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Duke wins 12 events at its own invitational meet
DURHAM — Duke closed out its two-day Duke Invitational Track & Field Meet at Wallace Wade Stadium with a total of 12 first place finishes, nine coming Saturday.
In the women’s 800 meters, Duke’s Cydeny Rossheld off Lianne Farber of UNC in the homestretch for the victory. In the men’s race, Duke’s Michal Filipczak came from behind in the final two hundred meters and won in 1:49.74.
In the men’s 3,000 steeplechase, Shaun Thompson won in 8:58.04 while Esther Vermeer won the women’s event in 10:30.37.
Duke also won the men’s 4x800 relay with a time of 7:37.58. The team consisted of Filipczak, Kyle Moran, Henry Farley and Nate McClafferty.
Duke swept the shot put with redshirt freshman Stephen Boals winning the men’s division and redshirt junior Michelle Anumba capturing the women’s title with a mark of 54 feet, 11.5 inches. Boals won on his final throw of the day — 54-11.80
In the pole vault, freshman Megan Clark and sophomore Ian Rock swept the event to conclude the day. Clark cleared 13-1.5 (4.00) to claim the top women’s spot. Rock claimed the top men’s spot at 15-7.
Duke’s Chelsea Gray named Coaches' All-America
NEW ORLEANS — Duke junior point guard Cheslea Gray was honored at the women’s NCAA Final Four on Saturday as she was named to the 10-member 2013 NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team.
Gray became the seventh Blue Devil to earn the honor — she was preceded by Alana Beard (2002-04), Monique Currie (2005-06), Lindsey Harding (2007), Georgia Schweitzer (2001), Iciss Tillis (2003) and Michele VanGorp (1999).
Other all-Americans are Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Alyssa Thomas (Maryland), Brittney Griner (Baylor), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Connecticut) and Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut).
ACC lacrosse roundup
BC 10, DUKE 9 — Kelci Smesko netted three goals and Makenzie Hommel added two, but the visiting sixth-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team lost its first game in 12 all-time tries to Boston College Saturday.
Duke fell to 9-3, 2-3 ACC in its conference finale, while BC improved to 6-6, 3-2.
MD 14, UNC 13 — Top-ranked Maryland went on a 6-2 scoring run in the second half and got five goals from Katie Schwarzmann to defeat visiting No. 2 North Carolina in women’s lacrosse Saturday.
The loss snapped UNC’s 11-game winning streak, second-longest in school history and the Terrapins (14-0, 4-0 ACC) clinched the No. 1 seed for this month’s ACC Tournament. UNC (11-2, 4-1) will be the No. 2 seed.
UNC 10, UVA 7 — Led by a 23-save performance by freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke, No. 6 North Carolina defeated No. 19 Virginia in men’s lacrosse Saturday before 6,787 fans at UVA’s Klockner Stadium.
Carolina was outshot 51-32 but Burke made the most saves by a UNC goalkeeper since Paul Spellman’s 25 against Maryland in 2003.
ACC tennis roundup
UNC 4, CLEMSON 3 — No. 1 North Carolina notched its eighth win of the season over a top-25 opponent Saturday when the Tar Heel women defeated No. 16 Clemson in Chapel Hill. After winning the doubles point, Carolina (19-2, 5-1 ACC) got singles wins from Gina Suarez-Malaguti, Lauren McHale and Caroline Price to close it out.
ACC softball roundup
UNC SWEEPS UVA — No. 25 UNC topped Virginia twice on Saturday in ACC women’s softball in Chapel Hill Saturday, winning 5-1 and 2-1 to improve to 30-13 overall (8-3 ACC). Lori Spingola earned both wins in the circle for Carolina, and Constance Orr added three hits and a pair of RBI on the day.
ACC golf roundup
UNC LEADS — The North Carolina men’s golf team fired a 2-under-par 282 in the first round of the Irish Creek Collegiate and a 1-over-par 285 in the second round to total a 1-under-par 567 and finish atop the leaderboard in Kannapolis Saturday.
Senior Michael McGowan led the Tar Heels as he had two rounds of 2-under-par 69 on Saturday. The Tar Heels finished the first round at 2-under and in first place and didn’t give up their lead throughout the entire day.
