LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Alford has been hired as the new basketball coach at UCLA, just days after signing a 10-year contract to stay at New Mexico. The 48-year old Alford replaces Ben Howland, who was fired after 10 seasons on the job. Alford had a record of 155-52 in six years at New Mexico, including a 29-6 mark this season.
UNDATED (AP) — Two of the berths in the Final Four will be set later today with regional final play in the East and the West. In Washington, D.C., Syracuse and Marquette will fight it out in a battle of Big East rivals. Ohio State and Wichita State will decide the West final in Los Angeles.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jarome Iginla (ih-GIHN'-luh) is making his debut with the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins against the New York Islanders this afternoon. The six-time All-Star was acquired from Calgary earlier this week and joins a star-studded line-up that includes league scoring leader Sidney Crosby and NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin. Iginla had spent all 16 of his NHL seasons with Calgary.
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Phil Mickelson had seven birdies during a 5-under 67 in the third round of the Houston Open, giving him some hope his game is coming around ahead of the Masters in two weeks. However, Mickelson still remains four shots behind leader Steve Wheatcroft, who has just teed off.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) have split the first two sets in the women's final at the Sony Open. Four-time runner-up Sharapova took the first set 6-4 in a quest for her first title at the tournament. Five-time champ Williams bounced back in the second to win it 6-3.