Cincinnati hired Antioch High graduate Jeff Pico as its pitching coach Wednesday, succeeding new Reds manager Bryan Price.

Pico spent the past 11 seasons as a coach in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 13th round in 1984 and made his major league pitching debut against the Reds on May 31, 1988.

Also, former Pirate Jay Bell was named bench coach. He was Pittsburgh's hitting coach last season.


Stanford (21-5) opens play at the NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship on Thursday at 2:45 p.m. against Whittier at Avery Aquatic Center. The winner will face Pacific in Saturday's semifinals. UC San Diego faces St. Francis (N.Y.) at 1 p.m. Thursday.

  • Maddie Bauer became the first Stanford freshman in four years to be named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Pacific Region first team for women's soccer. The central defender was among three Stanford players named to the first team, joining senior forward Courtney Verloo and junior midfielder Lo'eau LaBonta. Cal senior Emi Lawson was also named to the first team, and senior Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (Amador Valley High) was named to the second team.

  • Back at the Cal women's tennis office, Bears coach Amanda Augustus is still basking in the glow of the U.S.'s victory at the BNP Paribas international collegiate team competition in Aix-en-Provence, France. Augustus coached the United States for the second straight year, with the Americans winning both times. They beat Russia 7-0 in the finals Dec. 1. "It's the highest honor to be asked to represent your country," Augustus said. The tournament featured coed teams from eight countries. The U.S. squad included USC's Sabrina Santamaria and UCLA's Robin Anderson and Marcos Giron.

    Motor sports

    Sonoma Raceway will play host to the 24 Hours of LeMons. All entries must cost no more than $500 to purchase, fix up and prepare. Racing is from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

    Wire services contributed to this report.