Kansas coach Charlie Weis will be paying plenty of attention this spring to quarterback Jake Heaps, a graduate of Skyline High in Sammamish who left the Brigham Young program to become a Jayhawk. Heaps is ineligible for the 2012 season but Weis said he is "treating him as if he's getting ready to play this...
Weis has big plans for Heaps
Kansas coach Charlie Weis will be paying plenty of attention this spring to quarterback Jake Heaps, a graduate of Skyline High School in Sammamish who left the Brigham Young program to become a Jayhawk.
Notre Dame transfer Dayne Crist is Kansas’ starting quarterback and Heaps must sit out the 2012 season. Nonetheless, Heaps is listed as the No. 2 QB.
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Discussing quarterbacks other than Crist in the program, Weis said, “Right now, I’m using Heaps in the spring as if he’s getting ready to play because when we get to the summertime I can’t do that anymore.
“Heaps is leaps and bounds ahead of the other quarterbacks in the program; it’s not close. So with that being said, how am I going to get him ready to play here in the program knowing that he can’t play in the games next year?”
The answer is to give Heaps, who will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out 2012, a lot of work in spring ball.
“This has got to be the time that Jake gets his time,” Weis said.
Buckeyes will have to battle
Coach Urban Meyer won’t tolerate anybody on his first Ohio State team who won’t compete.
When spring practice begins Wednesday, Meyer plans on turning the most mundane drills into an all-out competition.
“When you get away from Mommy and Daddy, it’s a tough world out there,” said the ex-Ohio State graduate assistant who won two national titles at Florida.
It is clear Meyer believes the Buckeyes need to get tougher and have a winning mentality.
“I really want to see guys lead by not losing,” he said. “You want to be a great leader? Go win. That’s where we’re really pushing Braxton (Miller, quarterback). All the players, when you go against someone — don’t lose. There’s a million excuses. Our whole focus is, go win.”
Fiesta Bowl elects chairman
Steve Whiteman, former chairman and CEO of Viasoft Technologies, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Fiesta Bowl, which is played in Glendale, Ariz.
Whiteman replaces Duane Woods, who led the effort to reform the bowl’s structure and resuscitate its image after the expense-account and illegal-political-donation scandal that rocked the event last year. Robert Shelton is the Fiesta Bowl’s executive director.
Williams loses in Key Biscayne
Fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark beat American Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Williams, seeded 10th, was seeking her record sixth Key Biscayne title.
In another quarterfinal, No. 2 Maria Sharapova of Russia beat No. 8 Li Na of China 6-3, 6-0.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia, No. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain, No. 4 Andy Murray of Britain and No. 5 David Ferrer of Spain won fourth-round matches in straight sets.
American Andy Roddick, who beat No. 3 Roger Federer of Switzerland a day earlier, lost to No. 21 Juan Monaco of Argentina 7-5, 6-0.
Nadal resigned as vice president of the ATP Player Council, saying he can no longer give the job the attention it needs.
“I don’t have enough energy,” Nadal said. “I cannot still put in my 100 percent there.”
Chelsea, Real Madrid win
Chelsea of England and Real Madrid of Spain won first-leg matches on the road, putting them in good position to advance to the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
Salomon Kalou scored in the 75th minute, giving Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Benfica in Lisbon, Portugal.
In Cyprus, nine-time champ Real Madrid scored its goals between the 74th minute and 89th minute in a 3-0 victory at APOEL Nicosia.
Second legs of the home-and-home, total-goals quarterfinals will be played April 4.
Meanwhile, in the English FA Cup quarterfinal round, Tottenham beat Bolton 3-1 and, in a replay, Everton won 2-0 at Sunderland.
In semifinals at Wembley in London, Everton plays Liverpool on April 14 and Tottenham faces Chelsea the next day.
Ailing Hamm, 29, retires
Paul Hamm, the lone American man to win a world or Olympic all-around championship, announced his retirement because his body is unable to handle the demands of elite-level training and competition.
“It’s come to that time,” said the 29-year-old Hamm, who continues to be bothered by shoulder problems after having surgery last year to repair a torn right labrum and rotator cuff.
Hamm’s goal had been to compete in this year’s London Olympics.
• Most female beach-volleyball players will wear their usual bikini outfits at the London Olympics. But under new rules adopted by the International Volleyball Federation, players also are free to wear shorts and sleeved tops.
The governing body said the move was made out of respect for the cultural beliefs of some of the dozens of countries still in contention to qualify for the Games.
• Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall, 20, who has 27 goals and 26 assists this season, will undergo season-ending surgery on his left shoulder and require about five to six months of recovery time. The Oilers are set to miss the NHL playoffs for the sixth straight season.
• Bob Baffert, a Hall of Fame trainer of Thoroughbreds who had a heart attack Monday in Dubai, is expected to be released from a hospital by Thursday. Baffert, 59, had a total of three stents inserted in two arteries.
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