New UNLV coach Rice to honor recruit’s request for release
Grandy Glaze, a 6-foot-6-inch forward from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., has requested to be released from the letter of intent he signed with UNLV in November and his release will be granted today, Rebels coach Dave Rice confirmed Thursday.
Glaze, recruited by former coach Lon Kruger, might be interested in following Kruger to Oklahoma.
Rice has 11 returning scholarship players and two scholarships available for next season.
Findlay Prep sophomore guard Nigel Williams-Goss, who orally committed to UNLV on Dec. 15, decommitted this week and reopened his recruitment.
Also: Wyoming’s top rebounder will play for Kruger at Oklahoma.
Kruger announced that Amath M’Baye will transfer. M’Baye has two years of eligibility left but will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules.
M’Baye averaged 12.0 points and a team-best 5.7 rebounds for Wyoming last season. Kruger said M’Baye is “a terrific talent with the versatility to play inside and outside.”
Shooting guard Alec Burks is leaving Colorado for the NBA Draft after a record-setting sophomore season with the Buffaloes. Burks said he plans to hire an agent.
The 6-6 guard set the season scoring record of 779 points last season while helping Colorado reach the National Invitation Tournament semifinals in New York.
Michigan sophomore guard Darius Morris has declared for the NBA Draft, though he has not hired an agent.
Morris helped the Wolverines to a 21-14 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament last season.
Princeton introduced Mitch Henderson as its coach, handing the reins of its program to a former Tigers point guard who played in three NCAA Tournaments under Pete Carril and Bill Carmody.
Eastern Michigan has landed a new coach.
The Eagles hired Rob Murphy to replace Charles Ramsey. He signed a five-year contract worth $210,000 annually plus a $15,000 radio stipend.
Six straight birdies give Willis lead at suspended Heritage
Garrett Willis had a run of six straight birdies for a 7-under-par 64 and a one-stroke lead in the suspended first round of The Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Willis was one shot ahead of Arjun Atwal, Matt Bettencourt, Chad Campbell and Tim Herron. Mark Wilson, Camilo Villegas and 2009 Heritage champion Brian Gay were two strokes back.
Luke Donald, the world’s No. 3 player, topped a group at 67. Defending champion Jim Furyk had a 68.
Also: Jimmer Fredette is ready to take his game from the hard court to the golf course.
The former Brigham Young basketball star has committed to play in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe in July.
Lee Westwood trailed Indonesian Masters leader Siddikur of Bangladesh by two strokes after the first round at Jakarta, Indonesia.
Westwood has a chance to regain the No. 1 ranking if he wins this week and fellow Englishman Luke Donald fails to capture The Heritage title.
UNLV baseball team suffers
4-1 loss to No. 7 Horned Frogs
Facing a stiff test from the nation’s seventh-ranked team, the UNLV baseball team gave up three runs in the eighth inning and lost to Texas Christian 4-1 in Mountain West Conference play at Fort Worth, Texas.
UNLV’s Tanner Peters (6-3) suffered the loss, giving up three runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings as the Rebels fell to 25-15 overall and 4-8 in the conference.
Kyle Winkler (7-1) pitched a complete game for former UNLV coach Jim Schlossnagle’s Horned Frogs (27-11, 11-2 MWC) to avenge his only defeat, a 5-4 loss to the Rebels on March 18.
Also: Anaheim Ducks left winger Jarkko Ruutu was suspended for one game by the NHL for a late hit on Nashville’s Martin Erat on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference playoff series. Ruutu will sit out Game 5 in Anaheim tonight.
The series is tied 2-2.
Former Braves pitcher Tom Glavine said he would like to be part of an ownership group that keeps the NHL Thrashers in Atlanta. Glavine told an Atlanta radio station he hopes to organize an ownership group.
Loui Eriksson of the Dallas Stars, Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the finalists for the NHL’s Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship, which will be announced June 22 in Las Vegas.
Welterweight Victor Cayo has been forced to pull out of his April 29 fight against Lamont Peterson at the Cosmopolitan after injuring his shoulder during a sparring session Tuesday.
The new main event will be a 10-round super welterweight bout between Carlos Molina and Allen Conyers.