BU men reach Patriot League semifinals

From staff and wire reports 

The Boston University men’s basketball team reached the Patriot League tournament semifinals for the first time in three years, beating Loyola (Md.), 64-60, on Thursday night at Case Gym. The Terriers (18-13) shot just 3 of 20 from 3-point range but held the Greyhounds to 36 percent shooting from the field (18 of 50). Kyle Foreman led the hosts with 12 points. BU will host No. 3 seed Lehigh on Sunday at noon. The Terriers won both regular-season meetings . . . In another Patriot quarterfinal in Annapolis, Md., Navy beat defending conference tourney champ Holy Cross, 49-42. Robert Champion scored 13 points to lead the Crusaders (15-17), who shot just 32.6 percent from the field (14 of 43).

NU’s Williams best in CAA

Northeastern senior guard T.J. Williams was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association men’s player of the year in voting by the league’s head coaches and media relations directors, and members of the media. Williams led the CAA and ranked 13th in the nation in scoring this season with 21.6 points per game. Williams is just the second NU player to receive the CAA’s top award, joining Jose Juan Barea (2005-06) . . . Jen Gemma became the all-time leading scorer for Bentley’s women’s program, and the Falcons (26-4) reached the Northeast-10 title game by routing Saint Anselm, 81-49, in Waltham. Gemma totaled 15 points to pass former teammate Lauren Battista (2010-14) on the scoring list with 2,115.

Mulkey offers an apology


Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey made a tearful apology for her recent remarks about the school’s sexual assault scandal. In defending the school against critics last weekend, Mulkey said Baylor fans should ‘‘knock them right in the face’’ and said it’s time to ‘‘move on’’ from the scandal. After those comments caused a storm of controversy, the two-time national championship coach said she is ‘‘sorry for the choice of words.’’ Mulkey also said her heart goes out to assault victims and said the school failed them . . . Austin Peay men’s coach Dave Loos is retiring after 27 years coaching the Governors. Loos notched his 500th career victory Feb. 16 but missed four games in January while continuing chemotherapy for a cancerous lymph node.


Warriors bring on Barnes

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The Warriors signed forward Matt Barnes, adding the edgy veteran after losing Kevin Durant to a knee injury. Barnes, 36, spent two years with Golden State earlier in his career. He played in 54 games with the Kings this season, averaging 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds, before being waived. Durant is out indefinitely with a sprained MCL in his left knee . . . Center Andrew Bogut officially signed with the Cavaliers, but he isn’t expected to suit up until Monday, meaning he’ll miss Cleveland’s games on Friday and Saturday . . . Former NBA player Amar’e Stoudemire apologized for recently telling an Israeli website that he would avoid a gay teammate. In a statement released by his current team, Israel’s Hapoel Jerusalem, Stoudemire said the questions were ‘‘hypothetical’’ and all his answers had ‘‘a comedic undertone.’’ He said he’s ‘‘deeply sorry for offending anyone’’ and he’s ‘‘open to creating a dialogue to assist the fight the LGBT community encounters daily.’’ . . . The NBA announced it will hire more referees. The current staff of 64 will grow to at least 70 next season and the league plans to increase its total by 25 percent over the next three years.


Jets to part with Marshall

A person with direct knowledge of the team’s decision told the Associated Press that the Jets are releasing wide receiver Brandon Marshall, clearing $7.5 million on the salary cap. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the move, which was expected to come Friday. Marshall played two seasons for the Jets and set franchise records in 2015 with 109 catches and 1,502 yards receiving. He had just 59 receptions for 788 yards and three TDs last season . . . The Titans agreed to a contract extension with quarterback Matt Cassel a week before he was set to hit free agency. Terms were not announced, though multiple reports called it a two-year deal. Cassel, a former Patriot and 12-year veteran, played four games for Tennessee last season and started the regular-season finale, a 24-17 win over Houston.


