Fanfare-Colleges: Friday's happenings in college and pro sports

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 09:48 PM


UNC hosts Clemson in 3-game set

CHAPEL HILL — No. 1 North Carolina (23-1, 7-1 ACC) will host Clemson (16-9, 5-4 ACC) in three-game conference series at Boshamer Stadium Saturday through Monday.

Saturday’s game is set for 6 p.m., Sunday’s at 7 p.m. (TV, Fox Sports South) and Monday’s 6 p.m. finale will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

Also, the Tar Heels on Friday announced they have added a 6 p.m. April 10 at home game against Liberty, replacing a canceled game against Boston College.

Duke tops BC, sets doubleheader

DURHAM — Leading 3-0 after five innings, the Blue Devils plated eight in the bottom of the sixth and added two more in the eighth en route to a 13-0 ACC victory over Boston College Friday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Duke (14-13, 4-6 ACC) scored seven or more runs in a single inning for the third time in the past four games.

Also, Duke has moved up Sunday’s scheduled ACC baseball game against BC one day and will play it as the second game of a 1 p.m. doubleheader today at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

No. 1 UNC netters shut out UVA

CHAPEL HILL — The No. 1-ranked North Carolina women’s tennis team ran its record to 17-1 and 3-0 in ACC play with a 7-0 win over No. 60 Virginia Tech Friday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

The Tar Heels broke open a tight doubles point and cruised to six straight-set singles victories for their eighth consecutive dual match win.

No. 9 Duke men to host Florida State

DURHAM — The ninth-ranked Duke men’s tennis team (15-4, 3-1 ACC) will look to remain unbeaten at home this season when it hosts No. 18 Florida State (14-4, 2-1 ACC) at Ambler Tennis Stadium at 11 a.m. today.

The Blue Devils are coming off a 7-0 sweep at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

No. 7 Duke holds serve against UVA

DURHAM — Down twice late in her match, junior Hanna Mar was able to battle back both times and win a third-set tiebreaker, leading the seventh-ranked Duke women’s tennis team past No. 27 Virginia, 4-3, Friday at Ambler Tennis Stadium.

The Blue Devils move to 12-3 on the season, as well as a perfect 3-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play.

UNC women tied for 3rd, Duke 6th

BROWNS SUMMIT — The UNC women’s golf team was tied for third Friday and Duke was tied for sixth in the Bryan National Collegiate after shooting a 6-over-par 294. Junior Casey Grice led the Tar Heels after firing a 1-under 71 and was tied for fifth in the individual race.

Duke and Wake Forest were tied for sixth at 9-over 297 after the first round.

Virginia (7-under 281) led the 17-team field, followed by Vanderbilt at 2-under. Arkansas tied UNC at 6-over and South Carolina was fifth at 7-over.

UNC softball stops Virginia Tech

CHAPEL HILL — UNC softball downed ACC rival Virginia Tech 3-2 on Friday to remain undefeated at Anderson Stadium this season and improve to 24-12 overall and 5-2 in league play.

Jenna Kelly’s two-run home run in the fourth gave UNC its first lead and Haleigh Dickey’s solo shot in the fifth was the game winner, overcoming a pair of Amanda Ake homers.

UNC and Tech continue their series with a doubleheader at 1 and 3 p.m. today. Admission is free.

Duke’s Weinberg named to U.S. team

DURHAM — Laura Weinberg of the Duke women’s soccer team was one of 19 players selected to represent the United States at the 19th Maccabiah Games July 17-30 in Jerusalem.

Training camp will begin in Israel July 7.

Weinberg registered a school-record 44 points in 2012 as she scored 16 goals and assisted on 12 others and was a 2012 All-ACC pick.

ECU ends NCCU’s record 9-game streak

GREENSVILLE — East Carolina’s Jeff Hoffman tossed a one-hit, complete game shutout, striking out seven as ECU snapped N.C. Central’s modern-era record nine-game baseball winning streak 3-0 at Clark-LeClair Stadium here Friday.

Michael Romano (2-4) took the loss for NCCU despite holding the Pirates to three runs — all earned — on 11 hits and three walks in seven innings. ECU scored a run in the first and two in the fourth as Zach Houchina went 3 for 4 with a double and a triple and a pair of RBI. DH Carter Williamson had NCCU’s only hit, a single.

Waltrip-Gibbs racing deal falls apart

CHARLOTTE — A deal to loan Mark Martin to Joe Gibbs Racing as a replacement driver for injured Denny Hamlin fell apart Friday, when Michael Waltrip Racing said Martin will fulfill his commitment to its team.

When the dust settled for both teams, Brian Vickers wound up as Hamlin’s replacement driver for at least four races. He was already scheduled to drive Martin’s car for MWR at Martinsville next week and will keep that commitment, with Martin driving Hamlin’s car.

