PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- U.S. Nordic ski coach Dave Jarrett is retiring. The two-time Olympian announced Friday he is leaving the team to open a sports training center in his hometown of Heber City. Jarrett began competing for the U.S. ski team in 1992 and retired in 1998 after two Olympics and three World Championships. He was named national team coach in 2008.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- It didn't take long for Brad Underwood to set the foundation at Illinois. Thirty-nine days to be exact. The new Illini coach made his first splash when Illinois Mr. Basketball Mark Smith announced his commitment Wednesday night.
TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) -- Stanislaus State basketball coach Larry Reynolds announced Wednesday that he has Parkinson's disease and will remain with the Division II team as co-head coach with Paul Trevor.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- New Southern California women's basketball coach Mark Trakh is bringing some of his former staff with him to Los Angeles. Jason Glover, Aarika Hughes and Blanche Alverson will join Trakh as he begins his second stint coaching the Trojans. Trakh said Wednesday that the group is "like family" and they work well together. Glover will serve as associate head coach.
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) -- Sometimes, a young team needs to learn from failure to get better. Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd hopes his players build on the lessons learned from a stinker of a Game 5 in their opening-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors. They need to regroup quickly to avoid elimination when the Raptors and Bucks meet Thursday night at the Bradley Center.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- New North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts is getting to know the players he inherited and pursuing recruits who can thrive in his style of play. He's prepared to wait, too, instead of loading up the roster with recruits or transfers who aren't the right fit just to add numbers. "I think it's the long haul," Keatts said in an interview with The Associated Press.
NBA PLAYOFFS Celtics beat Bulls, take 3-2 lead in series; Wizards lead Hawks 3-2 in their series BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley scored 24 points apiece to help the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 108-97 and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins are bringing Bruce Cassidy back next season, dropping the interim tag from his title as a reward for leading the team back to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Cassidy replaced Claude Julien, the winningest coach in the history of the Original Six franchise, on Feb. 8 and led the team to an 18-8-1 record to finish out the season and earn a postseason berth.
Alabama makes knocking out double-digit victory seasons look so easy, but for most programs it takes a combination of good play and good fortune that can be difficult to replicate from one year to the next. Twenty-five FBS teams won at least 10 games last season, including the Crimson Tide for the ninth straight season. National champion Clemson is at six straight double-digit-win seasons. Florida State and Ohio State have done it five straight seasons.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign athletic director said his department was operating at about a $6.2 million deficit in 2016, with both revenue and spending figures ranking in the bottom half of the Big Ten. Josh Whitman delivered a presentation Monday to the university's Senate Executive Committee where he provided an overview of the athletic department as a whole, the News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2pwkpSA ) reported.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern locked up its homegrown football and basketball coaches for the long term. Football coach Pat Fitzgerald signed a new contract that runs through the 2026 season. Basketball coach Chris Collins' contract was extended through the 2024-25 season. Both are Chicago-area natives.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Danna Durante has been fired as Georgia's gymnastics coach after failing to restore the program to its place as a national powerhouse. Athletic director Greg McGarity announced Tuesday that Durante will not be retained after five years as coach of the Gymdogs. This past season, they finished 12th at the NCAA championships. During Suzanne Yoculan's 26-year tenure, Georgia won 10 national titles and routinely drew sellout crowds to Stegeman Coliseum.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Warriors can breathe for a bit after a first-round series filled with drama. With a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State now awaits the conclusion of the series between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers -- currently tied at 2. The Warriors will also await word on coach Steve Kerr's health -- with the short break perhaps providing more clarity about when he can rejoin the team.
Northwestern has agreed to a new contract with football coach Pat Fitzgerald that runs through the 2026 season, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday night because Northwestern planned to make a formal announcement on Tuesday.
NBA PLAYOFFS Atlanta's Hawks look to tie up Washington in playoff series ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks will try to tie their playoff series with the Washington Wizards tonight. The Wizards have taken a 2-1 lead in the best of seven series in the quarterfinal competition. Also, the Golden State Warriors want to complete a sweep of their first-round series against the Trail Blazers tonight in Portland.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- College of Charleston men's basketball coach Earl Grant has signed a new five-year contract that ties him to the school through the 2022 season. The school's athletic director, Matt Roberts, announced the deal Monday. Grant has gone 51-48 in three seasons with the Cougars. This past season, he led the team to a 25-10 record and reached the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship game before falling to UNC Wilmington last month.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU head coach Ed Orgeron says quarterback Danny Etling has undergone a minor back procedure. Orgeron says "everything came out all right" during Monday's procedure, which came two days after Etling played in LSU's annual spring game. Etling, who'll be a senior next fall, struggled in the scrimmage, completing only 4 of 11 passes for 53 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the first half.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Belmont has hired Bart Brooks as the Bruins' new women's basketball coach, replacing Cameron Newbauer who left for Florida. Athletic director Scott Corley announced the hiring Monday, and Brooks will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. Brooks, 36, spent the past 11 seasons as an assistant coach at DePaul with coach Doug Bruno.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan is replacing Red Berenson with a longtime assistant. The Wolverines hired Mel Pearson as their new hockey coach, bringing him back to Ann Arbor after six seasons as Michigan Tech's coach. Before taking that job, Pearson was an assistant at Michigan from 1988-2011. Pearson replaces Berenson, who retired earlier this month after more than three decades as Michigan's coach.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- With coach Steve Kerr ailing, the Golden State Warriors are in capable hands with assistant Mike Brown. Kerr, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, stayed behind at the team hotel Saturday night while the Warriors overcame a slow start to beat the Trail Blazers 119-113 and take a 3-0 series lead.