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Cal men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin resigns, takes job at University of Missouri

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(BERKELEY, Calif.) — University of California-Berkeley men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin has resigned from his position and will take the same job at the University of Missouri.

Cal announced Martin’s resignation on Wednesday, saying that assistant coach Wyking Jones will serve as the interim coach.

Important news regarding the future of our program. Thank you @CuonzoMartin for your leadership these past 3 years.https://t.co/VlepZhMucH

— Cal Men’s Basketball (@calmensbball) March 15, 2017

Martin went 62-39 in three seasons at Cal, with just one berth in the NCAA Tournament. His team’s season ended on Tuesday night with a loss of Cal State-Bakersfield in the first round of the NIT.

Martin has done a strong job recruiting players to Cal in his three years, bringing in five star prospects Jaylen Brown (third overall draft pick in last June’s NBA draft) and Ivan Rabb (an expected first-round pick this June.

ESPN said earlier Wednesday that Martin’s deal with Missouri would be for seven years.

Welcome to the #Mizzou Basketball Family, @CuonzoMartin, the 19th head coach in school history!#MIZ #ShowMe 🐯🏀 pic.twitter.com/nDygRg3K4l

— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouHoops) March 15, 2017

Cal Athletics Director Mike Williams said in a statement that the school would open a nationwide search for the team’s next permanent head coach.

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US women’s hockey team threatens to sit out championship in fight for fair wages and support

vencavolrab/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. women’s national hockey team is threatening to sit out the upcoming IHF World Championship in an effort to secure fair wages and support from the national governing body.

Team captain Meghan Duggan said “we are asking for a living wage and for USA Hockey to fully support its programs for women and girls and stop treating us like an afterthought,” according to ESPN. “We have represented our country with dignity and deserve to be treated with fairness and respect.”

In a statement, Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey acknowledged the players’ concerns. The organization has “proactively increased our level of direct support to the Women’s National Team as we prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games,” Ogrean said.

The U.S. has won gold in six of the last eight IHF World Championships and has medaled in every Olympics.

USA Hockey’s statement said it would implement a six-month training camp for the Women’s National Team ahead of next year’s Olympics, as well as additional stipends and incentives. Under the changes, USA Hockey says players could make $85,000.

Attorney John B. Langel, who is representing the women’s national team, disputes that figure, saying that it would only apply in Olympic years and that the majority would come from the U.S. Olympic Committee, not from USA Hockey.

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Cal men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin resigns, expected to take job at University of Misouri

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(BERKELEY, Calif.) — University of California-Berkeley men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin has resigned from his position and is close to signing a seven-year contract with the University of Missouri.

Cal announced Martin’s resignation on Wednesday, saying that assistant coach Wyking Jones will serve as the interim coach.

Important news regarding the future of our program. Thank you @CuonzoMartin for your leadership these past 3 years.https://t.co/VlepZhMucH

— Cal Men’s Basketball (@calmensbball) March 15, 2017

Martin went 62-39 in three seasons at Cal, with just one berth in the NCAA Tournament. His team’s season ended on Tuesday night with a loss of Cal State-Bakersfield in the first round of the NIT.

Martin has done a strong job recruiting players to Cal in his three years, bringing in five star prospects Jaylen Brown (third overall draft pick in last June’s NBA draft) and Ivan Rabb (an expected first-round pick this June.

ESPN says that Martin’s deal with Missouri would be for seven years.

Cal Athletics Director Mike Williams said in a statement that the school would open a nationwide search for the team’s next permanent head coach.

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Judge drops all charges against Darrelle Revis in assault case

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(PITTSBURGH) — A judge has dismissed all charges against former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis related to a February altercation.

Revis had faced two counts of aggravated assault, one count each of robbery and conspiracy and a count of making terroristic threats. A video obtained and posted by TMZ showed two men unconscious after a brawl.

Revis denied that he was the individual who had attacked them.

The 31-year-old appeared in court Wednesday, and after testimony from a childhood friend, the judge dismissed the charges. The friend testified that he had come to Revis’ aid and punched the two men.

Revis, a four-time All-Pro, was released this offseason by the New York Jets after a disappointing season in 2016. He will still have to appear at all hearings related to the case and is not allowed to have contact with the victims or witnesses.

Revis remains a free agent, though it is unclear what league interest in the veteran defensive back will be like.

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Lakers’ Deng, Mozgov agree to sit remainder of season

Photo by Rich Arden / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — Two veteran members of the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to be effectively shut down for the remaining weeks of the NBA season in an effort to help the team work with younger players.

ESPN reports that Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov, each signed to big contracts last summer, will be shut down for the final fifteen games of the season. The Lakers are 20-47 and well out of the playoff race.

They do, however, have reason to lose games. The Lakers’ first-round draft pick would be sent to the Philadelphia 76ers this summer if it is not among the first three selections in the draft. Currently, the Lakers have the second-worst record in the league.

