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UNLV

Rebels promote assistants for women’s golf, soccer teams

UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood had a busy Tuesday, filling coaching vacancies on the women’s golf and women’s soccer teams.

Amy Bush, who spent the past three years as Missy Ringler’s top assistant, was named coach of the women’s golf team. Jennifer Klein, a three-year top assistant to Kat Mertz, will take over the women’s soccer team.

Ringler resigned last month to focus on her family after eight succesful years with the program. The Rebels made it to the NCAA regionals all eight years and earned three trips to the NCAA Championships, where they turned in a program-best finish of 16th in 2008. Since 2007, the program has posted 15 top-10 finishes in regular-season tournament play.

Mertz recently left UNLV after five seasons for an assistant’s spot at Texas. Mertz compiled a 49-39-19 record, including 5-9-5 last fall. In Klein’s three years as an assistant, the Rebels were 27-21-13, winning the Mountain West Conference regular-season title in 2007.

Livengood, in his first year as UNLV AD after coming over from Arizona, is familiar with Klein, who played for the Wildcats from 2002 to 2005 and was a volunteer coach for Arizona in 2006.

Also: Sophomore Jordan Barrett, who became UNLV’s starting H-back in spring football practices, has left the team. Barrett was a three-star linebacker recruit when he signed in 2009.

Tim Chambers, hired Friday as UNLV baseball coach, named his first assistant. Stan Stolte, UNR’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator since 1997, has accepted the same position on the Rebels’ staff.

TENNIS

Injury forces Dementieva from Wimbledon women’s field

Fifth-ranked Elena Dementieva pulled out of Wimbledon with a calf injury.

Dementieva was injured at the French Open this month, forcing her to retire during her semifinal against Francesca Schiavone. She still has not recovered, she said on her website.

Dementieva, also the Olympic champion, reached the Wimbledon semifinals last year and has reached the final of the French Open and U.S. Open in her career.

Wimbledon starts Monday.

Also: Top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic made an early exit from the Unicef Open, losing to Alejandro Falla 6-2, 7-6 (6) in Den Bosch, Netherlands.

Ljubicic had 12 aces but was beaten by Falla’s more consistent play. The 15th-ranked Ljubicic won the grass-court tournament three years ago.

In the women’s draw, third-seeded Maria Kirilenko retired with an abdominal injury against Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens, who was leading, 6-3, 3-3.

French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki lost first-round matches at the Eastbourne International in Eastbourne, England.

Schiavone, seeded second, fell to Romania’s Sorana Cirstea, 7-5, 6-3. The top-seeded Wozniacki lost 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to France’s Aravane Rezai.

Kim Clijsters fared far better in her first match on grass in nearly four years, defeating fellow Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, 6-1, 6-1.

MISCELLANEOUS

Crash mars Tour of Switzerland; Armstrong sits 22nd overall

Italy’s Alessandro Petacchi won the fourth stage of the Tour of Switzerland after a multi-bike crash took down many riders in a frenzied final sprint.

Tony Martin of Germany retained the overall lead despite being delayed by the spill at the end of the 119-mile ride from Schwarzenburg to Wettingen.

Organizers blamed the crash on British rider Mark Cavendish. The race jury gave Cavendish a 30-second penalty for a “dangerous” move out of his line during the final sprint.

Lance Armstrong, using the nine-day event as a final warm-up for the Tour de France next month, was not involved in the crash. Armstrong is 22nd overall, 30 seconds behind Martin.

Also: Timur Ibragimov won a convincing unanimous decision over former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (54-10) in Hollywood, Fla. Ibragimov (28-2-1), the busier fighter throughout the bout, won 117-111 on two judges’ scorecards and 119-109 on the third.

Indiana State filled its men’s basketball coaching post by promoting Greg Lansing. The announcement came a day after Kevin McKenna resigned to become an assistant to Dana Altman at Oregon.

The Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame will induct Charlie Baron, Joe Kelly and the Tournament of Champions, a pro golf event held locally from 1953 to 1968, at its 2010 induction ceremonies Oct. 19 at the Pearl at the Palms.

Hockey Hall of Famer Cam Neely will be named the president of the Boston Bruins, a team official familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The official confirmed the decision on the condition of anonymity because it had not been officially announced. The Bruins have scheduled a “major announcement” for today.

 

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