Auriemma to coach U.S. women again
Geno Auriemma will return to coach the U.S. women’s team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. USA Basketball will discuss the move at a news conference Friday in Connecticut.
Auriemma will be the first repeat coach for the U.S. women’s Olympic team, which has won a gold medal at the past five games. Mike Krzyzewski decided in May he would return to coach the men a third time.
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Auriemma’s team cruised through the 2012 London Games, winning by an average of 34 points, including an 86-50 rout of France for the title. Since the end of the Olympics, Auriemma has denied interest in coaching in Rio and repeatedly said he would not return if asked.
U.S. in key Cup qualifier
The streaking U.S. men’s team will face host Costa Rica on Friday in San Jose in a World Cup qualifying match that revenge-minded Costa Rican fans have been looking forward to for months.
The United States, riding a 12-game winning streak, leads the six-team CONCACAF final qualifying group with 13 points, two more than Costa Rica with four rounds left.
Costa Rican fans were outraged after a 1-0 loss to the United States in a March 22 game played in heavy snow in Commerce City, Colo. Costa Rica requested the match’s suspension and filed a complaint with FIFA about the field conditions. The complaint was dismissed.
Fans saw those decisions as insults to their national team and seem to be trying to make the Americans as uncomfortable as possible in their country.
The U.S. team arrived in Costa Rica on Tuesday night to a hostile reception, with fans throwing eggs at their bus.
Meeting rife with intrigue
In the Byzantine world of Olympic politics, where rumor and scheming are common currency, there never has been an International Olympic Committee annual meeting with richer webs of interlocking intrigue than the one beginning Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Over four days, the IOC’s members will make three decisions of substantial importance. But the one that would seem the most significant — Saturday’s choice of the 2020 Summer Games host, with Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo the finalists — actually may have the least long-term impact.
Also on the agenda are the successor to Jacques Rogge as IOC president, for which there are six candidates, and the future of wrestling as an Olympic sport.
Never before have IOC members voted on three such matters at the same time. Because the city choice is first, followed by the sport vote Sunday and presidential election Tuesday, there is rampant speculation about deal-making and the bearing of one outcome on another.
The sport decision carries the most emotional baggage for the U.S. because wrestling is fighting for the one remaining spot on the 2020 program against a combined baseball/softball bid and squash.
Miami extends coach’s deal
Miami men’s basketball coach Jim Larranaga received a three-year extension from the Hurricanes, who now have him under contract for the next nine seasons.
Larranaga led the Canes to 29 wins last season, along with the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament championships and a trip to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.
• Hudson Swafford, Nick O’Hern, Edward Loar and Ben Kohles shared the lead in the Chiquita Classic in Davidson, N.C., shooting 5-under-par 67 in the first round of the Web.com Tour Finals event. Michael Putnam from University Place shot a 69. Former Husky Alex Prugh and Andres Gonzales of Olympia had 72s.
• Anirban Lahiri of India shot 8-under 63 for a two-stroke lead at the European Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland, while 13-year-old Ye Wo-cheng of China finished with a 78.
• Mexico could hold its first Formula One race in 22 years in 2014 if a provisional schedule is approved by the World Motor Sport Council. Mexico has been penciled in for Nov. 9 — a week before the United States Grand Prix.
• The Sacramento Kings hired Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D’Alessandro.
• The Los Angeles Lakers signed free-agent guard Xavier Henry.
• The Los Angeles Clippers signed undrafted rookie Brandon Davies after the forward impressed the club in summer-league play.
• Alexis Urbina, a 17-year-old national champion boxer, is dead after being found severely beaten in his family’s south Phoenix home and police are investigating the case as a homicide.
• Goran Dragic scored 18 points to lead host Slovenia to a 78-69 upset victory over defending champion Spain at the European basketball championships in Ljubljana.
• The Calgary Flames hired Brian Burke as president of hockey operations.
• World champion Philippe Gilbert of Belgium won the 12th stage of the Spanish Vuelta in Tarragona, and Vincenzo Nibali of Italy retained the leader’s jersey.
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