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Banghart Named Coach of the Year



Monday, April 06, 2015
Princeton, n.j. — Guiding the Princeton University women’s basketball team to an historic season netted Dartmouth College gradaute and eighth-year Tigers head coach Courtney Banghart the United States Basketball Writers Association’s coach of the year award on Sunday.

Banghart, a 2000 Dartmouth graduate, is the first Ivy League coach to win the USBWA award since it began in 1990. She led Princeton to an unprecedented 30-0 regular season this winter and the program’s first NCAA Tournament win. The Tigers’ first round victory over Green Bay was just the second for an Ivy institution in NCAA play, joining 16th-seeded Harvard’s upset over No. 1 Stanford in 1998.

Princeton topped out ranked 13th in the weekly Associated Press top-25 poll and earned a program-best eighth seed in the NCAA tourney, the latter an Ivy League best.

Banghart owns a 169-67 overall record, a 92-17 mark against the Ivies and is Princeton’s all-time winningest women’s basketball coach.

Golf

Holmes at Home 
In Houston

Houston — J.B. Holmes used a strong start Sunday for a Houston Open victory in a three-way playoff against Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner.

The 32-year-old Holmes birdied the first five holes and nine of the first 12 after starting the day six shots back of Jordan Spieth.

He had a 64, the day’s low round, and won on the second playoff hole for his fourth PGA Tour victory and the $1,188,000 check.

Woodstock native Keegan Bradley finished tied for fifth, three shots back, after a final-round 69.

Tennis

Djokovic Beats Murray

Key Biscayne, Fla. — Novak Djokovic earned his fifth Key Biscayne title Sunday, beating Andy Murray for the seventh straight time and showing superior stamina in the heat to win the Miami Open final 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-0.

The top-ranked Djokovic became the first man to complete the Indian Wells-Key Biscayne spring sweep three times. He beat Murray in the semifinals at Indian Wells and also in the Australian Open final Feb. 1 for his eighth Grand Slam title.

MLS Soccer

RSL 1, Earthquakes 0

San Jose, Calif. — Javier Morales scored his ninth goal in 15 career meetings with San Jose and Real Salt Lake beat the Earthquakes in a Major League Soccer match.

Real Salt Lake (2-0-2) and the New York Red Bulls (2-0-1) are the only MLS clubs without a loss this season.

SKC 3, Union 2

Kansas City, Kan. — Jalil Anibaba and Krisztian Nemeth scored in second-half stoppage time and Sporting Kansas City rallied to beat winless Philadelphia.

Philadelphia (0-3-2) failed to convert a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper in the 88th minute for a two-goal cushion, and Sporting KC (2-1-2) took advantage with goals in the 91st and 94th minutes.

European Soccer

Ronaldo Nets Five

Barcelona, Spain — Cristiano Ronaldo scored five goals in a game for the first time, powering Real Madrid to a 9-1 romp over Granada on Sunday and keeping the pressure on Spanish league leader Barcelona.

Ronaldo followed Gareth Bale’s opening score with three goals during an eight-minute span to decide the match before halftime at Santiago Bernabeu.

“What more can be said?” Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti asked.

The Portugal star added two more goals after the break to go with Karim Benzema’s pair in one of the club’s most lopsided wins. Madrid hadn’t scored nine goals in a league match in 47 years. Its biggest league victory remains an 11-2 thrashing of Elche in 1960.

In England, veteran striker Jermain Defoe netted a stunning long-range volley to give Sunderland vital 1-0 win against Newcastle in the derby between northeast rivals. Tottenham managed only a 0-0 draw at relegation-threatened Burnley.