Texas Tech fires Leach after coach took school to court
Texas Tech fired Mike Leach on Wednesday after the coach took the school to court to try to overturn his suspension for alleged mistreatment of an injured player. "I'm very sad to say there's only one person to blame for this and it's Mike Leach," Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance told The Associated Press. Jerry Turner, vice chairman of the university system's Board of Regents, said "other things" came to light during an investigation of Leach's treatment of receiver Adam James. The sophomore alleged the coach twice confined him to a small, dark place after the player was diagnosed with a concussion. Turner declined to elaborate about the other issues. Leach was suspended Monday after he refused to agree to guidelines for dealing with players set forth by his bosses in a Dec. 23 letter. When Leach decided to fight the university in court "in defiance" of his suspension, that's why "we are where we are," Turner said. Leach was in San Antonio with his team, which is preparing for the Alamo Bowl against Michigan State on Saturday. He left the team's hotel while his interim replacement, defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill, was holding a news conference. Approached by a reporter, Leach said "no comment" before being asked a question. Asked how he felt Texas Tech treated him throughout the last two weeks, Leach responded, "I think that's apparent." Texas Tech's official statement said Leach's recent actions made it impossible for him to remain coach of the Red Raiders.
Racing season begins Friday at Laurel Park
The 2010 racing season begins Friday afternoon at Laurel Park with a nine-race card highlighted by the $50,000 Maryland Filly Championship. The race was originally scheduled to be run Dec. 19 as the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, but that program was canceled because of a snowfall. The race was renamed and redrawn for 3-year-old fillies as all horses become officially one year older on the first day of the year. Eleven newly minted 3-year-olds are entered in the 7 1/2 -furlong test, including 3-1 morning line favorite Jim's Prospect. The daughter of St. Averil has yet to finish out of the money in three career starts, including a victory at Laurel on Oct. 10.
College volleyball: : UMES senior Whitney Johnson was named to the All-National second team in Cobra magazine, which is an African-American volleyball publication.
Capitals:: Left wing Tomas Fleischmann will represent the Czech Republic at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Czech head coach Vladimir Ruzicka announced his team's 23-man roster, which includes 16 current NHL players. The Czech Republic won the bronze medal in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. Fleischmann, 25, will be making his first Olympic appearance. The native of Koprivinice, Czech Republic, leads in the NHL in shooting percentage with 14 goals on 56 shots (25 percent). He ranks sixth among Czech-born NHL players with 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) in 28 games.