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Innovative Miami Baseball Coach Dies

  • FILE - In this July 20, 1992, file photo, Olympic baseball coach Ron Fraser, the former coach at the University of Miami, attends team workouts in Tampa, Fla. Fraser, the longtime Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game's popularity, has died. Family spokesman Tony Segreto said Fraser died Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)

    FILE - In this July 20, 1992, file photo, Olympic baseball coach Ron Fraser, the former coach at the University of Miami, attends team workouts in Tampa, Fla. Fraser, the longtime Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game's popularity, has died. Family spokesman Tony Segreto said Fraser died Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)

  • FILE - In this July 20, 1992, file photo, Olympic baseball coach Ron Fraser, the former coach at the University of Miami, attends team workouts in Tampa, Fla. Fraser, the longtime Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game's popularity, has died. Family spokesman Tony Segreto said Fraser died Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)

    FILE - In this July 20, 1992, file photo, Olympic baseball coach Ron Fraser, the former coach at the University of Miami, attends team workouts in Tampa, Fla. Fraser, the longtime Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game's popularity, has died. Family spokesman Tony Segreto said Fraser died Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)

  • FILE - In this July 22, 1992, file photo, Ron Fraser, left, Olympic baseball coach and former coach of the University of Miami baseball team, talks with New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Fraser, the longtime Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game's popularity, has died. Family spokesman Tony Segreto said Fraser died Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove, File)

    FILE - In this July 22, 1992, file photo, Ron Fraser, left, Olympic baseball coach and former coach of the University of Miami baseball team, talks with New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Fraser, the longtime Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game's popularity, has died. Family spokesman Tony Segreto said Fraser died Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove, File)

  • FILE - In this July 22, 1992, file photo, Ron Fraser, left, Olympic baseball coach and former coach of the University of Miami baseball team, talks with New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Fraser, the longtime Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game's popularity, has died. Family spokesman Tony Segreto said Fraser died Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove, File)

    FILE - In this July 22, 1992, file photo, Ron Fraser, left, Olympic baseball coach and former coach of the University of Miami baseball team, talks with New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Fraser, the longtime Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game's popularity, has died. Family spokesman Tony Segreto said Fraser died Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove, File)

  • Tottenham Hotspur's Clint Dempsey celebrates his goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane stadium in London, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Tottenham Hotspur's Clint Dempsey celebrates his goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane stadium in London, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • FILE - In this July 20, 1992, file photo, Olympic baseball coach Ron Fraser, the former coach at the University of Miami, attends team workouts in Tampa, Fla. Fraser, the longtime Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game's popularity, has died. Family spokesman Tony Segreto said Fraser died Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)
  • FILE - In this July 20, 1992, file photo, Olympic baseball coach Ron Fraser, the former coach at the University of Miami, attends team workouts in Tampa, Fla. Fraser, the longtime Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game's popularity, has died. Family spokesman Tony Segreto said Fraser died Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)
  • FILE - In this July 22, 1992, file photo, Ron Fraser, left, Olympic baseball coach and former coach of the University of Miami baseball team, talks with New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Fraser, the longtime Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game's popularity, has died. Family spokesman Tony Segreto said Fraser died Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove, File)
  • FILE - In this July 22, 1992, file photo, Ron Fraser, left, Olympic baseball coach and former coach of the University of Miami baseball team, talks with New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Fraser, the longtime Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game's popularity, has died. Family spokesman Tony Segreto said Fraser died Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove, File)
  • Tottenham Hotspur's Clint Dempsey celebrates his goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane stadium in London, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Coral Gables, Fla. — Ron Fraser, the longtime Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game’s popularity, has died.

Fraser died yesterday morning, family spokesman Tony Segreto said. Fraser, known as “the wizard of college baseball,” had battled Alzheimer’s disease for many years. It was believed that Fraser was 79, though his family’s statement did not release his age or other private matters, including a cause of death.

Fraser led Miami to national titles in 1982 and 1985, taking the Hurricanes to the College World Series 12 times over his 30 years at the school. He retired in 1992 with 1,271 wins, never having a losing season in his three decades overseeing the program.

His legacy, however, may be what he did to promote the game.

From raffling car batteries, to bikini nights to even offering nine-course gourmet meals on the infield of the team’s stadium, Fraser had ideas that even he called “crazy.” His unusual ways proved successful, as the Hurricanes not only became a winner on the field, but one of the best-known brands in college baseball.

“I was more interested in getting the people in the stands,” Fraser once said, “because I knew we’d never be really successful unless we made money.”

Fraser also played a key role in getting baseball on national television. And now, the College World Series — the entire NCAA tournament, really — is a mainstay on TV, as are hundreds of regular-season games annually.

Fraser was named NCAA coach of the year three times and coached numerous national teams, including the 1992 Olympic team.

“Coach Fraser is the most influential person in my career and the man who put college baseball on the map,” current Miami coach Jim Morris said last year. “He is like a father to me.”

Soccer

Dempsey Goal Elevates Spurs

London — Clint Dempsey scored during stoppage time yesterday, giving Tottenham a 1-1 draw against Premier League-leading Manchester United.

The American, who sent Tottenham to its first win at United in 23 years in September, offset Robin van Persie’s first-half header to give the fourth-place hosts something to show for their dominance at snowy White Hart Lane.

United’s lead has been trimmed to five points this weekend after second-place Manchester City beat Fulham 2-0 on Saturday.

Despite salvaging a point, Tottenham fell four points behind third-place Chelsea after its London rival beat Arsenal 2-1 earlier in the day.

Skiing

Slalom to Neureuther

Wengen, Switzerland — Felix Neureuther of Germany finally beat Marcel Hirscher to win a World Cup slalom yesterday.

Neureuther made up a 0.05-second deficit after the first leg to win by 0.21 over the Austrian overall World Cup leader, who was seeking his fourth straight slalom win.

Ivica Kostelic of Croatia was third, 0.25 behind Neureuther’s two-run time of 1 minute, 50.53 seconds.

Ted Ligety of the United States, who is third overall, placed 13th, 1.33 behind Neureuther.

Rebensburg Wins Shortened Race

Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy — Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany won a shortened World Cup super-G amid heavy snow.

Rebensburg finished in 1 minute, 16.45 seconds down the Olympia delle Tofane course. Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria finished second, 0.33 seconds behind, and overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia was third, 0.34 back.

Americans Julia Mancuso, Leanne Smith and Lindsey Vonn were fifth, sixth and seventh.

The women’s circuit resumes with a giant slalom and slalom in Maribor, Slovenia, next weekend.