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       === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Sunday, March 29 ===
 
 
               === Texas and Rick Barnes officially part ways ===
 
 Austin,  TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Texas and men's basketball coach Rick Barnes
 announced a mutual parting Sunday.
 
 Multiple  reports Saturday  night indicated  that  Barnes was  fired after  17
 seasons  at  the helm, but the  university and the coach jointly announced the
 split Sunday.
 
 "I  am so blessed to have spent the last 17 years at the University of Texas,"
 said Barnes in a statement. "This university, the city of Austin and the great
 Texas  fans have  been so good to me  and my family. I sincerely want to thank
 (former Texas men's athletic director) DeLoss Dodds and (former Texas chairman
 of  the  Board of Regents)  Don Evans  for their work  in bringing me here and
 providing me with this great opportunity."
 
 Barnes  became the winningest coach in program history eight years ago and led
 Texas  to the  NCAA Tournament 16 times,  reaching as far as the Final Four in
 2003.
 
 This  year's  squad finished 20-14,  falling to  Butler in its NCAA Tournament
 opener last week.
 
 "I leave this job with no regrets," Barnes added. "Instead, I look back at our
 time  here and say  'thank you' to all the players, coaches and staff who have
 worked with our program throughout the last 17 years."
 
 Barnes guided the Longhorns to a record of 402-180 during his tenure, reaching
 the  20-win plateau  15 times. Texas claimed three Big 12 titles under Barnes,
 in  1999,  2006 and 2008,  and set a school  record with 13 consecutive 20-win
 seasons from 1999-2000 through 2011-12.
 
 "The  university owes Rick  a great deal of gratitude and respect for all he's
 done  to put  Texas  on  the basketball  map,"  said  athletic director  Steve
 Patterson. "He elevated our program immensely and always did it with class. He
 put  our student-athletes  first. He won with integrity. We thank Rick for his
 many years of service to Texas and wish him continued success in the future."
 
 Barnes  owns a  career coaching record of 604-314 in 28 seasons, with previous
 stops at George Mason, Providence and Clemson.
 
 
                      === Leitao back as DePaul coach ===
 
 Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com) - DePaul has re-hired Dave Leitao as its head
 men's  basketball coach, 10  years after the ending of his first tenure as the
 Blue Demons' leader.
 
 Leitao  led DePaul to three postseason appearances from 2002-05, including the
 NCAA Tournament in 2004, before leaving for Virginia.
 
 "When  he  left in 2005, we  recognized that it  is the nature of our business
 that  dynamic coaches  get recruited away," said athletics director Jean Lenti
 Ponsetto. "Now we are pleased to welcome Dave, his wife Joyce and their family
 back  to Lincoln  Park with great enthusiasm for his leadership and the future
 development of our men's basketball program."
 
 In  nine seasons as a college head coach, Leitao's teams have gone 143-129. He
 posted a 58-34 record during his previous stint with the Blue Demons.
 
 Oliver Purnell resigned as DePaul's head coach two weeks ago following a 12-20
 campaign.  It was  the eighth  straight season  the program  lost at  least 19
 games.
 
 
                  === Penguins' Letang out with concussion ===
 
 Pittsburgh,  PA  (SportsNetwork.com)  - Pittsburgh  Penguins  defenseman  Kris
 Letang  sustained a  concussion  during Saturday's  game  against the  Arizona
 Coyotes, coach Mike Johnston said Sunday.
 
 Late  in the second period, Coyotes forward Shane Doan shoved Letang, who went
 into  the  air and  crashed into  the boards. After  staying on  the ice for a
 couple of minutes, Letang was helped off the ice and taken to a hospital.
 
 "He  has a  concussion, so that's been determined. He's been released from the
 hospital,"  said Johnston. "We'll  see how he feels over the next few days and
 go from there."
 
 The 27-year-old Letang has 11 goals and 43 assists in 69 games this season.
 
 
                        === Jets activate Perreault ===
 
 Winnipeg,  MB (SportsNetwork.com)  - Mathieu  Perreault  will be  back in  the
 lineup when the Winnipeg Jets host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
 
 Perreault,  who  hasn't played since  Feb. 16 due  to a lower-body injury, was
 activated from injured reserve.
 
 The 27-year-old has 18 goals and 18 assists in 56 games this season.
 
 
                      === Braves release James Russell ===
 
 Lake  Buena  Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Atlanta Braves have released
 pitcher James Russell.
 
 Russell  was acquired  by Atlanta last July  in a trade deadline deal with the
 Chicago  Cubs and  pitched  to a  2.22  ERA in  22 games  for  the Braves.  He
 struggled this spring training, however, allowing 10 runs -- nine earned -- on
 10 hits in 7 2/3 innings.
 
