WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:04:21 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Tulsa hires Missouri head coach Haith http://www.wbrz.com/news/tulsa-hires-missouri-head-coach-haith/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tulsa-hires-missouri-head-coach-haith/ Sports Fri, 18 Apr 2014 8:59:41 PM JOHN TRANCHINA Tulsa hires Missouri head coach Haith

TULSA, Ok. - Tulsa has hired Frank Haith as its men's basketball coach after he spent the last three years at Missouri.

The 48-year-old Haith said Friday that the move came quickly. He says he was contacted Thursday and got more and more interested, particularly by the school's upcoming move to the American Athletic Conference.

Haith was 76-28 at Missouri, which plays in the SEC.TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa has hired Frank Haith as its men's basketball coach after he spent the last three years at Missouri.

The 48-year-old Haith said Friday that the move came quickly. He says he was contacted Thursday and got more and more interested, particularly by the school's upcoming move to the American Athletic Conference.

Haith was 76-28 at Missouri, which plays in the SEC.

He replaces Danny Manning, who left for Wake Forest after two seasons in Tulsa.

University President Steadman Upham pointed to Haith's impressive winning record, not just at Mizzou but also in seven years before that at Miami (Fla.), as a key reason he was considered.


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Sharper loses bid to be released on bail http://www.wbrz.com/news/sharper-loses-bid-to-be-released-on-bail/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sharper-loses-bid-to-be-released-on-bail/ Sports Thu, 17 Apr 2014 8:36:37 PM Jacques Billeaud Sharper loses bid to be released on bail

PHOENIX- Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper has lost his bid to be released on bail in a sexual assault case after an Arizona judge decided there's enough evidence to move forward with charges against him.

Sharper's lawyers had questioned the evidence authorities are using to justify keeping him in jail in California, where he faces separate charges that he drugged and raped two women there in October.

His lawyers had hoped to win a favorable ruling in Arizona, where he also faces sex assault charges, to persuade the California judge to set him free on bail.

But on Thursday, a Maricopa County judge found there's sufficient evidence to pursue the case in Arizona. Sharper has not yet entered a plea in the case. He has pleaded not guilty in the California case.


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Sharper's attorneys to question Arizona evidence http://www.wbrz.com/news/sharper-s-attorneys-to-question-arizona-evidence/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sharper-s-attorneys-to-question-arizona-evidence/ Sports Thu, 17 Apr 2014 4:55:44 AM Jacques Billeaud Sharper's attorneys to question Arizona evidence

PHOENIX, AZ- Lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will return to a Phoenix courtroom Thursday to question the evidence being used to keep him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women.

A judge began a hearing on the subject Wednesday, and it's expected to conclude Thursday.

The hearing is the latest development in several ongoing sexual assault investigations involving Sharper in Louisiana, California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada.

Bail in Sharper's California rape case was set at $1 million, but he was denied bail in the Arizona case.

Sharper hasn't yet entered a plea in Arizona, although one of his attorneys says Sharper will deny the allegations.

He also has pleaded not guilty in the California case.


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Pelicans top Rockets in season finale http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-top-rockets-in-season-finale/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-top-rockets-in-season-finale/ Sports Wed, 16 Apr 2014 7:51:58 PM AP Pelicans top Rockets in season finale

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tyreke Evans had 25 points and 10 assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans closed out a difficult season with a crowd pleasing 105-100 victory over the playoff-bound Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

It was the second straight victory for the Pelicans, both starring Evans' relentless hustle and forceful dribble-drives, despite nearly being held out of the low-stakes contests with a bruised right knee. He scored twice in the final minutes as New Orleans took the lead for good in a game that was close throughout.

Austin Rivers added 18 points and Anthony Morrow 15 for the Pelicans, who shot 52.4 percent.

Troy Daniels hit 6 3s and finished with 22 points for Houston, which rested James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin.


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LSU's busy week continues with visit to St. Jude Hospital http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-busy-week-continues-with-visit-to-st-jude-hospital/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-busy-week-continues-with-visit-to-st-jude-hospital/ Sports Wed, 16 Apr 2014 7:22:23 PM Chris Price LSU's busy week continues with visit to St. Jude Hospital

MEMPHIS, TN - The LSU baseball team continued a busy week as they visited the St. Jude children's research hospital in Memphis as they spend spring break on the road.

The Tigers got off to a good start to their week with a 13-5 win over Southern Mississippi on Tuesday, but the week is far from over: an overnight bus ride to Memphis took the Tigers to stop number two, and they'll be back on the road as they begin a three game series against Ole Miss on Thursday. 

