Sports news briefs — March 19

Compiled from wire reports

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college basketball

Louisville assistant lands top position

• Louisville assistant Kareem Richardson, 38, was hired as the new coach at Missouri-Kansas City, where he’ll be rebuilding a program that has never qualified for the NCAA postseason and is leaving the Summit League for the Western Athletic Conference next season. Richardson will be introduced at a news conference Monday, though he’ll remain with the top-seeded Cardinals throughout the NCAA Tournament. Richardson agreed to a five-year deal that will pay him $250,000 a year.

• The two conferences growing out of the old Big East are moving forward. Butler, Creighton and Xavier will join the so-called Catholic 7 schools in the new conference keeping the Big East name, a source said. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement will not take place until today, when it will be made in conjunction with a news conference on the league’s broadcast deal with Fox. Georgetown, St. John’s, Villanova, Seton Hall, Providence, Marquette and DePaul left to form a new league for next season.

• A former Central Michigan basketball player who claimed she lost her scholarship partly because she’s heterosexual failed to persuade a federal appeals court to revive her lawsuit against the school. CMU said Brooke Heike’s scholarship was revoked by coach Sue Guevara after the 2007-08 season based solely on her attitude and an unwillingness to work hard. She had played her freshman season under a different coach. A federal judge ruled in favor of the school and dismissed the case in 2010. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Monday.


Malkin joins Pens for morning skate

• Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin skated with his teammates on Tuesday morning and is hopeful he can return to the lineup later this week. The reigning NHL MVP missed Pittsburgh’s last five games with an undisclosed upper-body injury. He worked out by himself, then joined the rest of the Penguins for a morning skate.

• Ottawa Senators forward Milan Michalek underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will be out indefinitely. The surgery was to clean up debris in the knee. He came back for two games in early March, but the knee kept bothering him.

other sports

Top QB prospect leaving Notre Dame

• Quarterback Gunner Kiel is leaving Notre Dame without ever playing a down. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced that the former standout from Columbus, Ind., who was one of the top-rated quarterbacks coming out of high school a year ago, plans to transfer. He was the scout team quarterback his freshman season. Kelly says Kiel was told he would be given a chance to compete for the starting job.

• Belgium’s Gianni Meersman won the second stage of the Volta a Catalunya that finished in Banyuoles, Spain, to extend his overall lead.

— From wire reports

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