 The  29-year-old  lefty has a  career record  of 10-16 with  a 3.74 ERA in 338
 appearances, all but six coming out of the bullpen.
 
 
                === Clippers sign Hudson to 10-day contract ===
 
 Los  Angeles,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Los  Angeles Clippers have signed
 guard Lester Hudson to a 10-day contract.
 
 Hudson comes to the Clippers from the Chinese Basketball Association, where he
 is  a  two-time MVP (2014,  2015) and  three-time All-Star (2012, 2014, 2015).
 Most  recently, Hudson played for Liaoning, where he averaged 31.2 points, 7.7
 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 50 games.
 
 Originally  selected by the Boston Celtics in the second round of the 2009 NBA
 Draft,  Hudson hasn't played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season. The 30-year-
 old  owns career averages  of 4.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists over 52
 games with Boston, Memphis, Washington and Cleveland.
 
 
              === Smith replaces Larson for Martinsville race ===
 
 Martinsville, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Regan Smith substituted for Kyle Larson
 in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race
 at  Martinsville Speedway after Larson was sidelined due to additional medical
 tests following his fainting spell on Saturday.
 
 Larson,  the  2004 rookie  of the  year in  NASCAR's top  series, was taken to
 nearby  Martinsville  Memorial Hospital  for  precautionary  reasons after  he
 fainted  during an autograph session at this half-mile track. He was awake and
 alert when he was transported to the hospital. On Saturday night, the 22-year-
 old  Larson  was sent to the  Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he
 underwent further testing and consulted with a neurologist.
 
 "Although  all tests  came back negative and Larson feels completely fine, the
 doctors  felt he should be held for more testing today," Larson's team said in
 a statement.
 
 Larson's  team had  put a plan in place  if he would not be able to compete in
 this  500-lap race at Martinsville. The team contacted Smith on Saturday night
 and  sent him  to its race shop in  Concord, North Carolina to be fitted for a
 seat in the No. 42 car.
 
 "I  pretty much  just got wind that  something was going on last night," Smith
 said  during a press conference held shortly before the start of the race. "We
 had  a  plan in  effect that  if for some  reason Kyle  couldn't race today. I
 didn't  know anything until  this morning when I woke up. I had a text message
 when I woke up this morning and headed this way."
 
 Due  to  the driver change, Smith  had to start the  race from the rear of the
 field.
 
 Smith,  who drives  a full-time  schedule for  JR Motorsports  in the  Xfinity
 Series,  has nine  previous  Sprint Cup  starts at  Martinsville  but had  not
 competed  here since  April  2013. He  drove the  No.  41 Stewart-Haas  Racing
 Chevrolet  in  place of  Kurt  Busch  in the  first  three  races this  season
 (Daytona,  Atlanta and  Las Vegas)  when Busch  was suspended  by NASCAR  amid
 domestic violence allegations. Smith has also substituted for Tony Stewart and
 Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the past.
 
 Even though Larson missed this race, he remains eligible for the Chase for the
 Sprint  Cup championship  since  he had  qualified seventh  for  the event  on
 Friday. Larson came to Martinsville ranked 18th in the point standings. He has
 scored two top-10 finishes in five races this season.
 
 
     === Vettel wins Malaysian GP in just his second start with Ferrari ===
 
 Kuala  Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) - Sebastian Vettel claimed his and
 Ferrari's  first  win in Formula One  since 2013 after finishing well ahead of
 Mercedes  drivers Lewis  Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in Sunday's Malaysian Grand
 Prix.
 
 Vettel, in just his second race with Ferrari, started second but took the lead
 on  lap  4 of  this 56-lap  race when  Hamilton, the  pole sitter, and Rosberg
 pitted  under the safety car. Sauber's Marcus Ericsson spun into the gravel to
 force  the deployment  of  the safety  car. Vettel  took  command from  there,
 capitalizing  on a two-stop strategy compared to three stops for both Hamilton
 and Rosberg.
 
 Vettel  crossed the finish line 8.5 seconds ahead of Hamilton and 12.3 seconds
 in front of Rosberg at Sepang International Circuit for his 40th career F1 win
 but  his  first since  the 2013  season-ending Brazilian  Grand Prix (21 races
 ago).  The  German won 13  grand prix that  season, including victories in the
 last nine races, to earn his fourth consecutive F1 world championship.
 
 "It's  been a while  since I've been on the top (podium) step and obviously my
 first  time with  Scuderia Ferrari," an emotional Vettel said during the post-
 race  podium ceremony. "I'm speechless. I've only got two races with the team,
 but I'm very, very happy and proud today. We beat them fair and square. It was
 a  great  achievement. I  had a  great car -  so plenty  of positives. I guess
 that's why I'm a bit emotional."
 
