CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Ron Fraser, the innovative Miami baseball coach who won NCAA titles in 1982 and 1985 with the Hurricanes, died Sunday after battling Alzheimer's disease. He was believed to be 79.
Fraser took Miami to 12 College World Series in his 30 years. He retired in 1992 with 1,271 wins and no losing seasons. Dubbed "the wizard of college baseball" for his promotions, Fraser brought batgirls into the college game and signaled for the hidden ball trick in 1982, known today as the "Grand Illusion," in a CWS win over Wichita State.
"No one did it better," said Texas' Augie Garrido, the NCAA Division I coaching-wins leader.
• St. Louis fans ignored cold temperatures and gathered at one of two Stan Musial statues at Busch Stadium, remembering the Hall of Famer who died Saturday at 92.
UA 2-0 in men's tennis; Aztecs excel on track
The Arizona men's tennis team captured five of six singles matches to beat visiting Nevada 5-2 on Sunday.
In No. 1 singles action, UA's Andre Vidaller beat Victor Ouvard 6-3, 0-6, 6-3. The Wildcats (2-0), who beat NAU 7-0 Friday, will host New Mexico State at 2 p.m. Saturday.
• In indoor track and field, four Pima College athletes produced national qualifying marks at Paradise Valley on Saturday: Eddie Willcox (high jump, 6 feet 9 inches), Aaron Orduno (shot put, 54-0), Pueblo grad Ruben Canastillo (600 meters, 1 minute 23.10 seconds) and Flowing Wells grad Lance Ross (600 meters, 1:24.62). Willcox and Flowing Wells' Aren Maxwell (3,000 meters, 9:36.24) won their events. In women's action, Makaela Pratt won the 200 (26.60) and 400 (1:1.43) meters and anchored Pima's winning 4x400 relay team (4:16.52) with Empire grads Ally Haskell and Karen Cooper and Tenishia Reynolds (Sabino). Haskell won the 600 in 1:42.32, Lucia Hernandez (Tucson) took the 1,000 meters in 3:18.31 and Marlee Sherwood won the triple jump in 35-8.
• In soccer, American Clint Dempsey scored in stoppage time, giving Tottenham a 1-1 draw vs. Manchester United, which scored on Robin van Persie's first-half header and leads Manchester City by five in the Premier League.
• Olympic medalist figure skater Michelle Kwan and Coast Guard Lt. Clay Pell, a grandson of the late U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, married in Providence, Rhode Island.
• German cyclist Andre Greipel won the Tour Down Under's 30-mile criterium Sunday in Adelaide, Australia.
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