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Men’s basketball

Arizona finds coach

Sean Miller of Xavier has accepted the head coaching job at Arizona, ending the Wildcats’ sometimes frustrating search for a high-profile replacement for Hall of Famer Lute Olson.

The university announced the hiring on Monday after a confusing few hours in which it was first reported by several media outlets that Miller had turned down the job.

The 40-year-old coach met with Xavier athletic director Mike Bobinski and informed the school he was leaving after five years, then told the players later in the afternoon.

“I did my best to follow my heart,” Miller said.

He is scheduled to be introduced at a press conference today in Tucson.

“We believe we’ve brought in the best young coach in the country,” said Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood.

The hiring came four days after Tim Floyd turned down Arizona’s offer and decided to remain at Southern California.


Hasselbeck will practice

Matt Hasselbeck will practice with the Seattle Seahawks for the first time since early December when the team begins a voluntary minicamp today.

A team spokesman confirmed that the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback will take part in a pre-draft camp for veterans.

Hasselbeck, 33, missed nine games last season with a bulging disk in his back.

Coach Jim Mora will be running his first practice since taking over for Mike Holmgren in January.

Where’s Chad?

Couch Slouch takes a break

Nationally syndicated columnist Norman Chad is on vacation this week. His column will resume next Tuesday.

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