Eddie Sutton

is coming out of retirement to replace

Jessie Evans

as men's basketball coach at San Francisco and will have a shot at 800 wins after all.

San Francisco announced last night that Evans was taking "a leave of absence" for the rest of the season, and that the 71-year-old Sutton would take over the Dons on an interim basis.

Sutton's first game will be tomorrow night at Weber State.

Sutton retired as Oklahoma State's coach after the 2005-06 season. He has 798 victories in 36 seasons as a Division I coach at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State.

With his victories at Tulsa Central High School and the College of Southern Idaho included, Sutton has won exactly 1,000 games.

He retired in May 2006, three months after a drunken-driving accident caused him to miss the Cowboys' final 10 games of the season. Sutton pleaded no contest to misdemeanor aggravated drunken driving and two other charges after the February 2006 car accident.

Sutton reached the Final Four with Arkansas in 1978 and with Oklahoma State in 1995 and 2004. He ranks fifth all-time in victories among Division I coaches, trailing Texas Tech's

Bob Knight


Dean Smith

(North Carolina, 879),

Adolph Rupp

(Kentucky, 876), and

Jim Phelan

(Mount St. Mary's, Md., 830).

Evans was in his fourth season at San Francisco (4-8). He was hired from Louisiana-Lafayette in April 2004 to replace fired coach

Phil Mathews


Bob Knight

was reprimanded by the Big Twelve Conference for criticizing the officiating after Texas Tech's 80-63 loss to New Mexico on Dec. 15.

The reprimand, issued Monday, resulted from Knight's arguing about Lobos freshman

Dairese Gary's

one-handed 47-footer at the halftime buzzer. Knight didn't think Gary had released the shot in time.

"I thought it was a horrendous call," Knight said after the game.

His comment violated the Big Twelve's sportsmanship code, which prohibits public comments about officiating, the conference said in a statement.

Percy Zachary

, 80, who in 1952 became the first black football player at the University of Minnesota to be named all-Big Ten, died Sunday at his home in St. Paul, Minn., the school said. He was a defensive lineman.


A South Korean boxer who lost consciousness after winning his World Boxing Organization intercontinental flyweight bout was in a coma with a brain injury.

Choi Yoi-sam

, 33, was rushed to a hospital shortly after Tuesday's fight against Indonesian challenger

Heri Amol

in Seoul. He was knocked down in the final round of the 12-round fight, but it was not known whether that had caused him to pass out.


The United States will open its Olympic qualifying group against Cuba on March 11 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Soccer's governing body for North and Central American and the Caribbean also announced that the United States will face Panama on March 13 and finish Group A play in Tampa against Honduras on March 15. In Group B, Mexico, Canada, Guatemala and Haiti will play in Carson, Calif.

Louis Saha's

two goals helped Manchester United claim first place in the Premier League with a 4-0 win at Sunderland while Arsenal drew a 0-0 tie at Portsmouth.



Andreas Matzbacher

, 25, was killed in a car crash in the southern Austrian city of Graz on Monday.

Matzbacher began his professional career with Italy's Saeco in 2004 and rode for Austria's Team Volksbank at the time of his death.