Peters leads UNLV baseball
past BYU in MWC opener

Tanner Peters pitched the UNLV baseball team to a 9-1 victory over fourth-seeded Brigham Young on Tuesday to open the Mountain West Conference Tournament in San Diego.

Peters allowed one run on six hits and a walk, striking out nine in seven innings for the fifth-seeded Rebels (28-27). Jarred Frierson was 4-for-4 with an RBI and three runs, and Brandon Bayardi was 2-for-5 with three RBIs.

UNLV will face No. 2 seed New Mexico at 3 p.m. today.

Also: Michigan admitted to a series of violations by its storied football program and said it had reprimanded seven people, including third-year coach Rich Rodriguez. Another staffer was fired, and the school released more than 150 pages detailing a breakdown in communication within the athletic department, as well as self-imposed sanctions that include two years of probation.

The school now has to hope that its explanation and sanctions will satisfy the NCAA, which will have a hearing on the case Aug. 13 and 14 in Seattle. A final decision isn’t expected until six to 10 weeks after that, perhaps during the Big Ten season.

Twin brothers David and Travis Wear will attend UCLA this fall after leaving North Carolina.

The sophomore forwards played for the Tar Heels last season and received their releases this month.

UCLA coach Ben Howland said the Wears will redshirt next season and have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2011-12. The 6-foot-10-inch, 230-pounders played at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif.

Robert Farah beat J.P. Smith in No. 1 singles, Daniel Nguyen won the deciding match and Southern California held off Tennessee 4-2 in Athens, Ga., to win its second straight NCAA men’s title. Nguyen rallied after losing a first-set tiebreaker, beating Tennys Sandgren, 6-7, 6-1, 6-0.

In the women’s final, Stanford freshman Mallory Burdette knocked off Marrit Boonstra in three sets to help the Cardinal take a 4-3 victory over Florida for the team’s 16th national championship.

UNLV’s Kristina Nedeltcheva will compete in the NCAA Singles Championship beginning today.


Yzerman leaves Red Wings
to become Lightning GM

Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman is the Tampa Bay Lightning’s new general manager, taking on the task of rebuilding a franchise that has fallen on hard times since winning its only Stanley Cup championship six years ago.

The former Detroit Red Wings captain and executive was introduced as Brian Lawton’s replacement during a news conference at the St. Pete Times Forum. Lawton and coach Rick Tocchet were fired April 12.

Since retiring in 2006, Yzerman has worked as a vice president for the Red Wings, the only team he played for during a 22-year career in which he scored 692 goals, amassed 1,755 points and was part of three Stanley Cup winners.

The 45-year-old recently led Canada to the men’s Olympic hockey gold medal as the team’s executive director at the Vancouver Games.

Also: Federal authorities investigating accusations that Lance Armstrong and other top cyclists engaged in doping are looking into whether they should expand their probe to include other charges involving fraud, The New York Times reported.

Investigators are particularly interested in whether money from the United States Postal Service, which sponsored Armstrong’s team for nine years, was used to buy performance-enhancing drugs, according to the story on the newspaper’s website.

The International Cycling Union said no riders tested positive for EPO at the 2001 Tour de Suisse, disputing comments made by disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis last week.

Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for doping and served a two-year ban, has claimed that seven-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong tested positive at the Tour de Suisse and officials covered it up.

“Due to the controversy following the statements made by Floyd Landis, the International Cycling Union wishes to stress that none of the tests revealed the presence of EPO in the samples taken from riders at the 2001 Tour of Switzerland,” the UCI said in a statement. “The UCI has all the documentation to prove this fact.”

The 51s trailed 8-0 after two innings and couldn’t rally all the way back, losing 8-5 to the Round Rock Express in Round Rock, Texas.

Jarrett Hoffpauir went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run for Las Vegas (20-26), and Luis Figueroa was 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a run.

The Belmont, Saratoga and Aqueduct racetracks will stay open after New York’s thoroughbred racing operator received a $25 million loan from the state.

Indiana Pacers guard A.J. Price, who averaged 7.3 points and 1.9 assists as a rookie, has undergone surgery on his left knee to repair a fractured patella. He is expected to be out four to six months.

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