Wild Things add outfielder

The Washington Wild Things continued to build their roster for the upcoming Frontier League season by signing outfielder Preston Scott, who spent the last three years in the Texas Rangers farm system.

Scott was selected in the 34th round of the 2016 MLB draft out of Fresno Pacific University. His father, Tim Scott, played seven years in the major leagues as a reliever with four teams (San Diego, Montreal, San Francisco and Colorado).

Last year, the younger Scott played for two Rangers affiliates at the Class A level and hit .237 with eight home runs and 38 RBI in 97 games. He is a career .245 hitter.

“We strive to have the best outfield in the league. We have created a standard here that we ask our outfielders to uphold”, said Wild Things general manager Tony Buccilli. “Being a later-round draft pick from a D-2 school, I think Preston has a natural chip on his shoulder. There is a lot of promise to his game; power, speed, athleticism, competitiveness. The more I do this, the more I value bringing quality personalities into the clubhouse. Preston just fits as a Wild Thing and there’s mutual belief he can be factor-bat in our lineup.”

Beard named top coach

Texas Tech’s Chris Beard has guided his team to its first Final Four appearance and now has a top coaching honor to go with it.

Beard has been named the Associated Press men’s college basketball coach of the year. He earned 20 of 64 votes from AP Top 25 voters who submitted ballots before the start of the NCAA Tournament.

Beard’s team won a share of the Big 12 regular season title for the first time, then pushed past No. 1 seed Gonzaga to win the West Region and earn a ticket to Minneapolis.

Houston’s Kelvin Sampson was second with 13 votes after the Cougars finished with a program-record 33 wins before losing in the Sweet 16.

Megan Gustafson rewrote the women’s basketball record book at Iowa.

The 6-3 center led the nation in scoring for the second straight season, averaging 27.9 points, and became the fourth player to reach 1,000 points in a year. On Thursday, she won the Associated Press women’s college basketball player of the year award.

Led by Gustafson, the Hawkeyes reached the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993. That season, coach Kim Mulkey and Baylor ended their season.

Mulkey was also honored Thursday, taking the AP coach of the year award for the second time. She has led top-ranked Baylor to a 35-1 record and helped the Lady Bears reach the Final Four for the first time since 2012. That was when Mulkey won the coach of the year, leading Baylor to a 40-0 record and the national championship.

In the NHL

Jack Eichel scored a goal and added two assists, and the Buffalo Sabres closed their home schedule by snapping an eight-game skid with a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Texas wins NIT

Texas can hook its horns to an NIT championship.

Dylan Osetkowski had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Texas to the NIT championship with an 81-66 win over Lipscomb on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Longhorns (21-16) beat South Dakota State, Xavier, Colorado and TCU to reach the final, and survived a few late shots at the lead to win their first NIT title since 1978.

Coach Shaka Smart, just 71-66 in four seasons with the Longhorns, got to cut down the nets the same time he is reportedly on the short list of candidates to take the UCLA vacancy. Texas has not won an NCAA Tournament game under Smart and few Texas fans would weep if he left for the Bruins.

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