MSU’S Bainbridge, Dunlap receive SEC weekly honors
n STARKVILLE – Mississippi State sophomore infielder Ali Bainbridge was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, and pitcher Lindsey Dunlap was tabbed the SEC Freshman of the Week after the Bulldogs’ 3-1 week, which included a 9-7 win over UAB and a series triumph over No. 9 Tennessee.
Bainbridge hit .500 (6-for-12) with a double, a home run, six RBIs and two runs scored for the week. The Vestavia Hills, Ala., native capped the week by going 3-for-4 and matching a career-best four RBIs in the series-clinching win over the Lady Vols.
Bainbridge is hitting .340 for the year with a team-high 28 RBIs, and she he is tied for the team lead in both doubles (7) and home runs (4).
Dunlap earned the team’s second freshman of the week honors after picking up all three of the Mississippi State’s wins this week. The Hueytown, Ala., native notched her first two SEC wins of the season against Tennessee after opening the week with a victory over UAB.
Dunlap threw 18 innings overall on the week, striking out 12 and scattering 18 hits in her three appearances.
Orlando Magic’s Howard youngest 5,000 rebounder
n MIAMI – Orlando center Dwight Howard became the youngest player in NBA history to get 5,000 career rebounds Monday night, when he grabbed his 11th of the game against the Miami Heat.
Howard reached the mark at the age of 23 years, 112 days — smashing the previous record held by Wilt Chamberlain, who was 25 years, 128 days old when he got his 5,000th rebound.
Howard was already the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 1,000-, 2,000-, 3,000- and 4,000-rebound marks.
UVA tabs Tony Bennett as men’s basketball coach
n RICHMOND, Va. – Washington State coach Tony Bennett, who led the Cougars into the postseason in each of his three years at the school, has been hired to revive a Virginia basketball program that just posted its worst record in more than 40 years.
Jim Sterk, the athletic director at Washington State, announced the move Monday evening. Bennett replaces Dave Leitao, who resigned after four seasons.
Bennett, 39, posted a 68-30 record in three seasons with the Cougars. His first two teams made the NCAA tournament and posted back-to-back 26-win seasons, but this year’s squad was eliminated in the first round of the NIT. He was the AP college basketball coach of the year in 2007.
Bennett succeeded his father, Dick Bennett, after serving as his assistant at Washington State for three seasons.
Milwaukee Brewers put Hoffman on disabled list
n PHOENIX – Milwaukee Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman was put on the 15-day disabled list Monday, ruling the all-time saves leader out for the start of the season.
The move made Monday is retroactive to March 27. Hoffman strained his right oblique muscle after pitching an inning on March 13.
The 41-year-old Hoffman tossed the baseball around on Sunday, but is not ready to take the mound.
Hoffman signed a $6 million, one-year contract in January with Milwaukee as a free agent after more than 15 seasons with San Diego.
Hamels now expected
to pitch season’s 4th game
n CLEARWATER, Fla. — As expected, Philadelphia pitching coach Rich Dubee officially eliminated Cole Hamels from consideration to start for the Phillies in Sunday night’s opener against Atlanta.
Brett Myers lines up to make the start, but Dubee said it could go to Joe Blanton, who has had a strong spring.
Hamels pitched in a minor-league game Monday and felt none of the elbow soreness and tightness that plagued him earlier this spring. Hamels is expected to pitch the fourth game of the regular season, April 10 at Colorado.
Daily Journal, wire reports