After meeting with officials from the University of Miami on Monday, Tommy Amaker announced Tuesday that he will remain Harvard's basketball coach. Amaker has spent four years in Cambridge, leading the Crimson to a share of the Ivy League title this past season. He reportedly turned down a five-year deal with Miami worth about $1.1 million per season. "I'm appreciative of and flattered by the interest shown in me by other fine universities, but I am proud and honored to represent Harvard," Amaker said in a statement.

Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva, who was involved in an incident with Kevin Garnett earlier this season, has a new worst enemy. In Monday night's game vs. the Cavaliers, Villanueva and Ryan Hollins were ejected following a fourth-quarter scrum. After things appeared to have calmed down, Villanueva ran across to the court in an attempt to get at Hollins while being restrained by a teammate and security guard. As he was led to the Pistons locker room, Villanueva said, "I will kill that dude. I don't give a [expletive]." After the game, Villanueva was more subdued.

PGA golfer and analyst Brad Faxon joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Masters. South African Charl Schwartzel finished with birdies in his final four holes Sunday to win his first Masters at age 26.

"If you don't like golf, you wouldn't have liked that. That was an unbelievable day," Faxon said. "[Jack Nicklaus' win in 1986] might have been the best one to watch. This one was a close second."

The Masters golf tournament, which has previously been criticized for its treatment of women, insisted an incident in which two female reporters were barred from the players' locker room Sunday was a mistake. The women were with with a group of reporters following Rory McIlroy when they told by a female security guard that women were not allowed into the locker room, where McIlroy was being interviewed.

South African Charl Schwartzel won the Masters Sunday, finishing the tournament with birdies in his last four holes and ending up 14 under par.

At 26 years of age, he is the youngest to win the Masters since Tiger Woods  in 1997. Woods finished tied for fourth at 10 under, while Jason Day and Adam Scott tied for second at 12 under.

Rory McIlroy led the tournament after three rounds but was 8 over on Sunday and finished tied for 15th.

Gloria James, mother of Heat star LeBron James, was released from jail Thursday after being arrested early in the morning outside a Miami hotel for allegedly assaulting a valet. Gloria, who pleaded no contest to DUI in 2006, had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and had bloodshot eyes when officers arrived on the scene at 4:47 a.m. Thursday, police said. The valet and witnesses told police that he brought the car to the front of the hotel but turned it off after waiting 30 minutes for Gloria.

New Yankees setup man Rafael Soriano apologized to the media Wednesday for not talking after struggling in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Twins. Soriano said Yankees management told him through his agent, Scott Boras, that he needs to be accessible in the future. The free agent signee who has a questionable reputation — as Peter Gammons explained on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday — said he was so upset after costing CC Sabathia a win that he didn't even answer the phone when his mother called from the Dominican Republic.

Fenway Sports Management announced Wednesday that it has entered into a strategic partnership with LRMR, LeBron James' marketing company. The deal will have James "acquire an interest" in Liver

The Yankees — who squandered a late four-run lead and lost in 10 innings to the Twins Tuesday night — are involved in a "misunderstanding" with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The team for many years has had a between-innings scoreboard segment in which three MTA trains race to Yankee Stadium. The MTA allowed the Yankees to use its name and those of the trains — B, D and 4 — because it promoted public transportation, and all the MTA asked was that the team not sell sponsorship of the segment.

This is without a doubt my favorite four-week stretch of the year.



JERRY THORNTON

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