Prothro undergoes another surgery
Tiger routed on first day of Tavistock Cup
AT&T wants logo in use immediately
UNC mascot dies from injuries
Federer receives four ATP awards
Arkansas fires Heath; Pitino staying put
Stan Heath was fired Monday after five seasons as the basketball coach at Arkansas while Utah, Binghamton and Liberty hired coaches. Arkansas made the NCAA tournament thanks to a late-season run, but that was not enough to save Heath's job. The Razorbacks (21-14) lost 77-60 to Southern California in the first round. Heath's record at the school was 82-71, but he went 31-49 in the Southeastern Conference. Utah is set to hire Michigan State assistant Jim Boylen in yet another coaching move across the sport. Binghamton announced the hiring of Kevin Broadus, a Georgetown assistant, and Liberty University tabbed Ritchie McKay, who was dismissed last month at New Mexico. Meanwhile, Rick Pitino said he's happy coaching Louisville and wouldn't consider returning to Kentucky, the school he led to the national championship in 1996. "I would never ever leave (Louisville) to go to another college because they're my family," Pitino said Monday. Tubby Smith left the Wildcats for Minnesota last week. Elsewhere, John Calipari, who guided Memphis to the NCAA regional final for the second straight season, received a contract extension through 2012. The Tigers lost to top-seeded Ohio State 92-76 in the South Regional on Saturday. Memphis went 33-4 and 16-0 in Conference USA, and the Tigers enjoyed a 25-game winning streak before the loss to the Buckeyes.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama receiver Tyrone Prothro has had another operation on his left leg and ankle. Last Thursday's surgery was to remove scar tissue restricting range of motion on his ankle, the university said in a statement Monday. It was at least the third time Prothro has had surgery since sustaining a compound fracture while attempting to make a leaping catch against Florida on Oct. 1, 2005.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Henrik Stenson and Chris DiMarco routed Tiger Woods and John Cook 57-65 in best-ball play Monday to help Lake Nona Golf and Country Club take a 10-0 lead over Isleworth after the first day of the Tavistock Cup. In other matches at Lake Nona, Retief Goosen and Trevor Immelman edged Stuart Appleby and Nick O'Hern 64-65, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter beat Robert Allenby and Craig Parry 61-67, Ben Curtis and Graeme McDowell topped Lee Janzen and Scott Hoch 63-64, and Ernie Els and Mark McNulty beat Charles Howell III and Mark O'Meara 62-66. The $2.6 million event will conclude today.
Telecommunications giant AT&T filed a motion Monday, asking that its logo be added to Jeff Burton's car immediately. The motion was filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, where the company also filed its lawsuit against NASCAR. A hearing on the motion has not yet been scheduled. Burton is sponsored by cell phone service provider Cingular. AT&T recently took full ownership of Cingular as part of its recent merger with BellSouth and intends to eliminate the brand name. AT&T sued NASCAR on March 16 after racing series officials refused to allow AT&T to put its logo on Burton's car because of NASCAR's deal with Nextel, which sponsors NASCAR's top series - the Nextel Cup.
NEWARK, N.J. - The North Carolina student who performed as a mascot for the school's basketball team died three days after being struck by a car hours before an NCAA tournament game. Jason Ray died Monday morning, said Steve Kirschner, the university's associate athletic director for communications. He was 21. Ray had been in critical condition at Hackensack University Medical Center since the accident Friday afternoon. He was hit from behind while walking on a highway shoulder near his Fort Lee hotel after going to a nearby convenience store. Ray performed as UNC's ram mascot, Rameses, for the past three seasons. He was scheduled to graduate in May with a major in business administration and a minor in religion. He was in New Jersey for the men's game between North Carolina and Southern California.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Roger Federer won a record four annual ATP awards Monday - only one for his tennis. Federer received the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his charity and volunteer work in 2006. He received the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, chosen by players, and was voted the fans' favorite award for the fourth consecutive year. For the third year in a row, Federer was chosen player of the year. He won three Grand Slam titles in 2006 and has been ranked No. 1 the past 164 weeks. Bob and Mike Bryan were chosen doubles team of the year and received the fans' favorite doubles award.