Sports Briefs 3-9-14


HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- New Orleans tied the Division I record for futility in a single season Saturday with an 87-56 loss to Sam Houston State.

The Privateers fell to 0-29, tying the mark set by Fordham in 2008 and matched by Weber State last season.

It was the 33rd consecutive loss for New Orleans, which would need to lose another 25 in a row to tie the all-time losing streak, set by LIU Brooklyn between 1987 and 1989.

New Orleans fell behind 13-0 Saturday, trailed by as many as 30 points in the first half and 43 points in the second.

The Privateers have struggled since Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The storm drastically cut enrollment and led former top administrators to enact a cost-cutting plan to leave Division I athletics in favor of Division III. A subsequent plan aimed for Division II before current President Peter Fos, appointed in 2012, recommitted to Division I.

When Keeshawn Davenport took over as interim coach in the spring of 2011, she had no scholarships. She had three scholarships her second season, and only this season did she have the full complement of 15.

She used 14, six on freshmen, five of whom receive regular playing time. Wilson is among four first-year players averaging more than 15 minutes per game. Women generally don't leave school early for the pros, so most teams have strong senior leadership. At UNO, no player has been on the roster more than one previous season, putting UNO way behind in terms of building chemistry.

The good news is that it can only get better for New Orleans.

• Football

Cassel to re-sign with Vikings: A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that veteran quarterback Matt Cassel is re-signing with the Minnesota Vikings.

The person says the two sides reached agreement Friday, one day before Cassel would be able to open negotiations with other teams. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The agreement was first reported by the NFL Network.

Sharper held in jail without bail: Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper has been ordered held in jail without bail by a Los Angeles judge, who warned that she would have to free him soon if charges aren't filed against him in a similar case in Louisiana.

He has been charged by Los Angeles prosecutors with seven rape and drug counts in connection with two alleged attacks in Hollywood. He pleaded not guilty and had been freed on $1 million bail, but was taken into custody again when New Orleans police issued a warrant for his arrest in connection with two more alleged rapes.

Pelini receives extension: Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has received a one-year contract extension through February 2019.

Pelini is 57-24 in six seasons, but there was speculation about his job status at the end of last season as the Cornhuskers' streak of no conference championships stretched to 14 years.

• Hockey

Murray will miss four to six weeks: Columbus Blue Jackets rookie defenseman Ryan Murray will miss four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

The 20-year-old Murray, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NHL draft, has three goals and 17 assists and a +3 plus/minus rating in 61 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He ranks third among all league rookies in blocked shots (93), second in time on ice (1,207:37) and is tied for fifth in power-play points (6).

Player found dead: Fans from an opposing school wore dark red to honor a Grand Rapids-area hockey player who was found dead on the day of a big playoff game.

Grandville played Detroit Catholic Central in a hockey semifinal Friday in Plymouth, hours after co-captain Ryan Fischer died of an enlarged heart.

Fischer had been expected to enroll at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

• Elsewhere

Iowa beats Ohio State: Theairra Taylor scored 21 points and made a go-ahead layup with 1:32 left as fifth-seeded and No. 23-ranked Iowa held on for a 77-73 win over eighth-seeded Ohio State on Saturday in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.

Iowa (26-7) will play third-seeded and No. 16-ranked Nebraska in the championship game on Sunday.

Alston led Ohio State (17-18) with 20 points while Ellerbe and Darryce Moore each added 15 for the Buckeyes.

Carpenter signs new deal: Matt Carpenter called agreeing to a new $52 million, six-year deal with St. Louis a no-brainer. The Cardinals are hoping their third baseman sticks even longer than that.

The deal includes a team option for a seventh year in 2020 at $18.5 million. Should the St. Louis decline the option, they would pay Carpenter a $2 million buyout.

Carpenter's agent, Bryan Cahill, said the 28-year-old received a $1 million signing bonus and he'll make $1.5 million this season. The salary escalates each year, reaching $14.5 million in 2019.

Kyle wants to emulate Kurt's double: Someday in the future, Kyle Busch would love to emulate his older brother's upcoming attempt to run the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day.

He just doesn't plan to give it a shot until he's got a NASCAR series championship in his trophy case.

He's excited about Kurt Busch's plan to attempt the double on May 25. He hopes his brother doesn't get "too wore out" by the grueling driving and extensive travel necessary to run both races a few hours and about 580 miles apart.

Kyle Busch says he has talked about doing the double himself for several years.

But Kyle always figured he'd wait until he has been NASCAR's series champion, as Kurt Busch was in 2004.

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