Deng, 31, and Mozgov, 30, have played only sporadically in recent weeks and have lost their starting jobs. ESPN reports that the pair was comfortable with shutting down for the rest of the season after meeting individually with head coach Luke Walton.

Deng signed a four-year, $72 million deal this past offseason, while Mozgov’s contract was worth four years and $64 million. Neither player has played since March 5.

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Kansas State, Mount St Mary’s win First Four matchups

Gabriel Christus / ESPN Images(DAYTON, OH) — March Madness began Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio with two of the First Four match ups.

The first game featured two 16 seeds, Southland Conference champion New Orleans and Northeast Conference champion Mount St Mary’s, in a game that went down to the wire. Mount St. Mary’s was trailing New Orleans 64-63 with under two minutes to play in the second half after two free throws by New Orleans’ Christavious Gill. Mount St. Mary’s responded with a Junior Robinson jump shot to give them a one-point advantage.

New Orleans trailed 67-66 with four seconds left when they rebounded the ball after a Robinson miss. After a timeout, New Orleans attempted to set up the game winning shot, but a Chris Wray steal stopped its efforts, giving Mount St. Mary’s the one point victory. The Mountaineers will head to Buffalo to take on first seeded Villanova on Thursday.

The second game of the night featured two 11 seeds, Wake Forest and Kansas State. Defense was not a factor in this one, as the two teams combined to score 107 points in the second half. The game was close throughout, but Kansas State was able to pull away late, giving them a 95-88 victory. They will take on sixth seeded Cincinnati on Friday in Sacramento.

On Wednesday, four more teams get their shot at rounding out the 64-team bracket. 16 seeds face off as North Carolina Central takes on UC Davis at 6:40 PM ET, followed by 11 seeds USC and Providence at approximately 9:10 PM ET.

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Scoreboard roundup — 3/15/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
N-Y Mets 2, Houston 1
Detroit 7, Miami 1
San Francisco 6, Cleveland 5
Colorado 4, Oakland 3
Arizona 12, Texas 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston 5, Toronto 4
Tampa Bay 9, Baltimore 6
Tampa Bay 10, N-Y Yankees 6
Kansas City 8, L.A. Angels 4
Seattle 7, Chi White Sox 6

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 9, Atlanta 0
L.A. Dodgers 6, Cincinnati 5
Milwaukee 7, Chi Cubs 7

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Cleveland 128, Detroit 96
N-Y Knicks 87, Indiana 81
Oklahoma City 122 , Brooklyn 104
New Orleans 100, Portland 77
Golden State 106, Philadelphia 104

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Washington 4, Minnesota 2
OT /N-Y Islanders 3, Carolina 2
OT/Tampa Bay 2, Ottawa 1
Florida 7 , Toronto 2
Chicago 4, Montreal 2
Edmonton 7, Dallas 1
San Jose 4, Buffalo 1
SO/Arizona 2, L.A. Kings 1
Winnipeg at New Jersey PPD

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Eddie Lacy signs with Seattle Seahawks

Dylan Buell/Getty Images(SEATTLE) – The Seattle Seahawks have signed free agent running back Eddie Lacy to a one-year contract.

The former Green Bay Packer has struggled with injuries and weight during his career. Last season, Lacy was listed at 235 pounds but his new team says they’re fine with him playing in a heavier
weight class.

“He’s a big back. He’s a big guy. Ain’t nothing wrong with that,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle. “But there will be a real concerted effort to make sure he’s at his very
best. This is a hard time for him because he’s working some rehab right now, but he is well-aware of what our expectations and the standards that we’re setting. We would not have done this if we
didn’t have a really clear understanding of how we’re going to go forward.”

Lacy will compete with Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise for playing time.

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Sporting events in Northeast postponed due to snowstorm

FLDphotos/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – The winter storm hitting the Northeast has postponed at least two major sporting events.

The New Jersey Devils says Tuesday night’s home game against the Winnipeg Jets has been moved to March 28th. Tickets will be honored for the makeup date.

In upstate New York, Syracuse University men’s basketball team announced its NIT opener against Greensboro will now take place on Wednesday at 7p.m. ET.

Tuesday night NBA games in Brooklyn and Manhattan will be played as scheduled.

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South Florida nearing deal for new head coach

Nick Caito / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) – Former Dayton and Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory appears to be next in line for the head coaching job at South Florida.

According to ESPN, Gregory is very close to getting the job.

Gregory spent eight seasons with Dayton and another five at Georgia Tech. he was fired from the Yellow Jackets after last season. Since then, he has been a consultant to Michigan State’s head coach Tom Izzo.

Gregory’s résumé includes two appearances in the NCAA tournament. While at Georgia Tech, he managed only one winning season.

If the deal is completed, Gregory will replace Orlando Antigua, who was fired in January after a little more than two seasons on the job.

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