SEATTLE, Wash. — Portland Pilots men's tennis double team of Filip Zivkovic and Evan Schleining, a former Ashland High tennis player, won the inaugural PNW Intercollegiates Sunday at the Nordstrom Tennis Centre defeating Washington's Brad Bator and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 8-5 in the final.
The Pilots wrapped up their fall season going 4-1 in doubles and 5-11 in singles at the tournament featuring players from UW, Oregon, Boise State, Portland, Portland State, Idaho, Eastern Washington, and Gonzaga.
The Zivkovic/ Schleining doubles win ruined a Huskies sweep as the UW team won both Flight A and B singles titles. The semifinal win against UW's Alex Rosinski and Tobi Obenaus came two weeks after a quarterfinal loss to them at the ITA Regional Championships two weeks ago in Berkeley, Calif.
"Filip and Evan played outstanding this weekend," said UP head coach Aaron Gross. "To beat the same UW team in the semifinals 8-3 that beat them just two weeks ago says a lot for our guy's belief in themselves and their ability to make some adjustments. They played really sharp all weekend. I think that when they play their best tennis at this point that they can play with any team in the country."
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Three freshmen Tennessee football players, including highly touted wide receiver recruit Nu'Keese Richardson and starting safety Janzen Jackson, were charged with attempted armed robbery.
Richardson, 18, and Jackson, 18, along with defensive back Mike Edwards, 18, and companion Marie Montmarquet, 22, were each charged with three counts of attempted armed robbery in connection with an incident at a gas station in an area known as "The Strip" at the edge of Tennessee's campus.
First-year coach Lane Kiffin said he would not make any comment on the situation until he knew more. Kiffin's predecessor, Phillip Fulmer, was often criticized for being too lax on a number of his players who had discipline problems.
ATLANTA — Tim Hudson agreed to a $28 million, three-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, giving the team a wealth of starting pitching and setting up a likely trade to bolster the offense.
Hudson could have returned to the Braves under a $12 million option, but the sides focused on a longer deal after the right-hander showed he had overcome major elbow surgery.
His new deal calls for salaries of $9 million in each of the next three seasons, and the Braves get a $9 million club option for 2013 with a $1 million buyout. If the 34-year-old pitches at least 600 innings over the next three seasons, he would receive a $500,000 bonus after the 2012 season.
CLEVELAND — LeBron James wants NBA players to give up their No. 23s to honor Michael Jordan.
The Cavaliers superstar, who has worn 23 since he was a high school sophomore, believes players should pay tribute to Jordan for the Hall of Famer's impact on the game.
"I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized in some way — soon," James said. "There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade, you name all the best players in the league right now and the last 10 years, there would be none of us without Michael Jordan."
James made the comments following the Cavs' win in Miami on Thursday night. The news was first reported by The Plain Dealer.
James said he has been considering the change for some time. He's willing to switch to No. 6 — his U.S. Olympic team number — and wants to start a petition to get every player in the league wearing 23 to give up the number.
WESTWEGO, La. — The New Orleans Hornets fired Byron Scott only nine games into the season and replaced him with general manager Jeff Bower, hoping the man who put the current roster together can get more out of it on the court.
Scott, who only two seasons ago was the NBA coach of the year, was fired one day after a 124-104 loss at Phoenix dropped New Orleans to 3-6.
Bower, who will remain general manager while in his first head coaching job, immediately moved to name Tim Floyd his top assistant and said other assistants will be retained as well.
Floyd, a former Chicago Bulls and Hornets head coach, most recently coached at Southern California. He led USC to three straight NCAA tournament appearances, then resigned last June amid allegations he paid to have O.J. Mayo play for the Trojans. An NCAA investigation of the matter is ongoing.
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. — Former NFL player Jon Runyan is considering running for Congress.
In a statement issued Wednesday by the Burlington County Republican Committee, Runyan says he believes the country is being taken in the wrong direction by career politicians.
Runyan, an offensive lineman, played 13 seasons in the NFL, the last nine with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 35-year-old is out of football this season, though he's talked to the Eagles and other teams about coming back.
If he runs for Congress, it would be in New Jersey's 3rd District, which stretches from the Philadelphia suburbs to central New Jersey's beach towns.
ST. ANTHONY, Newfoundland — The Olympic torch has reached the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, stopping in an ancient Viking settlement.
Relay runners arrived in bright sunshine in L'Anse aux Meadows. Wind-driven waves smashed against the rocky shoreline, sending a sea mist into the air. The runners took the flame inside a hut, where it was met by people dressed in Viking costume.
The flame proceeded to the town of St. Anthony amid traditional Newfoundland music. The torch is expected to arrive in St. John's on Friday.
— The Associated Press
The relay will cover nearly 28,000 miles and visit 1,000 cities and towns before finishing in Vancouver in February for the start of the Winter Games.
WEMBLEY, England — Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was banned for four games and fined $32,000 for criticizing the fitness of a referee after a Premier League game.
Ferguson received the punishment when he appeared before a Football Association disciplinary panel at Wembley Stadium on a misconduct charge.
After his team tied 2-2 with Sunderland on Oct. 3, Ferguson said referee Alan Wiley was not fit enough to handle the game. Although he later apologized, the FA banned Ferguson from the bench for two domestic games and left two more suspended until the end of the 2010-11 season.
Ferguson will need to monitor his conduct or the remaining two-game ban will be enforced.
HARTFORD, Conn. — A former ESPN production assistant whose affair with broadcaster Steve Phillips led to their firings says she confronted his wife only so he would stop pursuing her.
Brooke Hundley told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday that she never stalked the baseball analyst. Both were fired in October after the affair became public.
Bristol, Conn.-based ESPN says its investigation found Hundley's characterization of the events as inconsistent.
Phillips acknowledged his relationship with the 22-year-old Hundley, and the details were splashed across New York tabloids for days.
Telephone messages were left Thursday for Hundley and Phillips' spokesman. Phillips' wife, Marni, declined to comment.