Sports Digest: St. Joseph's College parts ways with two coaches

2013-03-27T21:15:00Z 2013-04-09T23:31:15Z Sports Digest: St. Joseph's College parts ways with two coaches nwitimes.com
March 27, 2013 9:15 pm

College basketball

ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE PARTS WAYS WITH TWO COACHES: St. Joseph's College has fired both of its head basketball coaches.

Men's coach Richard Davis went 94-102 in seven seasons and led the Pumas to the Division II regional semifinals in 2009-10 with a 20-12 mark. However, the Pumas went 23-53 over the past three seasons, including 6-19 this season when it lost seven of its last eight games.

Davis spent two seasons as an assistant coach for Linc Darner before being promoted when Darner left following the 2005-06 season.

Women's coach Brandon Turner, who served on Davis' staff in 2007-08, was fired after going 32-103 and was 1-25 in 2012-13. He took over as interim coach in August 2008.

Athletic director Bill Massoels said Wednesday that a national coaching search for both jobs will begin immediately.

NORTHWESTERN HIRES COLLINS: Northwestern hired longtime Duke assistant Chris Collins as its basketball coach, hoping he can finally lead the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament.

Collins, the son of Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins, is a logical fit given his ties to the area, the academic similarities to Duke and his basketball pedigree. He is from suburban Northbrook, about 15 miles from the campus in Evanston, played for the Blue Devils and spent the past 13 years at Duke.

His task is to get Northwestern to the NCAA tournament. That's something the Wildcats have never done.

 

Pro basketball

FORMER BULLS CENTER BOERWINKLE DIES: Tom Boerwinkle, the former Bulls center who had a franchise-record 37 rebounds in a 1970 game against the Phoenix Suns, has died. He was 67.

Bulls spokesman Tim Hallam said Wednesday that a family member informed team officials of Boerwinkle's death, and the University of Tennessee issued a statement saying the former Volunteers player died Tuesday at his home near Chicago after a lengthy illness.

The 7-foot Boerwinkle, drafted fourth overall in 1968, averaged 7.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 10 seasons with the Bulls from 1968-69 to 1977-78. He also worked as an analyst on the team's radio broadcasts from 1991-94.

Boerwinkle, from Independence, Ohio, averaged 11.4 points and 9.2 rebounds at Tennessee, helping the Vols win the 1967 Southeastern Conference title.

PACERS GET WIN OVER ROCKETS: Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson added a season-high 21 points to lead the Pacers to a 100-91 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

The Central Division-leading Pacers weren't back to full strength on Wednesday. But they certainly got a boost from the return of Stephenson, who missed Indiana's last game with a strained right hip flexor, and George Hill, out last game with a strained left groin.

 

College football

IRISH LOSE TWO RECEIVERS: Notre Dame says freshmen wide receivers Davonte' Neal and Justin Ferguson are no longer with the team.

Coach Brian Kelly also said Wednesday that running back Amir Carlisle, who missed all of last season with a leg injury, is out for the rest of spring practice with a broken collarbone. Sophomore defensive end Chase Hounshell will miss the 2013 season with the same shoulder injury that caused him to miss all of 2012.

 

Pro soccer

VU GRAD SIGNS WITH FORT LAUDERDALE: Former Valparaiso player Stefan Antonijevic has signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League.

Antonijevic played three seasons for the Crusaders (2009-2011), tallying eight goals and three assists over 59 appearances. He earned Second Team All-Horizon League honors his first two years while playing midfield. Antonijevic then moved to center back as a senior and earned HL Defensive Player of the Year honors, as well as being selected to the league and NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region first teams.

Women's track

ZEHEL EARNS HORIZON HONOR: Valparaiso's Nicole Zehel has been named Horizon League Female Runner of the Week for her performance at the Gene and Rose Edmonds Invitational on Saturday.

Zehel was one of five Crusaders to garner first-place finishes. Her time of 4 minutes, 57.94 seconds led the field in the 1,500-meter run.

 

Pro football

FORMER BEARS LINEMAN SIGNS WITH MIAMI: Offensive lineman Lance Louis, still rehabilitating from a season-ending knee injury, signed Wednesday with the Miami Dolphins.

Louis tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in November with the Bears. He said his rehabilitation has gone well, and he hopes to be ready for training camp in July.

The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Louis spent the past four seasons with the Bears, where he made 28 starts at guard and tackle. 

 

Local golf

LOST MARSH OPENS: Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond is open for the season. Spring rates for 18-hole play are $35 on weekdays and $40 on weekends -- both include cart rental.

Lost Marsh is offering various sign-ups for league play and youth lessons. Interested seniors can sign up for a Tuesday morning league, which includes 18 holes of golf, electric cart rental, coffee and donuts for $30. The course will also offer a free clinic every Wednesday, weather permitting, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. For details, call (219) 932-4046.

 

Around the horn

Washington Township middle infielder Tyler Byerly has signed to play baseball with Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. Byerly, who had to sit out last yer after transferring from Crown Point, has played for the Indiana Breakers travel team the last five years.

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