Rutgers fires basketball coach Mike Rice after video release
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers has fired basketball coach Mike Rice after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs during practice.
The videotape, broadcast Tuesday on ESPN, has prompted scores of outraged social media comments as well as sharp criticism from Gov. Chris Christie. The head of the New Jersey Assembly called for Rice to be fired.
With mounting criticism on a state and national level, the school decided to take action on Wednesday, relieving Rice of his duties after three largely unsuccessful seasons at the Big East school. There will be a national search to replace him.
Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the video in November. After hiring independent investigators to analyze the tape, he suspended Rice for three games and fined him $50,000.
Three day games
UNDATED (AP) — There are three afternoon games, all in the American League today. The Chicago White Sox host Kansas City, Texas plays at Houston and Detroit visits Minnesota. The rest of the A-L schedule under the lights has Boston at N.Y. Yankees, Cleveland at Toronto, Tampa Bay home to Baltimore and Seattle at Oakland. The Mariners are the only MLB club to win its first two games.
Over in the National League, Miami continues its series at Washington, the Cubs visit Pittsburgh while the Mets host San Diego. Rounding out the schedule: Philadelphia plays at Atlanta, Milwaukee hosts Colorado, St. Louis visits Arizona while the Dodgers and Giants continue their series in Los Angeles.
The lone interleague game has the Los Angeles Angels at Cincinnati.
Five games coming up
UNDATED (AP) — One of five contests on the ice has Pittsburgh at the New York Rangers. The Penguins are looking to bounce back after having their 15-game winning streak snapped against Buffalo last night. Pittsburgh has dominated the season series over the Rangers, winning the first three games by a combined score of 12-3.
The other games have Montreal at Philadelphia, Calgary home to Edmonton, Dallas on the road at Anaheim and Minnesota at San Jose.
Knicks look to stay hot
UNDATED (AP) — One of a dozen NBA games tonight has New York at Atlanta. Carmelo Anthony is coming off a 50-point game as the Knicks look for their tenth straight win. New York's magic number to capture its first Atlantic Division title since 1993-94 is five. The Hawks are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, sitting one game behind Brooklyn in the race for home-court advantage in the first round of the post-season.
Another key game has Denver at Utah. The Jazz are in a battle with the Lakers and Dallas for the final playoff spot in the West.
The other games tonight have Brooklyn at Cleveland, Philly at Charlotte, Toronto home to Washington, Detroit at Boston, Minnesota at Milwaukee, Orlando at San Antonio, Memphis at Portland, Sacramento hosting Houston, New Orleans at Golden State and Phoenix at the L.A. Clippers.
LPGA first major
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — The LPGA's first major of the season gets under way in Rancho Mirage, California tomorrow. Sun Young Yoo is the defending champ at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Texas Open starts tomorrow
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — This week's PGA stop is the Texas Open in San Antonio. Ben Curtis is the defending champ. The men's first major golf event, The Masters, begins next week at Augusta National.