FANFARE: Sulaimon leads Team USA past Brazil

Jul. 01, 2013 @ 09:00 PM

Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon shot his way to a team-high 15 points as the U.S. beat Brazil 91-66 in the U19 World Championships on Monday.

Against a Brazil defense designed to limit the U.S. inside game, the 6-4 Sulaimon made five of nine 3-point attempts. He played 20 minutes, committing just one turnover.

“I just have to thank my teammates – Marcus (Smart), and all the other guards, Elfrid (Payton), they did a great job of drawing the defense and kicking it to me and all I had to do really was just catch and shoot,” Sulaimon said. “We’re all close and they always tell me to shoot it with confidence, they uplift me, so even when I miss a couple of shots they always encourage me to shoot again.  With their confidence behind me, I just shot it with confidence and I was very fortunate tonight they went in.”

The U.S. led by four points, 40-36, early in the second half when it ripped off 18 consecutive points to take control. The run featured scoring from five different USA players, with Sulaimon draining a pair of 3-pointers and Smart, last season’s Big 12 player of the year from Oklahoma State, contributing four points.

The U.S. is 4-0 and will play Australia (2-2) today.


Olympian Sanchez to coach UNC’s divers


CHAPEL HILL – Abel Sanchez, a 2000 Summer Olympics participant and three-time All-America at the University of Michigan, was named Monday as the diving coach at the University of North Carolina. 

UNC head swimming coach Rich DeSelm made the announcement. Sánchez comes to Chapel Hill from the University of New Mexico where he has served as the diving coach since October 2004.

“We are extremely excited to announce that Abel Sánchez will join our staff as the new diving coach at North Carolina. Abel has an impressive background as a diver and as a collegiate and club coach,” said DeSelm. “As an athlete, Abel was an NCAA All-America and medalist at various national and international competitions, including representing Peru in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

“As a coach, he was mentored by some of the best coaches in the profession and has coached NCAA All-Americas and various international medalists. We are thrilled to welcome Abel, his wife Leanne and his daughters Bryze and Maizie and son Rio to UNC.”

At New Mexico, Sanchez was the 2011 and 2012 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year. 


Duke names new rowing recruiting coordinator


DURHAM – Duke assistant rowing coach Kathryn Hagglund was promoted to recruiting coordinator Monday, head coach Robyn Horner announced.

Hagglund enters her third year as an assistant coach on the Duke staff. She previously oversaw Duke’s novice program and assisted with recruiting student-athletes.  She has been elevated to the varsity assistant position and will assume the recruiting coordinator duties from associate head coach Jim Lister, who was announced as an assistant coach of the Syracuse women’s rowing team Monday.


Duke’s Boutier leads Europe to win


CHANTILLY, France – Duke sophomore Celine Boutier and the Europe squad claimed the 2013 Vagliano Trophy with a 16 ½ to 7 ½ victory over Great Britain and Ireland over the weekend at the Golf de Chantilly.

After holding a 6 ½ to 5 ½ lead following day one of play, the Europe squad won three of four foursome matches in the morning on Saturday to take a 9 ½ to 6 ½ advantage into the afternoon.  The Europe team was dominant in singles action winning seven of eight matches to close with a 16 ½ to 7 ½ win. 

Boutier, who is from Montrouge, France, collected a 2-0 record in singles play over the two days as she closed the weekend with a 3 and  1 victory over Becky Harries.  The reigning ACC Rookie of the Year, Boutier also defeated Georgia Hall, 2 and 1, in her other singles match. 


Prep baseball all-stars


DURHAM – Chad Sykes, Loy Stone and Hunter Coates from Voyager Academy were all named to the coaches’ Class 1-A all-state baseball team on Monday.

In Class 2-A, Northwood High School also had three players named all-state: Justin King, Robert Straughn and Andrew Webster.

In the Class 3-A all-state team, Orange High School was represented by Jon Evans and Nick Debo.

The Class 4-A all-state team included Northern’s Zach Garrison, Jordan’s Wood Myers and Bub DeLuca of Riverside.