Fanfare-Colleges: A look at college and other sports news in brief
Notre Dame to host event
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — USA Baseball and Notre Dame announced the return of the USA Baseball-Irish Classic for a second year on Wednesday.
The three-day event will be held Feb. 28-March 2 in Cary’s USA Baseball National Training Complex.
Notre Dame baseball team will be joined at the event by defending national champion UCLA, College World Series participant N.C. State, Michigan, Appalachian State and Youngstown State.
Tickets for the USA Baseball-Irish Classic are on sale at UND.com/tickets or by calling (574) 631-7356 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET).
Area golf teams in top 4
WEST END — A pair of area teams finished in the top four of the Carolinas Golf Association’s Senior Four-Ball Tournament at Forest Oaks Country Club, Greensboro, this week.
Tournament format was 18 holes of four-ball stroke play. Entry was open to male amateurs 55 and over.
Mike Twilley of Greensboro and Mark Hawley of New London won the title at 6-under-par 66.
From the area, Michael Fisher of Chapel Hill and Kirk Pelland of Hillsborough tied with Johnny Moore of Durham and Todd Turner of West End at 4-under 68.
NCCU freshman on watch list
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — N.C. Central freshman cornerback Michael Jones has been announced as one of 20 candidates for the 2013 Jerry Rice Award, honoring the top first-year player in Division I-FCS, The Sports Network announced Wednesday.
Jones leads the FCS with four interceptions in five games, and his 10 total passes defended top the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. He also has 21 tackles (14 solo), including a takedown for a loss, and a fumble recovery.
Hurricanes games on FSS
RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes games tonight, Friday and Sunday are the first of 17 that will be televised by SportSouth, the sister station of the Hurricanes’ usual television home, FOX Sports Carolinas (FSC).
Many area fans who do not receive SportSouth (FSS) as part of their standard cable TV packages will be able to watch the game on alternate channels.
The channels are: Time Warner Cable 521/1521; DirecTV 647/647-1; AT&T Uverse 728/1728 and Dish Network 441/9579 for tonight’s and Sunday’s games and 440/9575 for Friday’s games.
UNC to host women’s golf
CHAPEL HILL — The defending champion North Carolina women’s golf team will host the 38th annual Tar Heel Invitational Friday through Sunday at Finley Golf Course.
The Tar Heels will be going after their seventh Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational title. Play begins around 9 a.m. each day.
Of the 18 teams slated to compete, 12 are in the top 25 according to the latest Golf World Coaches Poll. The host Tar Heels are ranked 15th, but they’ll face tough competition as some of the top teams in the country are making the trip to Chapel Hill. The participating teams include Alabama (No. 2), Oklahoma (No. 3), Duke (No. 4), Florida (No. 5), Arkansas (No. 8), Clemson (No. 11), N.C. State (No. 14), Virginia (No. 16), Vanderbilt (No. 19), Michigan St. (No. 20), South Carolina (No. 24), Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, and Wake Forest.
NCCU hoops open to public
DURHAM — The N.C. Central men’s basketball team will host an open practice from 5:30-7 tonight at McDougald-McLendon Gym for fans who are planning to attend tonight’s nationally televised (7:30 ESPNU) S.C. State at NCCU football game.
The open practice will include drills and an intra-squad scrimmage.
Va. Tech, Vols to fast track game
Call it football in the fast lane, though it has nothing to do with those up-tempo-offenses.
Tennessee and Virginia Tech will play a game at Bristol Motor Speedway in September 2016, a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press. The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because an official announcement is still in the works.
The speedway holds 150,000. The NCAA-recognized attendance record for college football is 115,109, set last month at Michigan Stadium for the Michigan-Notre Dame game.
NASCAR’s Kvapil arrested
MOORESVILLE — NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Travis Kvapil is free on bond following his arrest on charges of assault and false imprisonment.
A statement from the Mooresville Police Department said officers responded to a 911 call from the Kvapil residence on Tuesday. After an investigation, police said they arrested the 37-year-old Kvapil in connection with a domestic dispute between him and his wife. No further details were provided.
Ex-Lions DT McCord dies
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Darris McCord, a member of the Detroit Lions’ “Fearsome Foursome” that terrorized NFL offenses, died Wednesday. He was 80. McCord was selected in the third round by Detroit in the 1955 draft from the University of Tennessee, where he was an All-American. He spent his entire 13-year career in Detroit and was a member of the Lions’ 1957 NFL championship team. He also played in the 1958 Pro Bowl.
Team USA women’s stars wed
U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach has married her longtime partner and teammate Sarah Huffman.
The two were married Saturday on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. In a post Wednesday on Twitter, Wambach said, “Sarah and I wanted to thank everyone for all the love and support. We couldn’t be happier. What an amazing week it’s been. #honeymoon”