Sports shorts: UA men's hoops promotes assistant, adds manager

2012-08-25T00:00:00Z 2012-08-25T07:25:11Z Sports shorts: UA men's hoops promotes assistant, adds managerStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona men's basketball team added former Wyoming point guard JayDee Luster as a graduate manager Friday while promoting graduate assistant Danny Peters to assistant director of basketball operations.

Luster, 23, was a three-year starter at point guard for the Cowboys, earning the Mountain West defensive player of the year award last season. He will help the Wildcat coaches in workouts while also carrying operational and administrative duties.

Peters, 26, will lead Arizona's video scouting efforts while also monitoring players' academic progress.

More College basketball

Majerus taking year off

ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis basketball coach Rick Majerus is taking a leave of absence for at least the upcoming season.

The university said Friday that assistant coach Jim Crews will direct the team as interim coach. Majerus, 64, is hospitalized in California undergoing evaluation and treatment for a heart condition, a school spokesman said.

Golf

Watney, Garcia lead at Barclays

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Nick Watney and Sergio Garcia shared the second-round lead Friday at The Barclays at 8-under 134.

Tiger Woods, playing through a twinge in his lower back, had a 69 and was three shots out of the lead .

• In Coquitlam, British Columbia, teen star Lydia Ko shot her second straight 4-under 68 for a share of the lead with Chella Choi in the Canadian Women's Open.

• In Snoqualmie, Wash., defending champion Mark Calcavecchia eagled the par-5 eighth hole and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour Boeing Classic.

Miscellaneous

Logano gets Nationwide victory

Bristol, Tenn. - Joey Logano chased down Kevin Harvick, then held on over a series of late cautions for his sixth win of the season, his first Nationwide Series win at Bristol Motor Speedway,

• Rain washed out qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway, which means Casey Mears will start from the pole tonight in the Sprint Cup Series race. The lineup was set by speeds from Friday's first practice session. Brad Keselowski will start second, followed by series points leader Greg Biffle, Joey Logano and Aric Almirola.

• Boise State will make the Big West Conference its new home for all non-football sports next year, the school announced Friday. The football team will play in the Big East beginning next season.

• In Colorado Springs, Colo., Tyler Farrar raced to his second sprint victory in the USA Pro Challenge and fellow American Tejay van Garderen maintained the overall lead.

• In Alcaniz, Spain, John Degenkolb capped a week of racing at the Spanish Vuelta with his third win, while Joaquim Rodriguez retained the overall lead after the seventh stage.

• Steve Van Buren, the Hall of Fame running back who led the Philadelphia Eagles to NFL titles in 1948 and 1949, died Thursday. He was 91.

• Felix, Brazil's starting goalkeeper when it won the 1970 World Cup, died Friday of complications from emphysema at 74.

• In Saratoga Springs, N.Y., heavily favored Turbulent Descent, trained by UA alum Todd Pletcher, took the lead leaving the eighth pole en route to a 1 1/4-length victory in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes for fillies and mares at Saratoga Race Course.

- Bruce Pascoe

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