Sports shorts: Baylor routs Iowa for first NIT title

2013-04-05T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Baylor routs Iowa for first NIT titleStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

NEW YORK - Pierre Jackson had his fourth straight double-double with 17 points and 10 assists to lead Baylor to the first National Invitation Tournament title in school history with a 74-54 win over Iowa on Thursday.

Cory Jefferson scored 23 points and Isaiah Austin had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Bears (23-14), who reached the tournament final five years ago, but never had won it before.

• Michigan sophomore Trey Burke was named the Associated Press men's basketball player of the year on Thursday, while Miami's Jim Larranaga was honored as the top coach.

UA track and field

Cooke fifth after five events in decathlon

UA junior Keegan Cooke is in fifth place after five events in the decathlon after one day of action at the Jim Click Shootout. Cooke has 3,647 points, which is 292 points out of first place. Competition resumes today.

Pima College

Aztecs softball team earns road sweep

The Pima softball team (30-16, 22-12) earned its third straight road sweep of a doubleheader, beating Scottsdale Community College 5-2 and 10-3. Alejandra Ortiz (Tucson High) had three hits and four RBIs on the day for Pima, while Yvette Alvarez (Sahuarita) and Stephanie Vejar (Tucson High) picked up the wins on the mound.

• The Pima women's tennis team (13-4, 6-2) ended its regular season with a 9-0 win over visiting Paradise Valley at the Tucson Racquet Club on Thursday. Amy Beeston won 6-0, 6-4 at No. 1 singles for the No. 7 Aztecs.

• The Pima men's tennis team (3-7, 2-6) closed its regular season, losing 5-4 at Paradise Valley on Thursday.

Golf

Bettencourt, Tomasulo lead in Texas

SAN ANTONIO - Matt Bettencourt and Peter Tomasulo shot 5-under par 67s to earn the surprising lead after the first round of the Texas Open on Thursday, holding off a field that includes world No. 2 Rory McIlroy. Bettencourt made the tournament as an alternate.

• In Rancho Mirage, Calif., playing partners Suzann Pettersen and Na Yeon Choi share the first-round lead with Jodi Ewart Shadoff at the LPGA Kraft Nabisco. The trio notched a 4-under 68.

College football

Auburn checking out 2010 allegations

AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs says the school is reviewing allegations of rules violations in the football program during its 2010 national title season but doesn't believe they're credible. A story quoted former Auburn players Mike McNeil and Darvin Adams alleging they received or were offered money from coaches. McNeil said he had a grade changed to stay eligible.

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