Former Terps coach L. Saban dies at 87
Former Maryland football coach Lou Saban, who coached O.J. Simpson in the NFL and ran the New York Yankees for George Steinbrenner during a well-traveled career that spanned five decades, died Sunday. He was 87. Saban died at his home in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., his wife, Joyce, said. He had heart problems for years and recently suffered a fall that required hospitalization, she said. Saban played football at Indiana University and for the Cleveland Browns before embarking on an unmatched head coaching career that included stops with the Boston Patriots and Buffalo Bills of the old American Football League and the Denver Broncos and Bills after the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, along with college jobs at Miami, Army and Northwestern. Saban, who was 4-6 when he coached Maryland in 1966, went 95-99-7 in 16 seasons of pro football. He also was president of the Yankees from 1981 to 1982.
Cottle: Ref admitted error in 7-OT game
A mistake by an official negated what would have been a game-winning goal for the Maryland men's lacrosse team in the first of seven overtimes of the Terps' 10-9 loss to No. 1 Virginia on Saturday. One of three referees blew his whistle moments before sophomore attackman Grant Catalino scored what appeared to be the game-winner nine seconds into the first overtime period. Maryland coach Dave Cottle confirmed that the official mistakenly thought he heard someone from the Terps bench request a timeout. "The ref told me he messed up," Cottle said Sunday. "It's a bad mistake, and he's human, too." Cottle said the team plans to send film of the incident to the body that governs the referees and the NCAA. But he acknowledged that he had no expectations of a reversal.
State women: : Brittany Jones scored a career-high six goals as No. 2 Maryland (11-0) won, 20-12, over No. 15 Stanford (7-3) in College Park. ... No. 10 Loyola (7-3, 0-2 Big East) fell, 16-13, after No. 13 Notre Dame (9-3, 2-1) took command with a 12-3 run in South Bend, Ind. ... Nikki Marcinik scored three goals and added a career-high three assists as Towson (6-3) ended an eight-game losing streak to host Johns Hopkins (4-6) with a 16-7 win. ... Brianna Gauthier scored her first career goal in the second period to lift Mount St. Mary's (3-8, 3-0 Northeast Conference) to a 10-9 win over the visiting College of New Jersey (4-6, 2-1). ... Sarah Clemmens scored a free-position goal with 8:19 remaining, and Salisbury (10-1) ended the 35-game home winning streak of Franklin and Marshall (8-1) with a 10-9 win.
Arenas-less Wizards fall to the Pacers
With Gilbert Arenas on the bench to rest his surgically repaired left knee, the visiting Washington Wizards fell to the Indiana Pacers, 124-115. Washington was led by Caron Butler's 31 points and 13 rebounds. Antawn Jamison added 29 points. Danny Granger scored 31 points for the Pacers.
Other games: : Spencer Hawes had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Kings past the visiting Suns, 126-118. ... Paul Pierce had 27 points, and the Celtics defeated the visiting Thunder, 103-84. Kevin Garnett sat out for the 15th time in 19 games to rest a strained right knee. He is also expected to sit out Wednesday against Charlotte. ... Mike Bibby scored 21 points - including an improbable three off the top of the backboard - and the host Hawks took advantage of a tough outing for ailing Kobe Bryant (17 points) in an 86-76 win over the Lakers. ... Tayshaun Prince scored 21 points and Allen Iverson returned from a back injury to lead the host Pistons to a 101-97 win over the 76ers.
Notes: : The NBA slapped Mavericks owner Mark Cuban with a $25,000 fine for publicly criticizing the officials after Denver's 103-101 win over Dallas. ... Hornets forward James Posey was suspended one game by the NBA for throwing a ball at a referee Friday night.
Blast routed on road by La RaZa
The Blast ended its regular season with a 19-4 loss at Monterrey La RaZa. Rich Lesmes and P.J. Wakefield scored the only two goals for the Blast (14-4). Monterrey (10-8) and the Rockford Rampage will meet in the first round of the National Indoor Soccer League playoffs, with the winner advancing to play the Blast in the title game April 11 at 1st Mariner Arena.
More soccer: : Allison Falk and Camille Abily scored, and the host Los Angeles Sol blanked the Washington Freedom, 2-0, in the inaugural Women's Professional Soccer game.
College basketball: : Seth Curry's father, Dell, told the Associated Press his son will transfer from Liberty to Duke next season. Curry was the Big South Freshman of the Year. ... Elon hired Davidson assistant Matt Matheny as its coach.
Tennis: : No. 5 seed Andy Roddick earned his ATP Tour-leading 25th win of the season and reached the fourth round at the Sony Ericsson Open by defeating Dmitry Tursunov, 7-6 (9), 6-2, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Also advancing were No. 2 seed Roger Federer, No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 5 Venus Williams. No. 2 Dinara Safina fell to unseeded Samantha Stosur, 6-1, 6-4.
Auto racing:: Jenson Button won Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, beating teammate Rubens Barrichello and giving Brawn GP a 1-2 finish in its first race. Defending F1 champion Lewis Hamilton was third.