Arkansas turns to Nevada’s Eric Musselman to be next men’s basketball coach

Arkansas hired Nevada’s Eric Musselman on Sunday, hoping to get a once-proud program back to an elite level.

Musselman, 54, led a dramatic turnaround in Reno, leading the Wolf Pack to three NCAA Tournaments in four years after a nine-year absence. Nevada reached the Sweet 16 in 2018, but lost in the first round to Florida this year.

The son of a former head coach, Musselman has had a well-traveled career. He coached the Warriors and Sacramento Kings in the NBA, had stints in the CBA and D-League, and assistant jobs in the NBA and college.

He went 110-34 at Nevada.

Musselman replaces Mike Anderson, who was fired last month after eight seasons. He went 169-102 and made three trips to the NCAAs and two to the NIT.

• Virginia Tech hired former Wofford head coach Mike Young to replace Buzz Williams.

• Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino has agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season after his first NCAA Tournament win in six seasons with the Gophers. He’s 112-91 at Minnesota.

elsewhere

Kyle Busch defeats

brother in Alabama

Kyle Busch was in the race at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway, so of course, he won.

Busch grabbed his third Cup win of the season, eighth overall at Bristol, and 10th this year spanning all three of NASCAR’s national series.

The victory came at the expense of his older brother, Kurt, who lined up right beside him on the final restart but couldn’t slow Kyle’s steamrolling of the competition this year. The Busch brothers were first in line not to pit for tires during the 11th caution to set up a final shootout between Bristol’s two winningest active drivers.

• Takuma Sato won the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham for his fourth IndyCar victory. Scott Dixon earned his sixth runner-up finish in the race’s 10-year history.

College baseball: Tim Tawa hit two of Stanford’s four home runs, but top-ranked UCLA (23-6, 9-3 Pac-12) scored six times in the seventh inning and picked up a 10-7 victory over the second-ranked Cardinal (20-5, 7-2) in the deciding game of a three-game series at Sunken Diamond. Ryan Kreidler’s two-run double in the seventh put the Bruins ahead to stay.

• At Evans Diamond, Cameron Eden went 4-for-4 and Sam Wezniak hit two homers as Cal (17-11, 5-4 Pac-12) completed a three-game sweep of Washington State (7-23, 0-9) with a 9-5 decision that extended the Bears’ winning streak to six games.

• Carlos Lomeli pitched a four-hitter and struck out nine as host St. Mary’s (19-12, 6-3 WCC) completed a three-game sweep of Portland (19-14, 2-10) with a 1-0 victory. … Tyler Villaroman and Jonathan Allen each had three of USF’s 10 hits, but the host Dons (18-13, 7-5 WCC) fell 6-5 to Loyola Marymount (20-11, 9-3).

Tennis: Madison Keys, seeded eighth, overpowered the fifth seed, Caroline Wozniacki, with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory in the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, S.C.

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