Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win (Yahoo Sports) - Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise's 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2. Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz, James Neal scored in a span of 5:01 of the first period to stake the Penguins to a 3-0 lead. Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97 (Yahoo Sports) - LeBron James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Miami Heat held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series. Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, and had a steal in the final seconds to help seal the win for Miami. Mario Chalmers added 11 for the Heat. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 22 points for Charlotte, which got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Al Jefferson, who played through a left plantar fascia strain and shot 9 for 23 from the floor. Wild's Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension from NHL (Yahoo Sports) - ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke has been suspended for seven games by the NHL for a knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. Blues C Backes scratched for Game 4 (Yahoo Sports) - St. Louis center David Backes was scratched Wednesday night for Game 4 of the Blues' first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to an upper-body injury. Backes did not participate in St. Louis' morning skate, but coach Ken Hitchcock did not rule him out for the game. The final word came when Backes was on the list of scratches on the pregame roster report. Forward Brenden Morrow also was scratched after Hitchcock said earlier in the day that he would miss the rest of the series. Yanks pitcher Pineda ejected for substance on neck (Yahoo Sports) - New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from a game against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning Wednesday night after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck. Pineda's ejection occurred 13 days after the right-hander had brown goo on the lower part of the palm of his pitching hand during a 4-1 win over Boston at Yankee Stadium. But with two outs, no runners and a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore on Wednesday, Farrell left the dugout to talk with plate umpire Gerry Davis, who went to the mound. Davis touched the right side of the pitcher's neck with his index finger then ejected Pineda as other umpires and Yankee infielders stood nearby. Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers (Yahoo Sports) - NEW YORK (AP) -- As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4. Ducks without captain Getzlaf, Selanne in Game 4 (Yahoo Sports) - DALLAS (AP) -- Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is out of Game 4 against the Dallas Stars because of an upper-body injury. Padres' Josh Johnson to undergo 2nd elbow surgery (Yahoo Sports) - San Diego Padres starter Josh Johnson is scheduled to undergo elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time and will miss the entire season. He strained his elbow during spring training and the Padres initially thought he would be out about one month. He was examined after the lastest setback by Dr. James Andrews, who performed Tommy John surgery on Johnson in 2007. You know Josh Johnson has been banged up the last couple of years. Weight concerns behind Phelps return - Moyes, Woodward and the doomed presentation - David Moyes 'livid' at Manchester United treatment after 10 months characterised by poor communication and difficult relationships

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Embattled Boston U women's coach Greenberg resigns (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 10:44 am]
Boston University women's basketball coach Kelly Greenberg resigned Wednesday about a month after several former players complained that she was so verbally and emotionally abusive that she drove them off the team. The panel found that even though many of the allegations couldn't be substantiated, ''a compelling case was made, based on interviews with the team as a whole, that the manner in which coach Greenberg interacted with many of her players was incompatible with the expectations and standards for university employees, including our coaches,'' Todd Klipp, senior vice president, said in a statement. ''When we shared these conclusions with coach Greenberg, she determined that it would not be possible for her to continue coaching at Boston University,'' he added. Greenberg went 186-127 in 10 years at BU and led the team to four appearances in the Women's National Invitational Tournament.

Embattled Boston U coach Greenberg resigns (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 6:55 am]
Boston University women's basketball coach Kelly Greenberg has resigned after some former players alleged she was verbally and emotionally abusive. The university announced Wednesday that Greenberg has resigned after 10 years at the helm. University senior vice president Todd Klipp says while the panel found many of the allegations against Greenberg couldn't be substantiated, ''a compelling case was made ... that the manner in which coach Greenberg interacted with many of her players was incompatible with the expectations and standards for university employees.'' Supporters called her a tough but fair coach.

Hatchell: Star freshman DeShields leaving UNC (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 1:00 pm]
North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell says star freshman Diamond DeShields plans to transfer. In a statement Thursday, Hatchell says she doesn't know ''or understand'' why DeShields is leaving. Hatchell didn't coach this year while focusing on treatment for leukemia, which is in remission. She says it ''breaks my heart that I will not have the opportunity to coach Diamond.'' Hatchell didn't immediately return a call for comment, while DeShields didn't immediately respond to an email.

A'ja Wilson ends suspense, chooses South Carolina (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 5:21 pm]
A'ja Wilson, considered one of the nation's top women's basketball recruits, announced Wednesday she will play for South Carolina. Wilson told a national television audience that she had decided to stay close to home, rejecting overtures from national champion Connecticut, North Carolina and Tennessee. ''It's just really a great program and it's like I'm wearing this shirt, there's no place like home,'' Wilson said. ''They're on the rise and I would love to be a part of it.'' Wilson said the hardest part of the process was telling the coaches at the other schools of her decision.

Gonzaga promotes assistant to head coach (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 14, 2014, 6:22 pm]
Gonzaga assistant women's basketball coach Lisa Fortier was promoted to head coach on Monday, replacing Kelly Graves, who left for Oregon after 14 seasons with the Bulldogs. Fortier has coached at Gonzaga for seven seasons, including the Bulldogs' current run of six consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs won the West Coast Conference for the 10th straight year and earned a bid to the NCAA tourney, where they lost to James Madison in their first game.

