Ridley finally signs with Longhorns

Fifteen months after committing to Texas, Cameron Rid8ley finally made it official.

Ridley, the highly touted Fort Bend Bush center, signed a letter of intent to play for the Longhorns on Wednesday. He had declined to sign with the rest of UT’s recruiting class during the fall signing period.

But the 6-foot-10 McDonald’s All-American, who averaged 21.5 points, 15.2 rebounds and 5.3 blocks per game as a senior, never publicly backed off his commitment to UT, either. Wednesday was the first day of the spring signing period.

The Longhorns, who signed four players last fall, added another player Wednesday. Garland Naaman Forest guard Demarcus Holland, who committed to UT last week, also signed a letter of intent to play at Texas.

College basketball

Eustachy agrees to coach Colorado St.: former Iowa State and Southern Mississippi coach Larry Eustachy is set to take over at Colorado State, according to a person familiar with the decision.

Eustachy is coming off a season in which he guided Southern Mississippi to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1991. He was the coach at Iowa State over a decade ago before resigning in 2003 after photos of him partying with students surfaced.

Muhammad picks UCLA: Shabazz Muhammad, one of the nation’s top high school basketball players, announced that he would play for UCLA.

The 6-foot-6 highly recruited wing from Las Vegas had narrowed his list of finalists to include Kentucky and Duke.

Another top prep recruit, 6-10 center Nerlens Noel, chose to play at Kentucky.

Olympics

Britain pushes for 4-year doping bans: Britain’s Olympic body urged the World Anti-Doping Agency to introduce mandatory four-year bans for drug cheats as a minimum.

The current WADA code has a provision for four-year bans, but few federations opt to impose sanctions beyond the standard two years.

“(That) places in danger WADA’s reputation and lays itself open to the question of how effective a global (non-governmental organization) can be in tackling the ever growing challenge of doping in sport,” the British Olympic Association wrote to WADA.

The BOA is the only Olympic body to impose life bans for dopers, but that would have to be scrapped ahead of the London Games if a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling goes in WADA’s favor later this month.

Golf

Woods taking three-week break: Tiger Woods is taking a three-week break before returning to golf at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Woods announced that he will resume an up-and-down season may 3-6 at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C., where he won in 2007. He also committed to take part in The Players Championship the following week.

Tennis

One Williams on U.S. Fed Cup team: Serena Williams is on the U.S. Fed Cup roster for matches against Ukraine on April 21-22, but her sister Venus is not.

Venus Williams recently returned to action after being sidelined for more than six months. She was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Sjogren’s syndrome.

Motor sports

Bayne not running Nationwide at Texas: A lack of sponsorship forced Roush Fenway Racing to sideline Trevor Bayne for this week’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, even though he’s ranked fourth in the Nationwide Series standings.

Bayne knew the organization could sit him at any time. Roush president Steve Newmark said the organization had hoped to lure a sponsor by running the first five races.

Soccer

Premier League race tightens up: Manchester United slumped to a 1-0 loss at lowly Wigan, allowing second-place Manchester City to close the Premier League gap to five points with a 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Ridley finally signs with Longhorns


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