Former UNO assistant coach dies at 51

Former UNO basketball assistant coach Patrick Harrington died Wednesday from injuries suffered a week ago in an automobile crash.

Harrington, 51, was an assistant with the Privateers from 2001-05 under Monte Towe. He was in his fourth season as the head women’s coach at Northwest Florida State in Pensacola, Florida, where his teams had compiled a 100-25 record.

The accident occurred Oct. 1 when a car driven by Harrington was hit head-on. His wife, Lori, a passenger in the vehicle, suffered cracked ribs and vertebrate. The couple have three children.

Bouchard pulls out of Linz tourney

LINZ, Austria — Top-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada pulled out of the Generali Ladies with a left leg injury on Thursday.

Bouchard had her thigh taped during Wednesday’s win over Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, and said the injury worsened overnight. The sixth-ranked Bouchard is enjoying a breakthrough season in which she won her maiden WTA title in Nuremberg in May, reached the final at Wimbledon and the semifinals at the Australian and French Opens.

Djokovic moves on after thriller in China

SHANGHAI — Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic avoided being the latest seed to lose at the upset-hit Shanghai Masters, rallying to defeat No. 85-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the third round.

Roger Federer also advanced to the quarterfinals with a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista Agut, a night after he saved five match points and escaped with a three-set win in the second round.

Djokovic extended his 27-match winning streak in China, but it wasn’t easy against the speedy Kukushkin, who kept the top-ranked Serb running with powerful forehands and impressive defense.

2022 World Cup, Olympics won’t overlap

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The IOC has reiterated that it has been assured by FIFA President Sepp Blatter that the 2022 World Cup will not clash with the Winter Olympics.

The association of European soccer clubs said Wednesday that the IOC should be willing to move the dates of the 2022 Winter Games so the World Cup can be switched to the winter to avoid the summer heat in Qatar.

FIFA is considering moving the World Cup from its traditional June-July time slot because of the searing Qatar temperatures.

Southern volleyball team drops UNO

The UNO volleyball team (6-14, 0-6 Southland) took the first two sets but could not withstand a furious rally in a 3-2 loss (28-30, 19-25, 25-17, 25-23, 17-15) to Southern (6-9) on Thursday at Seymour Gym.

The Privateers took the first two sets including a long first set at 30-28. The Jaguars responded by taking the third set at 25-17. Then Phalen Clark recorded a kill to preserve the fourth set for the home side at 25-23, setting up the fifth and final set.

New Orleans broke open a 3-3 tie with a 6-0 run, but that was quickly answered as Southern scored the next six points to level the score. A Rondolyn Bryant kill put the Privateers on set and match point leading 14-13. However, the Jaguars tied the score to end it to extra rallies. Southern won the match after a service error and a bad set accounted for the final two points.