clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Sports briefs

Basketball

FOGLER OUT AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Eddie Fogler will not return as South Carolina's basketball coach following a 15-14 season, ending his stay of eight years at the school.

Athletic director Mike McGee said that when he would not extend Fogler's contract, the coach agreed to leave. Fogler will be paid $750,000 to buy out the remaining three years of his contract.

Fogler is 123-116 with two NCAA and two NIT appearances in his eight years. South Carolina was knocked out in the first round of the NCAAs both times in upsets by Coppin State in 1997 and Richmond in 1998.

UMASS COACH QUITS: Massachusetts coach James "Bruiser" Flint resigned, hours after meeting with school officials to discuss his future with the team.

The team was 15-15 this season and failed to make the NCAA or NIT postseason tournaments.

Flint, 35, has a career record of 86-72. He has one year remaining on his contract. According to published reports, the school will owe him about $150,000 for the remaining year.

Baseball

SHEFFIELD SAGA: The Gary Sheffield saga took yet another dramatic turn when the All-Star outfielder fired his agent and signed with Scott Boras, who represents several of his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates.

Boras' hiring was a reconciliatory gesture on the part of Sheffield, who has caused weeks of controversy this spring by demanding a contract extension or a trade from the Dodgers.

Sheffield still has three years remaining on his contract, worth $30 million, plus an $11 club option for 2004.

On Saturday, Sheffield dropped his trade request and was apologetic to his teammates and fans of the team.

And then, he hired Boras, who has a better relationship with Dodgers general manager Kevin Malone than his former agent, Jim Neader.

Football

JETS KEEP HAYES: Chris Hayes, who became the New York Jets' starting free safety late last season, signed a 5-year, $5 million contract with the team.

BOYER JOINS BROWNS: Free agent linebacker Brant Boyer, who started in Jacksonville's final five games last season, signed a three-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.

Boyer, who graduated from Utah's North Summit High School, had a career-high 45 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks last season for the Jaguars. He also had 13 tackles on special teams.

RAVENS INK TACKLE: The Baltimore Ravens and free-agent offensive tackle Leon Searcy agreed in principle on a six-year contract.

The Super Bowl champions and the former Jacksonville Jaguars tackle struck a deal worth $31.5 million, agent Drew Rosenhaus said.

Searcy, 31, was with the Jaguars for five seasons, earning his first Pro Bowl berth in 1999. But he missed the entire 2000 season after tearing a tendon above his right knee in training camp.

Before that, he started 111 of 112 games from 1993-1998 with Pittsburgh and Jacksonville. He was part of the Steelers' 1995 AFC championship team.

ENIS HEADED TO CLEVELAND: Curtis Enis, a big bust during three turbulent seasons with the Chicago Bears, will get a chance to resurrect his career with the Cleveland Browns.

Enis, the fifth overall pick in the 1998 draft, has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Browns, his agent Joel Segal said.

Hockey

NHL TRADE: The New Jersey Devils acquired John Vanbiesbrouck from the New York Islanders in exchange for Chris Terreri and a ninth-round draft pick in a trade of backup goaltenders.

Terreri has been Martin Brodeur's backup the past three seasons and has seen little action. He played in only 12 games each of the past two seasons and 10 games this season, posting a 2-5-1 record with a 2.78 goals-against average.

Vanbiesbrouck, who played in the Stanley Cup finals with Florida in 1996, appeared in 44 games with the Islanders, posting a 10-25-5 record with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage.

Tennis

SAMPRAS WINS: Pete Sampras, ending a three-match losing streak that was his longest in four years, served and volleyed his way to a methodical 6-4, 6-4 victory over David Prinosil in the first round of the men's Masters Series tournament.

Andre Agassi also won his opening match, defeating Hicham Arazi 6-3, 6-2.

Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport all took straight-set victories to advance to the women's quarterfinals. Anke Huber, the No. 11 seed, was eliminated by Silvia Farina Elia.

The top-seeded Hingis defeated Barbara Schett 6-3, 7-6 (4), while defending champion and No. 2 Davenport beat Lisa Raymond 6-4, 6-2 and third-seeded Williams beat Rachel McQuillan 6-4, 6-2.

Preps

CORRECTIONS: Beaver's Mandy Cox and Enterprise's Megan Hunt were incorrectly identified in a photo in Sunday's paper . . . Also, the Kanab girls team took third place, which was wrongly reported.