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BU’s Chambers to leave for Penn State?

June 3, 2011

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Colleges
Boston University men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers has emerged as a leading contender to become the next coach at Penn State, according to sources close to the situation. Penn State athletic director Tim Curley is expected to make a decision between Chambers, who has guided BU to back-to-back 21-14 seasons, including an NCAA Tournament berth this season, and University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin coach Rob Jeter. Chambers has Philadelphia roots and came to BU to replace Dennis Wolff two years ago from Jay Wright’s staff at Villanova. Chambers talked to Penn State officials this week and emerged as one of the leading contenders. Chambers recently agreed to a contract extension at BU through the 2015-16 season.

MARK BLAUDSCHUN

Calhoun won’t set retirement deadline Connecticut men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun, 69, said he is letting a decision about retirement “evolve’’ and is not setting a deadline for himself after leading the Huskies to their third national championship in April . . . The Justice Department’s antitrust division will meet with the Bowl Championship Series this summer, following up on concerns the department raised with the NCAA about college football’s postseason format. BCS executive director Bill Hancock told the Associated Press that a Justice Department attorney last week asked for a voluntary background briefing on how the BCS operates. Hancock said he agreed to provide one, but that no date has been set yet . . . The Southern Connecticut State baseball team was eliminated from the NCAA Division 2 World Series in Cary, N.C., with a 7-5 loss to Winona State (Minn.).

Baseball
Ex-Sox Delcarmen hooks on with Texas Former Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen signed a minor league contract with the Rangers yesterday and was assigned to Triple A Round Rock. Delcarmen signed a minor league deal with the Mariners in the offseason that included a clause that allowed him to ask for his release, which Seattle granted this week. The righthander from Hyde Park pitched for Boston from 2005-10 . . . Twins catcher Joe Mauer caught three innings in an extended spring training game in Fort Myers, Fla., his first action behind the plate since he was sent to the disabled list in mid-April with weakness and soreness in his legs. Mauer said he was “a little fatigued’’ in the 94-degree heat but that he “felt good to get back out there.’’ . . . The Twins will be without two of their top run producers for at least two weeks as designated hitter Jim Thome (strained left quadriceps) and Jason Kubel (sprained left foot) were placed on the 15-day disabled list . . . Lefthander John Lamb, one of the Royals’ top prospects, will undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow today . . . The World Baseball Classic is expanding by 12 countries in 2013, bringing the total field to 28 teams — 16 of which will compete in a qualifying round.

Soccer
Surgery shelves Perovic for the season Revolution midfielder Marko Perovic underwent season-ending surgery on his left knee at Mass. General Hospital. Perovic, voted by fans as the team’s MVP last season, appeared in just four games this year, the last coming April 23 . . . Barcelona star Lionel Messi was not hurt after a youngster threw a punch at Messi while he was leaving a restaurant in his home country of Argentina. The youngster was part of a throng wanting Messi’s autograph, a witness told Argentine television. Wrote Messi on his Facebook page, “I did not receive any blow from anyone. I’m perfectly OK.’’ . . . New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe will lead the Major League Soccer All-Star squad against Manchester United in the league’s annual exhibition game next month . . . Mark Hughes quit as Fulham manager after just one season, the Premier League club announced.

Hockey
Crosby is cleared to resume workouts Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was cleared by team doctors to start offseason, off-ice workouts. Because of a concussion, Crosby played his last game Jan. 5 and did not return for the playoffs. He is likely to begin on-ice workouts in late July or early August . . . The owners of Winnipeg’s new NHL team said they have sold more than 4,000 season tickets in just over a day. The as-yet unnamed team hopes to sell 13,000 season tickets before the meeting of the NHL’s board of governors June 21, when the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers and the club’s relocation is expected to be approved . . . St. Louis Blues defenseman Roman Polak signed a five-year contract extension.