DUKE 9TH — Freshman Motin Yeung posted rounds of 71 and 73 to pace Duke on the first day of the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational at Bryan, Texas, Saturday. The Blue Devils, 10th in the Golfstat rankings, shot back-to-back rounds of 296 to sit ninth overall at 18-over-par.
No. 2 Alabama fired a 10-under 278 in the opening round to grab the tournament lead before carding a five-under 283 in the second round for a 15-under total. The second-ranked Crimson Tide lead second place No. 21 Kent State by 12 shots heading into the final round of play. Duke is 33 strokes off the lead.
College baseball roundup
GA. TECH 2, DUKE 1 — No. 15 Georgia Tech scored the tiebreaking and eventual winning run against homestanding Duke on an infield single in the eighth inning Saturday.
Duke led 1-0 early on Ryan Munger’s two-out RBI single in the second, but Tech used a pair of walks and a single by catcher Zane Evans to tie it in the top of the third.
Duke got the potential tying run to second base with one out in the ninth, but couldn’t bring him across. The Yellow Jackets and Blue Devils wrap up their series, which is tied 1-1, at 1 p.m. today at Jack Coombs Field.
UNC 5, MARYLAND 3 —No. 1 North Carolina (28-2, 11-2 ACC) battled back from an early deficit to claim a 5-3 series-clinching win over Maryland (16-14, 4-10 ACC) Saturday night in Chapel Hill.
The Terrapins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first inning as they scored a pair of runs against Tar Heel starter Benton Moss. The Carolina offense chipped away at the lead with single runs in the second and third innings before using a three-run fourth inning to claim a 5-3 lead.
Carolina will look for the series sweep today with first pitch set for 1 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium.
N.C. A&T SWEEPS — N.C. Central (20-14, 8-6 MEAC) committed four errors and left nine on base in an 11-8 loss in the opener of its doubleheader against N.C. A&T (11-20, 7-6 MEAC) in Greensboro Saturday and gave up seven runs on 11 hits to fall 7-3 in the nightcap.
Horschel leads Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO — Billy Horschel overcame the strong Texas wind and is one round away from his first PGA Tour win.
Horschel held off an experienced leaderboard Saturday to shoot 2-under 70 and take a two-shot lead entering today’s final round of the Texas Open.
Horschel, who also held the lead after the second round, battled through the gusting San Antonio wind to reach 10 under overall — two shots ahead of Jim Furyk and Charley Hoffman.
Sauter wins truck race
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Johnny Sauter passed pole-sitting rookie Jeb Burton for the lead on a restart with 17 laps to go Saturday and won the NASCAR truck race at Martinsville Speedway.
It was Sauter’s second victory in as many races in the series this season.
Griner, McGraw top awards
NEW ORLEANS — Brittney Griner has had no equal in her stellar career at Baylor. Now she’s part of a very select group.
The 6-foot-8 senior star earned The Associated Press player of the year award for the second straight season Saturday. Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw was selected coach of the year.
Griner is just the third player to earn the award in consecutive years, joining Seimone Augustus of LSU and Chamique Holdsclaw of Tennessee. Connecticut’s Maya Moore won it twice in a three-year span.
Honus Wagner card sells for $2.1M
WEST BERLIN, N.J. — A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card has been sold for more than $2.1 million at auction.
The T206 card, originally released by the Durham-based, J.B. Duke-owned American Tobacco Co., went for $2,105,770.50 in an online sale, Goldin Auctions said Saturday.
A similar Wagner card in mint condition was purchased for $2.8 million in a private sale in 2007.
Serena wins sisters’ battle
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Serena Williams routed sister Venus Williams 6-1, 6-2 at the Family Circle Cup on Saturday, the most one-sided match in the sisters’ long rivalry.
Serena Williams won her 14th straight match at the Family Circle. The top-ranked woman will play for her second straight title in this tournament today against Jelena Jankovic. Jankovic, the 2007 champion, defeated Stefanie Voegele, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-2 in the other semifinal.
Saturday marked the first time since 2009 the Williams sisters played each other in a tournament. Serena has won five straight in their series and leads 14-10.