Gonzaga’s Few benched 3 games
SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga coach Mark Few will miss two exhibition games and the first game of the regular season after he was arrested last month on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The school made the announcement before the Bulldogs’ kickoff event — “Kraziness in the Kennel” — on Saturday.
Few will not be on the sideline for Gonzaga’s exhibition games on Oct. 31 against Eastern Oregon and Nov. 5 against Lewis-Clark State, and the regular-season opener on Nov. 9 versus Dixie State. His first game will be Nov. 13 against Texas, a showdown of expected top-10 teams.
“I have had a month to reflect on the regretful decisions I made on Sept. 6. I again offer my sincere apology and I remain committed to learning from this mistake,” Few said in a statement.
William & Mary defeats UAlbany
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Darius Wilson threw for 145 yards and a touchdown, Martin Lucas scored on two short touchdown runs and William & Mary erased an 18-point deficit to defeat Albany 31-24 on Saturday.
Joey Carino threw two touchdown passes and Karl Mofor ran for another score as the Great Danes built a 21-3 halftime lead. A 3-point second half would be their undoing as they remained winless this season at 0-5 overall, 0-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
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In the second half, the Tribe (4-1, 2-0) scored four unanswered touchdowns to build a 31-21 lead.
Pliskova a winner; Muguruza falls
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova won her second-round match in straight sets at the BNP Open on Saturday, while fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza was beaten.
Pliskova advanced to the third round with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Magdalena Frech at the combined ATP and WTA event. Pliskova fired six aces, giving her a Tour-leading 387 this year, and converted five of her six break points.
Muguruza, who won last week’s event in Chicago, lost to Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. It was Tomljanovic’s first win in seven tries over a Top-10 player this year. She was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon in July.
Pirates dismiss coach Joey Cora
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have dismissed third base coach Joey Cora after five seasons at the post.
The Pirates announced the move Saturday, less than a week after they finished 61-101 and last in the NL Central.
The 56-year-old Cora, the older brother of Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, was often criticized by Pittsburgh fans for aggressively waving runners home. The Pirates ranked among the major league leaders in outs made at the plate.
Strong qualifying run for Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton mitigated the damage from his 10-place grid penalty at the Turkish Grand Prix by posting the fastest time in Saturday qualifying. It should have given the world champion his record-extending 102nd Formula One pole, but it didn’t count in the record books.
Instead, Hamilton will start 11th on Sunday as penalty for changing the internal combustion engine on his Mercedes, and teammate Valtteri Bottas assumed the pole. Max Verstappen, locked in one of the tightest championship fights Hamilton has faced, will start second alongside Bottas.
Hamilton knew he would lose 10 spots on the starting grid, which made qualifying critical.
Diana Taurasi returns for birth
PHOENIX — Diana Taurasi made it back home in time to see her wife Penny Taylor give birth to a baby girl — the couple’s second child.
Taurasi flew back to Phoenix from Las Vegas immediately after helping the Mercury beat the Aces in Game 5 of their semifinal series. She had 14 of her 24 points in the fourth quarter of the 87-84 win on Friday night.
The league’s all-time leading scorer playfully said in a postgame interview to Taylor to “hold it in babe”.
Denmark, England roll to victories
GENEVA — Denmark added to the most perfect campaign in World Cup qualifying on Saturday and England also eased toward winning its group.
Denmark beat Moldova 4-0 while England bested Andorra 5-0.
Wins for Scotland, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine moved each closer to at least a place in the playoffs next year with the finals tournament in Qatar in sight.