- - Monday, April 9, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Mark Lenzi struck gold when he switched from wrestling to diving in the mid-1980s.

Over the next decade, he became the 1992 Olympic 3-meter springboard champion, earned a bronze medal four years later in Atlanta and became the first driver to score 100 points on a single dive.

On Monday, Lenzi, the last American male diver to win Olympic gold, died at the age of 43 in Greenville, N.C. Lenzi’s alma mater, Indiana University, posted the announcement on its website but did not provide a cause of death.

His mother, Ellie, told the family’s hometown newspaper, the Free Lance-Star of Fredricksburg, Va., that Lenzi had been hospitalized the past two weeks because of fainting spells that were caused by low blood pressure.

Lenzi is survived by his wife, Dorothy, his mother, two brothers, one sister and a grandmother.


Odom’s time with Mavericks will end on inactive list

DALLAS — Lamar Odom is done in Dallas, a mutual decision that comes with the defending NBA champion Mavericks trying to make sure they get back in the playoffs.

General manager Donnie Nelson said Monday it’s been a difficult and frustrating year for Odom, the team and the fans and that it’s time to move on. The Mavericks have nine games left in the lockout-shortened season and are seventh in the Western Conference standings. Odom, the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year, has been placed on the inactive list and will not be with the Mavericks the rest of the season.


TCU hires Johnson as Christian’s replacement

FORT WORTH, Texas — Trent Johnson has been hired as TCU’s basketball coach. Johnson replaces Jim Christian and will lead the Frogs into the Big 12 Conference next season.

Johnson’s introduction Monday came a day after he resigned from LSU, where he spent the past four seasons. He has a 226-185 career record, having taken Stanford and Nevada to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament before going to LSU.


Henry captures third straight MLS accolade

HARRISON, N.J. — Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls became the first player in MLS history to capture three straight player of the week awards. The league announced that Henry, 34, was honored again after scoring two goals and setting up another in a 4-1 win at Columbus on Saturday.

He has seven goals and three assists in the Red Bulls’ three-game winning streak. Henry leads the MLS with seven goals, one more than teammate Kenny Cooper and Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports

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