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Spaziani seeks Tranquill’s replacement

January 26, 2011

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Colleges
Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani, concentrating on wrapping up the 2011 recruiting season, is also trying to find a replacement for offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill, who retired this month after a two-year stint. Tight ends coach Dave Brock and wide receivers coach Ryan Day are candidates. Spaziani has talked to University of Delaware offensive coordinator Jim Hofher, sources familiar with the process said. Hofher was the head coach at Cornell from 1990-97, and at the University of Buffalo from 2001-05.

MARK BLAUDSCHUN

UConn donor demands return of $3m Robert Burton, chief executive officer of Greenwich, Conn.-based Burton Capital Management and a major benefactor to the University of Connecticut, wants the school to return $3 million in donations and remove his family name from its football complex because he says he was shut out of discussions about the selection of a new football coach. Burton said in a Jan. 19 letter to UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway that his opinions were ignored and he did not support the way Paul Pasqualoni was selected . . . Twelve University of Iowa players have been hospitalized in stable condition for symptoms likely related to offseason workouts. The school wouldn’t release the players’ names . . . Former University of Kansas athletics director Lew Perkins agreed to pay a $4,000 fine to settle an ethics case over allegations he improperly accepted a gift of exercise equipment while working for the school.

NHL
Nabokov suspended for not reporting The Islanders suspended goalie Evgeni Nabokov for not reporting to the team after being claimed off waivers from the Red Wings last week. The 35-year-old goaltender signed a one-year contract with Detroit Thursday. Once he signed with the Red Wings, he became available to the Islanders. New York owns Nabokov’s rights and could keep him out of the NHL for all of next season if Nabokov does not report . . . Martin Havlat of the Wild and defenseman Keith Yandle of the Coyotes were named to the All-Star Game as injury replacements. Havlat is taking the place of injured Oilers forward Ales Hemsky and Yandle is filling in for Thrashers defenseman Tobias Enstrom, who will be sidelined 2-4 weeks because of a broken finger. Also, Penguins All-Star forward Evgeni Malkin pulled out of the game because of a sinus infection.

Baseball
Astros, Rodriguez reach $34m deal Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez and the Astros avoided arbitration and reached agreement on a $34 million, three-year deal. The Astros said the contract will be finalized tomorrow after Rodriguez takes a physical . . . Lefthanded reliever Craig Breslow and the Athletics agreed to a $1.4 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration . . . The Rangers traded former closer Frank Francisco and cash to Toronto for catcher-first baseman Mike Napoli. Toronto acquired Napoli and outfielder Juan Rivera from the Angels Friday for outfielder Vernon Wells.

Golf
Finchem wants rules review after DQs PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is asking the USGA to review the Rules of Golf after two prominent players were disqualified for rules violations that were reported after they signed their scorecards. Television viewers called in violations by Camilo Villegas in Hawaii and Padraig Harrington in Abu Dhabi. They were assessed two-shot penalties, but because officials were notified after the round, the players were disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. Finchem wants a “full and thorough review’’ so officials can ask if there is a better way to penalize players. One suggestion is to assess the two-stroke penalty even after the card has been signed, provided the player was not aware he had broken a rule.

Miscellany
Spurs’ Popovich named All-Star coach Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will coach the West team in the All-Star Game after leading San Antonio to a 38-7 record, best in the NBA. The All-Star Game is Feb. 20 in Los Angeles. The coach for the Eastern Conference has not yet been announced . . . Art Rondeau, a peak performance coach, is suing former Knick Allan Houston for more than $2.5 million, saying Houston damaged his career by trashing him instead of trumpeting his skills . . . Jean-Baptiste Grange of France won a World Cup night slalom at Schladming, Austria, giving him his second victory in three days and a big boost leading into next month’s world championships. Bode Miller was a late withdrawal. The US team said he plans to miss this weekend’s downhill and super-combined in Chamonix, France to rest for next month’s worlds. The top American was Nolan Kasper, who finished 13th . . . Vania King is taking the US Fed Cup roster spot originally expected to be filled by Venus Williams at next month’s quarterfinal against Belgium . . . Heavyweight boxer Shannon Briggs has sued his management company, claiming he has only been paid $25,000 of the $750,000 promised to him for the Oct. 16 WBC title bout against Vitali Klitschko that left him hospitalized for 12 days and “likely ended his boxing career.’’