Fanfare-Colleges: A look at college and other sports news in brief
NCCU’s Hutchinson honored
NORFOLK, Va. — June graduate Joseph Hutchinson of N.C. Central University was named the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday.
Hutchinson will be awarded the honor during an Eagles’ home televised ESPNU football game Oct. 10 against S.C. State.
Hutchinson, an offensive lineman, was a four-year letterman and two-year starter for the NCCU football team.
Hutchinson graduated magna cum laude with a 3.512 GPA and majored in business administration.
ECU’s Carden wins award
TYLER, Texas — East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden has been named Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Player-of-the-Week following his record-setting performance in the Pirates’ 52-38 non-conference win over Old Dominion.
Carden established new single-game school records with 447 passing yards and 46 completions, while matching a program-best five touchdown throws. In all, he completed 46 of 54 attempts (85.2 percent) without an interception.
NCHSAA recognizes trio
CHAPEL HILL — The N.C. High School Athletic Association has recognized three area teams among 128 member schools that featured no ejections from athletic events during the 2012-13 school year.
The area schools that went ejection free were Carrboro, Granville Central and the N.C. School of Science & Mathematics.
The 128 schools represent 32.3 percent of the NCHSAA’s member schools, based on the 396 member schools last year.
Duke to host Nike Classic
DURHAM — Four of the top women’s soccer programs in the nation will convene at Koskinen Stadium this weekend as Duke (3-1) hosts the Duke Nike Classic on Friday and Sunday.
The field consists of No. 1-ranked North Carolina (4-0), No. 2 UCLA (4-0), No. 9 West Virginia (3-0-1) and 12th-ranked Duke.
On Friday, Duke hosts West Virginia at 6 p.m. and UNC meets UCLA at 8 p.m.
UNC meets West Virginia at 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by Duke against UCLA at 1 p.m.
Tickets are available by heading to www.GoDuke.com/tickets or by calling (919) 681-2583.
Girlfriend banned by NASCAR
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR has indefinitely banned a driver’s girlfriend from all events for slapping a rival racer after the Truck Series race Sunday in Bowmanville, Ontario.
NASCAR said Wednesday that Kelly Heaphy, driver Mike Skeen’s girlfriend, also was fined $2,500 for slapping Max Papis in the face.
Papis and Skeen had been battling for third in the closing laps of the race until contact between the two on the last lap ruined Papis’ finish. The two hit again during the cool-down lap, and Papis voiced his displeasure about Skeen during his post-race interview. Heaphy then approached Papis and slapped him.
Panthers’ Smith blasts ex-coach
CHARLOTTE — Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said he expects more from Carolina’s offense now that former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski is no longer calling the plays.
Carolina’s offense struggled last year, including during a 16-12 loss to Seattle in October, something Smith blames on Chudzinski. The Panthers’ offense managed only three points against the Seahawks.
The outspoken Smith said in a conference call Wednesday that Chudzinski, now the Cleveland Browns head coach, was out for himself and his play calling last year was a “power move” to show that he was capable of being a head coach.
Couples names Spieth, Simpson
Fred Couples used his Presidents Cup captain’s picks Wednesday on 20-year-old rookie Jordan Spieth and Raleigh native Webb Simpson to fill out the 12-man U.S. roster.
International team captain Nick Price used his picks on a pair of rookies — Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe and Marc Leishman of Australia — as the International team (1-7-1) tries to win for only the second time. The matches are Oct. 3-6 at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.
By taking the rookie, Couples left Jim Furyk off an American team for the first time since the 1997 Ryder Cup.
Jeff Burton, RCR to part ways
Without committed sponsorship in place, and a desire to scale back his schedule in two years, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Burton and team owner Richard Childress have made the decision to cut ties following this season.
The 46-year-old Burton, winless since 2008, faces an uncertain future after ending a relationship with RCR that dates to the 2005 season.
RCR said a driver for the No. 31 Chevrolet will be announced at a later date. Brickyard winner Ryan Newman, out of a job at Stewart-Haas Racing, could land in the No. 31 Chevrolet if a sponsorship deal comes through.
LYNX 84, SPARKS 74 — Siemone Augustus scored 23 points to lead the Lynx to a physical win over visiting Los Angeles Wednesday in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.
Maya Moore added 20 points for the Lynx, who pulled away in the second half to increase their lead over the Sparks in the standings to 2½ games. Candace Parker scored a game-high 25 points for Los Angeles, which lost its second straight.
DREAM 89, FEVER 80, OT — Angel McCoughtry scored 30 points and Erika de Souza added 17 points and 14 rebounds to help Atlanta clinch a playoff spot with an overtime victory over Indiana. Tamika Catchings finished with 22 points and Erlanda Larkins had 10 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for Indiana (13-16), which has lost five of six.