Sports at a glance
Pitt forward will transfer
PITTSBURGH — Forward Samson George will enter the NCAA Division I transfer portal following three seasons at the University of Pittsburgh.
He is expected to graduate this spring and will be immediately eligible upon transfer.
George appeared in 27 career games averaging 0.9 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. He matched a career high with four rebounds this season against West Virginia.
Pitt finished the season 16-17 overall including a 6-14 mark.
The Panthers’ roster will be bolstered next season with the eligibility of transfer Ithiel Horton, who averaged 13.2 points per game at Delaware during the 2018-19 season.
Pitt also has a group of 2020 commitments featuring top 100 prospect John Hugley, four-star forward Noah Collier and three-star center Max Amadasun.
Smart will stay in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas will stick with coach Shaka Smart next season after the Longhorns won five of their final six games and were fighting for a spot in the NCAA Tournament before it was canceled amid the coronavirus scare.
Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte told the Austin American-Statesman, “Shaka’s our coach.”
Smart was facing open speculation on his future with the Longhorns at midseason when the program was mired near the bottom of the Big 12. The Longhorns had missed the tournament in two of the previous four seasons.
Next season will be Smart’s sixth in a seven-year contract. He is 90-78 overall at Texas but just 40-50 in the Big 12. The Longhorns were 19-12 last season with no seniors.
Tiz the Law wins in Florida
MIAMI — If there is a Kentucky Derby this year, Tiz the Law will have a shot to be there.
Tiz the Law ran away in the stretch Saturday to easily win the Florida Derby, wrapping up a spot in the Kentucky Derby field based on the points standings that are used to determine who qualifies for the Run for the Roses.
The win at Gulfstream Park was worth 100 points, far more than what will be needed for a chance to run at Churchill Downs if the rescheduled Kentucky Derby goes off as planned in early September.
Shivaree, an 80-1 long shot, was second and picked up 50 points to likely clinch a spot in the field. Fountain of Youth winner Ete Indien was third.
IRL giving iRacing a shot
The walk to the starting grid for Tony Kanaan began in his Indianapolis kitchen, through the foyer, past the trophy case, up the stairs, down the hall, through the master bedroom, master bathroom and finally into the closet.
That’s where the former Indianapolis 500 winner tucked away Saturday to participate in a full day of iRacing on a simulator in the one place his wife will tolerate the rig. Kanaan participated in two virtual races, a legends event won by three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti. Then he joined the first of a six-week series that launched Saturday to give IndyCar fans content during the coronavirus pandemic.
IndyCar followed the lead of NASCAR and other racing series in throwing together something — anything — to fill the void created when COVID-19 brought sports to a halt.
From Mirror, wire reports