- - Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Arizona fires Stoops after losing 10 of last 11 games

The firing of Arizona coach Mike Stoops on Tuesday wasn’t completely unexpected. The Wildcats had been on a slide since late last season and didn’t appear to be on the verge of any big breakthroughs.

Still, once word spread around the coaching ranks, the news hit hard, particularly among Stoops’ friends and famous family, but also among coaches concerned about a lack of loyalty by universities that no longer hesitate to fire coaches midseason.

“I think it’s ridiculous, you know, especially considering what he did with that program, where it was when he took over and where it is now,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said.

Stoops was 41-50 in eight seasons, and the Wildcats have lost 10 of 11 after their 37-27 setback to previously winless Oregon State on Saturday.

• Stephen Garcia won’t get a sixth chance to play quarterback for No. 15 South Carolina. Athletic director Eric Hyman said the fifth-year senior, who was suspended and brought back to the Gamecocks five times, was dismissed from the team Hyman did not specify what Garcia did that got him kicked off. Garcia started 34 games, including four this season, since arriving in January 2007.

• Ohio State defensive end Nathan Williams, who injured his left knee in the first game of the season, likely will not play again this year. Williams already has had arthroscopic surgery on the left knee.


Bruins give Peverley three-year extension

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins signed center Rich Peverley, a key member of last season’s Stanley Cup championship team, to a three-year contract extension.

Peverley, 29, had four goals and three assists in 23 regular-season games and added four goals and eight assists in the playoffs. Overall, he had 18 goals and 23 assists in 82 regular-season games last year with Atlanta and Boston.


Woods grateful for spot in his tournament

LOS ANGELES — Tiger Woods is happy he could announce his own name in the field of the Chevron World Challenge. Woods expressed gratitude to the tournament committee Tuesday after squeaking into the tournament he hosts.

His world ranking stayed just high enough last month to qualify for an exemption, and he’ll be at Sherwood Country Club in seven weeks for the final event of his so-far winless season. Woods finished tied for 30th last week in the Frys.com Open, his first tournament in nearly two months.


Morton out six months after surgery on hip

PITTSBURGH — Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton will be out about six months after having hip surgery. He is not expected to be ready for the start of spring training. Morton (10-10, 3.83 ERA) experienced discomfort in the hip throughout the season.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


Lynx celebrate first WNBA championship

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Lynx and local sports fans are reveling in their first WNBA championship. The team was honored with a downtown parade Tuesday and a rally at Target Center, with an estimated 15,000 people lined up along the route. The Lynx swept the Atlanta Dream in the best-of-five series last week to win the title.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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