Sports briefs: Quick returns to hilltop

Michael Quick, a three-year starter who played alongside Phil Smith, Kevin Restani, Snake Jones and Eric Fernsten on the successful USF men’s basketball teams of the early 1970s, has rejoined the Dons as an assistant coach. Quick replaces Bill Johnson, who recently left the program after getting married and taking a job on the Harvard campus.

Yankees legend Rizzuto dies

Known as much for his slick play and decent bat while playing shortstop as he was for his quick wit and humorous takes while calling games for the only team he played for, Phil Rizzuto was an unforgettable figure in baseball. The Hall of Famer, who had the nickname of “Scooter” as a player and had the catchphrase “Holy cow!” as a broadcaster, died Monday night. He was 89. “I guess heaven must have needed a shortstop,” Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said in a released statement. “He epitomized the Yankee spirit — gritty and hard-charging — and he wore the pinstripes proudly.” Rizzuto, who was the oldest living Hall of Famer and played from 1941 to ’56, was just 5-foot-6, but was a key ingredient on seven World Series title teams, an AL MVP and a five-time All-Star. “When I first came up to the Yankees, he was like a big — actually, small — brother to me,” Hall of Famer Yogi Berra said.

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