Sports shorts: UA hires Southland Conference soccer coach of year

2012-12-06T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: UA hires Southland Conference soccer coach of yearStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Tony Amato, Southland Conference Coach of the Year the past two seasons at Stephen F. Austin, has been hired to become the UA women's soccer coach, athletic director Greg Byrne said Wednesday.

Amato coached the SFA Ladyjacks to titles in 2011 and 2012 with a combined 17-0 league record. His marks in three years at SFA were 13-5-2 in 2010, 15-3-1 in 2011 and 17-4 this year. The Jacks lost to Texas A&M 1-0 in first round of the NCAA tournament in 2012.

Amato has a career record of 127-48-14 in his 10 seasons as a head coach, with the first seven coming at Division II Rollins, where he compiled an 82-37-11 mark. The program won its first league title and went undefeated in the 2008 regular season.

He won SSC Coach of the Year honors twice and won the last two Southland Conference COY honors at SFA.

Amato takes over for departed UA coach Lisa Oyen, who compiled a record of 12-40-7 in three seasons after taking over as interim coach during the end of the 2009 campaign. Oyen resigned Nov. 15.

• UA men's golf coach Jim Anderson has been named to the coaching staff of the 2013 United States Palmer Cup team.

Anderson, in his first year as the Arizona head coach, will serve as an assistant coach in the Ryder Cup-style event featuring collegiate players from the United States against those from Europe. Alabama's Jay Seawell will serve as the U.S. head coach.

The 2013 Palmer Cup will be contested June 7-9 in Wilmington, Del.

NHL labor

Negotiations last past midnight

NEW YORK - NHL labor talks that began in the daylight hours Wednesday stretched over to this morning with no sign they would end anytime soon.

It isn't known what progress - if any - had been made on the second straight day of marathon talks in the dispute that is threatening the hockey season, but owners and players surely sense that time is now a factor and a deal must be made soon to get the game back on the ice.

The sides began talks a little after 2 p.m. EST and kept going through the night, except for a two-hour dinner break.

Negotiations were still in progress at presstime.

Pima basketball

Aztecs score 104 in victory

The Aztecs women's team (3-7, 2-3 ACCAC) snapped a three-game losing streak in a big way Wednesday, defeating Chandler-Gilbert 104-80 in Chandler.

The Aztecs had five players score in double figures. Alyssa Roche led the team with 21 points, A'jha Edwards had 16 points and 14 rebounds, D.J. Davis and Felicia Foster each contributed 15 points, and Raja Moreno had 12 points and nine rebounds.

• Terrence Carroll, the ACCAC Division II Player of the Week last week, scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Pima men defeated Chandler-Gilbert 93-75.

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