Rutgers expands probe to all sports
Rutgers officials are scrutinizing practice videos of all sports to see if any coach engaged in behavior like the type that cost men’s basketball coach Mike Rice his job, the university announced Monday. The inquiry into Rice and how university officials responded is also going deeper as the school announced that it plans to hire a consultant to conduct an independent review. Meanwhile, Mark Hershhorn, chariman of the university Board of Governors’ athletics committee, said through his attorneys that he did call for Rice’s firing on the day in early December that he watched the video. Contrary to his recommendation, Hershhorn said, the university chose to discipline Rice instead of let him go. Rutgers also announced that former dean Carl Kirschner will run the athletic department on an interim basis . . . Audra Smith, a former Virginia player who spent the past nine years as women’s basketball coach at UAB, was hired to take over the struggling Clemson program. She succeeds Itoro Coleman, who went just 25-63 in three seasons . . . WPI men’s basketball coach Chris Bartley, who led the Engineers to a school-best 26 wins, was named recipient of the Glenn Robinson National Coach of the Year award, given to honor the nation’s top Division 3 coach.
BASEBALL Back injury slows Rangers’ Harrison
Rangers lefthander Matt Harrison has been dealing with soreness in his lower back since coming out of his last start and has skipped workouts for two days. Harrison, who is 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA, signed a $55 million, five-year contract in January. For now, the team said he is scheduled to make his next start Thursday when the Rangers open a series at Seattle . . . Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said the team and city appear to be close to announcing a long-awaited $500 million renovation project for Wrigley Field. The plan is expected to include approximately $300 million in renovations to Wrigley, more night games, and a $200 million hotel. Wrigley is the second oldest in the major leagues behind only Fenway Park . . . Milwaukee placed lefthander Chris Narveson on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left middle finger.
Canadiens lose Emelin for season
Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament. Emelin was hurt as he tried to check Milan Lucic of the Bruins during Saturday’s game. He had three goals and nine assists in 38 games. Nathan Beaulieu was recalled to replace Emelin . . . Mark Messier was one of three recipients of the Order of Hockey in Canada for his contributions to the game. Messier, who won six Stanley Cups during a Hall of Fame career with Edmonton, the New York Rangers, and Vancouver, was honored along with former Maple Leaf and Team Canada standout Paul Henderson, and coach Dave King . . . The Kings activated forward Dustin Penner from injured reserve after he missed four games with a lower-body injury . . . Hillary Knight scored with just over six minutes to play and the United States advanced to the final of the women’s world championships with a 3-0 win over Finland in Ottawa. The US will face Canada, an 8-1 winner over Russia in the other semifinals, in Tuesday’s championship game.
NBA World Peace ready to go for Lakers Metta World Peace plans to play in the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against New Orleans on Tuesday, less than two weeks after undergoing left knee surgery. The Lakers are ninth in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Utah with five games left . . . Billionaire Ron Burkle will not be part of Sacramento’s bid to keep the Kings after all. Sacramento’s mayor, Kevin Johnson, said a conflict of interest forced Burkle to back out. Burkle is part-owner of Relativity Sports, which manages some NBA players’ careers . . . Timberwolves forward Kevin Love will have arthroscopic surgery to remove a buildup of scar tissue in his left knee. He’s been able to play only 18 games this season.
English rivals meet at Yankee Stadium
Manchester City and Chelsea will complete an end-of-season doubleheader in the United States by playing a friendly at Yankee Stadium in New York on May 25. The teams also meet two days earlier at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. World champion Spain will also play a friendly at Yankee Stadium, on June 11 against Ireland . . . Restricted free agent running back Lance Ball signed his tender with the Broncos . . . The Browns signed free agent wide receiver David Nelson to a one-year contract . . . The Saints agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran free agent safety Jim Leonhard . . . Jack Pardee, one of Bear Bryant’s ‘‘Junction Boys’’ at Texas A&M who went on to become an All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, was remembered as an innovator and teacher during services in Houston. Pardee died of cancer last Monday at 76 . . . Snowboarder Chelone Miller of Easton, N.H., the younger brother of Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, died Sunday in the area of Mammoth Lakes, Calif. He was 29. The cause of death is being investigated, but authorities say foul play is not suspected . . . Gael Monfils had 15 aces and beat American John Blake, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, in the first round of the US Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston.