- - Monday, May 7, 2012

STORRS, Conn. — Big East Commissioner John Marinatto resigned Monday after less than three years on the job, admitting he was drained by several high-profile defections and mounting pressure from school presidents upset with the departures.

Pittsburgh and Syracuse made plans to leave for the Atlantic Coast Conference in September, and West Virginia bolted for the Big 12 the following month. The Big East regrouped by adding Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, SMU and Temple for all sports and Boise State, San Diego State and Navy for football.

Marinatto told the Associated Press on Monday that trying to guide the conference through realignment took a physical and mental toll on him.

HOCKEY

Flyers’ Giroux suspended one game for hit on Zubrus

VOORHEES, N.J. — Philadelphia All-Star forward Claude Giroux was suspended by the NHL after his hit on New Jersey center Dainius Zubrus in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday night.

Giroux will miss Tuesday’s Game 5 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Flyers, who lost 4-2 on Sunday in Newark, N.J., trail the series, 3-1. Giroux, speaking in a conference call because the team did not practice Monday, said the team is “panicking” and has lost confidence in its game against the Devils.

BASEBALL

Gonzalez’s knee latest injury to jolt Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez has a torn ligament in his right knee and will have season-ending surgery, the third Milwaukee player to sustain a serious injury since opening day.

Gonzalez suggered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a 5-2 loss at San Francisco. Last week, Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel also tore the ACL in his right knee chasing a foul popup. Last month, left-hander Chris Narveson underwent surgery to repair a torn left rotator cuff.

TENNIS

Serena breezes, Venus stumbles in Madrid

MADRID — Serena Williams beat Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-1 to reach the Madrid Open’s second round, while sister Venus lost 6-4, 6-1 to Angelique Kerber. The ninth-seeded Williams had 13 aces and 40 winners against Vesnina, who was struggling with her game on the slippery blue clay court.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports

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