Texas Tech's Tubby Smith will receive the John R. Wooden Award's Legends of Coaching honor in April.

The annual award recognizes coaches who exemplify Wooden's standards of coaching success and personal integrity.

The former Gophers coach will receive the award at the ESPN College Basketball Awards show in Los Angeles on April 8.

He is 538-263 in 24 years as a head coach at Texas Tech, Minnesota, Kentucky, Georgia and Tulsa. He won a national championship at Kentucky in 1998, and has made four Elite Eight appearances, had nine Sweet 16 berths and posted 20 or more wins in 19 seasons while making 17 NCAA tournament appearances.

Among previous winners of the award are Tara VanDerveer of Stanford, Roy Williams of Kansas, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Dean Smith of North Carolina.

Two Badgers on preseason watch list

A pair of juniors on the Wisconsin men's basketball team were named to preseason watch lists for 2015-16 national awards.

Nigel Hayes is on the watch list for the Julius Erving Award, which recognizes the top small forward in the nation. Bronson Koenig is in the watch list for the Bob Cousy Award, which recognizes the top point guard.

Each watch list contains 20 players. The group will be cut in half in mid-February, with five finalists selected in March. The winner will be named at ESPN's College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles on April 8.


Howard can't lift slumping U.S.

Storm clouds hover over U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

The Americans finished fourth in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, their poorest performance since 2000. They lost a playoff against Mexico on Saturday for the region's berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Not even Tim Howard's first game in goal in 15 months stopped the slump. Joel Campbell's 70th-minute goal led Costa Rica over the overwhelmed U.S. 1-0 in an exhibition Tuesday night, the Americans' fifth defeat in six games. The U.S. has lost three straight home games for the first time since 1997.

"There are not only sunshine days," he said. "We had a lot of sunshine, 2012, 2013, 2014. Now it's raining a little bit, and you've got to go through that. Maybe you have to go through a little bit of mud as well."

Costa Rica outshot the U.S. 14-5, and the Americans created almost no scoring chances. Klinsmann changed eight of his starters from Saturday, keeping only defender Geoff Cameron, midfielder Jermaine Jones and forward Jozy Altidore. And all three were replaced at the start of the second half.

"I understand if some people are really critical because of the disappointment with the Gold Cup and because of the big disappointment on Saturday, and I respect that," Klinsmann said.

Marc Pelosi and Jordan Kiesewetter scored second-half goals and the United States U-23 team beat Canada 2-0 to stay alive in CONCACAF qualifying for the Rio Olympics.

With the victory in the third-place game, the U.S. under-23 team advanced to a playoff match against Colombia for a spot in Rio.


Ramirez to play first base

•New Red Sox boss Dave Dombrowski says the team is committed to playing Hanley Ramirez at first base next season. Dombrowski says Ramirez and his representatives are also on board with the plan.

•The Nationals have interest in former Padres manager Bud Black and Giants longtime bench coach Ron Wotus for their managerial vacancy. Also, the team recently interviewed Phil Nevin, the Diamondbacks' Class AAA manager.

•Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano underwent surgery to repair core muscle injuries and is expected to be ready for spring training.