In brief: Huskies hire Xavier’s McGuff
Basketball: Xavier women’s coach Kevin McGuff is leaving to take the same job at Washington.
Washington announced the hiring Sunday and said he has signed a multiyear deal.
McGuff brought Xavier to national prominence during his nine years there, guiding them to the regional finals last season before they bowed out in the second round to Louisville this year.
Krystkowiak back in college
Basketball: The University of Utah hired New Jersey Nets assistant Larry Krystkowiak as its coach Sunday, picking him to lead the Utes into the Pac-12 Conference.
The 46-year-old Krystkowiak has been an assistant with New Jersey the past eight months.
Krystkowiak was fired in 2008 after going 31-69 in one-plus season coaching the Milwaukee Bucks. He also went 42-20 with a pair of NCAA tournament bids in two seasons at Montana, his alma mater. He was 37-16 with the Idaho Stampede in 2003-04, leading them to the CBA title game.
Shaq’s return to Celtics is brief
Basketball: Boston Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal limped off the court 51/2 minutes into his first game back in more than two months with a new injury that casts new doubt on his ability to help the team in the playoffs.
After missing 27 games with a sore right leg, O’Neal entered Sunday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons with 4:43 left in the first quarter. He scored on Boston’s first two possessions and again later before grabbing a seat for the final play of the quarter.
Then, after returning for the start of the second, he lasted just 49 seconds more before limping off to the locker room accompanied by medical staff. The team said he had a strained right calf – the previous injury was in his right Achilles tendon.