SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ The Utah Grizzlies are one win away from repeating as Turner Cup champions after a 4-2 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears on Thursday night.
Rookie Brett Lievers scored the game-winner as the Grizzlies took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 final.
Utah goalie Tommy Salo made 30 saves, 15 in the third period. Jeff Sharples, Andrei Vasiliev and Marc Rodgers, into an empty net, scored for the Grizzlies. Dave Barr and Craig Fisher scored for Orlando.
Game 4 is Saturday night. The Grizzlies won the championship last year, while playing in Denver.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Arizona will play Utah and Louisville will face LSU in next season’s John Wooden Classic, officials of The John R. Wooden Classic organization announced Thursday.
The event, now in its third year, will feature three Sweet 16 teams from last season (excluding LSU) and four coaches _ Lute Olson, Rick Majerus, Denny Crum and Dale Brown _ who have a combined 11 Final Four appearances among them. Crum was an assistant to Wooden at UCLA in 1969-71, when the Bruins won three NCAA titles.
Arizona lost to Kansas in the West regional semifinal this season. Utah lost to eventual national champion Kentucky in the Midwest regional semifinal, and Louisville was beaten by Wake Forest in the Midwest regional semifinal. LSU did not qualify for postseason play.
The Wooden Classic will be played Dec. 7 in the Pond. Last season, Villanova defeated Purdue 67-50 and UCLA beat Maryland 73-63.
OTTAWA (AP) _ The rebuilding Ottawa Senators hired Craig Ramsay and Perry Pearn as assistant coaches Thursday.
They’ll join head coach Jacques Martin in his first full season behind the bench of the 5-year-old franchise.
Ramsay, 45, has 24 years of NHL experience, including 14 as a left wing with the Buffalo Sabres. Following his playing career, Ramsey spent eight more years in the Sabres organization as an assistant coach, head coach, director of player development and assistant general manager.
Ramsey spent two years as an associate coach with Roger Neilson behind the bench of the Florida Panthers, and last year scouted for the Dallas Stars.
Pearn, also 45, is best known for his work with Canada’s national teams. He coached the national junior team that won the world championship at Galve, Sweden, in 1993.
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Pirates signed four players, including high school shortstop Luis Lorenzana, among the 56 chosen in the free-agent draft this week.
Lorenzana, 17, of Montgomery High School in San Diego was the Pirates’ third-round draft pick. The 6-foot, 170-pound right-hander will report to the team’s Gulf Coast League rookie team in Bradenton, Fla.
Also signed were outfielder Julian Redman, 19, of Tuscaloosa Academy in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the Pirates’ fifth-round choice; shortstop Ali Brooks, 20, of Laney College in Oakland, Calif., the team’s 14th-round selection; and right-hander Ender Classen, 18, of Antonio Luguetti High School in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the Pirates’ 29th-round choice.
DOVER, Del. (AP) _ Fred Goodman, who compiled an 18-38 record in two seasons, has been fired as head basketball coach at Delaware State University.
Athletic director Bill Collick, who made the announcement Wednesday, said Rickey Meekins, the women’s track, and men’s and women’s cross country coach for eight seasons, was also fired.
Goodman had a 57-30 record at Camden County College in New Jersey before coming to Delaware State in 1993 as assistant to head coach Jeff Jones.
He became interim coach when Jones resigned in June 1994 to coach the University of Virginia. Goodman’s first team was 7-21.
Last season, the Hornets improved to 11-17 and reached the semifinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Goodman was also runner-up in MEAC coach of the year voting.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Dennis Rasmussen, who won 91 games in 12 major-league seasons, was hired Thursday as pitching coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ Pioneer League affiliate in Butte, Mont.
Rasmussen, released last season by the Kansas City Royals, was 47-24 over a three-year span from 1986-88 with the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres.
He finished his playing career this year, pitching for Rimini, a professional team in Italy.
The 6-foot-7 left-hander won 13 or more games four times in his career. His best season was 1986, when he posted an 18-6 record with a 3.88 ERA in 31 starts for the Yankees.