The Tigers are 8-6-1 in the SEC so far, while the Rebels are 9-6 in conference play. 


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Pistorius trial: Judge sets 2-week adjournment http://www.wbrz.com/news/pistorius-trial-judge-sets-2-week-adjournment/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pistorius-trial-judge-sets-2-week-adjournment/ Sports Wed, 16 Apr 2014 4:16:00 AM Hunter Robinson Pistorius trial: Judge sets 2-week adjournment

PRETORIA, South Africa - The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has ruled that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after Thursday and resume on May 5.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Wednesday that she was responding to a request for a break from the chief prosecutor and which was supported by the defense. Pistorius' trial started Mar. 3 and Masipa said the case had lasted longer than expected.

Chief defense lawyer Barry Roux has said he will call between 14 and 17 witnesses. Forensic expert Roger Dixon, the third witness called by the defense, was testifying Wednesday.

Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year. He says he shot her by mistake; the prosecution says he killed her intentionally after an argument.


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Cal hires UT's Cuonzo Martin as head basketball coach http://www.wbrz.com/news/cal-hires-ut-s-cuonzo-martin-as-head-basketball-coach/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cal-hires-ut-s-cuonzo-martin-as-head-basketball-coach/ Sports Tue, 15 Apr 2014 1:11:31 PM ANTONIO GONZALEZ Cal hires UT's Cuonzo Martin as head basketball coach

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - California has hired Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as its head coach.

Cal announced Martin's hiring Tuesday. He replaces Mike Montgomery, who retired last month after six seasons in Berkeley.

Martin went 63-41 in three seasons at Tennessee, including a 24-13 mark and an appearance in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament this season. He was previously the coach at Missouri State.

Martin was scheduled to be introduced at Cal during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.


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Moment of silence marks Boston Marathon bombings anniversary http://www.wbrz.com/news/moment-of-silence-marks-boston-marathon-bombings-anniversary/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/moment-of-silence-marks-boston-marathon-bombings-anniversary/ Sports Tue, 15 Apr 2014 1:09:35 PM DENISE LAVOIE Moment of silence marks Boston Marathon bombings anniversary

BOSTON - Survivors, first-responders and public officials have observed a moment of silence near the Boston Marathon finish line to mark the moment two pressure cooker bombs exploded a year ago.

Three people were killed and 260 others injured in the attacks. MIT police officer Sean Collier was killed several days later, allegedly by the bombing suspects.

This year's running of the Boston Marathon, expected to be the second-largest in history, will take place on Monday.

About 2,500 people attended an invitation-only tribute at the Hynes Convention Center, then walked in the rain to the finish line for the moment of silence. Bells were rung and a flag was raised by Officer Richard Donohue, who was badly injured during a shootout with the bombing suspects.


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Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement http://www.wbrz.com/news/olympic-great-michael-phelps-ending-retirement/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/olympic-great-michael-phelps-ending-retirement/ Sports Tue, 15 Apr 2014 5:09:52 AM Beth Harris Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26.

USA Swimming said Monday that Phelps is expected to join fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky at the Arena Grand Prix at Skyline Aquatic Center.

Phelps returned to training last fall and re-entered the U.S. drug-testing program. He has completed his six-month waiting period to be eligible for competition by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Phelps turns 29 in June and is the winningest and most decorated athlete in Olympic history. He captured 18 gold medals and 22 medals overall at the last three Summer Games. He broke Mark Spitz's record for a single Olympics by winning eight gold medals at Beijing in 2008.


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Pelicans shock Thunder 101-89 http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-shock-thunder-101-89/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-shock-thunder-101-89/ Sports Tue, 15 Apr 2014 4:42:02 AM Hunter Robinson Pelicans shock Thunder 101-89

NEW ORLEANS- The Pelicans are disappointed they missed the playoffs again this year, but the team was able to play spoiler in its final regular season match-up with the playoff-bound Oklahoma City Thunder.

New Orleans ended its eight-game losing streak by flying past the Thunder 101-89 Monday night. The team was led by Tyreke Evans, a newcomer this season.

Evans put an exclamation point on his first season with the team by scoring a career eight 41 points to go with nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

It was New Orleans first victory over Oklahoma City in over three years. It was also the second consecutive loss for the Thunder. The team now must win its season finale against Sacramento tomorrow or hope for a Los Angeles Clippers loss against the Portland Trailblazers.

The New Orleans Pelicans are now 33-48, finding themselves in last place in the Western Conference's Southwest Division and out of the playoff picture. The franchise has not made a playoff appearance since 2011. It will again be eligible in the NBA Lottery.

The team will wrap up the season Wednesday at home against the Houston Rockets.


