Dave Bliss was hired as coach of the CBA's Dakota Wizards yesterday, two years after he quit as Baylor's coach amid because of a scandal that followed the shooting death of one of his players.

"I made a mistake and I'm grateful for the second chance," Bliss told the Associated Press from Bismarck, N.D. "I'm humbled about what I did. Selfishness and ambition played a large role in what I did."

Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton resigned from Baylor in August 2003, two months after the murder of player Patrick Dennehy. Former teammate Carlton Dotson pleaded guilty in June to killing Dennehy and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Baylor found that Bliss improperly paid up to $40,000 in tuition for Dennehy and another player, and that the coaching staff had not reported players' failed drug tests. Bliss also asked players and an assistant coach to lie to investigators by saying Dennehy paid his tuition by dealing drugs. . . .

Andy Kennedy was hired as interim head coach at Cincinnati, two days after Bob Huggins was forced out as the Bearcats' basketball coach.

* HOCKEY: The Washington Capitals signed 2004 first-round draft pick Mike Green to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Green, a 19-year-old offensive defenseman, had 14 goals and 52 assists for Saskatoon of the Western Hockey League last season. The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder's assist total tied him for third in the WHL with fellow Capitals prospect Eric Fehr, who signed with Washington last month.

Also, Comcast SportsNet will broadcast a Capitals preseason game for the first time on Sept. 30 when Washington hosts Pittsburgh. The game is expected to feature a matchup of the NHL's last two No. 1 overall draft picks -- Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.

* TENNIS: Lindsay Davenport reclaimed the top spot in women's tennis, beating Russia's Anna Chakvetadze, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to the final of the Pilot Pen against France's Amelie Mauresmo in New Haven, Conn.

The win guarantees that Davenport will regain the No. 1 spot when the new rankings come out Monday. She had lost the top spot this week to Maria Sharapova.

Davenport and Mauresmo took different paths through the semifinals. Davenport cruised past Chakvetadze in about an hour, while Mauresmo won a three-hour marathon against Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues, winning 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.

* COLLEGE SOCCER: The entire Winthrop men's soccer team has been suspended at least two games for the players' involvement in an off-campus gathering with underage drinking in Rock Hill, S.C.

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