NCCU’s Proctor signs with Lions
Former N.C. Central defensive end Xavier Proctor has signed a contract with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League, the team announced Thursday.
Proctor, who worked out with the Lions during the team’s spring mini-camp in May, joined Detroit’s 90-man roster for training camp on Thursday.
A 6-6, 277-pound native of Ellicott City, Md., Proctor made his professional football debut with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League on July 13 against the Iowa Barnstormers, then his second appearance with the Predators on July 27 against the New Orleans VooDoo.
During his senior season at NCCU in 2012, Proctor earned second-team All-MEAC recognition after recording 42 total tackles (21 solo), including 10.5 hits for a loss with 4.0 sacks, along with two pass breakups.
Duke’s Payne, UNC pair to train with U-20 team
DURHAM — Duke incoming freshman Toni Payne and North Carolina’s Summer Green and Amber Munerlyn will head to Carson, Calif., from Aug. 4-12 to train with the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at StubHub Center.
Payne will miss the first six days of preseason practice with Duke, while the USA will face Japan on Aug. 8 and on Aug. 11.
Payne, who was the 2013 Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year, scored 47 goals and registered 35 assists this past season, leading Oak Mountain High School (22-4-2) to the Class 6A state championship game. Payne was the 2012 Birmingham News Player of the Year. She concluded her prep soccer career with 141 goals and 92 assists.
The USA is preparing for the eight-team CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament that will send the top three finishers to 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup Women’s World Cup in Canada. The qualifying competition will be held from Jan. 9-19 in the Cayman Islands.
Tweed-Kent joins Duke staff
DURHAM — Duke men’s soccer coach John Kerr recently announced the addition of Christopher Tweed-Kent to his staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
A 2012 Duke graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering, Tweed-Kent will help with all aspects of the program.
Playing primarily in the left midfield, Tweed-Kent started all but one game over the course of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He registered a pair of goals and a team-best 11 assists in 2010. The 11 assists were tied for the most in the ACC and ranked seventh among Division I players.
Tweed-Kent turned in his best campaign as a senior, netting six goals and an ACC-leading 12 assists for 24 points. For his career, he played in 63 games with 60 starts and finished with nine goals and 27 assists for 45 points.
Equally as successful in the classroom, the tireless worker was a three-time All-ACC Academic Team selection and was voted to the Capital One Academic All-America first team in 2011.