Coach K, Auriemma share USA Basketball honor
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Mike Krzyzewski and Geno Auriemma have been chosen as co-recipients of USA Basketball's Coach of the Year award.
Krzyzewski led an inexperienced U.S. men's team to its first world championship since 1994 and became the first four-time recipient of USA Basketball's honor.
Auriemma led a roster loaded with his former UConn players to the gold medal after the Americans had finished third four years ago.
MILWAUKEE — Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings will miss four to six weeks as he recovers from surgery to repair a fracture in his left foot.
Jennings had started every game since being picked 10th overall in 2009, a string of 107 regular-season games and seven in the postseason. He'd been averaging 17.9 points per game and 5.5 assists in 25 games this year.
Utah, Boise State players scuffle in Las Vegas
BOISE, Idaho — Players from Boise State and Utah were involved in a minor skirmish Sunday in Las Vegas outside a massage room during a welcome reception for the Las Vegas Bowl.
The Idaho Statesman reported that a bout of pushing and shoving broke out, which the bowl's media director Mark Wallington said led to some broken dishes.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ralph Friedgen was fired as Maryland's football coach Monday, effective after the Military Bowl on Dec. 29.
Friedgen received $2 million to cover the final year of his contract in 2011. Athletic director Kevin Anderson intended to immediately form a search committee to find Friedgen's replacement, and acknowledged that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is on his preliminary list.
During his 10 years at his alma mater, Friedgen went 74-50. After the Terrapins slipped to 2-10 last year, Friedgen guided the team to an 8-4 record, was named Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year for a second time and earned his seventh postseason appearance.
Peter Rose Jr. to managein the White Sox system
CHICAGO — Pete Rose Jr., the son of the career hits leader who is banned from baseball, will run a rookie league team of the Chicago White Sox.
Rose Jr. played 21 seasons of minor league baseball with several organizations, including the White Sox. He appeared in 1,918 minor league games and had a .271 batting average. He was originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 12th round in 1988.
He will run the Bristol, Va., affiliate in the Appalachian League.
MIAMI — Florida Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco has agreed to a $26.5 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract won't become final until Nolasco passes a physical.
Nolasco gets $6 million next season, $9 million in 2012 and $11.5 million in 2013.
The agreement further solidifies the Marlins' rotation as they prepare to open a new stadium in 2012. Ace Josh Johnson has three years remaining on a $39 million contract he signed a year ago.
Nolasco made $3.8 million last season, when he went 14-9 with a 4.51 ERA.
Compiled from wire reports