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Grand slam by Mills gives Clippers 80th win, 7-6 over Red Sox


Beau Mills (file photo)

The Columbus Clippers, clearly the best team in the IL this season, now has 80 wins on the season thanks to one of their newer and younger players.

Beau Mills belted a grand slam with two outs in the top of the eighth inning to lead the team to a 7-5 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox in Rhode Island on Thursday night.

Columbus trailed 4-3 but were able to put two runners on second and third with no outs against Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison (6-2) in the eighth.

With one out, Travis Buck was walked intentionally.

After a strikeout for the second out of the eighth, Mills, who was having a bad road trip at 1-for-10, hit a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right field. It was his third homer since being called up from Double-A Akron on July 22.

Columbus starting pitcher Zach McAllister (10-3) allowed four runs, all in the second inning, and seven hits, with five strikeouts in seven innings. He became the third IL pitcher to reach 10 wins this season.

Josh Judy pitched a scoreless ninth for his 21st save.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Miami RedHawks visits Rhode Island in CBI Tournament

(courtesy of The Gazelle Group)

The Miami University men’s basketball team has accepted a bid to participate in the 2011 College Basketball Invitational Presented by Zebra Pen and will travel to Kingston, Rhode Island to play the Rams today (Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m.

(courtesy of Miami athletics)

This will be the RedHawks second appearance in the CBI, also earning a bid in the inaugural tournament in 2008 when the RedHawks went up against eventual CBI champion Tulsa.

This will be the first meeting between the teams.

Armed with the nation’s toughest non-conference schedule, Miami enters the postseason with a 16-16 record. The RedHawks posted an 11-5 Mid-American Conference record to finish second in the MAC East Division and earn the #3 seed in the MAC Tournament before being knocked out by the eventual champion, Akron Zips.

Rhode Island enters the game with a 19-13 overall record and a 9-7 mark in the Atlantic 10. The Rams won its opening round game in the A-10 Tournament against St. Louis before losing to eventual champion Richmond in the quarterfinals.

Info courtesy of Miami athletics

#7 Xavier beats Rhode Island

Ta'Shia Phillips (courtesy of Xavier athletics)

The Xavier women’s basketball team won an Atlantic 10 Conference contest against hapless Rhode Island, 67-45.

Ta’Shia Phillips scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and Amber Harris scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half to lead the Musketeers who are 17-2, 6-0.

Rhode Island falls to 6-14, 0-6.

compiled from Xavier athletics news

North Carolina making most of NIT opportunity, advances to title game

compiled by staff

During the months of March and April, the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team is used to to playing in the NCAA tournament. This year the NIT had to do. But basketball madness is still alive in any tournament even if its not the one you’re used to being in or want to be in.

Injuries, inconsistent play and inexperience combined to doom the Tar Heels’ season early on and they never recovered until the NCAA tournament had passed them by.

Roy Williams Tar Heels coach (UNC)

Then they were selected to play in the NIT, which to some people is known as “the also-rans” tournament. But North Carolina seized the opportunity and went on the road to defeat Mississippi State and Alabama-Birmingham before defeating Rhode Island last night at Madison Square Garden in the semifinals, 68-67 in overtime.

Rhode Island was no “also-ran” team because they had the best RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) of any program that failed to make the NCAA tournament.

Deon Thompson had 16 points and 13 rebounds for North Carolina, which had possession with about 5 seconds left in overtime and the shot clock about to expire when Larry Drew II forced up a shot. The rebound eventually wound up in the hands of Rhode Island’s Lamonte Ulmer, who lost control as he rushed up court moments before the horn sounded, never getting off a shot. Most everybody thought a foul would be called for tripping but it wasn’t.

North Carolina will play the Dayton Flyers for NIT title on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

Just days after an NCAA berth,Tom Penders resigns at Houston

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Houston Cougars were in the NCAA Tournament just a few days ago. And now, their head coach, Tom Penders has resigned; so the university says.

It has long been rumored that Houston athletic director Mack Rhoades has not seen eye-to-eye with Penders even before the NCAA Tournament berth came into play.

Penders has had quite a few things working against him at Houston. First of all, former Kentucky and UTEP coach Billy Gillespie used to work for Rhoades at UTEP and he is the leading candidate for the job. So is former Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson.

The second problem for Penders has been the lost energy around the Houston program recently. But that could be said after Alvin Brooks, Clyde Drexler and Ray McCallum all were head coaches at a school located in one of the nation’s top 5 cities.

Thirdly, Hofheinz Pavilion, once the home of Phi Slamma Jamma in the early 1980′s has been a like a haunted house, where no fan wants go even if the team is good. It is in desperate need of renovation. The top basketball recruits in the state of Texas turn their hands after a visit to Hofheinz Pavilion.

Tom Penders (UH)

Coach Penders met with Mack Rhoades on Saturday and Sunday about the state of the program. There were two years left on his contract, and he will be paid the $500,000 that is owed through a buyout.

Penders led the Cougars back to NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1992, this season after winning the Conference USA championship. The Cougars lost to Maryland 89-77 in the tournament’s first round. Penders was 121-77 in six seasons at Houston, and became only the fourth coach to take four different teams to the NCAA tournament.

Penders 39-year coaching career includes stops at Tufts, Columbia, Fordham, Rhode Island, Texas, George Washington and Houston. He led Rhode Island, Texas, George Washington and Houston to the NCAA tournament. Penders has to be commended for his ability to recruit top-notch athletes to a school like Fordham which is located in the Bronx and plays most of its games in outdated Rose Hill Gymnasium which seats only 3,200 and is unattractive to most basketball recruits.

Whether he resigned or was fired, it doesn’t matter. A 121-77 mark in 6 years and an NCAA berth should be a good resume to keep your job. But because the athletic director wants to hire his friend to be the basketball coach, Tom Penders has to say he resigned when he probably was fired!