Sports briefs

Austria, Dreher claim runner-up spot

YORK, England — Austria, with LSU sophomore golfer Nadine Dreher on its roster, finished second in the European Women’s Amateur Team Championship that concluded Saturday at the Fulford Golf Club.

Austria lost to Spain 5-2 in the championship match Saturday. Dreher lost 1 up in 19 holes to Noemi Jimenez.

In the consolation round, neither of the other LSU golfers involved finished their matches as Denmark beat France 4-1 for fifth place as the final match between LSU freshman Caroline Nistrup and France’s Justime Dreher was declared a half point for each team by mutual agreement. In the seventh place match, Sweden was a 3-2 loser to the Netherlands. LSU junior Madelene Sagstrom and Johanna Tillstrom won a point when their foursomes match was conceded.

Hauser named ULL basketball assistant

LAFAYETTE — Gus Hauser, who has 11 years coaching experience at the collegiate level including stops at Louisville, New Mexico State, Coastal Carolina and Wofford, has been named an assistant men’s basketball coach at Louisiana-Lafayette.

“We are excited to add Gus Hauser to the Ragin’ Cajuns coaching staff,” ULL coach Bob Marlin said. “I have known him for eight years, and I have always respected the way he conducts himself.”

As an assistant coach, the teams he was with had five seasons of 20 or more wins, three trips to the NCAA tournament and a pair of NIT appearances.

Rain postpones Newport event

NEWPORT, R.I. — The semifinal matches at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships were pushed back a day after heavy rain wiped out most of play Saturday afternoon.

Following a rain-delayed, 90-minute on-court enshrinement ceremony for the 2013 class of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and nearly a two-hour delay, wild card Nicolas Mahut of France and American Michael Russell played three points before rain moved back into the area.

The other semifinal match between John Isner and Australian Lleyton Hewitt, seeded fourth, never got underway.

Both semifinals will be played early Sunday, with Isner and Hewitt on center court and the other match on a side court.

The final is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

Sharapova hires Connors as coach

Maria Sharapova has hired Jimmy Connors as her new coach.

A day after announcing she was parting with Thomas Hogstedt, Sharapova posted on her website Saturday that she would work with the eight-time major champion.

Connors coached Andy Roddick for two years before resigning in 2008. He briefly worked with Sharapova before the 2008 Australian Open.

Hogstedt coached Sharapova for nearly three years. She said Friday he wouldn’t be able to travel in the near future and they agreed she should find a new coach.

A winner of the career Grand Slam, the second-ranked Sharapova was upset in the second round at Wimbledon this year. She says

“I am really excited about our new partnership and looking forward to the upcoming tournaments.”

Compiled from news releases and the Associated Press