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Parrotta returns to Fordham

Former Canisius College basketball coach Tom Parrotta has landed an assistant coaching position at Fordham, his alma mater, where he'll be reunited with Tom Pecora.

Parrotta, who was fired from Canisius in March, coached under Pecora at Hofstra from 2001-06 before he was hired at Canisius. Parrotta starred at Fordham from 1984-88.

In six seasons at Canisius, Parrotta posted a record of 64-121 and a 30-78 mark in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. The team went 5-25 overall and 1-17 in league play last season.


Russia, Poland play to draw

Alan Dzagoev scored his third goal of the European Championship and Jakub Blaszczykowski tied it in the second half as Russia and Poland drew 1-1 Tuesday.

The match was marred before kickoff by fighting between hooligans from both countries, leaving several people injured as thousands of Russian fans marched to celebrate the Russia Day national holiday.

Dzagoev darted past defender Lukasz Piszczek in the 37th minute and sent a glancing header beyond goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton after a curling free kick from Andrei Arshavin.

But Poland was rewarded for its attacking intent in the 57th when Blaszczykowski cut in from the right and sent a searing left-foot drive into the far corner of the goal.

Earlier Tuesday, the Czechs played themselves back into Group A contention by scoring two early goals and hanging on to beat Greece 2-1.


Oudin, Jie advance at Aegon

Melanie Oudin of the United States ousted 10th-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, at the Aegon Classic grass-court tournament in Birmingham, England.

Zheng Jie defeated Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in her opening match.

Zheng helped fuel Chinese tennis after becoming the country's first player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal in Wimbledon in 2008, where she made history two years by winning the first doubles title.

Although the 28-year-old Zheng hasn't fully recovered from a wrist surgery, she defeated the hard-hitting Russian.


Busch keeps ride with Phoenix

Kurt Busch will return to Phoenix Racing when his one-week NASCAR suspension ends Wednesday.

Busch met Tuesday with team owner James Finch, and the duo agreed to move forward to this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway.

"We know adjustments have to be made but how we fix that is between Kurt and myself," Finch said. "We're going to go to the track, work hard, race hard and work on trying to attract a sponsor -- and we're going to do that together."

Busch's status seemed shaky following his one-week suspension for verbally abusing a media member. Finch indicated in several interviews his patience was being tested by the 2004 NASCAR champion.

From News Staff and wire service reports