Fanfare-Colleges: Wednesday's college and other sports news in brief

Jul. 10, 2013 @ 10:44 PM

Harvey to start for NL?

SAN FRANCISCO — New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey, a former UNC Tar Heel, will skip his scheduled start on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, making it even more likely he could start the All-Star game.

Manager Terry Collins made the announcement before the Mets’ series finale Wednesday with the San Francisco Giants. He says a minor blister has recently bothered the young ace.

Harvey is a top candidate to start the All-Star game for the National League Tuesday night at Citi Field, the Mets’ home.

Canes ink 2 defensemen

RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with defensemen Mark Flood and Matt Corrente on one-year, two-way contracts.

Flood’s deal will pay him $550,000 on the NHL level or $175,000 on the American Hockey League level, with a guarantee of at least $225,000. Corrente’s deal will pay him $550,000 on the NHL level or $90,000 on the AHL level, with a guarantee of at least $105,000.

Flood, 28, played for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in 2012-13, with a goal, five assists and 25 penalty minutes in 52 games.

The 6-foot-1, 190 pounder established NHL career highs in games played (33), goals (3), assists (4) and points (7) with the Winnipeg Jets in 2011-12.

Corrente (6-0, 205), 25, appeared in 11 games with Albany of the AHL last season, earning two assists and totaling 32 penalty minutes, but missed the majority of the season due to a shoulder injury. He was a first-round selection (30th overall) of the New Jersey Devils in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, and has played 34 career NHL games with New Jersey, totaling six assists and 68 penalty minutes.

Duke newcomer is MVP

DURHAM — Incoming Duke freshman Christina Gibbons scored two goals for the North Carolina squad over the weekend in the seventh annual Clash of The Carolinas at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island in South Carolina.

The match featured high school standouts from North Carolina and South Carolina. Gibbons, from Raleigh, scored the first two goals of the 3-3 draw and was named the MVP of the North Carolina team.

Canes set preseason schedule

RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday announced their their six-game preseason schedule.

The Canes host Columbus at PNC Arena at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 and close the preseason with a 7 p.m. home game against Buffalo on Sept. 27.

In between are games at Buffalo (Sept. 19), against Montreal in Quebec City Sept. 20, at Montreal Sept. 21 and at Columbus Sept. 26.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 6.

Former Blue Devils to play

DURHAM — The U.S. women’s national team, which features former Blue Devils Sarah Bullard and Megan Huether, is set to begin play at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship today against England in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

The United States is chasing its seventh FIL World Championship title.

Doubles team is honored

DURHAM — Duke’s Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler have been selected as the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Doubles Team of the Year.

Cunha and Reid Carleton won the award in 2010.

Cunha and Hemmeler earned 39 victories this season, second all-time by a doubles team in program history. They were ranked No. 1 nationally and lost in the national semifinals.

U.S. women win top seed

KAZAN, Russia — The 2013 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team (3-0) completed preliminary round play with a perfect record and will advance to the quarterfinals as the top seed from Group B after dispatching Brazil (1-2), 105-75, Wednesday at the Miras Sports Complex here.

Duke senior Tricia Liston recorded nine points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 16 minutes on Wednesday. In three games of pool play, Liston has averaged 12 points and 3.7 rebounds.

Next up for the USA will be a quarterfinal matchup at 2:30 a.m. EDT Friday against Group A No. 2 seed Russia or Sweden.

Ex-Phils’ star has cancer

PHILADELPHIA — Former Phillies All-Star catcher Darren Daulton has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Daulton has glioblastoma, a “highly malignant” form of cancer, according to the American Brain Tumor Association.

Daulton hosted a nightly radio show before doctors found two tumors on his brain on June 27. He had an operation to remove them on July 1.

WNBA Report

SILVER STARS 88, MERCURY 80 — Without Brittney Griner to protect the middle, San Antonio took advantage.

Danielle Adams scored 12 of her 19 points in the second half and the Silver Stars had 44 points in the paint to beat the homestanding Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday.

Griner was out with a sprained left knee, missing only her second game since injuring it in early June.

SKY 89, MYSTICS 85 — Epiphanny Prince and Sylvia Fowles led the host Chicago Sky to victory to overcome a tough shooting game for Elena Delle Donne.

Prince’s jumper with 38.3 seconds left put the Sky ahead to stay in a win Wednesday over the Washington Mystics. Fowles had 26 points and 18 rebounds and Prince scored 15 for Chicago, which has won five of six.

Delle Donne shot 5 for 19 with 18 points but hit two free throws with 4.2 seconds left to seal the win.