National sports briefs: Glance president of Yow cancer fund
ATLANTA ó The longtime assistant who led the N.C. State women’s basketball program after the death of Kay Yow is now leading the charity that bears her mentor’s name.
Stephanie Glance became president of the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, which is based in Atlanta and raises money for scientific research. The group made the announcement Monday.
Glance, formerly vice president on the board of directors, is filling the vacancy left when Marsha Sharp became executive director. Still, as important as it is for her to be involved with the fund, Glance wants to coach again.
“If an opportunity came along in coaching, then I would definitely look at that and perhaps pursue it,” Glance said. “I’m not really locked into ‘I’m going to take a year off.’ I’m just waiting for an opportunity to arise that would be a good fit for me.”
Glance spent 15 years as an assistant to Yow, the Hall of Fame coach who died in January after a long fight against cancer. Glance applied to be Yow’s successor, but the school hired Kellie Harper.Glance said she would want to remain involved with the cancer fund regardless of whether she’s coaching.
“I’m always going to be a part of that fund,” she said. “It doesn’t matter. Whether I have a job today, tomorrow, next April or next July, I’m still going to be a part of the cancer fund. It’s two separate things. One doesn’t hinge on the other.”
Belmont Abbey coach Susan Yow ó Kay’s sister ó is also joining the board of directors.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. ó Rick Pitino’s lawyer says police have interviewed Pitino and been investigating allegations brought by a woman charged with trying to extort money from the Louisville coach.
CHARLOTTE ó The Bobcats signed second-round draft pick Derrick Brown to a two-year contract.
The deal guarantees Brown his first-year salary for the minimum of about $458,000. The second year has a partial guarantee that could be worth about $736,000.
Brown averaged 12.6 points and shot 53 percent last week while playing for Utah’s entry in the Orlando summer league.
* ATLANTA ó The Hawks re-signed free agents Mike Bibby and Zaza Pachulia.
Atlanta now turns to negotiations with forward Marvin Williams, a restricted free agent. He could accept a one-year qualifying offer at $7,355,165 and test the free-agent market in 2010.
* HOUSTON ó Rockets star Tracy McGrady will swap his No. 1 uniform number for No. 3.
McGrady’s old number will go to new teammate Trevor Ariza, who agreed to a multiyear deal July 2.
McGrady wore No. 3 in high school. He is making the switch to promote his humanitarian efforts in the Darfur region of the Sudan and a documentary on his summer 2007 visits to refugee camps in the region. The documentary “3 Points” is set for release this fall. The title refers to goals of peace, protection and punishment.
McGrady has donated $75,000 to a humanitarian project in Darfur.
* ORLANDO, Fla. ó The Magic retained backup center Marcin Gortat, matching the $34 million, five-year deal offered by Dallas to the restricted free agent.
Gortat averaged 3.8 points and 4.5 rebounds last season as a backup to Dwight Howard.
Gortat’s agent, Guy Zucker, said Gortat “was definitely very disappointed today.” He said Gortat was back in his native Poland, where he’d already been telling everyone he was headed to the Mavericks.
* HOUSTON ó Rockets assistant Elston Turner has interviewed to become the next coach for the Timberwolves.
* DENVER ó The Nuggets acquired Arron Afflalo and Walter Sharpe from Detroit in exchange for a future second-round draft pick.
* PHOENIX ó The Suns reached an agreement with free-agent Channing Frye.
* CLEVELAND ó The Cavaliers signed veteran free-agent Anthony Parker to add depth to the backcourt.
* CHICAGO ó Free agent guard Jannero Pargo signed a one-year deal with the Bulls.
OXFORD, Miss. ó Mississippi standouts Greg Hardy and Dexter McCluster avoided serious injury during a two-car accident over the weekend.
BALTIMORE ó Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason told a sports Web site he’s retiring from the NFL.
“After 12 years, I have seen it all and done it all,” Mason told jocklife.com.
* FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ó The Jets released veteran tight end Bubba Franks.
* JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ó In an effort to boost ticket sales in a sluggish economy, the Jaguars are offering half-season packages for half price.
* FOXBOROUGH, Mass. ó The New England Patriots signed second-round draft pick Darius Butler, a cornerback out of Connecticut.
* TAMPA, Fla. ó Third-round draft pick Roy Miller, a defensive tackle from Texas, agreed to a four-year contract with the Buccaneers.
To make room on the roster, backup quarterback Brian Griese was released.
NEWARK, N.J. ó Jacques Lemaire is returning for a second stint as coach of the New Jersey Devils.
Lemaire coached them for five seasons in the mid 1990s and led them to the first of three Stanley Cups.
* GLENDALE, Ariz. ó The Rangers have traded Finnish left winger Lauri Korpikoski to the Coyotes for Russian right winger Enver Lisin.
* LOS ANGELES ó Defenseman James Wisniewski signed a one-year deal to stay with the Anaheim Ducks.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ó Carolyn Bivens resigned as LPGA Tour commissioner.
Marsha Evans, a retired rear admiral in the Navy who also has led the American Red Cross and Girl Scouts of the USA, will take over as interim commissioner. She’ll serve until the LPGA board finds a replacement. Evans has limited experience in professional golf; she only began serving on the LPGA board this year.
* TURNBERRY, Scotland ó Tiger Woods is playing with Lee Westwood of England and Japanese sensation Ryo Ishikawa in the first two rounds of the British Open.
Ishikawa, 17, won on the Japan Golf Tour at age 15.
RIO DE JANEIRO ó Police investigating the death of former boxing champion Arturo Gatti are working on the assumption his wife strangled him with her purse strap while he drunkenly slept. The woman’s lawyer, however, insists she is innocent and was too “fragile” to kill a boxer.
LIMOGES, France ó Alberto Contador is playing down tensions between him and Lance Armstrong, a rivalry that has left a glaring unresolved issue at the Tour de France: Astana’s leadership remains in question while these former champions vie for the yellow jersey.
Armstrong told French television relations with his Spanish teammate are strained after nine stages of the race. Contador said during Monday’s rest day he has grown weary of the debate.
“It’s a subject which is starting to tire me a bit,” he said. “It’s too repetitive.”
Outwardly, both say they are prepared to sacrifice individual ambition for the greater good of the team.
CARSON, Calif ó David Beckham has resolved his issues with Landon Donovan, saying he recently had a good conversation with his Los Angeles Galaxy teammate.
Beckham practiced with the Galaxy on Monday for the first time since returning from a five-month loan to Italian club AC Milan. He will play his first game of the season with the Galaxy on Thursday.