Sports Briefs May 20, 2009

Rock-N-Rollers set to unveil
their inaugural roster today
– TUPELO – After more than 30 players tried out this month at two different tryout sessions, Brian Alexander finally has his squad.
Alexander will have 10 players to coach this summer for the Tupelo Rock-N-Rollers, who will be playing their inaugural season in the World Basketball Association Exposure League.
The players will be announced to the public today at 4 p.m. at the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Team owner Russell Brooks said two players from Ole Miss and one player from Mississippi State will be on the team.
Players from schools such as Delta State, Blue Mountain, Alcorn State and Itawamba Community College will also be on the roster, according to Brooks.
John Wilbert

Former Gator joining Northeast’s program
– BOONEVILLE – Defensive tackle John Brown, who was on the roster for Florida during its national championship drive last season, has transferred to Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Brown (6-foot-1, 295 pounds) missed part of last season with a broken hand. He was redshirted with medical issues in 2007.
“I guess you can call it a bad break, or whatever, why he did not play more” at Florida, Northeast coach Ricky Smither said. “He moved well when we saw him.”
Hatfield shoots 75 at national tournament
– SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Blake Hatfield of Northeast Mississippi Community College shot a 3-over 75 on Tuesday and is in a tie for 34th place at the NJCAA Division II national golf tournament at Goose Pond Colony.
Hatfield is a freshman from Booneville.
Mississippi Gulf Coast, the state’s only full team in the field, was in fourth place at 5-over 293 after the first round.
The tourney runs through Friday.
Southern California wins
men’s NCAA championship
– COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Southern California won its 17th NCAA men’s tennis tournament with a 4-1 victory over No. 3 seeded Ohio State on Tuesday.
The eighth-seeded Trojans (25-5) won the doubles point at the No. 3 line, with Jaak Poldma and Matt Kecki breaking at 8-7 on a forehand winner by Poldma for the first point.
USC went up 3-0 when Daniel Nguyen won the first seven games against Chase Buchanan and cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory, while Abdullah Magdas toppled Matt Allare 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4.
No. 3 seed Ohio State (36-2) won three first sets, one at No. 1, but Robert Farah bounced back for a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 victory over third-ranked Bryan Koniecko for the clinching point.
The individual singles and doubles competitions open today, with three Ole Miss men (Jonas Berg, Devin Briton and Kallie Norberg) and one Ole Miss woman (Kristi Boxx) playing in today’s singles matches.
Chizik, Auburn still working
to finalize a contract
– AUBURN, Ala – Gene Chizik is working under a letter of agreement more than five months after he was hired to be Auburn’s head football coach.
Auburn officials say they expect a formal agreement to be finalized soon.
The university released a copy of Chizik’s two-page letter of agreement Monday in response to open-records requests from the Press-Register in Mobile and other media outlets.
The agreement states that Chizik will make $1.9 million a year for five years plus unspecified performance bonuses. Former head coach Tommy Tuberville was scheduled to make at least $3 million this year.

John Pitts

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