UCLA fired Ben Howland on Sunday night after 10 seasons as Bruins coach that included three Final Four appearances, but culminated with another early-round exit from the NCAA Tournament.Athletic director Dan Guerrero told Howland earlier in the day that he was out.Howland had a 233-107 record in Westwood, including three consecutive Final Four appearances from 2006-08 and four Pac-12 championships, including this season. The Bruins’ season ended last Friday with an 83-63 loss to Minnesota in Austin.“I have been blessed with the opportunity to coach at UCLA for 10 years,” he said in a statement through the university. “The UCLA community and fans have been unbelievable to my family and I, and it’s been an honor and privilege to represent this great institution. I look forward to what comes next.”Howland had two years left on his contract that included a $2.3 million buyout.This season opened with star recruits Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson under investigation by the NCAA.Muhammad missed the first three games and had to repay $1,600 in impermissible benefits after the NCAA and UCLA found that he had accepted travel and lodging during three unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina.Anderson was cleared to play after being investigated for potential recruiting violations.That was just the beginning of the problems that roiled the program during the season.Center Joshua Smith quit the team for personal reasons and guard Tyler Lamb left over a lack of playing time in the same week in November that the Bruins were upset by Cal Poly and dropped out of the Top 25.The Bruins rallied to win the Pac-12 regular-season title and then lost to Oregon in the tournament title game playing without freshman Jordan Adams, who broke his foot in the semifinals. His absence hurt the Bruins in their second-round loss to Minnesota in the NCAAs.A year ago, UCLA’s season ended in turmoil after the Bruins went 19-14 and missed the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years. Howland kicked standout Reeves Nelson off the team and an unflattering Sports Illustrated article suggested that the coach had lost control of the team.But Howland bought himself more time with his best recruiting class since the program made those three straight Final Four appearances ending in 2008.TCU roundup• Women’s golf: Alexandra Bonetti and Sanna Nuutinen placed in the top 10 to lead TCU to a fourth-place finish, 17 shots out of first, at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic . TCU equaled its best finish of the season. Bonetti finished sixth after a 76 in extremely windy conditions for a 224 total. Nuutinen tied for seventh after an 80 and a 225 total. With an 899, No. 8 Arkansas took the team title by 10 strokes over No. 24 Tulane. • Men’s tennis: No. 36 TCU (12-5) saw its five-match winning streak end with a 4-3 loss to No. 24 California (8-6) at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.“Credit to California for being able to win all three of the remaining matches left on the court,” TCU coach David Roditi said. “We just weren’t able to take advantage of some opportunities. We’ve got a quick turnaround, but we’ll be ready to go against San Diego.”• Women’s tennis: No. 33 TCU (12-2) had its winning streak snapped at nine when host No. 27 Rice (13-4) claimed a 5-2 win.“It was tough, but playing a match like this will help us,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “I’m disappointed we lost and played so poorly at the beginning. My hats off to Rice, they played well. We made a match of it and tried to come back. Monika and Federica played well and that’s good, but we’ve got to get better in doubles. It’s a long year and we’ve got a lot of matches ahead of us. We’ve just got to regroup and get better.”Briefly• NIT: Justin Anderson scored a career-high 18 points and Virginia extended its home winning streak to 19 games with a 68-50 victory against St. John’s (17-16) in the second round of the NIT in Charlottesville, Va. Fellow freshman Taylor Barnette added a career-high 13 points for Virginia (23-11) as first-year Cavaliers scored 46 points, including 15 during a pivotal 20-3 run in the first half. Barnette scored the last eight in a span of 90 seconds. Virginia will host Iowa in the quarterfinals Wednesday night, with the winner earning a chance to move on to Madison Square Garden in New York.• Notre Dame hockey: Austin Wuthrich broke a tie 29 seconds into the third period and Notre Dame went on to win the final Central Collegiate Hockey Association championship, 3-1 over Michigan. All of the CCHA’s teams have found other conferences to play in next season.• NCAA women’s hockey: Amanda Kessel scored twice, and Minneosta breezed by Boston University 6-3 to finish the first perfect season in the 13-year history of NCAA women’s hockey. Mira Jalosuo, Hannah Brandt, Milica McMillen and Rachel Ramsey also scored for the Gophers (41-0), who won their second straight national championship — and fourth overall — and stretched their record winning streak to 49 games. Their last loss was to North Dakota on Feb. 17, 2012, more than 13 months ago.