Sports Briefs April 20, 2010
Let him be known from Hopkinton to the Back Bay as "Robert the Younger" - the second Kenyan named Robert K. Cheruiyot to win the Boston Marathon and the first person ever to run the legendary course in under 2 hours, 6 minutes.
Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot won the 114th Boston race Monday, finishing in 2:05:52 to shatter by 82 seconds the course record set by four-time winner Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, who's not related. American Ryan Hall, who finished third last year, missed another spot on the podium by 2 seconds, but his time of 2:08:41 was the fastest ever for U.S. runner in Boston.
• The up-and-down course ended just in time for Ethiopia's Teyba Erkesso.
She held off a charge from Russian Tatyana Pushkareva to win the women's race in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 11 seconds.
Colorado found a replacement for Jeff Bzdelik, hiring Tad Boyle to take over its men's basketball program.
Boyle led the Bears to a school-record 25 wins last season. He replaces Bzdelik, who left for Wake Forest last week after three seasons in charge of the Buffaloes.
• Fred Hill has resigned as Rutgers basketball coach.
The university had told Hill that he would not return to his coaching job after an incident in which he yelled at Pittsburgh coaches following an April 1 baseball game at Rutgers.
Hill compiled a 47-77 (13-57 Big East) record in four seasons directing the Scarlet Knights.
• BYU guard Jimmer Fredette is entering his name in the 2010 NBA draft but will keep his college eligibility by not hiring an agent.
At the same time Ben Roethlisberger was practicing for the first time this spring, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was telling a radio audience that the quarterback violated the NFL's personal-conduct policy with his "pattern of behavior" and "bad judgments."
Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student in a Georgia nightclub last month, although he will not face criminal charges. Roethlisberger does face disciplinary action by the NFL.
"The issue here is with respect to a pattern of behavior and bad judgments," Goodell said on the Dan Patrick radio show. "You do not have to be convicted or even charged with a crime to be able to demonstrate that you've violated a personal-conduct policy, and reflect poorly not only on themselves, but all of their teammates, every NFL player in the league, and everyone associated with the NFL. That is what my concern is, and I have expressed that directly to Ben, obviously, and I'll be making a decision as soon as I possibly can."
• The Minnesota Vikings re-signed backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson as they wait for Brett Favre to decide if he will return for another season.
Jackson was a restricted free agent who was given a one-year tender worth $1.176 million.
He served in a backup role to Favre last season and appeared in eight games. The fifth-year team veteran has 19 career starts with 21 career touchdowns passing and four rushing.
• Looking to upgrade their linebackers, the Philadelphia Eagles are hoping former first-round pick Ernie Sims can be a solution.
The Eagles acquired Sims in a three-way deal with Detroit and Denver. Philadelphia dealt a fifth-round pick to the Broncos, who are sending tight end Tony Scheffler and a seventh-round pick to the Lions.
- The Associated Press