Playing Louisville means lots of pressure
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The speed. The quickness. The penchant for causing chaos and mayhem. The ability to take a manageable game and turn it into a blowout in a matter of seconds.
Yeah, Dana Altman and his Oregon Ducks know exactly what they're up against with Louisville and that hair-on-fire defense. They've been watching the Oregon football team wreak the same kind of havoc for years now.
The Cardinals (31-5) looked every bit the overall top seed in their first two games, routing North Carolina A&T and Colorado State by an average of 28.5 points while forcing 47 turnovers. The stats are even scarier in Louisville's 12-game winning streak. The Cardinals have held opponents to less than 55 points and 38 percent shooting during the run, forcing an average of almost 19 turnovers.
Cubs play final game at HoHoKam Stadium
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Kelly Shoppach hit a two-out, two-run double in the eighth inning, spoiling the Chicago Cubs' final game at HoHoKam Stadium by leading the Seattle Mariners to a 6-4 victory on Thursday.
The Cubs closed out their stay at HoHoKam Stadium with a 6-4 loss Thursday to the Seattle Mariners in front of a crowd of 11,635.
After 17 years at HoHoKam, the Cubs will move to their new facility being built in Mesa. HoHoKam will be dormant for spring training next season before the Oakland Athletics move in for the 2015 season.
Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run home run in the third innings off Mariners' No. 2 starter Hisashi Iwakuma. Iwakuma was scheduled to throw 80 pitches but came out after four innings because of a dry skin patch on his fingertips. He said through an interpreter that it happens every spring and it was nothing to be worried about.
Bone returning to Washington St next season
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Ken Bone will return as men's basketball coach at Washington State next season.
Bone said Thursday that he had a meeting with athletic director Bill Moos on Wednesday and was told he will return to lead the Cougars for a fifth season.
Bone had been on the hot seat after the Cougars finished 13-19, and just 4-14 in the Pac-12. It was Bone's first losing season with the team.
Bone says he was not given any specific targets to achieve. But he says winning just four games in the league is not acceptable.
Bone is 70-65 in his first four seasons at Washington State.
Drake hires Giacoletti as new coach
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drake has hired Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti (JACK'-oh-let-ee) as its new basketball coach.
Giacoletti has worked under coach Mark Few for the past six seasons. Gonzaga won five West Coast Conference titles during that time and reached No. 1 late this season.
Giacoletti is perhaps best known for his three-year tenure at Utah. The Utes went 54-40 under Giacoletti, who previously spent four seasons as the head coach at Eastern Washington. Giacoletti replaces Mark Phelps, who was fired two weeks ago after five seasons.