ATHENS -- Saul Phillips, who guided North Dakota State to an upset of fifth-seeded Oklahoma in the NCAA tournament and 26 wins this season, was hired Sunday as Ohio University's basketball coach.
Phillips succeeds Jim Christian, who left after two years to coach Boston College. Christian was 49-22 at Ohio.
Phillips was 134-84 in seven seasons at North Dakota State. He now joins a school that went 25-12 this season and made it to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament quarterfinals.
"I simply cannot wait to start working with our players and helping them reach their potential," he said in a statement. "I want our fans and my players to know that I will pour maximum energy and enthusiasm into Bobcat basketball."
Phillips was an assistant at North Dakota State for three seasons before becoming head coach. Before that, Phillips was the director of basketball operations for three years at Wisconsin under Bo Ryan.
Phillips played at Wisconsin-Platteville under Ryan and in 1995 captained the Pioneers' undefeated national championship team.
Bourn not ready: Indians starting center fielder Michael Bourn will need to play in a few more minor league games as he recovers from a hamstring injury.
Bourn has been out with a strained left hamstring, which he hurt during training camp and had operated on during the offseason.
Get extensions: The Pittsburgh Pirates signed general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle through the 2017 season on Sunday, with a club option for 2018.
Thompson wins: Lexi Thompson left Michelle Wie behind Sunday -- off the tee and on the leaderboard in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
The 19-year-old Thompson beat Wie into Poppie's Pond, too, capping the breakthrough major victory with the traditional victory leap into the water near the 18th green. "It's just a dream come true," Thompson said.
Earns trip to Masters: Matt Jones earned his first trip to the Masters with a remarkable 42-yard chip-in on the first playoff hole, outdueling Matt Kuchar on his way to winning the Houston Open on Sunday.
The win is the first on the PGA Tour for the Australian, who made a 46-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to reach the playoff. He ended it one hole later, chipping over the right front bunker on the 18th.
Emmert speaks: The NCAA president called an effort to unionize players a "grossly inappropriate" way to solve problems in college sports while insisting schools have been working to get athletes more involved in decisions that impact them.
At his news conference Sunday, NCAA president Mark Emmert said the association was in no rush to come up with plans in case college players' unions sprout up across the nation. He portrayed the recent decision in favor of Northwestern players who seek to unionize as a very early step.
Jackets victorious: Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu each had a goal and an assist, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots for his second shutout of the week to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the New York Islanders 4-0 on Sunday night.
The Blue Jackets, desperate to hang on to a playoff spot in the East, matched a season high with three power-play goals.
Browns sign Burleson: The Browns agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent wide receiver Nate Burleson.
A 12-year pro, Burleson has made 103 career starts. He finished last season with 39 catches for 461 yards for Detroit.
Coach fired: U.S. Soccer fired coach Tom Sermanni hours after he was on the sideline for a 2-0 win against China on Sunday.
Sermanni took over the women's program in January 2013. He previously spent eight years coaching Australia's women's team.