Sports in Brief | Drake coach passes torch to son

Posted: March 22, 2007

After 32 years and 598 wins as a Division I head basketball coach, "Dr. Tom" has called it a career.

Drake announced yesterday that Tom Davis had retired, and introduced his son, 35-year-old Drake assistant Keno Davis, as the new head coach. He agreed to a five-year contract.

The 68-year-old Davis also made stops at Lafayette, Boston College, Stanford and Iowa. He spent the last four years at Drake. Davis finished his career with a record of 598-355.

The University of New Mexico has received permission to interview Iowa basketball coach Steve Alford about the Lobos' head coaching vacancy, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said.

Ritchie McKay was fired after five seasons at New Mexico.

Denver signed former Princeton coach Joe Scott to a five-year contract, athletic director Peg Bradley-Doppes said. No financial terms were revealed.

The University of Illinois will not discipline athletic director Ron Guenther for yelling at men's basketball coach Bruce Weber and Illini players during the team's NCAA tournament loss on Friday, officials said.

Guards Avery Patterson and Ricky Torres will transfer from St. John's after the spring semester, Red Storm coach Norm Roberts said.

Jack "The Saint" St. Clair, 80, who compiled a 104-32-1 record as Temple's head men's track coach from 1967 through 1983, died after a long illness.

Mr. St. Clair, a 1951 graduate of Penn State, was the captain of the Nittany Lions' NCAA cross-country championship team in 1950.

Services will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Bryers Funeral Home, 406 Easton Rd., Willow Grove, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Our Mother of Consolation Church, 9 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow.

Two Michigan football players were arraigned on assault charges after police say they attacked a fellow student in a residence hall on St. Patrick's Day.

Carson Butler of Detroit and Christian Richards III of Pacoima, Calif., were charged with one count each of aggravated assault and assault and battery, campus police spokeswoman Diane Brown said.

Tennis

Andy Roddick and James Blake were selected for the U.S. Davis Cup team, which will face Rafael Nadal and Spain on an indoor hard court in next month's quarterfinal.

Captain Patrick McEnroe will also go with the world's top-ranked doubles team of brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in the best-of-five event in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The ATP board voted to eliminate the round-robin format that led to an embarrassing flip-flop in the interpretation of results at a Las Vegas tournament this month.

Remaining events that had planned to try round-robins will instead revert to the single-elimination format used at Grand Slam events and most other tournaments, the ATP said.

Elsewhere: Amelie Mauresmo had an appendectomy in Paris on Monday and was expected to be sidelined for a month.

Auto racing

NHRA driver Eric Medlen remained in critical condition, days after a test-session crash at Gainesville Raceway.

Doctors at the University of Florida medical center performed three-hour brain surgery Tuesday night to relieve pressure and hemorrhaging, and Medlen will be in a drug-induced coma for two weeks, his racing team said.

Pro basketball

The United States will open qualifying for the 2008 Olympics against Venezuela in the FIBA Americas tournament.

The tournament will be held from Aug. 22 to Sept. 2 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

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