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49ers linebacker Aldon Smith arrested at airport http://www.wbrz.com/news/49ers-linebacker-aldon-smith-arrested-at-airport/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/49ers-linebacker-aldon-smith-arrested-at-airport/ Sports Mon, 14 Apr 2014 5:17:51 AM Hunter Robinson 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith arrested at airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb.

LAPD Sgt. Michael Fox said Smith was booked Sunday afternoon.

Airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said the 24-year-old player was randomly selected for a secondary screening at Terminal 1. Ortiz said Smith became uncooperative with the process and told a TSA agent that he had a bomb before walking to the gate. When airport police officers caught up with him, Ortiz said Smith became uncooperative and was taken into custody.

A video on TMZ.com shows Smith exchanging words with an officer as he was being handcuffed.

The 49ers said in a statement that the team was disappointed to learn about the incident.


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Bubba Watson wins 2nd Masters http://www.wbrz.com/news/bubba-watson-wins-2nd-masters/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bubba-watson-wins-2nd-masters/ Sports Sun, 13 Apr 2014 9:10:11 PM Chris Price Bubba Watson wins 2nd Masters

AUGUSTA, GA - In the final round of the Masters, Bubba Watson hit a tee shot at 13- a fade in the 380-yard range- that possibly no other player on tour can hit. After earning his 2nd Masters win on Sunday, Watson is moving into rare territory with his victories as well as his shotmaking. 

The 2012 Masters champion shot a three-under 69 to beat 20-somethings Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by three shots.

With the win, Watson joins Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, and 6 other players who have won 2 Masters championships in a 3-year span.  


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Clock strikes 3 for LSU softball, helps Tigers beat Georgia http://www.wbrz.com/news/clock-strikes-3-for-lsu-softball-helps-tigers-beat-georgia/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/clock-strikes-3-for-lsu-softball-helps-tigers-beat-georgia/ Sports Sun, 13 Apr 2014 4:38:26 PM Chris Price Clock strikes 3 for LSU softball, helps Tigers beat Georgia

BATON ROUGE - The LSU softball team scored 7 runs in the 6th inning, and a drop-dead curfew helped the Tigers hold off Georgia 13-11 on Sunday afternoon.

The bizzare finish was set up before the game by the Bulldogs, who said they would have to stop playing at 3pm.

As stated by the rules, if an inning isn't finished at the drop-dead time, the score reverts to the previous completed inning.

The Bulldogs led after the 5th inning, and after scoring four more in the top of the 6th, LSU looked like they were finished.

The Tigers responded with 7 runs in the bottom of the frame, and with the clock approaching the drop-dead time of 3pm, Beth Torina had her team intentionally give up their third out to make the inning count.

With the win, the Tigers (24-18, 6-9) have won their second-straight series over a ranked opponent.  


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LSU baseball falls to Arkansas in weekend finale http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-falls-to-arkansas-in-weekend-finale/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-falls-to-arkansas-in-weekend-finale/ Sports Sun, 13 Apr 2014 4:29:14 PM Chris Price LSU baseball falls to Arkansas in weekend finale

BATON ROUGE - The Arkansas Razorbacks started with a grand slam in the 1st inning and never looked back as they beat LSU 10-4 on Sunday afternoon. 

In the process, the Razorbacks (22-15, 7-8) also ended a seven-game winning streak for LSU (27-9-1, 8-6-1). 

The Tigers only managed 4 hits on the day, while Arkansas had 8 hits for their 10 runs- Kyle Bouman takes the loss for LSU after giving up four earned runs in the 1st. 


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LSU softball ties Georgia series with 8th inning walk-off http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-ties-georgia-series-with-8th-inning-walk-off/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-ties-georgia-series-with-8th-inning-walk-off/ Sports Sat, 12 Apr 2014 8:48:51 PM Chris Price LSU softball ties Georgia series with 8th inning walk-off

BATON ROUGE - Just two innings away from losing another weekend series, the LSU softball team executed a dramatic comeback with four runs in the 6th inning and a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 8th against the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday. 

Jacee Blades delivered the game-winning shot for the Tigers (23-18, 5-9) who now have a chance to win their second-straight conference series on Sunday afternoon. 

The Tigers trailed 3-0 after 5 1/2 innings, but Constance Quinn smacked a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game, and then Sandra Simmons scored the go-ahead run off a Bulldogs error later in the inning. 

The Bulldogs responded with a run in the top of the 7th, though, and after two scoreless half, innings, it set the stage for Blades' heroics in the 8th. 


