Leitao resigns as Virginia coach
Dave Leitao resigned yesterday as the Virginia men's basketball coach after the team's worst season in decades. Leitao will be paid about $2.1 million, athletic director Craig Littlepage said. Virginia finished 10-18 this season, 11th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It was the Cavaliers' worst record since they went 9-17 in 1967-68. Leitao won the ACC Coach of the Year award in 2007, when Virginia shared first place in the conference with North Carolina. He compiled a 63-60 record in his four years.
Polls: : Louisville added one more thing to a week in which it swept the Big East titles and earned the overall No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament: the school's first appearance this season atop the Associated Press' Top 25. Ranked fifth last week, the Cardinals (28-5) received 45 first-place votes from the 71-member national media panel. ... The Maryland women (28-4) moved up a spot to No. 3. Unbeaten Connecticut (33-0) was the unanimous No. 1 choice for a 16th straight week, finishing the regular season where it started.
Alex Ovechkin, the NHL's leading goal scorer and reigning Most Valuable Player, was held without a point for the first time in 11 games as the Washington Capitals fell to the host Atlanta Thrashers, 5-1. Eric Fehr spoiled Kari Lehtonen's shutout bid with 1:15 remaining when he scored his 11th goal. Lehtonen made a career-high 49 saves, and Slava Kozlov and Tobias Enstrom each had a goal and an assist to help Atlanta win a team-record sixth straight game. Washington's three-game winning streak was ended.
Kevin Durant scored 25 points, Thabo Sefolosha added 12 and the Oklahoma City Thunder spoiled Gregg Popovich's 1,000th game as San Antonio's coach by beating the visiting Spurs, 78-76. The Thunder didn't lead until midway through the fourth quarter but kept San Antonio to its season low in scoring and escaped when Tony Parker (28 points) missed a three-pointer from the left side in the closing seconds.
Other games:: LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead visiting Portland past Memphis, 103-92. ... Gerald Wallace scored 25 points, and host Charlotte defeated Toronto, 112-86. ... J.R. Smith and Nene scored 19 points each, and host Denver defeated New Jersey, 121-96. The Nets played without forward Sean Williams, who was arrested yesterday at a cell phone store in a mall in suburban Denver on accusations he got into an argument with a clerk and threw a computer monitor.
Et cetera: : Kings guard Bobby Jackson will undergo surgery to repair a broken cheekbone. His status for the rest of the season will be determined after Friday's operation. ... The Warriors' Stephen Jackson was suspended one game without pay by the NBA for receiving his 16th technical foul this season in Golden State's 154-130 loss to the Suns on Sunday.
Spitz says he feels sorry for Phelps
Mark Spitz says he feels badly for Michael Phelps. Spitz, whose record of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics was broken when Phelps won eight last year, talked briefly about Phelps last night while in Little Rock, Ark., for a speaking engagement. Phelps has been at the center of controversy after a photo surfaced showing the swimming star with a marijuana pipe. "As a fan, I feel sorry and I feel badly for him at this time," Spitz said. "Nobody would want to wish that upon him, I'm sure. He's obviously dealing with it in a way that he feels appropriate, and I'm not one to comment on whether it's right or wrong because I'm not with his management team."
More swimming: : Sweden's Therese Alshammar broke her 50-meter butterfly world record in Sydney with a time of 25.44 seconds, taking 0.02 off the record of 25.46 she set in 2007. Alshammar, however, could be disqualified because officials later discovered she was wearing two suits.
College football: : Top high school recruit Bryce Brown, a 6-foot, 215-pound running back from Wichita, Kan., signed a letter of intent with Tennessee. ... Florida State will appeal the part of an NCAA sanction that would take away wins in 10 sports, including as many as 14 in football. ... Former Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill was arrested near campus on suspicion of drunken driving and leading police on a chase. ... Nevada running back Luke Lippincott was granted a sixth year of eligibility because of a knee injury that forced him to miss most of last season after leading the Western Athletic Conference in rushing the year before.
College baseball:: Towson senior infielder Gary Helmick became the fourth player in school history to hit for the cycle in the Tigers' 13-6 home victory over Yale.
College lacrosse: : Kyle Norchi had five goals and two assists to lead Plattsburgh State (4-1) to a 17-7 win over Goucher (4-2) at Christopher Newport University.
Soccer: : Police say an Iraqi player was shot dead just as he was about to kick what could have been the tying goal in a weekend amateur game south of Baghdad. Police Maj. Muthanna Khalid said a spectator was arrested. ... The U.S. women will open their 2009 domestic schedule May 20 with a match against Japan in Frisco, Texas.
Tennis: : Roger Federer and Andy Murray each were a step closer to a possible showdown in the semifinals with relatively routine victories during third-round matches at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Federer, ranked No. 2, defeated Ivo Karlovic, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Murray overpowered Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-3, 6-2.
Arena Football League: : Players and management reached agreement on a collective bargaining agreement, paving the way for the league to restart play next year. The players union and the league's board must ratify the deal, which would cover 2010 to 2013.