Geno Auriemma nets 1,000th win as UConn tops Oklahoma

Connecticut associate head coach Chris Dailey, left, and head coach Geno Auriemma celebrate Auriemma's 1000th win at the end of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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Geno Auriemma (right) and associate head coach Chris Dailey celebrate Auriemma's 1,000th career win.

Geno Auriemma won his 1,000th college basketball game as top-ranked UConn beat Oklahoma, 88-64, on Tuesday night in the Hall of Fame women’s Holiday Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Auriemma became the fourth women’s coach to reach the 1,000-win mark, joining Pat Summitt, Tara VanDerveer, and Sylvia Hatchell, who hit the milestone earlier Tuesday when North Carolina beat Grambling State, 79-63. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski is the only men’s coach to win 1,000 games. Auriemma is the fastest to achieve the mark, doing so in his 1,135th game. UConn (9-0) led 48-33 at the break before Oklahoma (5-6) cut its deficit to seven midway through the third quarter. The Huskies, who were led by Napheesa Collier’s 21 points, responded with a 13-3 run to close the period up 64-47. Maddie Manning had 15 to lead Oklahoma.

As the final buzzer sounded, the Huskies dumped Gatorade buckets full of confetti on Auriemma and associate head coach Chris Dailey. Fake $1,000 bills dropped from the ceiling with Auriemma’s picture on them. Players from Auriemma’s first team in 1985 that beat Iona for win No. 1 were in attendance and introduced to the sellout crowd. His current team held up masks of Auriemma and Dailey with their pictures from 1985.

Kiffin, FAU agree to extension

A person familiar with the negotiations says football coach Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic have agreed on a six-year extension through 2027. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been signed or made public. Kiffin had four seasons remaining on his existing deal, one that pays him $950,000 annually with a buyout that started at $2.5 million and decreases each year. Financial terms for the additional years are still being negotiated. Kiffin guided FAU (11-3) to a 50-3 rout of Akron (7-7) in Tuesday night’s Boca Raton (Fla.) Bowl . . . Iona’s Schadrac Casimir came off the bench to drill six 3-pointers for 22 points to help the visiting Gaels (6-5) roll to a 82-68 win over Holy Cross in men’s basketball. Jacob Grandison led the Crusaders (3-7) with 14 points . . . Sophomore defenseman Michael Campoli left the BC men’s hockey program, announcing on twitter that he will play junior hockey for the Penticton Vees in the British Columbia Hockey League . . . UMass hired Jason Dowiak as its new women’s soccer coach.

Report: Kent State hiring Lewis


A person familiar with the decision says Kent State is hiring Syracuse offensive assistant Sean Lewis as its new football coach. The person spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been signed . . . Jerry Kill, who spent 2017 as Rutgers’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, retired for health reasons. The 56-year-old had a seizure and was hospitalized on Sept. 10, a day after getting knocked down during a game against Eastern Michigan. He spent 22 seasons as a head coach at five schools, stepping down at Minnesota in 2015 because of epilepsy . . . Alabama coach Nick Saban said freshman linebacker Dylan Moses is out indefinitely after sustaining a foot injury in Monday’s practice. Moses has 30 tackles and 5½ stops behind the line in 11 games . . . Maryland receiver DJ Moore will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Moore was named first-team All-Big Ten after set a school record with 80 catches for 1,033 yards . . . Michigan confirmed quarterback Shea Patterson is transferring from Mississippi. In seven games in 2017 before injuring his right knee, Patterson passed for 2,259 yards and 17 touchdowns, with nine interceptions . . . Beginning next season, the Ivy League football schedule will feature exciting regional matchups — Brown-Dartmouth, Columbia-Cornell, Penn-Princeton — on the final weekend of play along with Harvard-Yale. Harvard and Yale will play next year’s 135th edition of The Game at Fenway Park.