 Ferrari's  last victory  occurred nearly  two years  ago with  driver Fernando
 Alonso  winning  the Spanish  Grand Prix.  Vettel joined  the Italian team and
 replaced  Alonso  this season after spending  the past six years with Red Bull
 Racing.
 
 "It  was  a big  change, but  the team welcomed  me from  the very first day,"
 Vettel  said of  his move  to  Ferrari this  year.  "When the  gate opened  at
 Maranello (Ferrari's factory in Italy), it was like a dream come true."
 
 Vettel  won  the Malaysian GP  for a record fourth  time. With the victory, he
 moved  to  within three  points of  Hamilton for the  lead in the championship
 standings. Hamilton scored the win in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix
 two weeks ago and then placed second in Malaysia to give him 43 points for the
 season.
 
 "Huge  congratulations to  Ferrari and to Sebastian. They did an amazing job,"
 Hamilton  said. "I gave  it everything I could. Ferrari had good pace today. I
 knew  coming into this weekend that they had made a step forward, but I didn't
 know how big. They were too fast for us today."
 
 A  Mercedes driver had  won the last eight grand prix, a streak dating back to
 Sept. 7 in Italy.
 
 "All  I  can say now  on behalf  of our team  is, 'Game on, Ferrari'," Rosberg
 said.
 
 Kimi Raikkonen, who is Vettel's teammate, started 11th and then had a puncture
 of his left-rear tire on the opening lap when he made contact with Felipe Nasr
 from Sauber, but Raikkonen rebounded nicely for a fourth-place finish.
 
 Williams  teammates  Valtteri Bottas and  Felipe Massa placed fifth and sixth,
 respectively, while Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen, at the age of 17, became
 the  youngest  points  scorer  in  F1 history  with  a  seventh-place  finish.
 Verstappen's teammate, Carlos Sainz Jr. was eighth. The Red Bull duo of Daniil
 Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo completed the top-10.
 
 McLaren  drivers  Jenson Button  and  Alonso  were  forced to  retire.  Button
 suffered  a loss of power after completing 41 laps, while Alonso experienced a
 technical  problem 22  laps  into the  race. Honda  is  supplying engines  for
 McLaren this year.
 
 Alonso  made his first start of the season after suffering a concussion during
 an accident in preseason testing last month in Barcelona.
 
 
                === Walker cruises to victory in San Antonio ===
 
 San  Antonio, TX  (SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmy Walker cruised to a 4-stroke win
 at the Texas Open on Sunday.
 
 Walker  closed with  a 2-under 70 to  finish at 11-under-par 277. This was his
 second  win  this season  on the  PGA Tour, and  fifth of  his tour career. He
 became the first multiple winner on tour this season.
 
 "It's  at  home and  it's cool.  You can feel  the support  ... and it doesn't
 happen very often, winning in your hometown," Walker said.
 
 The  Texan, who lives 30 minutes from the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio,
 stretched his lead to seven shots with seven holes to go. Jordan Spieth made a
 late  rally, but  Walker matched Spieth's birdies  at 16 and 17 to pick up the
 win.
 
 Walker  snapped a streak  of 54-hole leaders failing to win. The last nine 54-
 hole leaders on the PGA Tour had failed to hang on for the victory.
 
 "It's  tough, especially today. I don't know what the scoring average was, but
 it plays hard and it played hard today. The golf course wasn't giving up much.
 Sometimes,  it was  hard to  make pars,"  Walker stated.  "I felt  like I  was
 leaking  a  little oil  there, I  wasn't putting very  good and  I then made a
 couple."
 
 Spieth rallied from an up and down opening 10 holes with four straight birdies
 from the 14th for a closing 70. He ended alone in second place at minus-7.
 
 Reigning  FedExCup  champion Billy Horschel posted  a 1-under 71 to grab third
 place  at 4-under-par  284. Daniel  Summerhays  (69) and  Chesson Hadley  (70)
 shared fourth place at minus-3.
 
 Dustin  Johnson closed  with his second straight  68 to match the low round of
 the  day. He tied  for sixth at 2-under 286 with Ryan Palmer, who also shot 68
 on Sunday.
 
 After  Spieth inched  within three  thanks to  a birdie  at the  first, Walker
 drained  an 8-footer  for birdie on the second to regain his 4-stroke cushion.
 Walker  missed a 4-foot par effort at the fourth and dropped another stroke at
 seven.
 
