Fanfare-Colleges: A look at college and other sports news in brief

Aug. 24, 2013 @ 10:18 PM

Duke football names 2013 captains

DURHAM — Duke football coach David Cutcliffe on Saturday named Anthony Boone, Ross Cockrell, Justin Foxx and Dave Harding team captains for the 2013 season.

They were chosen by their teammates.

Boone, a redshirt junior quarterback, replaces departed Sean Renfree as Duke’s starter. Cockrell, a redshirt senior cornerback and first-team preseason all-ACC pick, is a captain for the second time.

Foxx, a redshirt senior defensive end, has played in 31 career games with 16 starting assignments while amassing 98 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 7.5 quarterback sacks.

Harding, a redshirt senior offensive guard, has played in 36 career games with 27 starts at both center and guard.


Gamecocks host Blue Devils tonight

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Duke women’s soccer team closes out a season-opening two-game road trip at 7 tonight at South Carolina’s Eugene E. Stone III Stadium.

Duke is coming off Friday’s 1-0 victory at 12th-ranked Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. No. 7-ranked Duke and South Carolina are both 1-0.

Tonight’s match will be aired live at


Ex-Jordan star wins Pan Am Jr. gold

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA — N.C. State sophomore 100-meter hurdler Alexis Perry won a gold medal in the event at the 2013 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Medellin, Colombia on Friday.

The winning time of 13.56 was a personal best for Perry, who ran track at Jordan High School.


Austrian wins Winston-Salem Open

WINSTON-SALEM — Austria’s Jurgen Melzer won the Winston-Salem Open title on Saturday at the Wake Forest Tennis Center after Frenchman Gael Monfils retired because of an injury early in the second set.

Melzer earned his fifth career ATP tournament title and first this season. His ranking will improve five spots to No. 27 on Monday, when the U.S. Open begins at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.


Calif., Japan to meet in LL World Series

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Nick Mora made sure that California would play for the Little League World Series championship.

Mora allowed just two hits and smacked a three-run homer as Chula Vista beat Westport, Conn., 12-1 in the U.S. title game on Saturday.

California will play Japan for the World Series title today. Japan beat Mexico 3-2 earlier Saturday on Takuma Gomi’s leadoff home run in the top of the sixth inning.


Will Take Charge does just that

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Will Take Charge waited until the final stride to get a nose past Moreno and pull off a surprise win in the Travers Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

The thrilling finish gave 77-year-old Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas his third win in racing’s Mid-Summer Derby and first since 1995, with the 9-1 Will Take Charge also beating Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, who finished third and fourth, respectively.

Will Take Charge ran in all three Triple Crown races, but never hit the board.


Halep wins New Haven Open title

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Simona Halep doesn’t speak perfect English, but she knew what words to use when describing her game at the New Haven Open.

“I played very beautiful tennis today,” Halep said. “I was enjoying every moment.”

The 21-year-old Romanian dominated defending champion Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-2 Saturday to win the final WTA tuneup for next week’s U.S. Open.

Halep earned her fourth career win, but her first in a premiere tournament.


Kiwis on verge of Cup challenge

SAN FRANCISCO — Emirates Team New Zealand will have to wait at least one more day to wrap up a spot in the America’s Cup match against defending champion Oracle Team USA.

The Kiwis set a race record of more than 54 mph on the new 72-foot catamarans Saturday, sailing swiftly in a strong wind to overpower Italy’s Luna Rossa in the Louis Vuitton Cup finals again. Officials scrapped the second race because of exceeding wind.

Two races are planned today, though Team New Zealand only needs one win to advance.

The Kiwis lead Luna Rossa 6-1 in the best-of-13 challenger series. The winner will face Oracle for the oldest active trophy in international sports starting Sept. 7.


WNBA Roundup

SKY 67, DREAM 56 — Rookie Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points and Chicago strengthened its hold on the Eastern Conference lead by beating the cold-shooting Dream 67-56 in Atlanta.

Sylvia Fowles had 10 points and 13 rebounds and Swin Cash had 12 points for the Sky (20-8). Chicago, which has won five straight, stretched its lead in the East to 4½ games over second-place Atlanta.

LYNX 84, FEVER 77 — Maya Moore scored a career-high 35 points and Minnesota beat the visiting Indiana Fever 84-77.

Seimone Augustus had 17 points and Janel McCarville added 12 for the Lynx (20-7), who won for the third time in four games and lead Los Angeles by 1½ games atop the Western Conference.

Tamika Catchings scored 22 points and Shavonte Zellous had 19 as the Fever (12-15) fell a half-game behind Washington for third place in the Eastern Conference. Indiana has lost four of five and five of seven.