Fanfare-Colleges: A look at Friday's college and other sports news

Jul. 12, 2013 @ 11:22 PM

Orange’s Bryse Wilson honored

HILLSBOROUGH — Orange High School rising sophomore pitcher Bryse Wilson has been named to CBS Sports’ MaxPreps 2013 Baseball Underclass All-American Team.

As a freshman, Wilson helped the Panthers to a 28-4 record by going 11-0 in 12 appearances, 11 of them starts. He struck out 75 and walked 17 in 66 2/3 innings while posting a miniscule 1.05 earned-run average.

MaxPreps.com is the official online partner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

Wilson was one of only two North Carolina players on the all-America team, which included a total of 90 players nationally, 30 each from last season’s freshmen, sophomore and junior classes.

Duke’s Liston, Team USA win

KAZAN, Russia — Duke senior Tricia Liston and the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team (4-0) were tested but went on a 17-2 run in the third quarter to gain separation on the way to a 103-72 victory over Sweden (2-2) in the quarterfinal round on Friday at Basket Hall in Kazan, Russia.

Next up for the USA will be a semifinal matchup at 1 p.m. today in which the team will face either Australia (3-0) or Canada (1-2). The game will be aired live on ESPNU.

Liston drained 3-of-4 three-pointers, had three rebounds and had one steal in 15 minutes on her way to finishing with 11 points.

Ross Cockrell on Thorpe list

DURHAM — Duke redshirt senior cornerback Ross Cockrell was named to the 48-player watch list for the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to college football’s top defensive back by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Jim Thorpe Association.

Cockrell,earned All-America honorable mention honors from Sports Illustrated in 2012. He was also an All-ACC first team selection.

Cockrell has received preseason All-ACC first team honors from Phil Steele, Sporting News, Lindy’s, USA Today and Athlon Sports.

Contador closes on Tour leader

SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France —Yellow jersey holder Chris Froome lost a chunk of his Tour de France lead Friday but not enough to gravely endanger the Briton heading toward what is shaping up to be an intriguing finale in the Alps.

The team of Alberto Contador dealt the former two-time champion back into the game, putting him close enough to Froome to make the last week interesting.

A rear-wheel failure at the worst time dropped Alejandro Valverde from second place to nowhere.

And Mark Cavendish got a 25th stage win to lift the British sprinter to a third-place tie on the all-time list of cycling’s premier race.

Big names miss Scottish cut

INVERNESS, Scotland — Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson endured frustrating second rounds at the Scottish Open as the tournament’s headline acts were upstaged by some lesser-known players on Friday.

Chris Doak, ranked No. 341, was the surprise leader at the halfway stage of his home event after a second straight 66 left him at 12-under 132.

Matthew Southgate (64) was in a tie for second place with Ross Fisher (65), Peter Uihlein (66) and JB Hansen (65) a stroke back.

Mickelson was tied for third after a first-round 66 but dropped back into a tie for 13th after a 70.

Past British Open winners Darren Clarke, Els and Padraig Harrington missed the cut.

Nets-Celtics swap now official

NEW YORK — The Boston Celtics blockbuster breakup is complete. Stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are now Brooklyn Nets.

In a nine-player, three-draft-pick swap agreed to on draft night, the Nets also got Jason Terry and D.J. White from Boston, while sending Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans and first-round draft picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 to the rebuilding Celtics.

Allen leads U.S. Senior Open

OMAHA, Neb. — Michael Allen shot a 7-under 63 Friday and broke away from the pack for a 5-stroke lead after the second round of the U.S. Senior Open.

Allen was among seven players who shared the first-round lead at 3-under. He birdied five of the first eight holes and eagled the par-5 14th while shooting his best round of the year in hot, breezy conditions at the par-70 Omaha Country Club.

Allen’s 36-hole lead is the largest in the event’s 34-year history.

Rocco Mediate, at 5-under, is his closest pursuer.

Johnson shares John Deere lead

SILVIS, Ill. — Zach Johnson put together another steady round Friday, maintaining a share of the lead despite standout efforts from rookie Patrick Reed and Lucas Glover.

Johnson, the defending champion, shot a 5-under 66 to join Reed and Glover atop the leaderboard at 12-under 130 following second-round play.

Australia’s Matt Jones is a shot back at 11 under. Troy Matteson leads a pack at 10-under, while three-time winner Steve Stricker is among those contending at 9 under.

Matthew retains LPGA lead

WATERLOO, ONTARIO — First-round co-leader Catriona Matthew fired a 7-under 64 Friday to take sole possession of the lead after 36 holes of the LPGA’s Manulife Financial Classic at 15-under 127, three shots ahead of Angela Stafford.

Stafford shared the first-round lead.

Anna Nordqvist, Chella Choi, Ryann O’Toole, Meena Lee and Belen Mozo were tied for third at 11-under 131.