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Duquesne women's assistant coach resigns

| Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Duquesne University women's basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio has accepted the resignation of assistant coach Tasha Butts. Butts, who was a standout player at Tennessee, has been named an assistant coach at UCLA. She will be reunited with newly-named Bruins coach Nikki Caldwell, who was an assistant at UT while Butts was a player.

Pro basketball

NBA commissioner David Stern wants to have a talk with Tim Donaghy after the disgraced referee is sentenced in July for taking cash payoffs from gamblers and betting on games he officiated. "We just thought to close it out, if he has things that he'd like to say," Stern said.

Colleges

Geneva College named Kim Gall as its new athletic director. Gall, who served as head women's basketball and tennis coach at Geneva from 1980-94, was assistant athletic director at Calvin (Mich.) College.

Motor sports

Juan Pablo Montoya will have his third crew chief in a month when Brian Pattie takes over the No. 42 Dodge for this week's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Pattie replaces Jimmy Elledge, who was put in charge of the car four races ago in a crew shakeup at Chip Ganassi Racing.

Tennis

In Casablanca, Morocco, Agustin Calleri had 12 aces in a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Olivier Patience of France yesterday to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix Hassan II tournament. The third-seeded Argentine fought off four of five break points. He will next meet Moroccan veteran Younes El Aynaoui, who had 10 aces in his 6-3, 7-5 victory against Slovakia's Dominik Hrabaty.

• In Duesseldorf, Germany, James Blake gave the United States a split of its two singles matches against Argentina yesterday at the World Team Cup. Blake, who lost on opening day of the tournament, beat Guillermo Canas, 7-6 (4), 6-4. Argentina rebounded with Juan Ignacio Chela defeating Wayne Odesnik, 7-5, 6-1, in the Red Group. The deciding doubles match is today.

• In Poertschach, Austria, third-seeded Ivan Ljubicic rallied to defeat Jan Hajek, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, yesterday in the first round of the Hypo Group International. American John Isner defeated Italian qualifier Simone Vagnozzi, 6-3, 6-2. Isner will next play top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko.

• In Istanbul, Turkey, third-seeded Nadia Petrova defeated American Lilia Osterloh, 6-1, 6-2, yesterday in the first round of the Istanbul Cup.

• Former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport has pulled out of the French Open, the only Grand Slam singles event that she hasn't won. Tournament organizers said yesterday that the 31-year-old Californian withdrew for "personal reasons," without elaborating.

Off the field

Former NBA star Charles Barkley has retired his debt to a Las Vegas Strip casino that sued him after he failed to pay $400,000 in gambling loans. But the civil lawsuit remains open, and it's going to cost Sir Charles $40,000 more to get out of the legal doghouse.

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