- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 10, 2011

BASEBALL

Red Sox sign Buchholz to new four-year deal

BOSTON | The Red Sox have agreed to a new contract with pitcher Clay Buchholz that will keep him in Boston an extra four years.

The deal also includes club options for 2016 and 2017. Buchholz gives up three potential arbitration years and delays his chance to become a free agent in exchange for the security of a long-term deal.

“I think that’s what every player wants,” he said. “You’re not going to play this game forever.”

The 26-year-old Buchholz was second in the American League with a 2.33 ERA last year - the youngest Red Sox pitcher with an ERA that low since 1918. He was also among the league leaders with 17 wins, a .708 winning percentage and a .226 batting average allowed.

HOCKEY

Lemaire leaving Devils to return to retirement

NEWARK, N.J. | Jacques Lemaire is going back into retirement.

The Hall of Famer announced after the New Jersey Devils’ 3-2 season-ending win over the Bruins on Sunday that he is bringing his coaching career to a close again.

Lemaire came out of retirement before Christmas after rookie coach John MacLean was fired while the Devils struggled for the first time in decades.

The 65-year-old Lemaire, who retired after last season, says his love of the game has not diminished but he wants to enjoy life and spend more time with his family.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

UConn’s Moore expected to be top pick in WNBA draft

BRISTOL, Conn. | Maya Moore is completing her journey from player of the year in college to top pick in the WNBA. The University of Connecticut basketball star is expected to be the first player selected Monday in the WNBA Draft.

The Minnesota Lynx have the first pick in the draft and have already indicated they will take Moore.

Moore finished her career at Connecticut with two national championships, and four appearances in the Final Four. She was a four-time All-American and two-time national player of the year.

HOCKEY

Panthers fire DeBoer after missing playoffs again

SUNRISE, Fla. | The Panthers fired coach Peter DeBoer on Sunday, one day after the team finished its 10th straight season without a playoff appearance. Florida’s 72 points were worst in the Eastern Conference and the third-fewest in the 30-team NHL.

DeBoer came to the Panthers in 2008 after 13 seasons of leading teams in the Ontario Hockey League, a top junior level where his clubs won two-thirds of their games.

And there was promise in his first season with Florida, when the team put up 93 points, its highest total in nearly a decade.

The last two seasons have gone the other way. Florida finished with 77 points last season and five fewer in 2010-11, finishing last in the Southeast Division both times and adding to the team’s historic slump: The Panthers haven’t prevailed in a playoff series since 1996 and haven’t played a postseason game since 2000.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

UNLV tabs BYU assistant Rice to replace Kruger

LAS VEGAS | UNLV named BYU associate coach Dave Rice as its head basketball coach Sunday, picking him to return to the school where he was an assistant under four head coaches for 11 seasons.

The move came a week after Lon Kruger left UNLV following seven seasons to become Oklahoma’s new coach.

Rice has 19 years of coaching experience, including 17 seasons at BYU, UNLV and Utah State. He joined BYU as an assistant in 2005 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2008.

From wire dispatches and staff reports