Hardaway To Be Memphis’ New Coach – Former Memphis star Penny Hardaway has agreed to a deal to become the next Tigers men’s basketball coach, and a news conference is expected on Tuesday, sources told ESPN. Hardaway, who starred at the school in the early 1990s, will replace Tubby Smith, who was fired after just two seasons earlier this month. Hardaway, 46, was drafted with the third overall pick in 1993 and played in the NBA from 1993 to 2008, with Orlando, Phoenix, New York and Miami. He was a four-time NBA All-Star.
Ex-NBA Star Francis Cited For Public Intoxication – Former NBA All-Star Steve Francis, who recently wrote an essay about his battles with alcohol abuse in The Players’ Tribune, was arrested for public intoxication in Burbank, California, on Sunday night. Burbank police said they responded to a report of an unruly patron in a hotel bar. After observing him, they arrested Francis for public intoxication, saying they “determined he was under the influence to an extent that he posed a risk to his own safety and the safety of others.” Francis was taken to jail and given a citation, then released around 7 a.m. local time Monday morning.
Ex-Dolphin Pouncey Agrees to Join Chargers – The Los Angeles Chargers brought in the team’s biggest target in free agency this week, agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with former Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, the team announced on Monday. A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the deal is worth $15 million, including $10 million fully guaranteed. Released by the Dolphins last week because he refused to take a pay cut, the 28-year-old Pouncey consummated a deal with the Chargers after an in-house visit on Monday. With Pouncey signed through the 2020 season as part of a five-year contract extension with the Dolphins in 2015, Miami saved $7 million on its salary cap with his release.
Cavs’ Lue Taking Break Over Health Issues – Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is stepping away from coaching to focus on his health, the team announced Monday. Lue, 40, left Saturday night’s 114-109 victory against the Chicago Bulls with an illness, marking the third time this season that his health has kept him from coaching an entire game. “After many conversations with our doctors and [general manager] Koby [Altman] and much thought given to what is best for the team and my health, I need to step back from coaching for the time being and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation from which to coach for the rest of the season,” Lue said in a statement. “I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.” Lue has also been coughing up blood, team sources told ESPN. Lue hopes to return well before the start of the playoffs, sources told ESPN. Associate head coach Larry Drew will take over in the interim.
CP3: I’ll Pay Green’s Fine For Shove, Ejection – Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul. With 10 minutes to play and the Rockets leading 109-96, Dieng pushed a bent-over Paul in the back. Paul had fouled Dieng and knocked the ball out of his hands and was chasing the loose ball out of bounds. Green then took several full strides toward Dieng before delivering a forearm shiver to Dieng’s back and upper arm.
Sunday Games: Second Round
- Marquette Golden Eagles 72 – Louisville Cardinals 90
- Oregon State Beavers 66 – Tennessee Lady Vols 59
- Maryland Terrapins 60 – NC State Wolfpack 74
- DePaul Blue Demons 79 – Texas A&M Aggies 80
- Villanova Wildcats 72 – Notre Dame Fighting Irish 98
- Michigan Wolverines 58 – Baylor Lady Bears 80
- Virginia Cavaliers 56 – South Carolina Gamecocks 66
- Minnesota Golden Gophers 73 – Oregon Ducks 101
Sunday Games: Second Round
- Butler Bulldogs 73 – Purdue Boilermakers 76
- Syracuse Orange 55 – Michigan State Spartans 53
- Texas A&M Aggies 86 – North Carolina Tar Heels 65
- Clemson Tigers 84 – Auburn Tigers 53
- Nevada Wolf Pack 75 – Cincinnati Bearcats 73
- UMBC Retrievers 43 – Kansas State Wildcats 50
- Florida State Seminoles 75 – Xavier Musketeers 70
- Marshall Thundering Herd 71 – West Virginia Mountaineers 94
- Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 68 – Louisville Cardinals 84
- Mississippi State Bulldogs 78 – Baylor Bears 77
- Oregon Ducks 92 – Marquette Golden Eagles 101