Fanfare-Colleges: A look at Saturday's college and other sports news in brief
Team USA women advance to UGames finals
KAZAN, Russia — Team USA saw its 17-point fourth quarter lead dwindle to a one-point deficit in the final minute Saturday before pulling out a 79-78 win over Australia in the semifinals of the Women’s Basketball World University Games.
Central Michigan’s Crystal Bradford scored the game-winning basket on a putback with 14 seconds at Basket Hall in Kazan, Russia.
The USA advances to the gold-medal match Monday at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) where it will face host Russia (5-0), which reached the final by defeating Taiwan (4-1) 69-51 Saturday. The game will air live on ESPNU.
Duke senior Tricia Liston, who has played a key role on Team USA, was held scoreless as she saw action in only eight minutes on Saturday.Liston was held to one rebound and one assist.
After letting a 71-54 lead with under seven minutes left in the game slip away, the USA trailed 78-77 when they forced a 24-second violation to regain possession with 29 seconds remaining. After a U.S. timeout, Bradford drove the lane and sidestepped a defender to free herself for a layup. It rimmed out, but Bradford collected her own miss and scored to put the U.S. ahead 79-78 with 14 seconds left.
Duke’s Boutier 0-2-2 in European championship
YORK, England — Duke sophomore Celine Boutier closed the 2013 European Ladies’ Amateur Team Championship over the weekend at the Fulford Golf Club in York, England. Boutier represented France, which earned a No. 7 seed to advance to match play.
A product of Montrouge, France, Boutier carded rounds of 69 and 74 as she placed tied for 10th at 1-under-par 143 in stroke play.
France was seeded No. 7 and faced Spain in Flight A match play, losing 5 1/2-1 1/2 to drop into the consolation bracket. Boutier halved her singles match with Marta Sanz. She later teamed with Alexandra Bonetti in a foursome match, losing 4 and 2 to Sanz and Natalia Escuriola.
In the consolation bracket, France downed Netherlands 4-1. Boutier halved her singles match versus Ileen Domela Nieuwenhuis. France dropped a 4-1 decision to Denmark to close the championship. Boutier lost 3 and 1 to Daisy Nielsen.
UNC’s Stephanie Peacock wins UGames swim gold
KAZAN, RUSSIA — North Carolina senior Stephanie Peacock won the gold medal in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle Saturday at the World University Games Saturday, setting a meet record in the process.
Peacock, a native of Cape Coral, Fla., led from start to finish to capture the gold medal in a World University Games record time of 16:04.44. The previous meet record was held by Flavia Rigamonti of Switzerland at 16:05.90.
Peacock shattered her own University Games record in the event which she had set in Friday’s preliminaries at 16:23.37. That time was seven seconds faster than her previous career best at 1500 meters. UNC’s school record had been 16:29.04 by Whitney Sprague at the 2009 World University Games.
Peacock will also compete here in the 400 and 800 freestyle.
U.S. women take stick to Wales in lacrosse World Cup
OSHAWA, ONTARIO – The U.S. women’s national lacrosse team continued its strong start at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship Saturday, dispatching Wales 19-2 score in pool play. Team USA continues to lead Pool A with a 2-0 record after two days of action at the World Cup.
Two former Duke players contributed to the win over Wales, with midfielder Sarah Bullard notching her second goal in as many games and netminder Megan Huether taking over in goal in the second half of the contest, allowing just one score.
The U.S. squad resumes World Cup pool play at 3 p.m. today against Australia (1-1).
USA routs Cuba for Gold Cup quarterfinal berth
SANDY, Utah — Chris Wondolowski scored two goals to raise his total to five in two matches as the United States beat Cuba 4-1 to make the Gold Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.
Landon Donovan converted his second penalty kick of the tournament for his 53rd international goal, Joe Corona got his first international goal and Stuart Holden made his first start in nearly three years for the U.S., which has reached the quarterfinals of all 12 Gold Cups.
Kiwis top Italy in America’s Cup race
SAN FRANCISCO — The first real race of the America’s Cup challenger series was a runaway for Emirates Team New Zealand on Saturday even before it hit the starting line on San Francisco Bay.
Kiwi skipper Dean Barker trapped Italy’s Luna Rossa during pre-start maneuvers and then accelerated, gaining a five-length lead approaching the starting line perpendicular to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Team New Zealand’s high-performance catamaran rose up on hydrofoils and the rout was on.
The Kiwis were so dominant that they had finished and were doing a fly-by of America’s Cup Park on Piers 27-29 when the Italians were still approaching the sixth of seven marks.
The winning margin was 5 minutes, 23 seconds, but Luna Rossa was ruled as not having finished. Boats must finish within five minutes of the winner.
It was the first time in four races that two wing-sailed AC72 catamarans were on the course at the same time.
Jimmy Connors to coach Sharapova
NEW YORK — Maria Sharapova has hired Jimmy Connors as her new coach.
A day after announcing she was parting with Thomas Hogstedt, Sharapova posted on her website Saturday that she would work with the eight-time major champion.
Connors coached Andy Roddick for two years before resigning in 2008. He briefly worked with Sharapova before the 2008 Australian Open.
Mavs sign Ellis after losing Larkin to injury
DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks have made their biggest free agent play in a busy offseason, adding shooting guard Monta Ellis to a backcourt that’s still crowded even after a couple of setbacks.
Ellis OK’d a three-year deal reportedly valued between $25 million and $30 million.
The deal with Ellis was reached after first-round pick Shane Larkin broke his right ankle in summer league practice Friday. Dallas also reportedly is backing out of a three-year, $9 million deal with Devin Harris because of a toe injury.