Then Martin will go back to MWR, and Vickers will drive Hamlin’s car until he’s medically cleared to return from a fractured vertebra in his lower back.

Ex-Tar Heel Lawson out for Nuggets

DENVER — Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson, a former North Carolina star, missed Denver’s game against the Brooklyn Nets with a strained heel and a plantar fascia tear in his right foot.

An exam Thursday revealed the tear and the Nuggets said surgery is not needed. The team said Lawson is day to day.

Lawson leads Denver in scoring at 16.7 points and assists with 6.9 per game.

Orioles pick up veteran lefty Garcia

SARASOTA, Fla. — Pitcher Freddy Garcia agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, five days after he was released by the San Diego Padres.

The Orioles also acquired right-handed reliever Scott Proctor from the San Francisco Giants for cash on Friday.

The 36-year-old Garcia was 7-6 with a 5.20 ERA in 17 starts and 13 relief appearances for the New York Yankees last year.

Cowboys rework deal with QB Romo

ARLINGTON, Texas — Quarterbck Tony Romo has a chance to start for the Dallas Cowboys longer than Roger Staubach or Troy Aikman.

Romo signed a six-year contract extension worth $108 million Friday, with about half of that guaranteed to make him the highest-paid player in franchise history.

The agreement will lower the quarterback’s salary cap number for 2013 by about $5 million, giving the team more room to sign free agents and draft picks.

Tigers’ Verlander signs record contract

LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander agreed Friday to a $180 million, seven-year contract, topping Felix Hernandez for the richest deal for a pitcher in baseball history.

“I love this city & the fans,” Verlander tweeted. “Couldn’t be more excited to spend my career here! We’re going to bring a World Series to Detroit!!!”

The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner had been signed through 2014 under an $80 million, five-year contract paying him $20 million in each of the next two seasons.

Giants’ Posey gets $167M for 9 years

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants rewarded reigning National League MVP and batting champion Buster Posey with a $167 million, nine-year contract Friday, a deal that includes a club option for 2022 that could raise the value to $186 million over a decade.

The agreement is the longest for a catcher and the largest in Giants history, surpassing Matt Cain’s $127.5 million, six-year contract signed before the start of last season.

Miguel Tejada back in bigs with KC

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Former American League MVP Miguel Tejada has made the Kansas City Royals’ opening-day roster as a utility infielder.

Manager Ned Yost made the announcement Friday before the Royals’ exhibition game against Cleveland.

The 38-year-old is a six-time All-Star who last played in the major leagues in 2011 with the San Francisco Giants. He hit .239 with four homers and 26 RBIs in 322 at-bats.

Ric Flair’s son Reid Fliehr, 25, found dead

CHARLOTTE — Authorities say the son of professional wrestler Ric Flair has been found dead in a North Carolina hotel room.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police says officers were called to a hotel on the city’s south side around 10:30 a.m. Friday. When they arrived, they found the body of 25-year-old Reid Fliehr, who also was a wrestler.

A statement from police said there were no signs of foul play and that the cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner’s office.

Tech welcomes ex-Duke coach Roof

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech players use words like “high-energy” and “intense” to describe their first week with new defensive coordinator Ted Roof, David Cutcliffe’s predecessor as Duke head coach.

Roof, who played linebacker at Georgia Tech from 1982-85, is back for his second stint as an assistant coach. He made his first return to his alma mater in 1998 as an assistant and then defensive coordinator.

Last year, Roof had success leading Penn State’s defense in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and NCAA sanctions. Now he faces the challenge of reviving the Yellow Jackets’ defense.

NCAA has new questions for Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The NCAA is asking if Miami ignored evidence that the former booster at the center of a current Hurricanes’ scandal was providing impermissible benefits Hurricanes’ athletes, coaches or recruits, said a person familiar with the situation.

The NCAA is alleging that some Miami officials essentially looked the other way when presented with evidence of booster Nevin Shapiro’s wrongdoing — the heart of the lack of “institutional control” charge, the person told The Associated Press Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because specifics related to that part of the notice of allegations against the Hurricanes have not been publicly revealed.

Miami is expected by many to file paperwork to the NCAA requesting the case be dismissed.

Longtime catcher Gus Triandos dies

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Gus Triandos, 82, a major league catcher who spent the majority of his 14-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, died at his San Jose home on Thursday.

Triandos’s daughter, Tracey Hook, said her father was suffering from congestive heart failure and had been in and out of the hospital.

Triandos played from 1953-1965. He broke into the majors with the Yankees and played in 20 games over two years in New York before becoming a starter with the Orioles in 1955. He played eight seasons for Baltimore before finishing with Detroit, Philadelphia and Houston.

His lifetime batting average was .244. The four-time All Star hit 167 home runs.