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Laird's walk-off lifts Tigers to series win vs. Arkansas http://www.wbrz.com/news/laird-s-walk-off-lifts-tigers-to-series-win-vs-arkansas/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/laird-s-walk-off-lifts-tigers-to-series-win-vs-arkansas/ Sports Sat, 12 Apr 2014 3:59:46 PM Chris Price Laird's walk-off lifts Tigers to series win vs. Arkansas

BATON ROUGE - LSU outfielder Mark Laird claimed his first walk-off hit in his college career, lifting the Tigers to a 5-4 win over Arkansas on Saturday afternoon.

The score was tied at 4 in the bottom of the ninth, and with two runners on base, Laird sliced a single down the left field line, scoring Jake Fraley to give the Tigers their second straight series win.

LSU build a 4-0 lead afer the 4th, but the Razorbacks rallied with 2 runs in the 5th, and single runs in the 6th and 7th to tie the game.  

With runners on for Arkansas in the top of the 9th, Joe Broussard earned a win by closing the door with a strikeout to end the half-inning. 

LSU improves to 27-8-1 on the season, and will look to earn their second straight conference sweep Sunday at 1:00 pm.


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Ragin' Cajuns football wants to be the next "BCS Buster" http://www.wbrz.com/news/ragin-cajuns-football-wants-to-be-the-next-bcs-buster-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ragin-cajuns-football-wants-to-be-the-next-bcs-buster-/ Sports Fri, 11 Apr 2014 9:51:32 PM Michael Cauble Ragin' Cajuns football wants to be the next

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are wrapping up their spring football season with the annual Red & White Spring Game on Saturday at Cajun Field, but they already have eyes on how they want to be remembered after the coming Fall.

The Cajuns are no longer content with their usual finish to their season and are looking to become a legitimate BCS Buster.

After three straight seasons of 9-4 records and New Orleans Bowl victories, head coach Mark Hudspeth and his team are wanting more and doing something about it.

Watch the attached video clip for more from Cajuns spring camp and a report from Sports2's Chris Price.


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Prosecutor: Pistorius shot lover as they talked http://www.wbrz.com/news/prosecutor-pistorius-shot-lover-as-they-talked/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/prosecutor-pistorius-shot-lover-as-they-talked/ Sports Fri, 11 Apr 2014 4:55:48 AM Christopher Torchia Prosecutor: Pistorius shot lover as they talked

PRETORIA, South Africa - The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has told the world-famous athlete that he fatally shot his girlfriend through a toilet door as they were talking.

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel insists that Pistorius intentionally killed Reeva Steenkamp and put it Friday during cross-examination of the double-amputee Olympian that "she was standing behind the toilet door talking to you when you shot her."

Pistorius denied Nel's claim, saying "that's not true" in a dramatic exchange to end the first week of the runner's testimony at his trial.

Nel says the "only reasonable explanation" for the shooting last year is that Pistorius killed the model after a fight. Pistorius claims he shot Steenkamp by mistake thinking she was a nighttime intruder behind a toilet door in his bathroom.


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NCAA Women's Final gets high TV rating http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-women-s-final-gets-high-tv-rating/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-women-s-final-gets-high-tv-rating/ Sports Wed, 9 Apr 2014 7:55:02 PM APNewsNow NCAA Women's Final gets high TV rating

BRISTOL, Conn. - The championship game between two undefeated teams drew the highest television rating for women's basketball in a decade.

UConn's 79-58 win over Notre Dame on ESPN on Tuesday earned a 2.8 rating. That's the best since a 3.5 for the UConn-Tennessee final in 2004.

The Huskies' big lead prevented a higher rating, but it was still up 40 percent from last year's UConn-Louisville final.

Ratings represent the percentage of homes with televisions tuned to a program.


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Pistorius urged to look at photo of dead lover http://www.wbrz.com/news/pistorius-urged-to-look-at-photo-of-dead-lover/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pistorius-urged-to-look-at-photo-of-dead-lover/ Sports Wed, 9 Apr 2014 5:09:34 AM Christopher Torchia Pistorius urged to look at photo of dead lover

PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial has urged the athlete to "take responsibility" for fatally shooting his girlfriend, pushing him to look at a police photograph of Reeva Steenkamp's bloodied head that was displayed in court.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said Wednesday that Steenkamp's head "exploded" when it was struck by one of four bullets that Pistorius fired through a closed toilet door in his home last year.

The photograph showed a sideview of Steenkamp's head, with a mass of blood and human tissue on the back and upper parts. Her eyes were closed. Nel said: "It's time that you look at it."

Pistorius appeared distraught, saying he didn't have to look because he was at the scene when Steenkamp died.


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