Fanfare-Colleges: A look at Thursday's college and other sports news
Big Ten/ACC schedule set
DURHAM — ESPN has announced network and time assignments for the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods, highlighted by Michigan at Duke Dec. 3 at 9:15 and North Carolina at Michigan State at 9 p.m. Dec. 4.
Both games will be televised on ESPN.
Also, Northwestern will play at N.C. State at 9 p.m. Dec. 4 on ESPNU.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event.
All 12 Big Ten teams and 12 of the 15 ACC teams will participate in the 2013 Challenge.
Also on Dec. 3, Indiana travels to Syracuse, Illinois is at Georgia Tech, Penn State travels to Pittsburgh, Notre Dame is at Iowa and Florida State is at Minnesota.
On Dec. 4, Maryland is at Ohio State, Wisconsin travels to Virginia, Boston College is at Purdue and Miami is at Nebraska.
Bulls set for Chipper Jones night Tuesday
DURHAM — The Durham Bulls have announced details of Tuesday’s Chipper Jones’ Jersey Retirement night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Atlanta Braves legend and former Bulls star Jones will become only the fourth player ever to have his number retired by the Durham Bulls organization, joining Crash Davis (8), Joe Morgan (18), and Bill Evers (20).
The eight-time All-Star will be in attendance as the Bulls honor him in a ceremony before Durham takes on the Charlotte Knights.
The gates will open at the DBAP at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Jones will be honored beginning at 6:45 p.m. The game will follow at 7:35 p.m.
The Bulls are selling a Chipper Playoff Pack that includes a ticket to Tuesday’s game, a voucher good for one playoff game at the DBAP and a limited edition Chipper Jones bobblehead for $19.99. Supplies are limited.
Tickets are available at durhambulls.com, by phone at 919-956-BULL and at the DBAP box office.
Free Buehler-Walker screening
DURHAM — The public is invited to attend the Bull City Gridiron Classic Movie Night featuring “Starting at the Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story,” at 5 and 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at The Carolina Theatre.
The event is held in conjunction with the Aug. 31 Duke-N.C. Central football game at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Duke’s Jon Scheyer and NCCU’s LeRoy T. Walker Jr. will host the special evening, honoring the partnership of Durham’s legendary Olympic track coaches, Duke’s Al Buehler and the late Dr. LeRoy T. Walker of NCCU.
The film will be screened in the once-segregated Carolina Theatre.
Tickets are free and available at coachbuehler.com. Food trucks will be on hand and live music will be provided by The Art of Cool Project.
Duke soccer to host Vols
DURHAM — The preseason seventh-ranked Duke women’s soccer team will host Tennessee Friday at 5 p.m. in an exhibition game at Koskinen Stadium.
Admission is free.
The Blue Devils return five starters and 22 letterwinners off the NCAA Elite Eight squad from a year ago that registered a 15-6-2 overall record.
Baseball to expand replay
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball plans to expand its video review process beginning in the 2014 playoffs.
The proposal is to be voted on by the owners in November.
Managers will be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh inning until the completion of the game. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York City.
Only reviewable plays can be challenged. Non-reviewable plays can still be argued by managers, who can request that the umpires discuss it to see if another member of the crew saw the play differently. Reviewable plays cannot be argued by the manager.
Challenges not used in the first six innings will not carry over, and a manager who wins a challenge will retain it.
Russia’s stance on gays in spotlight
MOSCOW — The rainbow colors two Swedish athletes painted their fingernails in support of gays and lesbians sent a clear message and brought a swift rebuke from a Russian star, perhaps even a glimpse of what’s to come at the Sochi Olympics which begin Feb. 7.
Speaking at the world championships, pole vault gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality and criticized the Swedes for their gesture critical of Russia’s new anti-gay legislation.
The law, which bans gay “propaganda,” has drawn sharp criticism and led some Western activists to call for a boycott of the Winter Olympics in the Russian resort.