Fanfare-Colleges: A look at college and other sports news in brief
UNC, Duke in top 12 of Directors' Cup
DURHAM — North Carolina finished eighth and Duke 12th in the final standings for the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.
Stanford captured its 19th straight title with 1261.25 points, just 16.50 points ahead of Florida.
Overall, points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports — 10 women’s and 10 men’s. Stanford had four scores omitted because of the limit for sports — women’s field hockey, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing and softball.
UNC, with NCAA titles in women’s soccer and lacrosse and five other top-10 finishes, posted 1,075.33 points to place in the top 10 for the fifth consecutive year. Duke, with 969.60 points, placed in the top 20 for the 10th year in a row.
Other ACC schools in the top 20 were No. 11 Florida State (987.75 points) and No. 20 Virginia (845.50). N.C. State placed 34th with 633.60 points.
Bahama’s Jessica Spicer falls in semis
MANNING, S.C. — Jessica Spicer of Bahama lost a 3-up lead and fell to eventual two-time champion Kelli Murphy of Elgin, S.C., on Thursday in the semifinals of the 57th Carolinas Junior Girls Championship at the Wyboo Golf Club.
Spicer, a 15-year-old rising sophomore, got off to a fast start against Murphy, the 2011 champion and the medalist in the stroke-play qualifier for this tournament. But Spicer’s three-hole lead faded down the stretch and she lost 2 and 1.
“I was a little nervous at the turn,” Murphy said. “I just took a deep breath, and I told myself one shot at a time. We had a great match.”
Murphy’s finals appearance was her third straight in the tournament and she parlayed a 4-up lead at the turn into a 4 and 3 win over Nicole Chin of Irmo, S.C., in the title match.
Duke’s Bottorff wins academic honor
DURHAM — Duke redshirt junior Juliet Bottorff has been named to the Capitol One Academic All-America Team for her efforts on the field and in the classroom, as announced Thursday.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore who has excelled athletically while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.30.
Bottorff graduated with a degree in neuroscience in May, earning an overall GPA of 3.71. This summer, she will begin graduate school at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business where she will pursue a master’s in management studies while utilizing her final year of eligibility.
Chapel Hill’s Moiseenko named
GREENSBORO — Chapel Hill midfielder-defender Alexis Moiseenko has been named to the East squad of the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Women’s Soccer Game on July 23 at UNC Greensboro Soccer Stadium The game will be played at 6:30 p.m.
Duke signs No. 1 prep women's tennis recruit
DURHAM — Duke women’s tennis coach Jamie Ashworth on Thursday announced the signing of the nation’s top-ranked recruit, Chalena Scholl, of Pompano Beach, Fla.
Scholl, ranked No. 1 among high school seniors by Tennisrecuiting.net, will join the Blue Devils this fall.
In May, Scholl lost in the finals of a USTA professional tournament in Raleigh. In the past year, she has also reached the singles semifinals at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship and advanced to the semifinals of the 2012 USTA Girls 18 National Championships.
Sulaimon, USA win U19 basketball opener
PRAGUE —Team USA outscored Ivory Coast (0-1) 34-10 over the game’s first 10 minutes, enroute to an 88-29 win in its 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men opener in Prague, Czech Republic Thursday.
Duke rising sophomore Rasheed Sulaimon started and finished with three points on 1 of 2 shooting — the made field goal was a 3, two rebounds and a steal in 17 minutes of playing time.
Next up for the USA is China (1-0) at 2:15 p.m. EDT today. The Chinese surprised Russia (0-1) 71-69 Thursday night. The USA closes out preliminary round Group D play Saturday at2:15 p.m. EDT against Russia.
Bulls game rained out; twinbill set today
ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Thursday night’s scheduled Durham Bulls at Lehigh Valley IronPigs International League baseball game was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.
Today’s pair of seven-inning games will begin at 5:35 p.m. at the IronPigs’ Coca-Cola Park.
The Bulls’ starters today are expected to be IL wins leader J.D. Martin (9-4, 2.97), a former Washington Nationals starter, and Jake Odorizzi (5-1, 3.41), who has been called up to the parent Tampa Bay Rays three times this season.
Nets seek Celtics stars Garnett, Pierce
NEW YORK — The Nets and Boston Celtics are discussing a deal that would bring Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn, a person with knowledge of the talks said Thursday.
On the day they hosted the NBA draft, the Nets were making much bigger noise with a potential transaction that would send the two perennial All-Stars to a new Atlantic Division home.
Yahoo Sports, which first reported the talks, said the Nets would also get veteran Jason Terry from the Celtics while sending Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia, the expiring contract of Kris Humphries and three future first-round picks to Boston.
Virginia Tech baseball loses coach, promotes aide
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Patrick Mason, a college assistant coach for 17 years, is Virginia Tech’s new baseball coach. He replaces Pete Hughes, who left Thursday after seven seasons to take the same job at Oklahoma.
Mason has been the Hokies’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator the last three years, and athletic director Jim Weaver said Mason’s relationship with players that have committed to the Hokies over the next two seasons, as well as the need to act quickly rather than risk having him follow Hughes to Oklahoma, were factors in the decision to promote him.
Donovan back with Team USA
NEW YORK — Landon Donovan is getting a chance to earn back his spot on the U.S. national team.
The three-time World Cup veteran was picked Thursday for the 23-man roster for next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and can end an absence of nearly 11 months.
Defender Oguchi Onyewu, who hasn’t played an international match in more than a year, also was selected. But U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann omitted Carlos Bocanegra. The U.S. captain at the 2010 World Cup, Bocanegra was among 12 players cut from the preliminary roster announced May 31.
Lightning, Lecavalier part ways
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning are buying out the contract of center Vincent Lecavalier, a move that will create salary cap space and make one of the stars of the franchise’s only Stanley Cup champion a free agent next month.
Lecavalier was the first overall pick in the 1998 NHL draft and helped Tampa Bay win the NHL title in 2004. He is Tampa Bay’s career leader in goals and games played.
The four-time All-Star spent 14 seasons with the Lightning and was team captain for much of that time.
MERCURY 101, MYSTICS 97 — Diana Taurasi scored 26 points and DeWanna Bonner had 22 as Phoenix beat Washington on the road Thursday for its third straight win.
Candice Dupree added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Britney Griner scored 11 for the Mercury (6-4), who have won six of their last seven. Crystal Langhorne scored 27 points on 12-of-13 shooting and Matee Ajavon had 17 for the Mystics (4-5). Washington has lost four straight.