Friedgen out after 10 years at Maryland
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.
There’s been speculation for days about Friedgen’s status, and the possibility that Leach could be his successor. Asked about other names on the list, Anderson declined comment.
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.
Bucks PG Jennings to miss 4 to 6 weeks
MILWAUKEE — 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.
General manager John Hammond said Monday that the 21-year-old Jennings was examined after Saturday’s 95-86 loss to Utah.
Jennings broke the long bone on the outside of his left foot that connects to the little toe, one of the most common bones to break in the foot. He earlier said he first felt pain in a loss to San Antonio, but kept playing and also played 30 minutes against the Jazz.
HORNETS SOLD: The NBA has completed its purchase of the New Orleans Hornets. The league announced Monday that its board of governors has given its anticipated approval of the purchase.
NBA Commissioner David Stern says the franchise is worth about $300 million and that the league will look to sell the club to a more permanent owner, preferably one that would continue to operate the team in New Orleans.
Brazilians join forces in IndyCar Series
INDIANAPOLIS — Brazilians Gil de Ferran and Tony Kanaan will team up next season in the IndyCar Series.
De Ferran, the former Indianapolis 500 winner, has hired Kanaan, a former points champ, as his top driver for next season. It’s the first time the two countrymen have been on the same team.
Kanaan drove eight seasons for Michael Andretti’s team, won 14 races, the 2004 points title and was often asked to help set up cars for his teammates. Kanaan has never finished outside the top six in the points chase.
When 7-Eleven pulled its sponsorship after last season, Kanaan and Andretti agreed to a settlement that made Andretti a free agent.
Two months later, Kanaan has found a new ride — with de Ferran Dragon Racing.
Fowler, O’Hair land Masters invitations
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Rickie Fowler and Sean O’Hair are the only Americans among 13 players who have qualified for the Masters through the world ranking.
There are no tournaments the rest of the year, so the final 2010 ranking became available Monday.
The Masters invites players who are in the top 50 at the end of the year. The criteria is mainly for international players who are not PGA Tour members and have fewer avenues to qualify, such as winning a tour event or getting into the FedEx Cup finale.
Former QB Leaf signs three-book deal
BOOKS: Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is planning to write three books about his life, football career and addiction to painkillers. The deal was announced Monday by Crimson Oak Publishing, a Pullman, Wash.-based publisher that bills itself as specializing in books about “hope, possibility and determination.” Leaf confirmed the book deal but declined to comment further.
SOCCER: David Beckham still hopes to join a European club on loan during the MLS offseason to keep his hopes of playing for England alive. The 35-year-old has spent the last two winters at AC Milan, but the Los Angeles Galaxy is reluctant to send him out on loan again after he injured an Achilles’ tendon while playing in Italy in March.
— Staff and wire reports