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March 22, 2013 at 5:15 PM   |   Comments

Ed Reed leaves Ravens for Houston Texans

HOUSTON, March 22 (UPI) -- Ed Reed, an eight-time All-Pro safety, is leaving the Baltimore Ravens for the Houston Texas, the Texans said Friday.

Reed, 34, was chosen in the first round of the 2002 draft by Baltimore and has spent his entire NFL career with the Ravens.

Reed, who appeared at a news conference Friday morning in Houston, was a free agent and has agreed to a three-year deal worth $15 million, including $5 million guaranteed, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Reed totaled 61 interceptions in 160 NFL games. He led the league in interceptions three times.

Reed had four interceptions and 58 tackles in the regular season last year in helping the Ravens to the Super Bowl.

"That's 11 years that's just storybook," Reed said of leaving the Ravens. "I'm proud to say the last game was the Super Bowl in Baltimore. That will never be taken back."

He said he's "always be grateful to my fans, the city -- so many things."


Hofstra fires basketball Coach Mo Cassara

HEMPSTED, N.Y., March 22 (UPI) -- Mo Cassara has been fired as men's basketball coach at Hofstra University, the school announced Friday.

Cassara coached The Pride for three seasons, posting a 38-59 record in that span. Hofstra was 21-12 in Cassara's first season but was 7-25 in 2012-13.

"I would like to express how much I have valued and enjoyed the opportunity to be the head basketball coach at Hofstra University," Cassara said in a statement. "I want the entire community to know just how much I care about our student-athletes and this team.

"We have navigated through what has been a challenging season. I wish nothing but success to the athletic department, basketball program and supporters of the Hofstra Pride."

Cassara took over the head coaching position in May 2010, replacing Tim Welsh, who resigned after he was arrested on a driving-while-intoxicated charge.

Assistant Patrick Sellers was named interim coach during the search for a new coach, Hofstra said.


Aphibarnrat owns lead at Malaysian Open

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 22 (UPI) -- Kiradech Aphibarnrat birdied his final hole Friday and held the lead at the European Tour's rain-delayed Maybank Malaysian Open.

Aphibarnrat was 3-under, including a birdie at the par-4 ninth, through nine holes of his second round when play was suspended because of darkness. He's 10-under for 27 holes.

Rain Thursday and Friday backed up play and some golfers are yet to begin their second rounds. Play is to resume at 7:45 a.m. Saturday in Kuala Lumpur.

Charl Schwartzel and Wu Ashun each completed the second round in 4-under-par 68 and are tied for second at 9-under 135. Edoardo Molinari, 2-under through five second-round holes, is at 8-under for the tournament and is in fourth place.

Schwartzel was 4-under through 11 holes Thursday when play was stopped and he had to complete that round Friday before beginning his second round. He was 6-under through 14 holes in the second round but suffered back-to-back bogeys and fell back.

Wu had a final-hole birdie in his second round in pulling even with Schwartzel.

Aphibarnrat posted back-to-back birdies at Nos. 3 and 4 before his ninth-hole birdie pushed him clear of Schwartzel and Wu.


Back Caviar wins 24th race without a loss

MELBOURNE, March 22 (UPI) -- Black Caviar easily remained undefeated in her 24th career start Friday, winning the Aus-Group 1 William Reid Stakes by 4 lengths.

"It's scary how good she's going," said trainer Peter Moody.

With regular rider Luke Nolen up, Black Caviar sat just behind the pace into the turn, and then in the blink of an eye was out in front by daylight. Nolen hardly moved his hands as the super mare cruised home effortlessly, finishing the 1,200 meters at the Moonee Valley course in 1:11.08.

Karuta Queen, the early leader, finished second and Fawkner was a late-closing third.

Moody said Black Caviar's next race likely will be the Aus-Group 1 T J Smith Stakes April 13 at Randwick.

"The only thing that could stop her is a wet track," he said.

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