Fanfare-Colleges: A look at college and other sports news in brief
UNC AD addresses Hairston probe
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina is investigating whether a former college basketball player has improper ties to Tar Heels leading scorer P.J. Hairston or any other UNC athlete.
The Herald-Sun reported the investigation in Saturday’s paper.
UNC Athletic director Bubba Cunningham said Saturday the school began looking into Rodney Blackstock shortly after USA Today reported in May that AAU coach Darius Cobb said he received $10,000 to steer former Kansas guard Ben McLemore to him as a client. Blackstock is the founder and CEO of Hooplife Academy in Greensboro — Hairston’s hometown.
Cunningham said the school’s probe is “to see if there’s cause for concern” regarding any potential rules violations, such as an agent or runner providing an athlete with improper benefits.
“We’ve been aware of it since May and we’ve been in contact with the NCAA on a regular basis,” he said, declining further comment.
Duke golfer falls in playoff
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. — Duke rising senior Austin Cody fired rounds of 71-66-67 to finish tied for first before falling to Maverick Antcliff on the sixth playoff hole in the Rice Planters Amateur Tournament at Snee Farm Country Club.
Cody fell just short of his second championship at the event, which he won in 2011, while Duke teammate Turner Southey-Gordon finished tied for 14th.
Ex-Tiger Rollins sets hurdles mark
DES MOINES, Iowa — Just 21, Brianna Rollins is already running faster than some of the best hurdlers in history.
Rollins set an American record in the 100-meter hurdles at the U.S. track championships on a sweltering Saturday, one of several big performances by less-than-familiar names.
Rollins, a standout at Clemson before turning pro earlier this month, finished in 12.26 seconds to break the mark of Gail Devers in 2000. It is also the fastest time in a 100 hurdles race in 21 years.
ARCA: Chris Buescher takes flag
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Chris Buescher took advantage of a last-lap mistake by Chase Elliott to take the lead, then held on to win in a wild finish to Saturday’s ARCA race at Road America.
Elliott, the son of former NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, was dicing for the lead with Andrew Ranger on the last lap when the two came to Turn 5, a sharp left-hander at the end of a long straightaway on the four-mile road course in Central Wisconsin. Elliott’s car swerved off line and Ranger got loose as well, allowing Buescher to take the lead.
Ranger finished second, followed by Tom Hessert, Elliott and Ryan Blaney.
It’s another display of impressive potential for the 17-year-old Elliott, who won the ARCA race at Pocono two weeks ago.
Le Mans driver killed in crash
LE MANS, FRANCE — Danish driver Allan Simonsen died following a crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday in the first driver fatality at the high-speed endurance event since 1997.
The 34-year-old Simonsen was taken to the hospital after his Aston Martin No. 95 crashed about 10 minutes after the start of the race. The car spun at high speed and skidded into the barrier at the Tertre Rouge corner where speeds reach up to 105 mph.
The violence of the impact showed as a tire from Simonsen’s car rolled on the track while a door hung open.
Simonsen died at the hospital soon after arrival “due to his injuries,” race officials said.
Wimbledon warm-up winners
EASTBOURNE, England — Feliciano Lopez of Spain won his third career title when he beat second-seeded Gilles Simon 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 6-0 in the Eastbourne final on Saturday, days before they meet again in the first round at Wimbledon.
Elena Vesnina of Russia won her second WTA title when she defeated American qualifier Jamie Hampton 6-2, 6-1 in their Eastbourne women’s final.
Cyclist Ullrich admits blood doping
BERLIN — Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France winner, has admitted for the first time that he received blood-doping treatment from Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes during his career, according to an interview with a German magazine published Saturday.
Ullrich had previously acknowledged having unspecified “contact” with Fuentes, but went further in an interview with the weekly Focus.
Asked if he only engaged in blood doping with Fuentes, Ullrich replied that “the doctor’s diagnosis says that.” In February 2012, the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned Ullrich for two years for blood doping.
SKY 71, FEVER 61— Epiphanny Prince scored 21 points to lead Chicago Sky past injury-plagued Indiana Fever in Indianapolis Saturday night.
Elena Delle Donne had 13 points and Sylvia Fowles added 11 for the Sky (5-3). Prince shot 8 for 14 from the field.
Shavonte Zellous scored 17 points to lead the defending champion Fever (1-6), who were without perennial All-Star Tamika Catchings as they lost their sixth straight. Catchings, sidelined by a lower back injury, became the sixth player to miss a game for Indiana this season.
SHOCK 92, STORM 70 — Homestanding Tulsa took advantage of 14 Seattle turnovers while committing only nine of its own and outshot the Storm 50-40.3 percent overall and 43.5-26.3 percent on 3s.
Roneeka Hodges led Tulsa in the win with 19 points while rookie guard Skylar Diggins added 11 points and six assists.