UConn Dismisses Pasqualoni
Hartford, Conn. — Connecticut athletic director Warde Manuel says he’s looking for football coach who can bring more excitement, passion and, above all, wins to UConn.
Manuel fired coach Paul Pasqualoni on Monday, with his team 0-4 and coming off a 41-12 loss at Buffalo.
Pasqualoni, in his third season at UConn, finishes with a 10-18 record. Associate head coach George DeLeone, who coached the offensive line, also was let go.
The school said it will pay Pasqualoni $750,000 to buy out his contract.
The Huskies are off this week before hosting South Florida on Oct. 12.
Offensive coordinator T.J. Weist, whose energetic style is a contrast to the more reserved Pasqualoni, will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Bode: Russian Anti-Gay Law
Park City, Utah — Bode Miller felt no need to measure his words when asked about Russia’s anti-gay law.
“‘I think it’s absolutely embarrassing that there’s countries and there’s people who are that intolerant and that ignorant,” he said Monday, one of the few athletes willing to take a stand on the subject at the U.S. Olympic media summit featuring Sochi hopefuls.
“But it’s not the first time,” Miller said. “We’ve been dealing with human-rights issues probably since there were humans.”
The USOC’S official stance, first communicated in August in a letter to athletes and others in the Olympic community, is that it disagrees with the law but that a boycott is out of the question.
Jury Picked for Cuban’s
Dallas — Seven women and three men were picked Monday to decide the government’s lawsuit charging billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban with insider trading.
The makeup of the jury could represent another hurdle for Securities and Exchange Commission lawyers who will try the case before U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater.
The SEC charged in a civil lawsuit that Cuban violated insider-trading rules in 2004 by selling his shares in a Canadian Internet company after learning confidentially about news that would send the shares down. The government said that he avoided $750,000 in losses by dumping his stock. Cuban’s lawyers dispute the SEC’s version and say he did nothing wrong.
Ellison Gets 1st Challenger
San Diego — Australia is back in the America’s Cup for the first time since 2000 after a challenge by winemaker and sailor Bob Oatley was accepted by software billionaire Larry Ellison.
The challenge by the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, located on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, was announced Monday. It was received by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club on Wednesday, right after Ellison’s Oracle Team USA retained the America’s Cup by completing a remarkable comeback against Emirates Team New Zealand.
The Hamilton Island Yacht Club will be the challenger of record, helping shape the rules for the 35th America’s Cup along with the GGYC and other challengers. Australia last challenged for the America’s Cup in 2000.
In 1983, Australia II beat Dennis Conner’s Liberty to end the New York Yacht Club’s 132-year winning streak.
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Petkovic knocks out Azarenka in China Open
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BEIJING — Defending champion Victoria Azarenka double-faulted 15 times Monday in losing 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to Andrea Petkovic in the first round of the China Open.
“It was an awful match and a very bad performance from me, so there’s not much to say about it,” Azarenka said. “It happens once, twice a year to every player, and it happened to me today.”
In the men’s draw, Lleyton Hewitt knocked out seventh-seeded Tommy Haas 7-6 (6), 6-3 in the first round. Bernard Tomic, Fabio Fognini and Philipp Kohlschreiber also advanced.
In doubles, wild-card entries Serena and Venus Williams lost 6-7 (3), 6-4, 11-9 to Liezel Huber and Chan Hao-ching. Serena Williams double-faulted on match point, then slammed her racket against the court three times before tossing it aside.
Azarenka, ranked No. 2, was broken five times. It was the second straight tournament in which she lost her first match, having been beaten by Venus Williams in Tokyo last week.
Petkovic reached the China Open final in 2011.
“I was happy with my movement and my serve for the most part, and I managed to get a lot of balls back very deep and very strong,” she said. “Parts of the match were a really, really good level. Some parts I lost a bit of energy, but overall I’m very happy.”
Eighth-seeded Jelena Jankovic rallied for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who double-faulted nine times. Jankovic had lost three of her four previous matches against Pavlyuchenkova. Jankovic won this title in 2008.
Jankovic’s Serbian compatriots Ana Ivanovic and Bojana Jovanovski joined her in the second round. Ivanovic defeated Flavia Pennetta 7-6 (9), 6-1, and Jovanovski downed Sorana Cirstea 6-3, 6-2.
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Tsonga beats Monfils to advance at Japan Open
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TOKYO — Second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga needed four match points to beat Gael Monfils 6-3, 7-6 (8) on Monday to advance to the second round of the Japan Open.
Tsonga served 11 aces and didn’t drop service to improve his record to four wins in five tour-level matches against his French compatriot. After Tsonga got the decisive break of the first set in the second game, the second set went with serve until the tiebreaker.
Monfils rallied from a 5-1 deficit to level the tiebreaker at 5-5, then fought off three match points before Tsonga sealed the victory.
“I started well and played offensively,” Tsonga said. “I know this is the only way for me to beat Gael.”
Tsonga began the year strongly, reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and the semifinals at the French Open. After finishing runner-up to Andy Murray at Queen’s, however, Tsonga was forced to retire with a knee injury in the second round at Wimbledon and did not enter the U.S. Open.
“I have not played much in the last two or three months, so it will take me time to adjust,” said Tsonga, adding that he was cramping near the end of the match.
In other first-round action, sixth-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain beat German qualifier Benjamin Becker 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) and Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine defeated Daniel Brands of Germany 6-3, 6-1.
Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina was scheduled to play Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in a first-round match on Tuesday, when defending champion Kei Nishikori was due to meet Jurgen Melzer of Austria.