Sports log: Bill Decker named Harvard baseball coach


Bill Decker, who guided Trinity College to a record-setting 45-1 record in 2008, culminating with the NCAA Division 3 title, is the new baseball coach at Harvard. After an impressive 22-year run in Hartford that included five NESCAC titles and nine trips to the NCAA Tournament, Decker takes over for revered 17-year coach Joe Walsh, who died unexpectedly July 31. Decker’s 2008 team won 44 straight games, the longest streak in NCAA Division 3 history . . . Thousands of logos depicting an American Indian warrior will remain inside the University of North Dakota’s hockey and basketball arenas under a reworked agreement announced by the NCAA and the state’s attorney general. The new plan allows that imagery to stay, though six signs that say ‘‘Home of the Fighting Sioux’’ must be removed so the school will be in NCAA compliance and able to host postseason sporting events at its Grand Forks campus.


Nebraska AD Osborne is retiring

As Nebraska’s coach, Tom Osborne had one of the most successful runs in college football history. As athletic director, he pulled the football program he and Bob Devaney built out of a nosedive and repaired a fractured department where staff morale had nearly bottomed out. And now, he’s almost done. The 75-year-old Osborne announced Wednesday that he will retire Jan. 1 after five years on the job. He’ll become athletic director emeritus and stay involved in department operations through July 30 . . . Harvard senior tailback Treavor Scales and Massachusetts Maritime junior quarterback Mike Stanton of Quincy received this week’s Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Awards from the New England Football Writers. Scales rushed for 136 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-31 win over Brown. Stanton set school records for completions (26) and passing yards (420) while tossing three TD passes in a 42-38 comeback victory over Coast Guard.

Penn State perjury ruling is upheld

Dauphin County (Pa.) Judge Todd Hoover upheld perjury charges against two Penn State administrators, former vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley, accused of lying to a grand jury that investigated allegations that ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused children. The judge did not rule on the other count they each face, failure to properly report suspected child abuse. In that case, the defendants have argued the statute of limitations has expired . . . Penn State is down another quarterback after coach Bill O’Brien said backup Paul Jones had left the team for personal reasons. Jones is the second quarterback to leave Penn State this season. Rob Bolden left over the summer, about two months after O’Brien tabbed senior Matt McGloin the starter. Bolden is now at LSU.



Indians’ Jimenez, Perez out for season

Indians righthander Ubaldo Jimenez won’t pitch again this season because of a sprained right ankle. Jimenez was examined Monday in Cleveland after having some problems in his previous two starts. He was 9-17 with a 5.55 ERA. Lefthander Rafael Perez had arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder in Wilmington, Del. Perez is expected to begin throwing in two months and recover in time for spring training. He was 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in eight appearances and last pitched April 25 . . . Former Rangers owner Tom Hicks has settled a pair of lawsuits related to a failed multimillion-dollar development project near Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Under Hicks’s ownership, the Rangers filed for bankruptcy two years ago and have since been sold to a group that includes team president Nolan Ryan.


Mercury win lottery, top pick in WNBA

The Phoenix Mercury, who had the second-worst record in the league at 7-27, won the WNBA draft lottery and earned the No. 1 pick next year and the rights to take Brittney Griner. Chicago will pick second and Tulsa third. Washington (5-29), which had the worst record, will pick fourth . . . Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur will be out for up to six weeks after breaking the top of the fibula in his left leg preparing for training camp. Arthur had been practicing with Memphis opening training camp Monday, and the break described as a small, nondisplaced fracture in the head of his left fibula was diagnosed after an MRI earlier this week. Arthur missed last season after tearing his right Achilles’ tendon . . . Former track great Edwin Moses has been voted chair of the US Anti-Doping Agency’s board of directors, succeeding founding board member Dr. Richard Cohen, who is leaving the board because of term limits.

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