UConn's Moore wins Naismith
Connecticut star Maya Moore added another award to her rapidly growing list on Monday when the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the former Collins Hill standout had won the Naismith Trophy as the college player of the year.
Moore, whose Huskies play tonight in the NCAA championship game, becomes the sixth player to win both the high school and college Naismith awards. The sophomore won the high school national player of the year award in both 2006 and 2007.
Five locals earn All-American wrestling honors at nationals
Gwinnett County had five wrestlers earn All-American status at the National High School Coaches Association wrestling championships on Saturday in Virginia Beach, Va.
Georgia state champion Sam Kuntz placed sixth in the 189-pound weight class in the senior tournament. The Rutgers commitment went 3-3 at the tournament and is just the 11th Georgian to earn All-American status at senior nationals since 1990.
Collins Hill had four wrestlers earn All-American honors. State champions T.J. Mitchell (119) and Joel Smith (140) took fourth and sixth place, respectively, in the junior division. Mitchell lost to the eventual national champ in the quarterfinals and was 4-2 overall. Smith reached the semifinals before losing to the eventual national champ and was 5-3. C.J. Collins, a state runner-up this season, placed eighth in the 215-pound division after going 3-3.
Mitchell's younger brother Drew Ferguson took eighth place in the freshman division after reaching the semis of the 103-pound weight class. The 2009 Gwinnett County champion lost to the eventual national champ and was 4-3 in the tournament.
Last Masters for 3-time winner
AUGUSTA - Gary Player is calling it a career at Augusta National after his 52nd Masters appearance this week.
The 73-year-old South African announced Monday this will be his final Masters, a tournament he won three times on his way to capturing the career grand slam.
Player already holds the record for most appearances at Augusta, breaking a tie with Arnold Palmer when he played in his 51st Masters last year. He's only made the cut four times in the last 21 years.
Player said he's had a wonderful career, and that he's 'had it all' and doesn't want to be greedy.
Memphis hires assistant Pastner
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis has hired assistant coach Josh Pastner as successor to coach John Calipari. Memphis athletics spokesman Bob Winn said the school will hold a news conference today to introduce Pastner as the next head coach.
The 31-year-old coached for one year under Calipari, who announced last Tuesday he was taking the coaching job at Kentucky. Pastner also spent six years coaching under Lute Olsen at Arizona, where he also played.
- From staff, wire reports