Saints hire Ryan as defensive coordinator
METAIRIE, La. — The Saints have hired Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator and added Stan Kwan as an assistant special teams coach.
Saints coach Sean Payton, who announced the additions to his staff on Saturday, said the Saints found Ryan’s defenses challenging when they played his previous teams. In 2010, Ryan was Cleveland’s defensive coordinator when the Browns beat the Saints in the Superdome, 30-17, intercepting passes by Drew Brees four times.
Ryan, the brother of Jets coach Rex Ryan, spent the past two seasons as Dallas’ defensive coordinator and was fired after last season, when his defense ranked 19th.
Ryan said joining the Saints is a “great opportunity,” and he’s getting started right away. Kwan has been an NFL assistant 23 years, the past three in Buffalo.
Cilic to face Melzer in Zagreb Indoors championship match
ZAGREB, Croatia — Top-seeded Marin Cilic will face Jurgen Melzer in the Zagreb Indoors final today.
Cilic rallied past defending champion Mikhail Youzhny 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 Saturday, while Melzer defeated Robin Haase 7-6 (2), 6-3.
Cilic was given two time-violation penalties before advancing to his 16th career final. He was penalized for the first time in the opening set and again in the third, when Youzhny took a 3-2 lead but failed to win another game.
All-French final set in Paris as Gasquet, Paire win
PARIS — Richard Gasquet will face Benoit Paire in an all-French final Sunday at the Open Sud de France.
Gasquet defeated Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 Saturday, while Paire overcame Michael Llodra 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Gasquet had eight aces and broke Nieminen’s serve five times.
Paire had 17 aces, rallying to reach his second career final.
Nadal with two chances to win title in Chile
VINA DEL MAR, Chile — Rafael Nadal beat Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday, putting the Spaniard in both finals of the VTR Open after a seven-month layoff due to a left knee injury and a stomach virus.
Nadal and Juan Monaco won their doubles semifinal on Friday, meaning Nadal is scheduled to play twice today. He will face Argentine Horacio Zeballos in the singles final and Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi and Potito Starace in doubles.
The former No. 1 has played six matches in five days and has yet to drop a set.
Stringer gets 899th win as Rutgers beats Cincy
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — C. Vivian Stringer earned her 899th coaching win as Rutgers rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to beat Cincinnati 55-46 on Saturday night.
Stringer is on the cusp of becoming the fourth women’s basketball coach to win 900 games. Pat Summitt holds the NCAA record with 1,098 wins, while Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell each have 900 victories. Hatchell just won No. 900 on Thursday, leading No. 16 North Carolina past Boston College.
Only three men’s coaches have reached the 900-win plateau: Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim and Bob Knight. Stringer’s first chance at 900 will come Tuesday at DePaul. Stringer earned her 800th career victory against DePaul.
The Scarlet Knights (14-8, 5-4 Big East) have struggled this season. They trailed 30-23 at halftime and were down nine early in the second half before rallying behind a stellar defensive effort. Rutgers held Cincinnati to just one basket over a nearly 16-minute stretch.
By wire sources