Fanfare-Colleges: A look at college and other sports news in brief
Colts’ Saunders suspended
INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts tight end Weslye Saunders, a former Riverside High School star, has been suspended eight games without pay after violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
League officials did not say Thursday what substance was found in Saunders’ test. He can practice with the team during training camp and can play in preseason games. He won’t be eligible again until Nov. 4.
Saunders had two receptions for 15 yards last season for the Colts, who picked him up after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers in October. He played collegiately at South Carolina for former Duke coach Steve Spurrier and was dismissed from the Gamecocks program prior during his senior season in 2010 for undisclosed reasons.
He had been under investigation by the NCAA for accepting improper benefits when he was dismissed. He signed with Pittsburgh in 2011 as an undrafted free agent.
Saunders was also suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for admittedly taking Adderall.
Stewart, Jones star for Team USA
PANEVEZYS, Lithuania — Connecticut’s Breanna Stewart was a perfect 6 of 6 from the floor and scored 19 of her game-high 26 points in the first quarter to lead the 2013 USA U19 Women’s U19 World Championship Team (1-0) to a 113-47 victory in its FIBA U19 World Championship opener over host Lithuania (0-1) here Thursday.
Duke sophomore Alexis Jones started at guard and had six points, a game-high five steals, four rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes. Jones was 3 of 6 from the floor.
The U.S. continues preliminary round play at 1:15 p.m. (EDT) today against China and faces Mali at 1:15 p.m. Saturday.
Duke flavor in lacrosse event
OSHAWA, ONTARIO – The U.S. national women’s lacrosse team advanced to the semifinals at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship with a dominant 20-1 victory over Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois League, here Thursday.
Former Duke goalkeeper Megan Huether tallied one save in the second half of action while fellow Duke grad Sarah Bullard scored one goal, giving her six for the tournament.
Team USA (5-0) is the only remaining undefeated squad and will move on to face either England or Wales in today’s 11:30 a.m. semifinal.
Bobcats to revert to Hornets
LAS VEGAS — Charlotte is the home of the Hornets once again.
The NBA unanimously approved Charlotte’s nickname change from Bobcats to Hornets on Thursday at the league’s Board of Governors meeting. The original Hornets built a supportive fan base in Charlotte from the time they entered the league in 1988 until they moved to New Orleans in 2002.
But the new owners in New Orleans have changed the team’s name to the Pelicans. That opened the door for owner Michael Jordan to bring the Hornets name back to Charlotte. The change will take place after the 2013-14 season.
The board also approved an expansion of instant replay. Officials can now review block/charge plays after checking the replay to see if the defender was in the restricted area.
Embattled Dallas DT retires
IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent retired from football at the age of 25 on Thursday, saying “doing the right things in life” is more important as he prepares to defend himself against a manslaughter charge in the drunken-driving crash that killed a teammate.
Brent said he had “given a lot of thought” to his decision. His football career has been on hold since the Dec. 8 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a practice squad player, college teammate and close friend.
Kanaan chasing record double
INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan will try to pull off an unprecedented double next week — winning races in two different series at Indianapolis.
Kanaan has been hired by Chip Ganassi’s Grand-Am race team and will team with Joey Hand to drive the No. 02 car Friday. It marks the first time since the Rolex 24 at Daytona that Ganassi will run the second car. Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas will drive the other car after winning at Daytona.
A handful of drivers have attempted to win races in different series, including previous Indy 500 champions Sam Hornish Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya. But nobody achieved that feat.
Delle Donne, Sky shine bright
NEWARK, N.J. — The culture is changing around the Chicago Sky and rookie Elena Delle Donne is a big reason why.
Delle Donne scored 23 points and the Sky routed the New York Liberty 75-55 Thursday. She’s leading the team in scoring, averaging 19 points, and has helped Chicago take over sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.
It’s the latest in the season that the Sky (11-4) have been in first since the team came into the WNBA in 2006. Chicago is still looking for its first trip to the postseason after missing by one game last year.
NCAA, EA Sports part ways
NEW YORK — Hang on to NCAA Football 14, video game fans. It will be a collector’s edition.
The NCAA said it will no longer allow Electronic Arts Inc. to use its logo starting next year. The move ends a lucrative business deal with the gaming industry giant and comes as the NCAA fights a high-profile lawsuit that says the governing body owes billions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used for free.
The NCAA said it won’t seek a new contract with EA Sports, which manufactures the popular game, beyond the current one that expires in June 2014. However, that won’t stop EA Sports from producing a college football video game depicting powerhouse schools like Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon, the Redwood City, Calif.-based company said.