Rick Majerus

was introduced yesterday as the new men's basketball coach at St. Louis.

He replaces the fired Brad Soderberg, who won 20 games in the last of his five seasons but failed to earn even an NIT bid in the last three years.

Majerus, who left coaching three years ago because of health concerns, had been an ESPN analyst. He agreed to a six-year contract Friday.

"I saw this as an opportunity," the 59-year-old coach said at a news conference. "I don't think I forgot how to do it. I love practice and I love the kids and I like the game."

Majerus led Utah to 10 NCAA appearances in 15 seasons. He also has coached at Ball State and Marquette. He has a career record of 422-147.

He accepted the Southern California job in December 2004 only to change his mind three days later.

Suzy Merchant, former coach of Eastern Michigan, was named the new women's basketball coach at Michigan State.

Cherokee High senior Ben Flanary, a 6-foot-6, power-hitting first baseman, has committed to attend Temple on a baseball scholarship.

Horse racing

Xchanger's

co-owner,

Dominic Zannini

, announced that the colt would likely be entered in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

If Xchanger is entered, Teuflesberg, 21st on the earnings list, would not make the race, which is limited to the top 20 in graded stakes earnings.

Sailing

China Team

upset Louis Vuitton Cup leader

BMW Oracle Racing

of the United States for its first win in the America's Cup challengers series off the coast of Valencia, Spain.

The Americans' second loss of round-robin match racing left them tied with Italian syndicate Luna Rossa at the top of the standings with 23 points. The Italians beat Victory Challenge of Sweden by 23 seconds.

Swiss sailor Bernard Stamm won the Velux 5 Oceans solo around-the-world yacht race for the second straight time.

Stamm, who won all three legs of the 30,000-mile race, finished in 103 days, 22 hours, 10 minutes. He arrived in Bilbao, Spain, after nearly 12 days of racing from Norfolk, Va., aboard Cheminees Poujoulat.

Hockey

Sweden beat Latvia, 8-2, and moved to the qualifying round of the hockey world championships in Mytischi, Russia.

Canada rallied to beat Norway, 4-2, and Slovakia topped Germany, 5-1, for a place in the qualifying round. Switzerland joined Sweden in advancing with a 2-1 victory over Italy.

Tennis

Defending champion

Olivier Rochus

lost, 6-2, 6-4, to eighth-seeded Jurgen Melzer in the first round of the BMW Open in Munich, Germany.

Soccer

Former French national goalie

Fabien Barthez

is quitting Nantes, saying he fears for his safety from angry fans.

Nantes is in last place in the French league after a 2-0 home defeat to Rennes on Saturday.

Brazil star Ronaldo will not be chosen for his nation's team for the Copa America tournament in June and July in Venezuela. Dunga, the new coach of Brazil, wants to observe other strikers during the competition.

The Colorado Rapids spoiled Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Chris Seitz's Major League Soccer debut with a 2-0 victory in Salt Lake City. Roberto Brown's goal snapped a scoreless tie in the the 71st minute.

Cycling

Italian cyclist

Ivan Basso

quit the Discovery Channel team after Italian authorities reopened an investigation into his role in a Spanish doping scandal.