Sidelined Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers will miss the rest of the NHL season after breaking a bone in his leg during the team’s 5-1 loss to Montreal on Thursday. Friday’s announcement by general manager Darcy Regier marks a disappointing end to what’s been a forgettable season for the high-priced defenseman. Myers has struggled with consistency at both ends of the ice while in the first season of a seven-year, $38.5 million contract he signed before the start of the 2011-12 season.
Hired Loyola University of Maryland has promoted G.G. Smith to head basketball coach after a six-year run as an assistant at the school. Smith, the son of longtime college coach Tubby Smith, was introduced at a news conference on Friday. He replaces Jimmy Patsos, who left for Siena this month after a successful nine-year stint with the Greyhounds.
• Sheryl Swoopes, one of the top players is women’s basketball history, is the new coach at Loyola of Chicago. She was a standout at Texas Tech in the early 1990s and the first three-time MVP in the WNBA.
• Pittsburgh has hired Duquesne coach Suzie McConnell-Serio to lead the women’s basketball program into the ACC next fall. The 46-year-old McConnell-Serio went 123-68 in six seasons with the Dukes and led Duquesne to five straight WNIT appearances. She starred at Penn State in the 1980s and is a two-time Olympian.
• Former Colorado State assistant Niko Medved is returning to Furman as the school’s new men’s basketball coach. Medved replaces Jeff Jackson, who resigned last month after having just one winning season in seven years with the Paladins.
Honored Forward Drew LeBlanc of St. Cloud State has won the Hobey Baker Award, given to the nation’s top college hockey player. LeBlanc, who helped lead the Huskies to an appearance in the Frozen Four, becomes the first member of the St. Cloud State program to win the coveted award. He led the nation with 37 assists in 42 games. He scored 13 goals and finished with 50 points.
• Brittney Griner of Baylor won the women’s John R. Wooden Award as college basketball’s national player of the year for the second consecutive year. Griner is the fourth woman to win back-to-back awards. She averaged 23.8 points – third-best in the country – and 4.14 blocked shots as a senior, and finished her career as the No. 2 scorer in NCAA history.
Cut The San Antonio Spurs waived forward Stephen Jackson, ending his second stint with the team. The 13-year NBA veteran averaged 6.2 points in 55 games this season.
• The New York Knicks have waived center Kurt Thomas, 40, the oldest player in the NBA.
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