Sports Briefs: Bucks and Skiles part ways, Jazz' Williams to miss next 3 games

2013-01-09T00:02:00Z 2013-01-09T01:55:07Z Sports Briefs: Bucks and Skiles part ways, Jazz' Williams to miss next 3 games Daily Herald
January 09, 2013 12:02 am

MILWAUKEE -- Once again, an NBA team has parted ways with head coach Scott Skiles. Once again, veteran assistant Jim Boylan is being asked to pick up the pieces. One day after Milwaukee and Skiles agreed it was time for a change, the Bucks said Tuesday that Boylan will coach the team for the rest of the season. General manager John Hammond downplayed the notion that Skiles had lost control of the locker room or otherwise felt friction with management.

"Scott and I did not have a frosty relationship. Scott did not hate this team," said Hammond, who noted that more than half the season remains. "We're not a team in dire straits ... we're expecting good things to happen."

Boylan met with reporters before Tuesday night's home game against Phoenix.

Jazz F Marvin Williams to miss next 3 games: Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams will miss the next three games with inflammation in his right knee. The team announced the injury Tuesday after Williams was treated by team orthopedist Dr. Lyle Mason.

Williams will travel with the team on its three-game road trip, but won't be able to play against former team Atlanta on Friday.

He left Monday's win over Dallas because of the injury and did not return.

To fill in for Williams, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey announced that the team has recalled rookie Kevin Murphy from the Reno Bighorns, Utah's NBA Development League (D-League) affiliate. Murphy is expected to be in uniform when the Jazz visits the Charlotte Bobcats today. In 14 games (12 starts) with the Bighorns, Murphy averaged 13.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 28.6 minutes.


Mendenhall elected to Board of Trustees

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall and Ouachita Baptist University head coach Todd Knight have been elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Football Coaches Association. Mendenhall and Knight were elected by members attending the 2013 AFCAâàConvention in Nashville, Tenn. Mendenhall and Knight join a group of distinguished head coaches who guide the organization. The Board formulates policy and provides direction for the AFCA, which was founded in 1922 by Amos Alonzo Stagg, JohnâàHeisman and others. The AFCAâàhas more than 11,000 members from all levels of the profession.

Returning members of the AFCAâàBoard of Trustees include incoming president Mack Brown of Texas; first vice-president Mike Welch of Ithaca College; second vice-president Tommy Tuberville of Cincinnati and third vice-president Todd Berry of Louisiana-Monroe.

Mendenhall will be the AFCA District 8 representative. Knight will be a second Division II representative.

"I consider it a privilege being appointed to the AFCA Board of Trustees," Mendenhall said. "Coaching football is one of the greatest professions in the world, and to be a part of an organization that continues to grow and educate coaches on the important role they have as positive and influential role models on our student-athletes is an assignment I am excited to be a part of."

Redskins' RG3 to have knee surgery: Robert Griffin III is having surgery today on a torn ligament in his right knee -- and to see if there's a second ligament that also needs to be repaired. Baylor coach Art Briles confirmed to USA Today and The Associated Press on Tuesday night that the Washington Redskins rookie has a torn lateral collateral ligament. He said the surgery also will determine whether Griffin has damaged his ACL in that knee.

A person close to Griffin, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Redskins have not made an announcement, also confirmed the details surrounding Griffin's injury to the AP.

A torn LCL requires a rehabilitation period of several months, possibly extending into training camp and the start of next season. A torn ACL is a more severe injury, typically requiring nine to 12 months of recovery.

San Diego St considers Big East and Mountain West: San Diego State is planning to attend the Big East's meetings on Friday, but the school has been talking to the Mountain West about possibly staying in that conference rather than switching leagues. Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco said Tuesday he doesn't anticipate San Diego State will have a decision at the upcoming meeting in Dallas.

"Every indication is they want to stay," he said after attending a BCS commissioners meeting. "Whether they will or not we still don't know. We're still talking. If I had to guess, it would shake out in a couple of weeks."

San Diego State has committed to join the Big East as a football-only member in 2013. The school plans to have the rest of its sports compete in the Big West. The Aztecs joined the Big East along with Boise State, when the rebuilding conference was attempting to put together a coast-to-coast football league. But the Broncos backed out last month after the most recent Big East defections and struck a deal to stay in the Mountain West. Now SDSU is looking into doing the same, but the MW has to decide if it wants the Aztecs back.

Rose, Sugar will host 1st semifinals in playoff: The first semifinal games in the new college football playoff system will be played in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015. The BCS conference commissioners announced the dates and rotation for all 12 years of the upcoming postseason format after a meeting in Key Biscayne on Monday, the day after the BCS championship game in Miami.

"It was not a one-year decision, it had to be a 12-year decision," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said. "Calendar issues, days of rest. Sugar and Rose were paired together because of the days of rest since they are playing the same day."

Whether they are hosting a semifinal or just a marquee bowl game, the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will always be played on Jan. 1, or Jan. 2 in years in which New Year's Day falls on a Sunday. In the eight years in which the Rose and Sugar do not host the semifinals, the four playoff teams will kick off on New Year's Eve or Saturday, Dec. 30.

Either way there will be a triple-header of major college football games, two semifinals and four other marquee bowl games, on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day starting from the 2014 season to the 2025 season.

"Those days will belong to college football," Hancock said.


Jensen earns GWC kudo

UVU's Sammie Jensen has been named Great West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week after an outstanding performance last week.

Jensen led UVU to two victories last week by averaging 20.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game in a 70-60 road triumph at Air Force and a 71-66 overtime home win over Texas-Pan American.

in the Wolverines' GWC opener. The senior from Stansbury Park was the leading scorer and rebounder in both games by tallying 21 and 14 against the Broncs and 20 and 13 versus the Falcons of the Mountain West Conference. Jensen's two more double-doubles now give her 12 for the season, which is good enough to rank her second in the nation in that category.


Rodriguez likely return after All-Star break

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez's surgeon says the New York Yankees third baseman probably will be ready to return to the field after the All-Star break.

"It would be great if he returns faster. Possible that it would take longer," Dr. Bryan Kelly of the Hospital for Special Surgery said Tuesday.

Kelly is scheduled to operate Jan. 16 on the 37-year-old's left hip, which has a torn labrum, bone impingement and a cyst. The procedure is estimated to take two hours,

"Can I give you a percentage chance as to whether or not he's going to be closer to the 15-year-old or the 60-year old?" Kelly said during a 40-minute conference call. "The imaging studies show that he has some cartilage wear that makes me think that we will get him back to his pre-injury level of play, that it's not so extensive that it will ultimately impact his ability to play. But unfortunately our imaging doesn't give us all the information, and that is something that we're going to know at the time of surgery or after the time of surgery, during that investigative portion of the procedure."

Kelly said the condition, known as femoral acetabular impingement, was caused by genes, not by steroids. Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he used steroids while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03.

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