For the 28th straight year, the Arizona gymnastics team is headed to the postseason after being selected Monday to compete in the Baton Rouge (La.) NCAA Regional.
“We’re very proud to have that long of a streak, which is the longest in the (athletic) department,” UA coach Bill Ryden said. The Wildcats, a No. 4 seed, will vie at 4 p.m. Saturday against host LSU, Stanford, Auburn, Kent State and Iowa State. The top two teams, top two all-arounders and event winners qualify for the NCAA championships.
Foles’ Eagles show interest in QB Sanchez
NEW YORK — The Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams are among the teams believed to have interest in former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, although he would likely need to pass a physical before he signed.
Ex-UA Wildcat Nick Foles is the starter in Philly, with Matt Barkley the backup. Sanchez, rehabbing from shoulder surgery, was cut when the Jets signed Michael Vick.
- In other NFL news, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington changed his plea to guilty Monday to charges that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend last year. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge set sentencing for April 23. ... The Ravens and Jets each will receive four compensatory picks in this year’s draft for free agents they lost in 2013. ... Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL will meet on April 8 with the players union to discuss improving the workplace environment in the wake of the Miami bullying scandal. ... Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder , who defends a team nickname that many call offensive, announced a foundation to help Native Americans.
- In golf, Tiger Woods said it’s “too soon” to tell whether his ailing back will allow him to play in the April 10-13 Masters, the only tourney he has never missed.
- In tennis, Maria Sharapova rallied to beat Kirsten Flipkens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to make the Sony Open quarterfinals in Key Biscayne, Fla. In the semis, she could face Serena Williams, who beat CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-1.
- In cycling, Luka Mezgec won a sprint finish Monday to take the leader’s jersey after the first stage of Spain’s Volta a Catalunya, with favorites Christopher Froome and Alberto Contador close behind. ... Alexander Kristoff sprinted to victory Sunday in Italy’s Milan-San Remo classic, edging out 2008 winner Fabian Cancellara.