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Apr. 30, 2014 @ 10:44 PM

NCHSAA expands mercy rule to basketball, football

CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors on Wednesday extended so-called “mercy rules” already in effect for baseball and other sports, to football and basketball.

In football, if a team achieves a point differential of 42 or more by halftime or any time thereafter, a running clock will take effect or the game can be terminated by mutual agreement of both schools. The differential is 40 points in basketball and includes a running clock after that time.

Among other changes, the NCHSAA instituted a 23-match regular-season limit on volleyball; will allow conferences to include shootouts after the two 10-minute overtime periods in tied soccer matches.


PAC-6 Track & Field Championships set at Hillside today

DURHAM — The PAC-6 announced Wednesday its second rescheduling in as many days of its annual boys’ and girls’ track & field championship meet.

The meet, originally scheduled for April 29-30, had been moved from Riverside to Hillside High School today and Friday because of weather concerns. The meet has been reconfigured and will now take place in its entirety today at Hillside.

Field events get under way at 3:30 p.m., relays at 4 p.m. and other track events at 6 p.m.


Postponements mar prep schedules

DURHAM — Durham Public Schools canceled all Wednesday scheduled sports events because of the threat of severe storms.

In addition, scheduled opening round matches of the state dual-team tennis championships at Carrboro and East Chapel Hill high schools, already postponed Tuesday, were postponed again until today at 4 p.m.


Jameis Winston has another brush with law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was issued a civil citation after sheriff’s deputies said he walked out of a supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish.

The Florida State quarterback and baseball relief pitcher said he forgot to pay for the food. The offense was relatively minor but was his latest brush with the law. Winston had been the subject of allegations he had sexually assaulted a woman in December 2013. A prosecutor declined to charge him, citing a lack of evidence and gaps in the accuser’s story.

Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin suspended Winston indefinitely until he completes community service. Florida State plays a three-game series at UNC Chapel Hill May 9-11.


NCCU opens MEAC T&F Championships

GREENSBORO — N.C. Central opens competition at the 2014 MEAC Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships today at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of N.C. A&T.

Admission is free throughout the three-day event which ends Saturday.

Competition begins at 1 p.m. today and runs through about 8 p.m.


UNC, Duke men, women make NCAA singles, doubles tennis fields

DURHAM — Fred Saba and Jason Tahir of Duke and Brayden Schnur and Ronnie Schneider of UNC have been named to the field of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Schnur — with Brett Clark — will also compete in doubles.

Named to the women’s NCAA field were Duke’s Beatrice Cooper, Hanna Mar and Ester Goldfeld as well as the doubles team of Mar and Capra. The doubles team of Goldfeld at Alyssa Smith is an alternate pick.

Also named were UNC’s Jamie Loeb, the No. 1-ranked player in the country, Hayley Carter and Caroline Price, while the doubles team of Loeb and Carter is the No. 3 seed in the tournament and is joined in the field by a second UNC doubles team in Whitney Kay and Price

Loeb is the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Capra the No. 5 seed and Carter the No. 7 seed. Capra and Mar of Duke are the No. 5-seeded doubles team.


California Chrome is early Kentucky Derby favorite at 5-2

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The only time Victor Espinoza won the Kentucky Derby was aboard War Emblem in 2002. They broke from the No. 5 post, the same position he’ll start the 140th edition of the race with early 5-2 favorite California Chrome.

“I think it’s a perfect spot,” trainer Art Sherman said. “I think we break clean, he’ll get out of a lot of trouble. He’s got a little gas leaving there.”

At 77, Sherman could become the oldest trainer to win the Derby, surpassing Charlie Whittingham’s record of 76 when Sunday Silence won in 1989.

Hopportunity was made the 6-1 second choice in the full field of 20 horses.


Texas lands Duke recruiting target Turner

AUSTIN, Texas — Seven-foot center Myles Turner, widely regarded as the No. 2 prospect in the current high school senior class, announced Wednesday that he will attend home-state Texas in the fall.

He picked the Longhorns over Kansas, Oklahoma State and Duke among others. Duke was considered a longshot destination for the big man since the Blue Devils have already signed the nation’s top prep center, 6-11 Jahlil Okafor, the No. 1-ranked player in the class as well as fellow McDonalds All-Americans in point guard Tyus Jones, wing Justise Winslow and shooting guard Grayson Allen.