NASCAR Truck Series victory of the season, passing Ron Hornaday Jr. on a late restart and easily holding off Nelson Piquet Jr. at Nashville Superspeedway in Gladeville, Tenn.
Busch, also the Nashville winner last spring, led 140 of 150 laps on the 1.333-mile concrete oval. He also won the Truck race in Phoenix in February and has 26 series victories in 89 starts.
Also: Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will host the U.S. Women’s Open finals this summer, the first time a bowling event has been held at the billion-dollar showplace of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Shiny wooden lanes will be placed on either side of the famous Cowboys star at midfield, and there will be temporary seats on the field for the June 30 finals. The tournament will begin June 24 with qualifying rounds in Fort Worth.
Three Spaniards reached the semifinals of the Barcelona Open, led by top-ranked Rafael Nadal’s victory in only 75 minutes.
Nadal, seeking his sixth title in the clay-court tournament, where he has a 29-1 record, eliminated Gael Monfils of France 6-2, 6-2 and will play Croatia’s Ivan Dodig. David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro will meet in the other semifinal.
Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks, Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins were named finalists for the NHL’s Vezina Trophy for best goaltender. The winner will be announced June 22 at the NHL awards ceremony at the Palms.