NCAA OKs experimental double-first-base rule

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel gave the go-ahead Thursday for teams to begin experimenting with a double first base next season. The base, which is used in amateur leagues and during the Olympics, is twice the normal size, with half in the field of play for the first baseman and half in the base …

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Father gets house arrest for bribing Hoyas coach

BOSTON — A Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to bribing a Georgetown tennis coach to get his daughter into the school was sentenced Thursday to about a month in home detention. Robert Repella, a former pharmaceutical executive, agreed to pay then-Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst at least $120,000 to have his daughter designated as a …

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Naurato named interim coach of Michigan hockey

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan promoted Brandon Naurato to interim hockey coach for one season Sunday, two days after cutting ties with coach Mel Pearson following an investigation into the men’s program. “We are fortunate to have someone of Brandon Naurato’s caliber to lead our ice hockey team for the upcoming year,” …

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Michigan cuts ties with hockey coach Pearson

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan has cut ties with hockey coach Mel Pearson. Athletic director Warde Manuel said Friday the decision “has been weighed heavily and for some time.” Pearson’s contract expired after last season, and he had been an at-will employee, pending a review of the program. An investigation, obtained by …

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Florida track coach Holloway lands 4-year ext.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As a reward for leading Florida to three national championships this past season, track and field coach Mike “Mouse” Holloway is getting a four-year extension that puts him under contract through 2032. Athletic director Scott Stricklin announced the agreement Thursday. Holloway’s base salary remains $321,000 with the extension. His longevity bonus jumps …

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Former Temple baseball coach Wilson dies at 92

PHILADELPHIA — James “Skip” Wilson, who led Temple baseball to a pair of College World Series appearances and 1,034 wins in 46 seasons as this system’s head coach, has died. He was 92. Temple stated Wilson’s daughter instructed the college he died Tuesday from issues from a stroke. The all-time winningest coach in any sport …

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NTSB: Man who hit golfers' van positive for meth

DALLAS — A Texas man, not his 13-year-old son, was driving the pickup truck that crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a van carrying New Mexico school golfers, killing 9 folks, and he had methamphetamine in his system, investigators mentioned Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board had mentioned two days after the March 15 …

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Wrestling champ Ferrari no longer with Okla. St.

STILLWATER, Okla. — A.J. Ferrari, the NCAA wrestling champion with Oklahoma State who suffered season-ending head and leg accidents in a car collision this previous season, is no longer with this system. The college introduced his departure Wednesday, didn’t present particulars. The Stillwater Police Department on Wednesday issued a launch saying Ferrari has been recognized …

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Big 12 boss 'exploring all options' for expansion

ARLINGTON, Texas — In his first public look, incoming Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark mentioned the convention is “exploring all options” in the case of additional expansion, together with the opportunity of including Pac-12 colleges. “We’re open for business,” Yormark mentioned Wednesday when particularly requested about contemplating colleges from the Pac-12. “And optionality is good. …

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