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Cincinnati has hired Northern Kentucky’s
as its new head coach, the school announced Sunday.
Brannen replaces to take over UCLA’s program.
Brannen, 45, guided Northern Kentucky to a 26-9 record this season and went 81-51 over four seasons. The Norse reached two NCAA Tournaments, including this season when they fell to eventual national runner-up Texas Tech in the first round.
Cincinnati will formally introduce Brannen in a press conference on Monday.
In other college basketball news Sunday: • Although noting “regrets” that LSU men’s basketball coach didn’t comply with the school several weeks ago when asked about recruiting issues, athletic director announced in a statement that Wade’s month-plus suspension has been lifted. The university suspended Wade on March 8 because it said he refused to meet with school officials amid scrutiny of a reported FBI wiretap capturing the coach talking about an offer to then-recruit
Wade missed the Tigers’ final regular-season game and all of their SEC and NCAA Tournament games.
• Wofford announced the promotion of associate coach Jay McAuley to head coach to replace longtime coach Mike Young. Young’s departure to Virginia Tech after a school-best 30-5 record created the opening. McAuley has served two two-season stints as an assistant with the Terriers, from 2008-10 and 2017-19. This is his first head coaching position. • Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach
has been hired as the new head coach at Utah Valley, ESPN reported. Madsen, 43, replaces
who was hired at BYU after leading the Wolverines to a 25-10 season in 2018-19. who recently left
Anisimova nabs first championship
American teenager Amanda Anisimova rallied from a set and a break down to defeat Australia’s
4-6, 6-4, 6-1 for her first career title Sunday at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogota, Colombia.
The championship match began with five straight breaks of serve. Sharma broke the 17-year-old for a fourth time to take a 5-4 lead and then took the opening set with four winners, including an ace, in the next game.
At 4-4 in the second set, Anisimova fought off a break point that would have allowed Sharma a chance to serve for the match. Anisimova only lost one more point in the set and evened the match.
Maintaining momentum, the sixth-seeded Anisimova broke Sharma again in the second and sixth games in the deciding set.
In other tennis news Sunday:
• Frenchman Benoit Paire beat three-time champion Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-3 to win the Grand Prix Hassan II title on the clay courts at Marrakesh, Morocco.
Rossi wins Grand Prix of Long Beach
Alexander Rossi won the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach for the second consecutive year Sunday and in the same dominating fashion as a year ago.
Rossi won from the pole position, as he did in 2018, and the 27-year-old Californian led 80 of the 85 laps around the 11-turn, 1.97-mile street course.
finished second in the nearly accident-free NTT IndyCar Series event. finished third and was fourth.
Rossi quickly proved that his No. 27 Hondapowered car — prepared by the Andretti Autosport team — was the class of the field. He steadily pulled away after the opening laps, led by 11 seconds over the second-place car at the halfway point and ultimately won by 20 seconds over Team Penske’s Newgarden.
It was Rossi’s sixth career IndyCar victory.
Busio scores in third consecutive game
Sixteen-year-old Gianluca Busio scored in his third straight game to salvage Sporting KC a 2-2 draw against the visiting New York Red Bulls on Sunday.
Busio scored on a deflection in the 88th minute, touching home a shot by that found its way through a scrum of players following a corner kick. Busio already was the youngest player in MLS history to score goals in back-to-back games.