Islanders heading back home

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It appears the New York Islanders will be moving from Brooklyn back to Long Island. According to multiple reports, the team won a bid to build a new arena on the grounds of the Belmont Park racetrack — home to the third leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown each June — setting the stage for a return to Nassau County, home to the Islanders from 1972-2015 before they moved into the Barclays Center. The Islanders proposed an 18,000-seat arena for the site, as well as a hotel and retail village, in a plan that beat out a proposal for a 26,000-seat venue from MLS’s New York City FC . . . . Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, who spent the 2010-11 season at Northeastern, was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins by the Dallas Stars for a conditional 2019 fourth-round draft pick. The Stars’ 2011 first-round pick (No. 14 overall ) has a goal and two assists in 21 games this season . . . The Arizona Coyotes got forward Josh Archibald, ex-BU goaltender Sean Maguire, and a 2019 sixth-round draft pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins for goalie Michael Leighton and a 2019 fourth-rounder. Leighton, 36, has played only seven NHL games since 2009-10, when he was 8-3 with a 2.46 GAA and .916 save percentage in the Stanley Cup playoffs, helping the Flyers advance to the Final.


Rangers' Perez breaks elbow

Texas Rangers lefthander Martin Perez broke his non-pitching elbow in a mishap with a bull and is likely to miss the start of the season. General manager Jon Daniels said Perez told him he was startled by a bull on his ranch in Venezuela and fell on the elbow. The 26-year-old had surgery Monday in Dallas and is expected to start throwing in about a month . . . After acquiring him from the Dodgers in a trade on Saturday, the Braves released first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, making him a free agent . . . The Dodgers will pay baseball's highest luxury tax ($36.2 million) for the fourth straight year and the Yankees owe a penalty ($15.7 million) for a 15th consecutive season, according to final figures compiled by the commissioner's office and obtained by The Associated Press. The streaks could end as the sport's biggest spenders slash payroll for 2018 . . . Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, one of three women to play in the Negro Leagues, died Tuesday at 82, according to Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.


Revolution to open 2018 on road

The New England Revolution and new coach Brad Friedel will begin the 2018 Major League Soccer campaign in Chester, Pa., against the Philadelphia Union, on Saturday, March 3 (time TBA), marking the 10th straight season the team opens on the road. New England is 2-5-2 in its last nine season openers.New England opens its home slate at Gillette Stadium against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, March 10 at 1:30 p.m. MLS announced the lineup of home openers for its 23rd season, with the complete schedule to come in January . . . MLS plans to announce Wednesday that Nashville will be awarded an expansion team, a person with direct knowledge told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because a public announcement was not authorized. Nashville and Sacramento, Calif., were viewed as the favorites for the league’s 25th and 26th teams, with Cincinnati and Detroit the other finalists. A decision on the second area picked is expected within a few weeks . . . American Mikaela Shiffrin beat Tessa Worley of France by .99 seconds to win a World Cup giant slalom in Courchevel, France. The 22-year-old was fastest in the first run and had a big enough margin for her third victory of the season. Italian Manuela Moelgg was third, 1.01 behind Shiffrin. Shiffrin, the defending overall World Cup champion, has already opened up a 171-point lead over Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg in her title defense . . . Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will miss at least one more week with a sprained right ankle. The team says the ankle is healing well and Curry has been cleared to do modified on-court workouts . . . Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez sprained his right ankle in Monday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors and will be reevaluated in three weeks . . . 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, 33, said she is coming out of retirement and returning to the tennis tour next season. The Frenchwoman retired less than two months after surprisingly winning her only Grand Slam title while seeded No. 15 . . . World 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin said he fired coach Dennis Mitchell following an undercover investigation that appeared to show people linked to the sprinter offering to supply performance-enhancing drugs . . . South African media outlet EWN reported that Olympian Oscar Pistorius is appealing his recently lengthened prison sentence for the 2013 murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Supreme Court of Appeal last month more than doubled Pistorius' sentence to 13 years . . . Slovenian biathlete Teja Gregorin has been disqualified from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics for failing a doping retest. Gregorin, a 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, has been provisionally suspended by the IBU since October after being the only athlete testing positive in a re-examination of 1,195 samples from 2010.