NCAA BASKETBALL: Howland fired by UCLA
LOS ANGELES — UCLA fired Ben Howland on Sunday after 10 seasons as coach that included three Final Four appearances but culminated with another early-round exit from the NCAA tournament.
Athletic director Dan Guerrero told Howland earlier in the day that he was out.
Howland had a 233-107 record in Westwood, including three consecutive Final Four appearances from 2006-08 and four Pac-12 championships, including this season. The Bruins’ season ended Friday with an 83-63 loss to Minnesota in the NCAA tournament.
Howland, who had two years left on a contract that included a $2.3 million buyout, began this season with star recruits Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson under investigation by the NCAA.
Ravens sign Dumervil
DENVER (AP) — Elvis Dumervil is putting his seven seasons in Denver and one bizarre fax fiasco behind him after agreeing to a five-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Dumervil had 63ﾽ sacks in seven seasons in Denver, three of which ended with Pro Bowl berths.
On March 15, Dumervil waffled but finally agreed to reduce his 2013 salary from $12 million to $8 million in Denver as part of a renegotiated three-year, $30 million contract. But the paperwork didn’t reach the NFL offices in time and the Broncos were forced to release him to avoid having to pay him the full $12 million for next season.
The Broncos issued a new contract proposal to Dumervil and his new agent, but the Ravens swooped in and beat Denver for the second time this year — they also upset the AFC’s top-seeded Broncos 38-35 in double-overtime in January on their way to winning the Super Bowl.
Jeter won’t be ready for opener
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday that injured shortstop Derek Jeter probably won’t be ready for opening day.
Cashman said it’s “more likely than not” Jeter will start the regular season on the disabled list because of ankle soreness. Jeter, 38, had surgery for a broken left ankle last October.
Hinchcliffe wins IndyCar opener
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — James Hinchcliffe picked up his first career IndyCar Series victory in Sunday’s season opener at St. Petersburg, where Andretti Autosport showed it has picked up right where it left off after last year’s championship season.
Hinchcliffe passed Helio Castroneves on the final restart to take the lead and held on to win by 1.09 seconds over defending race winner Castroneves.
Boucher fired by Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay fired coach Guy Boucher on Sunday with the team in next-to-last place in the Eastern Conference and on its way to missing the playoffs for a second straight year.
Assistants Martin Raymond and Dan Lacroix shared coaching duties Sunday night at Winnipeg.
Boucher’s dismissal came one day after Tampa Bay fell behind by four goals in the first period of a 5-3 loss at Ottawa.
The Lightning are 13-18-1 and will likely miss the postseason again after reaching the conference finals during Boucher’s first year. He was hired as the Lightning’s seventh coach in June 2010.
Boucher’s hiring was Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman’s first major move as general manager.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Weider, a legendary figure in bodybuilding who helped popularize the sport worldwide and played a key role in introducing a charismatic young weightlifter named Arnold Schwarzenegger to the world, died Saturday at his home in California. He was 93.
Weider popularized bodybuilding with such publications as Muscle & Fitness, Flex and Shape. Schwarzenegger himself is the executive editor of Muscle & Fitness and Flex.
He created one of bodybuilding’s pre-eminent events, the Mr. Olympia competition, in 1965, adding to it the Ms. Olympia contest in 1980, the Fitness Olympia in 1995 and the Figure Olympia in 2003. He also relentlessly promoted Schwarzenegger, who won the Mr. Olympia title a then-record seven times, including in 1980 and every year from 1970 through 1975.