March 21, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Calhoun will coach UConn in 2nd round

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Jim Calhoun will coach Connecticut today, two days after he was hospitalized in Philadelphia for dehydration. The coach, 66, was released from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania yesterday morning, then ran practice. In Calhoun's absence, associate head coach George Blaney coached the Huskies in their 103-47 win over Chattanooga in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Connecticut will play Texas A&M in a second-round game.

North Carolina: : Coach Roy Williams said guard Ty Lawson's status will likely be a game-time decision today against LSU in Greensboro in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Lawson has missed the past three games with a jammed right big toe.

NIT: : Nick Calathes scored 21 points and host Florida (25-10) won, 74-60, over in-state rival Miami (19-13) in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. Senior guard Jack McClinton (Calvert Hall) had 13 points in his final game for the Hurricanes. ... Rasheem Barrett scored 17 points and Auburn (24-11) cruised to a 74-55 victory over visiting Tulsa (25-11).

Oswalt to start for U.S. vs. Japan


Roy Oswalt will start for the United States in its semifinal against Japan in the World Baseball Classic. Manager Davey Johnson, a former Orioles manager and player, made the announcement. The U.S. plays its semifinal tomorrow night in Los Angeles, with the winner advancing to Monday's championship game. Japan manager Tatsunori Hara hasn't announced his starter, though it will be Daisuke Matsuzaka's turn in the rotation tomorrow. South Korea and Venezuela will meet in the first semifinal today.

Et cetera: : Whitey Lockman, who doubled ahead of Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World" that clinched the 1951 National League pennant for the New York Giants, died Tuesday in Phoenix. He was 82. ... Outfielder Andruw Jones said he agreed with the Rangers to extend by three days a provision in his minor league contract that would allow the five-time All-Star to become a free agent if he's not put on the major league roster. ... Twins catcher Joe Mauer said he doubts he will be ready to play by Opening Day because of lingering pain in his lower back. ... Catcher Ivan Rodriguez's one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Astros was finalized.

Depleted Wizards lose, 116-105, to Nuggets


Antawn Jamison scored 27 points and Nick Young added 20, but the Washington Wizards, with only nine players available because of injuries to Juan Dixon (Maryland, Calvert Hall) and Caron Butler, fell, 116-105, to the host Denver Nuggets. The Wizards (16-54) have lost three straight games. J.R. Smith scored a season-high 40 points and Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) added 20 for the Northwest Division-leading Nuggets (45-25).

Other games: : Forward Kevin Garnett, who missed a month because of a strained right knee, returned for the Celtics but could only watch and writhe on the bench in the fourth quarter as they pulled out an 80-77 win over the host Spurs (45-23). Boston improved to 52-18. ... Dirk Nowitzki made a 20-footer with 1.1 seconds left to give the visiting Mavericks (42-28) a 94-92 victory over the Pacers (28-42).

Fugitive ex-NFL QB dies in crash in Greece

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A former NFL quarterback who failed to show for sentencing on drunken driving charges nearly four years ago was killed in a car crash in Greece, authorities said, leaving behind a mystery involving years spent on the lam. The State Department used fingerprints to determine that the victim of Saturday's crash was William "Jeff" Komlo, 52, according to Jim Vito, the acting chief detective in Chester County (Pa.). Komlo played for the Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1979 to 1983.

College wrestling: : Maryland junior Alex Krom secured All-America status with a 10-1 win over Kent State's Drew Lashaway in the 141-pound quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in St. Louis. Krom lost, 4-1, to Old Dominion's Ryan Williams in the semifinals. ... Navy sophomore Bryce Saddoris won, 3-2, over Hofstra's Paul Gillespie in the 149-pound quarterfinals to guarantee himself All-America honors. Saddoris lost, 13-2, to North Carolina State's Darrion Caldwell in the semifinals.

NASCAR: : Mark Martin won his second straight pole, for tomorrow's Food City 500, with a lap of 125.773 mph around Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman qualified second.

Golf: : Coming off a one-shot loss to Phil Mickelson at Doral, Nick Watney kept right on rolling with a 4-under-par 67 at the PGA Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., to share the 36-hole lead, by one stroke, with Steve Stricker (67) at 6-under 136.

Tennis: : Andy Roddick beat defending champion Novak Djokovic, 6-3, 6-2, to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Roddick will next face Rafael Nadal, who defeated Juan Martin del Potro, 6-2, 6-4. Roger Federer and Andy Murray will meet in the other semifinal. On the women's side, defending champion Ana Ivanovic beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-2, 6-3, to reach the final. Ivanovic will face Vera Zvonareva, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Victoria Azarenka. ... Maria Sharapova withdrew from next week's Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., saying she's not ready to play a full tournament of singles as she recovers from a shoulder injury.

Soccer: : Portland, Ore., will join Major League Soccer in 2011 with Vancouver, British Columbia.

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