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Beach slides out of contention
EUGENE, Ore. — Duke junior Curtis Beach earned first team All-America honors by finishing seventh in the men’s decathlon with an overall score of 7,989 at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday night.
Beach started the day in second place, only six points behind the leader but his struggles in the pole vault and javelin throw knocked him out of contention for the title.
Beach kicked off day two with a decathlon personal record in the men’s 110 meter hurdles, finishing fifth in the field with a time of 14.54 to maintain his second place spot with 5,289 points.
In the discus, the Albuquerque, N.M., threw a mark of 122-1 (37.21) which placed him 19th in the event and third overall.
The 2011 NCAA runner-up, slid down to fourth place after the men’s pole vault where he cleared 15-1 (4.60), well off of his personal best, to earn 790 points and give him a total of 6,687 going into the javelin. During the javelin, he earned his best mark of the day on his second attempt, measuring 116-0 (35.36) and collecting 375 points.
In the 1,500, the final event, Beach proved he was a competitor and ran away from the field by crossing the line in 4:03.64. The time gave him enough points to pull up into the seventh place slot and earn the first team All-America honor.
“The first day was spectacular and he got off to a decent start in the hurdles on the second day,” said Duke Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilvie. “He had an okay discus but seemed to tense up in the pole vault. He made one third attempt clearance at a height that should have been easy for him and wasn’t able to pull it off the second time. The javelin was very disappointing and even though he has had some elbow issues in the past, he needed more points in that event. We talked about what he achieved in the 1,500 and I am proud of how he came back. It was great for him to come back and earn All-America honors and two points for Duke.”
The Blue Devils will conclude NCAA competition today with redshirt junior Austin Gamble in the men’s discus and redshirt senior Cydney Ross in the women’s 800 final.
Ex-Heel Karl out as coach
DENVER — Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, a former North Carolina star, was ousted Thursday, after 8½ seasons with the team and less than a month after winning the NBA’s Coach of the Year award.
Karl had one year left on his contract. Calls and emails to Karl’s representatives were not returned Thursday.
But on Twitter, Karl wrote: “I want to thank Nuggets fans for their support over the past 8 yrs. The karma on the street was incredible. Denver will always be home.”
Karl may have several options for future employment. The Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers have head coaching vacancies and the Memphis Grizzlies may have one soon.
Duke’s Paolini named A-A
DURHAM — Duke’s Brinson Paolini was named third team All-America by Golfweek Thursday, becoming the sixth Blue Devil to earn All-America honors twice in a career. Paolini, an honorable mention All-America in 2011, finished in the top 20 in all 11 stroke-play events this season, while leading Duke to a school-record five tournament titles.
Paolini, who also earned third team CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-America honors Thursday, becomes the first Duke player to earn Academic All-America and All-America in the same season.
Fund aids Duke twister victim
DURHAM — Duke women’s soccer player Anastasia Hunt and her family lost their home in the tragic Moore, Okla., tornado on May 20.
The Duke athletic department is helping the family by creating the Anastasia Hunt Fund to collect money to assist in the Hunt family’s rebuilding process.
“I am very proud of our team, the Duke community and the Blue Devil athletic department to be able to set up this fund for Anastasia and her family,” Duke women’s soccer coach Robbie Church said. “We have been in constant contact with her during the recent weeks. They are recovering well and are moving forward. We hope this fund will help them continue to rebuild their lives in Oklahoma.”
To donate, contact Jocelyn Fisher of the Iron Dukes at (919) 613-7478 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks can be made out to Duke University and sent to Fisher at 116 Cameron Indoor Stadium, Box 90542, Durham, N.C., 27708.
MLB chasing documents
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball’s lawyers issued subpoenas to Federal Express, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA in an attempt to gain records for its investigation of players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs.
The subpoenas were issued May 23, according to a case file in Florida’s Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, where MLB sued Biogenesis of America, anti-aging clinic head Anthony Bosch and five others in March.
MLB asked Federal Express to turn over shipment records for Biogenesis, Bosch, the other defendants and a long list of individuals who appeared to be affiliated with Bosch.
MLB asked the phone companies for call records, texts and subscriber info for the phones of Juan Carlos Nunez, an associate of outfielder Melky Cabrera who was banned from big league clubhouses last year, and Porter Fischer, who was affiliated with the now-closed clinic.
In addition, a subpoena was issued for Biogenesis and related entities in March, seeking records involving major leaguers and 70 banned substances. No players were mentioned by name.
Sluman leads Champions event
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Jeff Sluman birdied No. 17 en route to a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples after the first round in the Regions Tradition, the second of five Champions Tour majors.
Sluman, who had eight birdies, and Couples both had their only bogeys on No. 16 at Shoal Creek.
Gatlin nips legend Usain Bolt
ROME — After five dominating years, Usain Bolt is showing signs of slowing down.
The Jamaican, twice an Olympic double gold medal sprinter in the 100 and 200 and the world record holder in both events, lost by a hundredth of a second to American Justin Gatlin in the 100 meters Thursday night at the Golden Gala meet. Gatlin finished in 9.94 seconds.
It was Bolt’s first significant loss since a false-start disqualification at the 2011 world championships.
Cowboys DT fails drug test
DALLAS — Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent tested positive for marijuana while awaiting trial for a car crash that killed a teammate, prosecutors said Thursday in asking a judge to revoke the player’s $100,000 bond and issue a warrant for his arrest.
Brent is accused of driving while impaired in a Dec. 8 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a Cowboys practice squad player.
LPGA Championship delayed
PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Rain forced the postponement of the first round of the LPGA Championship on Thursday.
The LPGA’s second major of the year will begin today, the second round will be staged on Saturday, and the players will attempt to complete 36 holes on Sunday.