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Sports in brief: O'Neill takes reins of USC basketball
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Kevin O'Neill returned to the college ranks Saturday when he was announced as Southern California's basketball coach, taking over from Tim Floyd .

Floyd resigned June 9 amid allegations that he paid to have O.J. Mayo delivered to the Trojans. He said he was quitting after four seasons because he no longer had enthusiasm for his job.

O'Neill is scheduled to be introduced today at a campus news conference. The 52-year-old defense-oriented coach was an assistant with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies this past season. Mayo plays for the Grizzlies. O'Neill led the Toronto Raptors to a 33-49 record in 2004.

O'Neill also had stints with the New York Knicks, Detroit and Indiana.

He returns to the Pac-10 after serving as interim coach at Arizona in 2008 when Lute Olson took a leave of absence. During his tenure in Tucson, O'Neill led the Wildcats to a 19-15 record and the school's 24th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. O'Neill is 171-180 in 12 seasons as a college head coach, including stints at Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern.

All is not well with the Trojans as O'Neill moves into a program under investigation by the NCAA for alleged improprieties involving Mayo, who played one season at USC before leaving for the NBA. If the NCAA can prove Floyd paid to have Mayo delivered to USC, that would be considered a major violation. The Trojans could be forced to forfeit victories, and they could face recruiting restrictions and lose scholarships.

Quarterback commits to Utes

COLLEGE FOOTBALL » Brian Blechen , a 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback at Moorpark High in California, has committed to the Utes. Blechen threw for 473 yards and eight touchdowns before his junior season was cut short by injury. He is the seventh commitment for the Utes for their 2010 class.

Bengals sign sixth-round pick

NFL » The Cincinnati Bengals signed sixth-round draft pick Bernard Scott and waived four players at the conclusion of their minicamp. The Bengals have three of their 11 draft picks under contract after signing the running back from Abilene Christian on Saturday. Sixth-round cornerback Morgan Trent , from Michigan, and seventh-round receiver Freddie Brown , from Utah, also have signed.

Colorado State quarterback Billy Farris , signed as an undrafted free agent, was among the players cut.

Klitschko stops Chagaev in 10th

BOXING » Wladimir Klitschko again showed his dominance of the heavyweight division, stopping Ruslan Chagaev in a hastily put together title fight Saturday night in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, before 61,000 fans at a soccer stadium.

The IBF and WBO champion from the Ukraine knocked Chagaev down in the second round and opened a cut over the Uzbekistan-born fighter's left eye in the eighth. Referee Eddie Cotton stopped the fight before the 10th round.

Klitschko, whose brother Vitaly holds the WBC crown, was initially scheduled to fight David Haye before the Briton pulled out with an injury earlier this month.

The sellout crowd was the biggest boxing audience in Germany since Max Schmeling knocked out Adolf Heuser in front of 70,000 people in Stuttgart in 1939.

Becker claims first ATP title

BOXING » German qualifier Benjamin Becker won his first ATP title, beating Dutch wild card Raemon Sluiter 7-5, 6-3 at the Ordina Open in Den Bosch, Netherlands.

Earlier, Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand became the first player to successfully defend the Ordina Open women's title by beating Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 7-5.

» Caroline Wozniacki won the Aegon International title, defeating unseeded Virginie Razzano of France 7-6, 7-5 in Eastbourne, England. The sixth-seeded Dane earned her second title of the year and fifth of her career. She won at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., in April.

German wins Switzerland stage

CYCLING » Tony Martin of Germany won the eighth stage of the Tour of Switzerland, and Tadej Valjavec of Slovenia clung to the overall lead. Martin, of Team Columbia-Highroad, finished the 113-mile route in 4 hours, 12 minutes, 31 seconds. He edged Damiano Cunego of Italy, with Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland two seconds back. Valjavec was fourth.

Cancellara cut Valjavec's overall lead to four seconds. Today's final stage is a 24-mile time trial that starts and finishes in Bern.

Staff, wire services

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