Former Houston coach Curl dies (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 14, 2014, 5:53 pm]
HOUSTON (AP) -- Former Houston women's basketball coach Joe Curl has died, the university announced Monday. He was 59.

Georgetown hires Adair as women's basketball coach (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 14, 2014, 7:04 am]
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Natasha Adair is the new women's basketball coach at Georgetown.

Large crowds cheer UConn champion basketball teams (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 13, 2014, 2:58 pm]
Huge crowds turned out for a downtown Hartford victory parade and rally celebrating the national championships won by the University of Connecticut men's and women's basketball teams. Cheers grew louder as the truck carrying the UConn band approached. By the time the men's and women's basketball teams went by the crowds were ecstatic. Men's coach Kevin Ollie waved to the crowds from the front of the truck while guard Ryan Boatright held up a hand displaying the No. 1 sign.

Parade to fete UConn champion basketball teams (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 13, 2014, 11:48 am]
Thousands of fans are expected to turn out for a victory parade and rally celebrating the dual national championships won by the University of Connecticut men's and women's basketball teams. A rally will follow. The UConn men's team beat Kentucky for the national title April 7, while the UConn women's team defeated Notre Dame for its record-breaking ninth championship the following night UConn is the only school to win both the men's and women's Division I basketball championships in the same year, a feat they also accomplished in 2004.

Creighton's Doug McDermott accepts Wooden Award (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 11, 2014, 8:49 pm]
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Doug McDermott of Creighton has accepted the John R. Wooden Award, one of several honors the senior won this year as college basketball's player of the year.

Marquette lets women's coach Mitchell go (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 9, 2014, 7:32 pm]
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Marquette says women's basketball coach Terri Mitchell will not return next season.

UConn hoping to capitalize on championships (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 9, 2014, 4:29 pm]
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- The University of Connecticut women's basketball team has taken a campus victory lap, one day after winning a record ninth NCAA championship.

Stewart has more titles at UConn in her sights (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 9, 2014, 10:14 am]
Geno Auriemma breezed past Pat Summitt by winning his record ninth championship. With sensational sophomore Breanna Stewart back at UConn for two more seasons, winning a 10th or 11th title is a real possibility. That would move Auriemma and Connecticut past UCLA men's coach John Wooden for the most in all of college basketball. Auriemma downplayed comparisons to Wooden when the Huskies broke UCLA's 88-game winning streak a few years ago.

UConn routs Notre Dame 79-58, wins 9th title (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 8:43 pm]
Geno Auriemma and Connecticut stand alone in women's college basketball, and they reached the top in unprecedented fashion. The Huskies routed Notre Dame 79-58 Tuesday night in the first championship game featuring undefeated teams, winning their record ninth national title. Auriemma broke a tie with Pat Summitt and Tennessee for most all-time, doing it in her backyard. Breanna Stewart, who was the AP's player of the year, scored 21 points to lead the Huskies (40-0) while Stefanie Dolson added 17 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists.

UConn leads Notre Dame 45-38 at half of title game (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 8:03 pm]
Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 14 points to help Connecticut move closer to knocking off Notre Dame in the first NCAA championship showdown between undefeated teams as the Huskies took a 45-38 halftime lead Tuesday night. With both Notre Dame (37-0) and the Huskies (39-0) unbeaten, making it the first title game - men's or women's - featuring undefeated teams.

Stollings brings fast-paced style to Minnesota (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 6:15 pm]
New coaches at major conference programs often inherit struggling teams. That is not the case for Marlene Stollings at Minnesota. Stollings was introduced Tuesday at a news conference for the 11th coach for the Gophers' women's program. Stollings spent the last two years at VCU.

NCAA hosts summit to discuss state of women's game (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 5:28 pm]
With the build up to Tuesday night's matchup of undefeated teams in the women's national title showdown, a group of stakeholders in the sport met to discuss how to increase interest in the game and keep the momentum going after the final buzzer of the UConn-Notre Dame matchup. Attendance has fallen in the NCAA tournament. Looking for ways to overcome the challenges, the NCAA hosted a summit with coaches, administrators, broadcast partners and fans to find ways to grow the sport. ''It was a great opportunity to get a lot of different groups together and try to get people on a similar page,'' said Anucha Browne, the NCAA vice president of women's basketball championships.

Boilermakers' Joslyn Massey to transfer (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 4:25 pm]
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue sophomore Joslyn Massey plans to transfer to another school.

Notre Dame, UConn set for historic title game (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 1:25 pm]
Muffet McGraw and Geno Auriemma were well aware of the talk. There has been a buzz throughout women's basketball all season about the potential showdown between their undefeated teams. UConn (39-0) and Notre Dame (37-0) are set to meet in an unprecedented championship clash Tuesday night.

Oregon hires Gonzaga women's coach (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 9:39 am]
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Oregon has hired Kelly Graves of Gonzaga as its women's basketball coach.





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