Laurens District 56 announced Wednesday the hiring of Sean McCarthy as the Clinton High School's varsity baseball head coach.

McCarthy has been involved in athletics at Clinton since 1997. He has coached football, girls basketball, softball and baseball.

Tennessee coach commits minor violation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt committed a minor NCAA violation earlier this year by tweeting out his congratulations when the high school he attended won an Alabama state basketball title.

Pruitt tweeted "Congratulations Robi Coker and Plainview High School on back to back State Championships! #2muchblue #PLV" on March 1. The tweet was deleted 37 minutes later, after a compliance official noted that it constituted an impermissible endorsement of a high school team and its coach.

Compliance officials met with Pruitt and the staffer overseeing the football program's Twitter accounts to discuss that particular rule, but that was the extent of any repercussions for his actions.

Nebraska softball coach placed on leave

LINCOLN, Neb. — The longtime coach of the Nebraska softball team has been placed on administrative leave while administrators address concerns raised by or about players.

The athletic department declined to detail what led to the action against Rhonda Revelle, saying it was a personnel matter. It said in a statement released Tuesday that administrators "take seriously any concerns raised regarding our student athletes."

Revelle just completed her 27th season with the program. The team has missed the NCAA Tournament the past three seasons and went 21-31 this past spring. Her 997 career wins rank 12th among all active Division I softball coaches.

Silver wants changes to draft trade rules

LAS VEGAS — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants the hat game fixed.

Mindful that it was awkward for draft picks this year who were selected by one team and had already been traded to another — but because of league rules, were unable to be introduced by their actual franchise for more than two weeks — Silver said there was discussion Tuesday at the league's board of governors meeting about how to change that going forward.

Several ideas are under discussion, including changing the rules about how and when draft-night trades can be announced. It could be earlier next season and not necessarily attached to the early July end to the moratorium on trades and certain signings.

Wolves won't match Jones offer sheet

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Minnesota Timberwolves are declining to match an offer sheet to guard Tyus Jones, clearing the way for him to join the Memphis Grizzlies.

Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas issued a statement late Tuesday saying, "We sincerely thank Tyus for his contributions on the court and Tyus and the entire Jones family for their genuine impact on the Twin Cities community." Rosas adds, "We wish them nothing but the best in Memphis."

ESPN had reported that Jones and the Grizzlies had agreed to a three-year offer sheet worth $28 million.

Union: MLB failing to market Betts

CLEVELAND — Baseball players' union head Tony Clark says a poor job has been done of marketing Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, the reigning AL MVP.

"Mookie should be a household name," Clark told the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. "Mookie should be a one-name guy. You say Ronaldo. You say Messi. You say Mookie. You should know who Mookie is, and outside of the baseball world, I don't know how many do."

Betts earned his fourth straight All-Star selection after helping Boston win the World Series last year.

FIFA launches anti-abuse program

ZURICH — FIFA has launched a program teaching soccer bodies worldwide how to safeguard children from abuse.

FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura says it "has a duty and responsibility to ensure that those who play football can do so in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment."

The FIFA Guardians program follows a series of criminal convictions in England of men who coached and sexually abused young boys over decades.

FIFA's program was developed with the United Nations children's agency, UNICEF. It will train officials with specific duties in the 211 member federations, working with continental governing bodies.

South Korean skater faces 1-year ban

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's skating body has decided to ban two-time Olympic speed skating champion Lee Seung-hoon for a year over allegations that he assaulted two teammates during several international competitions.

An official from the Korea Skating Union said Wednesday that Lee has denied the accusations and will likely appeal to South Korea's Olympic Committee by next Monday's deadline.

The official from the skating union says it gathered third-person accounts and other evidence before its governing committee concluded that Lee abused the two unidentified teammates at hotels and restaurants while they competed in international events in 2011, 2013 and 2016. The official did not want to be named, citing office rules.

Memorial to honor Boston Marathon victims

BOSTON — Four bronze spires that will make up part of a memorial to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings have been put in place near the finish line.

The spires, ranging in height from about 17 feet (5 meters) to 21 feet (6 meters), will serve as light poles for the memorial. They were installed Wednesday at one of the two locations where pressure cooker bombs detonated on April 15, 2013, killing three people and wounding more than 260 others.

Memorials will eventually stand at both sites and will also honor two police officers who died after the attacks.

Planning began four years ago for the $2 million memorial, and it's since undergone substantial redesign.