Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Miami's Hoeppner Ohio's best coach in '03
The Enquirer and wire reports
After coaching the 13-1 Miami RedHawks to a Mid-American Conference championship, a GMAC Bowl victory and a No. 10 ranking in the final Associated Press poll, Terry Hoeppner was named the Columbus Dispatch's Ohio College Coach of the Year.
Hoeppner, in his fifth year at the helm, is the first Miami coach to earn the distinction.
Hoeppner garnered 18 of the 29 first-place votes and 61 votes overall cast by the other college head coaches in the state. Bowling Green's Gregg Brandon (33 votes), Ohio State's Jim Tressel (30) and Mount Union's Larry Kehres (20) trailed.
SUMMITT REWARDED: Pat Summitt, 51, will keep coaching at Tennessee for at least four more seasons.
Summitt's new contract extension, obtained by the Associated Press but signed in November, calls for an annual salary of $824,500, an increase of $74,500 from her previous deal. Summitt, with six national titles and 837 wins in her 30th season as coach of the Lady Vols, also received an additional $70,000 last year for leading the team to the Final Four.
Tennessee moved up to No. 1 in the rankings Monday for the first time since the 2000-01 season. The Lady Vols beat then top-ranked Duke 72-69 Saturday.
ECLIPSE AWARDS: Funny Cide outdistanced Empire Maker for top 3-year-old honors, eight months after failing to run his rival down in a bid for the Triple Crown.
Mineshaft's seven wins and $2.2 million in 2003 earnings made him the easy selection as Horse of the Year, one of several runaways in the annual voting for thoroughbred racing's most prestigious awards.
But no Eclipse category had more intrigue than the 3-year-old colt division, where voters had to weigh Funny Cide's emergence as racing's darling against Empire Maker's two wins in the three head-to-head meetings - including at the Belmont, denying Funny Cide's shot at racing's first Triple Crown since 1978.
Empire Maker's connections - jockey Jerry Bailey, trainer Bobby Frankel and owner-breeder Juddmonte Farms - swept Eclipse honors in those categories.
MONDAY IN THE NHL: Jaromir Jagr had a three-point night in his home debut for the New York Rangers, setting up Brian Leetch's tiebreaking score and adding a third-period goal and assist in a 5-2 victory over Florida.
Jagr, acquired Friday from Washington, enjoyed his home debut much more than his first game with the Rangers - a 9-1 drubbing in Ottawa on Saturday that he called embarrassing.
Red Wings 2, Stars 2: Teppo Numminen beat Detroit goalie Manny Legace with 6:02 left in regulation to give Dallas a tie.
SABRES: Defenseman Jay McKee is out indefinitely after re-injuring his left knee.
CANUCKS: Defenseman Ed Jovanovski will be out at least two weeks after spraining his right shoulder.
SOLHEIM CUP: Nancy Lopez was a unanimous selection as the U.S. captain for the 2005 Solheim Cup matches. "I'm thrilled," Lopez said. She played in the first Solheim Cup in 1990, but never made another team. Europe beat Team USA last year by the largest margin ever, 17 1/2-10 /2.
DAVIS CUP: Stefan Koubek and Jurgen Melzer were picked for Austria's team, which will play the United States in the first round Feb. 6-8 in Uncasville, Conn. Julian Knowle and Alexander Peya also were selected by captain Gunter Bresnik. Today U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe will announce his team, led by Andy Roddick.
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