Duke's Peters to camp with Mystics
Duke senior Haley Peters has signed a training-camp contract with the Washington Mystics.
Peters will report to Washington, D.C., for training camp that starts Sunday, April 27.
Former Duke All-American Monique Currie plays for the Mystics.
Lady Chargers salute Droese, Oldham
PITTSBORO — Northwood’s softball team will recognize seniors Samantha Droese and Morgan Oldham during what the Lady Chargers are calling Alumni Night (April 30, 6;30 p.m.).
Droese has committed to playing at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Oldham will be playing at Elon University.
On Alumni Night, the 13-0 Lady Chargers will host Oxford’s Webb Warriors.
Former Northwood softball players that evening are invited to gather at the softball complex at 6 p.m. Those attending should send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Pinehurst to challenge U.S. Open golfers
PINEHURST — Pinehurst No. 2 in less than two months will host both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in consecutive weeks.
USGA Executive Director Mike Davis said Monday that he is expecting “a challenging test of golf, but ... a great test of golf” on the course designed by Donald Ross and recently restored to his specifications by Ben Crenshaw.
When the men tee it up June 12-15 and the women follow a week later, they’ll find wider fairways, no rough and only two cuts of grass — green and fairway. Ross’ famed turtleback greens remain largely unchanged.
Davis says the course is “going to give the best players in the world some shots that they simply haven’t had to make in past U.S. opens.”
No. 2 has hosted U.S. opens in 1999 and 2005. The U.S. Women’s Open has been held at nearby Pine Needles three times since 1996 — but never at Ross’ signature course.
Heisman, hurler Winston still winning
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State’s Jameis Winston had a slower seven days after a busy previous week that included the spring football game. The Heisman Trophy winner played in just two of four baseball games but did throw a career-high 4.2 innings while earning his first win of the season over the weekend.
The Seminoles went 3-1 and held onto first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division.
More union talk in college sports
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive said college athletes should not have employee status but believes there is some common ground with the proposal from both the five power leagues and a union movement.
The NCAA board of directors on Thursday is expected to consider a recommendation restructuring the NCAA to create autonomy in specific areas for the SEC, Big Ten, Pacific-12, Big 12 an Atlantic Coast Conference. A vote is anticipated at the board’s meeting in August.
Northwestern players are set to vote Friday on whether to form a union.
The 65 members of the five conferences are seeking to be allowed to cover the full cost of attendance for athletes, among other initiatives.
Duke golfers hitting it well
DURHAM — The latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index has been released with the Duke women’s golf team featuring three golfers in the top 11 of the national rankings, following the Blue Devils claiming their 19th overall ACC Championship this past weekend.
Freshman Yu Liu is fourth, sophomore Celine Boutier is sixth and senior Laetitia Beck is 11th, while freshman Sandy Choi comes in at 91st. Duke has the top three ACC golfers in the rankings with the next highest player being Matilda Castren of Florida State at No. 16.
Over the weekend at the ACC Championship, Duke placed four golfers in the top five of the individual leaderboard led by Boutier with her third straight medalist honor. Beck was second, Choi fourth and Liu came in tied fifth overall.
Duke registered a 27-stroke victory as a team to win its fourth tournament of the season.
The Blue Devils will next await the NCAA selection show at 6 p.m. Monday on the Golf Channel.