United expected to pull switch, name Olsen coach

UMBC women roll past Brown

Loyola, Coppin State lose

November 29, 2010|By Sports Digest

Major League Soccer

United expected to pull switch, name Olsen coach

After saying repeatedly that Ben Olsen is not ready to be a head coach, D.C. United has decided to hire the former midfielder and interim coach to guide the club, The Washington Post reported Sunday. Olsen will be introduced as coach today, several Post sources said. United officials do not comment on possible coaching candidates. The club has also decided to replace longtime goalkeepers coach Mark Simpson, the newspaper reported. The leading candidate to step in, sources said, is Tim Mulqueen, who mentored World Cup keeper Tim Howard and has worked with the U.S. youth national teams. Simpson did not return messages, but one team source said the former United goalie has been pursuing other opportunities. United officials interviewed at least seven candidates for the head coaching job, including former Hertha Berlin boss Lucien Favre, who was in Washington for talks this month, the Post reported. It's unclear whether he turned down an offer, withdrew from consideration or did not make a favorable impression. Olsen, 33, a fan favorite, retired last winter after 12 years and was subsequently named to Curt Onalfo's coaching staff. When Onalfo was fired in August with a 3-12-3 record in league play, Olsen was named interim coach. His record was 3-8-1, but he drew praise for his communication and motivational skills.

Women's college basketball

UMBC rolls past Brown; Loyola, Coppin State lose

Junior guard Michelle Kurowski scored a season-best 25 points to lead visiting UMBC (2-5) to a 75-55 win over Brown (2-4) on the second day of the Iona Thanksgiving Classic on Sunday in New Rochelle, N.Y. The win ended the Retrievers' three-game losing streak. Kurowski shot 9-for-16 and added four assists and five rebounds. Junior forward Erin Brown had 14points and six rebounds, and senior forward Meghan Colabella posted UMBC's first doubledouble of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

More Division I: Junior guard Miriam McKenzie (Oakland Mills) had 12 points and six rebounds and graduate student guard Erica DiClemente added 11 points but Alyssa Sutherland Loyola (0-5) lost, 73-45, at Pittsburgh (4-2). Greyhounds sophomore forward Alyssa Sutherland had a career-high eight points. … Samantha Leach Host Saint Francis (Pa.) (2-4) overcame a five-point halftime deficit on its way to a 77-67 win over Coppin State (1-3). Freshman forward Kyra Coleman led the Eagles with 16points.

Division III: First-year guard Shana Lewis had game-highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds off the bench to lead host St. Mary's (3-2) to its second straight victory, 75-68 over Penn State-Harrisburg (1-2). Sophomore forward Taylor Petrisko (Chesapeake-Anne Arundel) added 10 points and five rebounds. … Host Shenandoah (2-3) ended a three-game slide by routing Hood (4-1), which was held to six field goals in the first half. Freshman swingman Briana White led the Blazers with 15 points.

Men's college basketball

McDaniel loses on road to Lebanon Valley, 68-56

Joe Meehan scored a game-high 20 points, including 13-for-14 from the foul line, to lead host Lebanon Valley (4-1) to a 68-56 victory over McDaniel (2-3). Devon Lesniak (Winters Mill) paced the Green Terror (2-3) with 10 points. Michael Jarboe added nine. The Flying Dutchmen led 65-43 with 3:57 to play before McDaniel scored nine straight points to close to within 65-52.

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