Briles denies Baylor cover-up

Breaking months of public silence, former Baylor coach Art Briles said he did not cover up sexual violence by his players or try to obstruct any investigations tied to the assault scandal at the nation’s largest Baptist university. Briles released a one-page letter, saying he could no longer ‘‘remain silent’’ and defending himself against allegations that he ignored incidents of assault and ran a football program that considered itself above the rules. The letter came a day after the Texas Rangers, the state’s elite criminal investigations unit, said it had opened a preliminary probe into how Baylor handled assault reports over several years. ‘‘I did not cover-up any sexual violence. I had no contact with anyone that claimed to be a victim of sexual or domestic assault . . . I did not obstruct justice on campus or off,” Briles wrote. Baylor officials declined comment.


Vonn skis on Games course

Lindsey Vonn liked her first look at the 2018 Olympic course, finishing first in a World Cup downhill training run in Jeongseon, South Korea. Vonn was 0.17 seconds ahead of Ilka Stuhec, the world downhill champion from Slovenia. Stuhec is set to win her first season World Cup downhill title in an injury-marred season for Vonn. A second training run is scheduled for Friday before Saturday’s World Cup race . . . Andy Murray saved seven match points before beating Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (20-18), 6-1, to reach the Dubai Tennis Championships semifinals in the United Arab Emirates. The second-set tiebreaker — 31 minutes, 6 seconds long — featured seven match points for Kohlschreiber before Murray prevailed on an eighth set point. The ATP said the 20-18 tiebreaker was the sixth on tour since 1991. There have been no others with more points. The match lasted 2:55. Murray will play Lucas Pouille in the semifinals. Fernando Verdasco and Robin Haase also advanced . . . Rafael Nadal ran his Mexican Open winning streak to 13 matches, beating Yoshihito Nishioka, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, to reach the semifinals in Acapulco. Nadal will next face third seed Marin Cilic, who advanced when American Steve Johnson withdrew because of a right ankle injury. On the women’s side, American Christina McHale beat Monica Puig, 6-2, 6-2, to make her second straight semifinal round in Acapulco . . . Wisconsin goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens, Clarkson forward Cayley Mercer, and Minnesota Duluth forward Lara Stalder were named the finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the best player in women’s college hockey.

IOC says golf course must change policy on women


IOC vice president John Coates said the club that is set to host the 2020 Olympic golf tournament in Tokyo must change its policy of excluding women as full members or the event will go elsewhere. Coates, in Tokyo to wrap up a two-day coordination commission meeting, said some progress has been made on the issue but that the IOC can only wait so long. Kasumigaseki Country Club board members met last month to discuss the issue but so far have failed to make a decision about changing their policy. The club does not allow women to become full members or play on Sundays . . . Jeff Plush stepped down as commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League after two years in the position . . . Austria’s Stefan Kraft completed a golden double in ski jumping at the Nordic world ski championships in Lahti, Finland, adding the large hill title to the normal hill honor he won last week. Kraft is the first man to win both individual events at a world championships since Poland’s Adam Malysz in 2003 . . . Simon Hobday, the fun-loving South African golfer who won the 1994 US Senior Open at Pinehurst, died in his home country after a fight with cancer. He was 76 . . . Tommy Gemmell, who scored one of the goals that helped the Scottish soccer club win the European Cup in 1967, died in Glasgow after a long illness. He was 73 . . . Former NFL wide receiver Davone Bess was sentenced in Gilbert, Ariz., to one year of supervised probation after pleading no contest to an endangerment charge in Arizona. Bess, 31, originally had pleaded not guilty to a charge of unlawful flight from a law-enforcement vehicle near his suburban Phoenix home last June. Gilbert police stopped Bess for driving without his headlights on. Police say Bess pointed his finger like a gun at officers and moved it up and down as if pretending to fire a weapon. They say Bess then fled the scene and drove home, failing to pull over for a marked police vehicle that had its lights and siren on. He was later arrested.