Penn State Hires Ex-Cal AD

State College, Pa. — Penn State hired Sandy Barbour as athletic director, a month after she stepped down as AD at the University of California-Berkeley.

The 54-year-old Barbour replaces David Joyner, who announced he was resigning last month. Joyner took over at Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and held the job for two and a half years.

Barbour was given a five-year contract that pays $700,000 per year, with potential bonuses worth a potential additional $200,000 per year.

She said she intends to bring a “student-first” approach to the job when she takes over on Aug. 18.

“Creating conditions for success for students and creating a world-class experience for them while they’re here impacts the rest of their lives,” she said. “Penn State alumni and athletic alumni experienced that while they were here and I only intend to grow that.”

At a news conference Saturday, new Penn State President Eric Barron said Barbour was the unanimous choice of the university’s screening committee. Barron said Barbour’s salary makes her the fifth-highest paid among Big Ten ADs. She’s the first woman to hold the position at Penn State.

Barbour spent 10 years at Cal and oversaw 19 team national championships, 92 titles in individual events, a Pac-10 co-championship in football, the first men’s basketball conference title in 50 years and the first Final Four trip for the women’s basketball team.

But her tenure was not without its troubles. Cal had the lowest graduation rate for football players among major conference teams, according to data released by the NCAA last fall. In 2010, she approved cutting baseball, women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s gymnastics because of budget concerns. Each of those four sports ultimately received private financial backing to retain varsity status.

Barbour, a Maryland native, has served as assistant AD at Notre Dame and AD at Tulane. She coached field hockey at Northwestern and competed in field hockey and basketball as a student at Wake Forest.


Man. United 3, AS Roma 2

Denver — Wayne Rooney scored twice and set up Juan Mata’s goal — all in the first half — in Manchester United’s 3-2 victory over AS Roma in the International Champions Cup.

Manchester United was coming off a 7-0 exhibition victory over Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night at the Rose Bowl and nearly had another shutout in front of 54,117 fans at Sports Authority Field. That was spoiled on Miralem Pjanic’s goal in the 75th minute.

Inter Beats Real on PKs

Berkeley, Calif. — Mauro Icardi drove the winner past diving goalkeeper Jesus Fdez in the fifth round of penalty kicks to lift Inter Milan past Real Madrid after they tied 1-1 in an International Champions Cup match.

Icardi also converted a penalty kick in the 68th minute to tie it. Referee Ricardo Salazar awarded the penalty kick after Inter newcomer Nemanja Vidic went down in the box on a challenge by Sobrino.

Gareth Bale scored for Real Madrid in the 10th minute.


Isner to Atlanta Final

Atlanta — Top-seeded defending champion John Isner advanced to the Atlanta Open final for the fourth time in the tournament’s five-year history, beating practice partner Jack Sock 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday.

Germany’s Ben Becker faced Israel’s Dudi Sela in the second semifinal.

Isner, ranked No. 12 in the world, improved to 15-3 in the event.

Sock is ranked 72nd, but will become the second-highest ranked American when the new rankings come out Monday — moving ahead of Sam Querrey (61) and Steve Johnson (64). Querrey won a first-round match over Johnson in Atlanta before falling in the second round.

Isner won just two points on Sock’s first five service games before digging in against his Tampa, Florida, training partner as Sock served at 5-6 to try to force a tiebreaker.

In a game that went on for about 14 minutes and reached deuce nine times, Isner won 13 points and took the set when Sock sent a backhand wide. That was Sock’s third backhand of the set, and all three resulted in unforced errors.

With a service game ranked No. 1 on the ATP Tour (93 percent winning rate), Isner landed a fairly modest 53 percent of his first serves. When they were in, he won 32 of 34 points (94 percent).

Serving at 4-5 in the second set, Sock — who three weeks ago teamed with Canadian Vasek Pospisil to win the doubles title at Wimbledon — double faulted twice.

When Sock sent a forehand into the net, Isner moved through to the final.