Calhoun says he expects to coach DIII Saint Joseph

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun says he expects to be coaching at the tiny Division III University of Saint Joseph in the fall, but still has some contractual issues with UConn to work out before that can be possible. The 76-year-old met with the media Wednesday to discuss his new program. He has recruited about a dozen players so far in his official role as a consultant at Saint Joseph, a former all-women’s school that began admitting male students for the fall semester. Calhoun retired…

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Phoenix gets 5th franchise in new Alliance football league

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Phoenix has been awarded the fifth franchise in the new Alliance of American Football, which will begin play the week after the Super Bowl next winter. Former NFL and college head coach Dennis Erickson, now 71, will guide the team, which joins Memphis, Orlando, Salt Lake City and Atlanta in the league. The Phoenix team will play in Sun Devil Stadium on the Arizona State campus – a place Erickson coached from 2007-11. Erickson joins Michael Singletary (Memphis), Steve Spurrier (Orlando) and Brad Childress (Atlanta) as head…

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Un-retired Chuck Liddell wants a piece of Jon Jones

One thing you gotta love about MMA fighters … they are entertaining. Not only are they world-class athletes, their arguments across social media give us reasons to smile .. and tune-in. Chuck Liddell, a UFC Hall of Famer, recently announced his MMA return in a fight vs. another Hall of Famer, Tito Ortiz. It will be the third time these two legends have mixed it up in the Octagon. Liddell is part of Oscar De La Hoya’s new promotion and the date is still TBD. But that didn’t stop Liddell from…

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Mercedes driver Bottas fastest in F1 testing in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas had the fastest lap on the final day of Formula One testing in Barcelona on Wednesday. Bottas had a time of 1 minute, 16.904 seconds at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, just ahead of Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi. McLaren’s young reserve driver Lando Norris was third fastest. Article continues below … Bottas’ time was the fastest ever in testing at Barcelona, although it was about eight tents of a second slower than the track record set by teammate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for…

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Doug Ford, former Masters and PGA champion, dies at 95

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Doug Ford, the oldest surviving Masters champion who won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was the player of the year in 1957, has died. He was 95. The PGA Tour said Ford’s family notified the tour that he died Monday night. Details of his death were not immediately available. Ford was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011 for a career when prize money was so small that he earned most of his cash gambling during practice rounds. His best…

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Metz coach Frederic Hantz to leave at end of season

PARIS (AP) Metz coach Frederic Hantz will leave at the end of the season in the wake of the French club’s demotion to the second division. Metz said in a statement on Wednesday that Hantz will be in charge of his final match this weekend against Bordeaux. He was under contract through June 2019. The northeastern club has won just six matches this season, conceding 72 goals in 37 league games. Article continues below … Hantz had been appointed in October as a replacement for Philippe Hinschberger with the club…

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Sherpa guides scale Everest, setting new records

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A veteran Sherpa guide scaled Mount Everest on Wednesday for the 22nd time, setting a record for the most climbs of the world’s highest mountain, while a female Sherpa made it to the summit for the ninth time, shattering her own record for the most climbs by a woman. Kami Rita reached the summit on Wednesday morning with a team of foreign climbers and a fellow Sherpa guide and was already safely descending to a lower camp by the afternoon, said Gyanendra Shrestha, a government official stationed…

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Mariners host nemesis Colon, Rangers (May 16, 2018)

The Seattle Mariners hadn’t set a starting pitcher for Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Texas Rangers before they announced center fielder Dee Gordon would be returning to the infield. With All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano suspended 80 games Tuesday by Major League Baseball for a failed offseason drug test, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Scott Servais sat down with Gordon and decided the best move for the team was to move the former Gold Glove winner back to second. “I’ve played the position, but considering the circumstances, it’s…

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