 Walker  was still  three clear  of Spieth.  The eighth  proved to  be the  big
 turning point. Walker blasted from a greenside bunker to four feet and dropped
 that putt in for birdie.
 
 Spieth made a mess of the hole en route to a bogey, which dropped him five off
 the pace.
 
 Walker  ran home  a 16-foot birdie putt  at 10, and after Horschel bogeyed the
 11th,  Walker led  by seven  shots.  He 3-putted  for  bogey at  the 12th  and
 followed that with three pars in a row.
 
 Spieth  was even-par  for the day through  five holes with bogeys at three and
 four  to go with birdies  at one and five. He dropped a shot on No. 8 and made
 the fourth bogey of his round on No. 10.
 
 The  Valspar Championship  winner was seven back at that point, but started to
 make  a move  with a 45-foot birdie putt  at the 14th. Spieth made it two in a
 row as he converted a 10-footer for birdie on No. 15.
 
 Walker rolled in a birdie putt at 16 and Spieth matched him. The same happened
 at  17. Walker poured  in an 18-foot birdie effort to move to minus-11. Spieth
 tried  to keep the pressure on as he made a 7-footer for birdie to remain four
 back.
 
 Both Walker and Spieth made par at the last to set the final margin.
 
 "It  actually looked  like  I had  a  chance.  I didn't  think  that would  be
 possible,"  Spieth  admitted. "You're never out  of it in this game, but Jimmy
 shut that down pretty quickly with his made putts."
 
 NOTES:  Walker collected $1.116 million for the win ... Bill Haas was the last
 54-hole  leader  to win, and  that was in January  at the Humana Challenge ...
 After  no wins  in his first 187 PGA  Tour events, Walker has five wins in his
 last  37 starts ...  Spieth has finished in the top-7 in four of his last five
 starts  ... The  PGA Tour  shifts to  Humble, Texas  next week  for the  Shell
 Houston Open, where Matt Jones beat Matt Kuchar in a playoff last year.
 
 
            === Ramsay survives wild day, wins Trophee Hassan II ===
 
 Agadir,  Morocco  (SportsNetwork.com) - Richie Ramsay had a roller coaster day
 en  route to a  3-under 69 in Sunday's final round, but he was able to hang on
 and win by one shot at the Trophee Hassan II.
 
 Ramsay,  who  held a share of  the second- and third-round leads, finished the
 week  at 10-under-par 278, one stroke better than runner-up Romain Wattel. The
 victory  is the third of Ramsay's career and his first since the 2012 European
 Masters.
 
 Wattel  held the outright  lead at one point Sunday, but he could not hold off
 Ramsay.  Wattel, a third-round co-leader alongside Ramsay and Andrew McArthur,
 shot a 2-under 70 to finish alone in second at 9-under 279.
 
 Needing  a win at Golf du Palais Royal this week in order to earn an invite to
 the  Masters, George Coetzee (70) fell just short and ended in a tie for third
 at  8-under.  Joining him  there was  Chris Wood  (67), Pablo Larrazabal (68),
 Mikael Lundberg (69), Jaco Van Zyl (70) and Kevin Phelan (70).
 
 By  the time Ramsay and the other third-round co-leaders were teeing off, five
 others  joined the  group at 7-under, making  it an eight-way tie for the lead
 early on.
 
 Starting  on  three, Ramsay  looked like  he was  poised to  run away with the
 tournament  as  he ripped  off four  straight birdies from  No. 3, including a
 birdie conversion on a putt from just off the green on five.
 
 With  Wattel making  birdie on  three,  Ramsay's lead  was up  to three  shots
 through six holes.
 
 Then  the wheels started  to come off for Ramsay. His birdie streak came to an
 abrupt  halt as he  tripped to a bogey on seven and the Scotsman followed that
 up  with a brutal triple-bogey on eight. Just like that Ramsay's lead was gone
 and  he  dropped two shots back  to minus-7 as Wattel  made a gain on seven to
 take the lead at 9-under.
 
 "I  made six,  as simple as that,"  Ramsay said about the eighth hole. "I just
 didn't  execute the shot the way I wanted to. Hit a poor chip, it came back in
 the divot, wouldn't come out, chipped on and two putts. Easy six."
 
 Luckily  for  Ramsay the mess on  eight did not  discourage him and it was his
 last  blemish  of the  day. Four  holes later  Ramsay joined  a large group at
 minus-8 with a gain on 12.
 
 "I  stood  over the putt on  the 12th hole and  I just thought my putter feels
 absolutely great, I could see all the lines," said Ramsay.
 
 Ramsay  strung together two more gains on 13 and 14, making it three straight.
 After  blowing his  3-shot lead,  Ramsay  had come  roaring back  to take  the
 outright advantage once again.
 
