Briefs: Pitt's Jordano named Big East coach of the year

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Pitt baseball coach Joe Jordano was named Big East coach of the year Tuesday as a program-record eight players earned all-conference honors.

"I'm very pleased that so many of our individual players were acknowledged by my peers for their accomplishments," Jordano said. "Obviously, it's great but I can assure you that everybody on this team is completely focused on our game tomorrow at 10 a.m. [against St. John's]. Again, these awards are great but conversely, once that umpire says 'play ball' tomorrow, they don't mean too much."

Jordano, who also earned the award in 2004, led Pitt to its best regular season in program history.

Pitcher Ethan Mildren, catcher Elvin Soto and outfielder Casey Roche were named first-team all-Big East. Matt Wotherspoon, Rhys Aldenhoven, Steven Shelinsky Jr., Stephen Vranka and Boo Vazquez were named to the second team.

College basketball

Penn State men's basketball assistant coach Eugene Burroughs is leaving the program to return as an assistant at Marist, where he coached as an assistant from 2000-04. In recent weeks, coach Patrick Chambers said Burroughs' departure, due to family reasons, was a possibility. Burroughs, a teammate of Chambers in high school at Episcopal Academy, was considered a top connection for Penn State's efforts in recruiting the Philadelphia area.


Andy Murray withdrew from the French Open because of a chronic back injury and will now focus on preparing for the start of the grass-court season next month.

Mitchell Frank rallied in the decisive match and second-seeded Virginia defeated top-seeded UCLA, 4-3, in Urbana, Ill., to win its first NCAA men's championship.

• Top seed Marion Bartoli and No. 2 Tamira Paszek were bounced from the first round of the Strasbourg International in France. Bartoli, a former Wimbledon finalist, lost to Camila Giorgi, 6-3, 6-2, and Paszek fell to Virgine Razzano, 6-1, 6-4.


Tiger Woods is returning to play a charity event hosted by Notah Begay III, his former teammate at Stanford. Woods will play in the NB3 Foundation Challenge in late August at Turning Stone Resort's Atunyote Golf Club. It will be his fourth appearance in the six years Begay has hosted the event, a fundraiser that targets health issues facing Native Americans.

Guan Tianlang will not to try to play in the U.S. Open. The 14-year-old from China has withdrawn from sectional qualifying June 3 in Dallas.


Stoke said Tony Pulis left as manager by mutual consent, ending his seven-year tenure at the Premier League club. By guiding Stoke to a 13th-place finish this season, Pulis secured the team's status in England's top division for a fifth consecutive year.

• The Yankees are partnering with Manchester City to own Major League Soccer's 20th team, which will be called New York City Football Club.


The Riverhounds fell, 1-0, to the Ocean City Nor'easters, eliminating them from the U.S. Open Cup in the second round and costing the team a chance to host an MLS opponent in the next round. A win would have set up an intrastate matchup with the Philadelphia Union Tuesday at Highmark Stadium, but the Union will face Ocean City instead. The Riverhounds have not advanced past the second round of the country's oldest soccer competition since 2003 when they made the third round.

College lacrosse

Seton Hill hired Courtney Tamasitis as coach of the women's team, replacing Kristie Quigley, who was killed March 16 in a tragic bus accident. Tamasitis also coached Seton Hill from 2008-11.

High school

Lauren Wilmus is the new girls basketball coach at North Hills. She was an assistant at Bishop Canevin. ... Joe Eisaman was promoted to head girls basketball coach at Greensburg Central Catholic.

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