Wizards fire coach Saunders, promote Wittman
WASHINGTON — Seeking different strategies at both ends of the court and improvement from a roster filled with young players such as John Wall, the NBA-worst Washington Wizards fired coach Flip Saunders on Tuesday after a 2-15 start and replaced him with assistant Randy Wittman.
The Wizards fell to 0-7 on the road with a 20-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. Washington's next game is at home today against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Saunders was in his third season with the Wizards, going 51-130. When he was hired, the roster featured All-Stars Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, but the franchise is now starting over around point guard Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft.
DALLAS — The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a four-year, $62 million contract extension with All-Star forward Kevin Love, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Tuesday, citing a source.
The 23-year-old is expected to sign the new deal in Dallas today, ahead of Minnesota's game against the defending NBA champion Mavericks that night.
Love is averaging 24.9 points and 13.9 rebounds and leads the league in double-doubles with 16 in 17 games this season.
U.S. tops Mexico 4-0 for 1st place in Olympic qualifying
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Carli Lloyd scored the first of her three goals in the seventh minute, and Heather O'Reilly added a goal a minute later Tuesday night as the U.S. women's soccer team avenged one of its most shocking losses, beating Mexico 4-0 to move a major step closer to qualifying for the London Olympics.
The win clinched first place for the U.S. in its group. Next up is the game that matters most, a London-or-bust semifinal against Costa Rica on Friday. The winner gets one of the two available berths for the Summer Games. The loser stays home.
Mexico will play Canada in the other semifinal. Tuesday's win also eased the string from the Americans' 2-1 defeat to Mexico in a World Cup qualifier 14 months ago.
Ken Griffey Jr.'s son to play football for Arizona Wildcats
TUCSON, Ariz. — Trey Griffey, the oldest child of future Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., has given a commitment to play football at the University of Arizona.
Griffey, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla., made a visit to the Tucson, Ariz., campus last weekend, a week after visiting Arizona State.
Griffey was also considering Iowa State, Michigan State and Washington State. Griffey set school records for receptions (74) and receiving yards (970) as a senior and was rated as a two-star recruit by Scout.com.
Compiled from wire reports