 From there 31-year-old never relinquished his lead again. While Wattel bogeyed
 14  and birdied  17 to  finish one  back at  minus-9, Ramsay  ended with  four
 straight pars, including a clutch save on 17, to seal his title.
 
 "I  thought 'just go  for it, this is your time,'" Ramsay stated. "Pretty much
 took it by the scruff of the neck (on 13 and 14) and the 7-iron on the last is
 probably  one  of the best  shots I've ever hit  in terms of visualization and
 execution, it was just perfect."
 
 NOTES:  Ramsay  also won the 2010  South African Open Championship ... This is
 the first of six events this season that Ramsay even finished in the money. He
 missed  four  cuts and withdrew  from the Omega  Dubai Desert Classic prior to
 this week ... Wattel was seeking his first career win on the European Tour ...
 Ramsay  earned  250,000 euros with  this victory ...  The European Tour is off
 next week and the Masters is the following week as Bubba Watson returns as the
 defending champion looking for his third career win in Augusta.
 
 
                      === Nocera wins by 2 in Morocco ===
 
 Agadir,  Morocco  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Gwladys Nocera fired  a 1-under 70 in
 Sunday's  final round and  she went on to win by two shots at the Lalla Meryem
 Cup.
 
 Nocera  finished  the week at 13-under-par  271 for her 14th career victory on
 the  Ladies  European Tour.  Her last  win prior to  this one  was at the Hero
 Women's Indian Open last year.
 
 After  shooting three straight rounds in the 60s, Nocera coasted to the finish
 as she got going early in her final round at Golf de L'Ocean with back-to-back
 birdies on two and three.
 
 Following  four straight pars from four, Nocera got to 3-under on the day with
 a  gain on  eight. She continued to  cruise with another birdie on 11, pushing
 her to 16-under for the week.
 
 A double-bogey on 14 and a bogey on 17 did not come back to bite Nocera as she
 still parred the last to win by two.
 
 Melissa  Reid (66),  Felicity Johnson (67) and Nicole Garcia (70) all finished
 tied for second at 11-under 273, while Nanna Koerstz Madsen (68) was the next-
 closest competitor at 9-under 275.
 
 
                    === Sue Kim wins Symetra title by 3 ===
 
 Lake  Wales, FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Sue Kim closed with a 2-under 70 to win
 the Florida's Natural Charity Classic by three strokes.
 
 Kim ended her second Symetra Tour title at 5-under-par 211.
 
 The  Canadian bogeyed the  third, but came right back with birdies at four and
 five. Kim repeated that starting at No. 7 at Lakes Wales Country Club.
 
 Kim stumbled to a bogey at the seventh. She followed with birdies at eight and
 nine  to move to minus-5. Around the turn, Kim traded a birdie at the 13th for
 a bogey on No. 14. She parred the last four to earn the win.
 
 Sisters  Brooke and  Brittany Henderson shared second place at minus-2. Brooke
 matched Kim's 70, while Brittany stumbled to a 2-over 74.
 
 Former  LPGA Tour winner Silvia Cavalleri shot 74 and ended alone in fourth at
 1-under-par  215. Second-round  leader Daniela Iacobelli struggled to a 9-over
 81 and tumbled into a tie for 13th at 3-over 219.
 
 
   === American Pharoah and Dortmund favored in final Derby Future Wager ===
 
 Louisville,  KY  (SportsNetwork.com) -  American  Pharoah  and Dortmund,  both
 trained  by Bob  Baffert,  have closed  as  the two  favorites  in the  fourth
 and final Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
 
 The  wagering  began Friday  at noon and  closed 6 p.m.  ET Sunday. There were
 23  individual  3-year-olds in  the pool  along with the  mutuel field of "all
 others."
 
 American  Pharoah, owned  by Zayat Stables, finished as the 5-1 favorite after
 opening  at 9-2.  The colt, last year's champion 2-year-old, will start in the
 Arkansas Derby on April 11.
 
 Dortmund,  winner  of the  San Felipe  Stakes, is the  6-1 second choice after
 opening  at 5-1 in the morning line. Owned by Kaleem Shah, the colt will start
 in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby.
 
 The  8-1  third choice in the  Future Wager is Mubtaahij, winner of Saturday's
 UAE Derby at Dubai. The colt is trained by Michael de Kock for Sheikh Mohammed
 bin Khalifa Al Maktoum of Dubai.
 
 The mutuel field, 8-1 in the morning line, closed at 11-1.
 
 The 141st Run for the Roses will go off on Saturday, May 2.
 
 
 03/29 20:15:24 ET