Sports report: Tulsa hires Haith to replace Manning as coach

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Mulching Miller: Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, right, and receiver Corey Smith spruce up Buckeye Grove south of Ohio Stadium yesterday afternoon. Players from the Scarlet team were assigned to work in the grove after losing to the Gray in last week’s spring game. Miller did not play in the game as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but he was assigned to the Scarlet team.
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Tulsa hires Haith to replace Manning as coach

Tulsa hired Frank Haith as its men’s coach after he spent the past three years at Missouri.

Haith, 48, said that the move came quickly. He said he was contacted on Thursday and was particularly interested by the school’s move to the American Athletic Conference this summer.

Haith is 205-129 over 10 years at Miami and Missouri, including eight postseason trips.

He replaces Danny Manning, who left for Wake Forest after two seasons in Tulsa.

• Duke sophomore Rodney Hood is entering the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 Hood averaged 16.1 points last season.

• Kentucky freshman forward Marcus Lee will return for his sophomore season, joining sophomore center Willie Cauley-Stein in bypassing the NBA draft.

Forward Julius Randle, 7-footer Dakari Johnson and twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison have not announced whether they will turn pro. Guard James Young announced on Thursday that he will enter the NBA draft.

PRO FOOTBALL

Manning’s meeting with Saban may have broken rule

Peyton Manning’s quest to hone his game and Nick Saban’s desire to decipher fast-paced offenses led to a recent meeting that the Alabama coach called mutually beneficial.

It also might have violated NFL rules because, according to Saban, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase also was in attendance.

The league doesn’t allow players and their coaches to meet before the start of offseason workouts, which for the Broncos begin on Monday. On-field instruction won’t start until mid-May.

The Associated Press left messages with the team and the NFL seeking comment.

Saban said that Manning and Gase stopped by Tuscaloosa, Ala., a couple of weeks ago.

TENNIS

Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal lost to Spanish compatriot David Ferrer 7-6 (1), 6-4 in the quarterfinals, his earliest exit at the Monte Carlo Masters in 11 years.

While he beat Nadal last year, Ferrer hadn’t beaten him on clay since 2004, in the first of their 27 career meetings.

The sixth-seeded Ferrer next faces third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka, who reached his first semifinals since winning the Australian Open after beating eighth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada 7-6 (5), 6-2.

— From wire reports

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