O'Neill, former interim coach at Arizona, takes over at USC
Kevin O'Neill returned to the college ranks Saturday when he was announced as Southern California's basketball coach, taking over from Tim Floyd. Floyd suddenly resigned June 9 amid allegations that he paid to have O.J. Mayo delivered to the Trojans. O'Neill, 52, a defense-oriented coach, was an assistant this season with Mayo's NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies. O'Neill led the Toronto Raptors to a 33-49 record in 2004 and had stints with the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. He returns to the Pacific-10 after serving as interim coach at Arizona in 2008 when Lute Olson took a leave of absence.
Walbrook's Smith transfers to Oak Hill in Virginia
Former Walbrook small forward Roscoe Smith will transfer to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., for his senior year. A two-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection, Smith averaged 21.4 points and 11 rebounds as a junior, leading the Warriors to the Class 4A state semifinals. "Me and my parents, we sat down and discussed it," Smith said. "It was a long thing, but at the end of the day, we made the decision to go to Oak Hill." Smith participated in the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 camp this weekend in Charlottesville, Va. Rivals.com ranks the 6-foot-8 prospect as the No. 16 player nationally in the 2010 class.
Total points record set in Team USA's 26-12 victory
The United States raced past Japan, 26-12, at the Federation of International Lacrosse Women's World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic. The combined 38 points scored by both teams set a tournament record, outpacing the 36 points from Ireland's 23-13 win over the Netherlands a day earlier. American attacker Lindsey Munday led all scorers with six goals and five assists, earning her Player of the Match honors. Attacker Caroline Cryer also contributed five goals and two assists. Kristen Kjellman and Sarah Albrecht each had three goals and three assists. Acacia Walker (Maryland) scored a goal. U.S. goalie Megan Huether (Maryvale Prep) got her first start of the tournament and made six saves before being subbed out in the second half. The U.S. (3-0) has a rest day before heading into Monday's showdown against Australia, the reigning world champion.
Spain wins 15th straight; South Africa also advances
Spain set an international record with its 15th straight victory, a 2-0 win over host South Africa in Bloemfontein, that allowed the host nation to scrape into the Confederations Cup semifinals along with the European champion. Spain (3-0) finished first in Group A with six points, two ahead of South Africa (1-1-1). Iraq (0-1-2) was third with two points after a 0-0 tie with New Zealand (0-0-3). Semifinal opponents will be determined by the results in Group B today, when the United States (0-2) plays Egypt (1-1) and Brazil (2-0) plays world champion Italy (1-1).
Freedom: : Washington's Rebecca Moros scored in the 81st minute to beat host Saint Louis Athletica, 1-0, in Women's Professional Soccer.
Crystal Palace Baltimore: : Crystal Palace Baltimore won its second straight game Friday night, 2-1, over the Hogges at Bermuda's National Stadium. Pat Healey gave Palace the lead 22 minutes into the game, and Val Teixeira added a goal nine minutes into the second half. The Hogges scored in the 86th minute.
Beard, Langhorne lift Mystics past Sky, Toliver, 81-72
Alana Beard had 31 points and five assists to lead the host Washington Mystics to an 81-72 victory over the Chicago Sky. Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) had 14 points and six rebounds for the Mystics (4-1). Jia Perkins led the Sky (3-3) with 15 points, six rebounds and six assists. Kristi Toliver (Maryland) had 13 points for Chicago.
Indoor Football: : The South Carolina Force beat the Baltimore Mariners, 62-38, in Greenville, halting their four-game winning streak and ending their North Division title hopes. The Mariners (8-5) complete their regular season Saturday at 7 p.m. at 1st Mariner Arena and then will travel to Reading, Pa., to face the Express (10-3) in the first round of the American Indoor Football Association playoffs.
Tennis: : German qualifier Benjamin Becker won his first ATP title, beating Dutch wild card Raemon Sluiter, 7-5, 6-3, at the Ordina Open in Den Bosch, Netherlands. Sluiter is the lowest- ranked player - at No. 866 - to reach an ATP final. ... Earlier, Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand became the first player to successfully defend the women's title by beating Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 7-5.
Auto racing: : Sebastian Vettel captured the pole for the British Grand Prix in Silverstone while Formula One championship leader Jenson Button will start from a season-worst sixth. ... Helio Castroneves was awarded the pole for today's Iowa Corn Indy 250 in Newton after qualifying was canceled. ... Carl Edwards won the NASCAR Nationwide race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, taking the lead from fellow Sprint Cup commuter Kyle Busch with 44 laps left. ... Ron Hornaday Jr. celebrated his 51st birthday in style with a dominating win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series race in West Allis.
Boxing: : Wladimir Klitschko stopped Ruslan Chagaev after nine rounds before an announced 61,000 at a soccer stadium in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The IBF and WBO heavyweight champion added the Ring Magazine belt to his haul.
Golf: : Matteo Manassero completed a dominant week at Formby (England) Golf Club by winning the British Amateur, 4 and 3, over Sam Hutsby, making the 16-year-old the youngest player and first Italian to win golf's oldest amateur tournament.
- From Sun staff and news services