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Sports Briefs

- - Sunday, March 27, 2011

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Richmond coach Mooney signs 10-year extension

RICHMOND | Richmond men's basketball coach Chris Mooney has signed a 10-year contract extension with the Spiders after leading them to the Sweet 16.

The school, clearly anticipating that Mooney could attract interest from schools in the traditional-power conferences, said Mooney signed the deal Sunday night.

"I was anxious to get something done, and the school was anxious to get something done, so it was kind of pretty smooth," Mooney said in a telephone interview after the deal was announced. "There did not need to be a lot of back and forth. I think they are as excited about the future of our program as I am, so it really was able to go pretty quickly."

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Tennessee hires Martin, replacing Pearl as coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. | Tennessee hired Missouri State's Cuonzo Martin on Sunday to take over a Volunteers program facing punishment by the NCAA for recruiting violations.

Martin, 39, replaces the popular Bruce Pearl, who was fired March 21, a month after being charged with unethical conduct for lying to NCAA investigators.

Martin was hired in 2008 by Missouri State after eight years as an assistant at Purdue and went 61-41 in three seasons. He was chosen this season's Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year after the Bears finished 26-9 and won the program's first MVC regular-season championship.

BASEBALL

Cubs release hurler Silva, on hook for $11.5MOE

MESA, Ariz. | Carlos Silva was released by the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, one day after they told the veteran pitcher he would not make the opening-day roster.

The move leaves the Cubs on the hook for Silva's $11.5 million salary this season. The 31-year-old right-hander made it clear Saturday he would not accept a minor league assignment.

The Cubs informed Silva on Saturday that he would not break camp with the club. They said they would try to trade him, but if they couldn't, they hoped he would go to the minor leagues.

Silva, however, said "no chance" to a Triple-A assignment and then criticized first-year pitching coach Mark Riggins for not "being straight" with him about the team's plans.

GOLF

Gal wins on final hole for Kia Classic title

INDUSTRY, Calif. | Sandra Gal won the Kia Classic on Sunday to become the second German winner in LPGA Tour history, beating second-ranked Jiyai Shin with a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

The 25-year-old Gal, a former University of Florida player, made the winning putt after Shin's 5-foot birdie attempt caught the right edge and spun out.

Gal closed with a 2-under 71 to finish at 16-under 276 on the Industry Hills Golf Club course at Pacific Palms. She set up the winning birdie with a wedge shot on the par-5 18th.