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Duke: U.S. Cycling champion
OGDEN, Utah – Duke University repeated as the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships Division II men’s team time trial national champions after besting the field by over 47 seconds on Friday.
Blue Devil riders Robert Ferris (Durham), Matthew Howe (Raleigh), Michael Mulvihill (San Francisco) and Matthew Rinehart (Durham) recorded a time of 42:37.95.
“The team time trial encapsulates collegiate cycling because it’s a true team effort,” Duke men’s coach Rusty Miller said. “We train for the team time trial every week, because this is the event we love, and so to repeat as national champions in this event means the world to us.”
Jordan’s Myers inks with UNC
CHAPEL HILL — Jordan High School senior infielder Wood Myers has signed a national letter-of-intent to play baseball at No. 1-ranked UNC Chapel Hill for 2013-14.
Myers had verbally committed to the Tar Heels last year.
Myers leads the Falcons with a .443 batting average (27 for 61) including six doubles, three triples and a team-high four home runs. He has struck out only three times, while walking five times for a .479 on-base percentage and an .836 slugging percentage.
He has seen very limited duty as a pitcher, appearing in five games — 7 2/3 innings — but has posted a team-best 0.91 earned-run average and a 1-0 record.
The 5-foot-9 180-pound Myers is ranked the No. 8 player in the state by Perfect Game and earned all-state honors in 2012 in addition to being named the 2012 PAC-6 4-A player of the year.
RailHawks acquire ex-Tar Heel
CARY — The Carolina RailHawks have acquired former UNC All-American Enzo Martinez through a loan with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer.
Martinez will be eligible to play tonight against Minnesota United FC at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome at 8 p.m.
In his three years with the Tar heels, Martinez played in three NCAA College Cups (2009-2011), won the 2011 ACC Championship and the 2011 NCAA championship.
He was the 17th overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by Real Salt Lake.
Sources: LeBron to be MVP
NEW YORK — LeBron James is getting his fourth Most Valuable Player award — and the only mystery left is whether the vote was unanimous.
The Miami Heat star will be introduced Sunday as the award winner, according to a person familiar with the results and who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league has not publicly announced the result. James will become the fifth player with at least four MVP awards, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.
No one has ever swept every first-place vote in the NBA’s MVP balloting. James could be the first.
X Games star on N’wide pole
TALLADEGA, Ala. — X Games star Travis Pastrana won his first career Nationwide Series pole Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.
The 10-time X Games gold medalist-turned-NASCAR driver topped qualifying for Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 with a fast lap of 176.500 mph on the 2.66-mile tri-oval.
Pastrana called it “a dream come true,” and is hoping the weather remains clear today. Rain is forecast.
Hamlin back at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. — Denny Hamlin ran 16 laps at full speed Friday, turned his car over to Brian Vickers and then didn’t exactly rule himself out of running a full race this weekend as he recovers from a back injury.
Hamlin insisted he’ll again give Vickers the car at some point of Sunday’s 1 p.m. Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.
But with a sly smile, Hamlin left the door open to run a full race in his return from a compressed fracture of a vertebra in his lower back. After missing four races, he was cleared Thursday to get back in the car this weekend and said doctors gave him permission to run the entire race.
Bulls’ Deng clarifies status
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng made it clear Friday on Twitter that the illness that kept him out of a playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets was far more serious than the flu.
He missed the Bulls’ loss in Game 6 on Thursday with what coach Tom Thibodeau said were flu-like symptoms.
In a tweet from the hospital, the ex-Duke star wrote: “It really upsets me that everyone thinks I would miss a game” because of the flu.
He said he had a spinal tap to rule out meningitis earlier in the week. He indicated he will join the team for Game 7 tonight in Brooklyn if he’s medically cleared, although he might have to spend the night in the hospital.