Fanfare-Colleges: Tomlinson, Turner honored

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 10:10 PM

Tomlinson, Turner earn Good Works nods

DURHAM — Duke offensive guard Laken Tomlinson and North Carolina offensive guard Landon Turner have been nominated to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, the most prestigious off-the-field honor in college football.

Also nominated from Triangle programs are N.C. State punter Wil Baumann and St. Augustine’s defensive back Dominique Marsh.

Through the Good Works Team, Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association recognize a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.

Tomlinson was cited for his work visiting children at the Durham Ronald McDonald House, volunteering with the Durham Rescue Mission and taking part in a trip to Ethiopia for a well-digging mission.

Tuner was cited for visiting UNC Hospitals’ patients and their families, working with the Shreveport/Bossier City (La.) Rescue Mission and speaking at local schools on the importance of education.

 

Duke’s Crowder on Biletnikoff Award list

DURHAM — Duke senior receiver Jamison Crowder has been named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list as one of the nation’s top receivers entering the 2014 season.

Crowder, a 5-9, 175-pound native of Monroe, was one of 55 players named by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. The award recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football regardless of position.

Coming off an historic season in which he eclipsed the ACC’s single-season record with 108 receptions, Crowder enters 2014 among the NCAA’s top five active leaders in career receiving yards (2,597), receptions (198), all-purpose yards (4,216), punt return average (13.70), punt return yards (589) and punt return touchdowns (2). His 1,360 receiving yards in 2013 are the most of any returning player in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

 

Canes to unveil young prospects next week

RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes will hold their 2014 Prospects Development Camp July 21-26 at PNC Arena.

The camp’s evening on-ice sessions at 5 p.m. July 23 and 5:30 p.m. July 24 and 25 will be open to the public.

The week will be capped with a game and skills competition at noon Saturday, July 26, as part of the Hurricanes Summerfest celebration. For a complete schedule of Summerfest events that are open to the public, visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.

All seven of Carolina’s selections in the 2014 NHL Draft — Haydn Fleury (7th overall), Alex Nedeljkovic (37th overall), Warren Foegele (67th overall), Josh Wesley (96th overall), Lucas Wallmark (97th overall), Clark Bishop (127th overall) and Kyle Jenkins (187th overall) —will make their first appearances in Raleigh as members of the Hurricanes organization. Other top-drafted prospects attending the camp include Phil Di Giuseppe (2012, second round), Brock McGinn (2012, second round), Daniel Altshuller (2012, third round) and Brett Pesce (2013, third round).

 

Raleigh-Durham ranked No. 3 U.S. ‘swim city’

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Raleigh-Durham is the No. 3 swim city in America, according to a new study commissioned by USA Swimming and swimwear brand Speedo.

Scores were based on the highest aggregate in categories such as percentage of active swimmers and swim clubs, number of accessible pools and volume of top-level swimmers from the area.

The 50 Top Swim Cities, presented by Speedo, ranked Ann Arbor, Michigan first, followed by San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California and Raleigh-Durham.

 

Ex-Devil Boozer ‘amnestied’ by Chicago Bulls

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls said goodbye to former Duke star Carlos Boozer on Tuesday, using the amnesty clause to cut the veteran forward after four seasons with the team.

Boozer came to Chicago in a sign-and-trade deal with Utah in July 2010. The two-time All-Star averaged 15.5 points and nine rebounds in 280 games with the Bulls.

He had one season left on a five-year deal worth roughly $75 million. The amnesty clause allows a team to waive one player during the current labor deal and have 100 percent of his salary taken off the cap and the tax. The 6-foot-9 power forward is still owed the money.

 

Miami star Dwyane Wade re-signs with Heat

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat, and his latest deal is designed to give both the player and the only franchise he’s ever known some flexibility in the coming years.

Wade signed a new contract with the Heat on Tuesday. It’s a two-year deal, the second of those seasons a player option, said a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side announced terms.

Financial terms were not announced, though it’s expected Wade’s salary for next season will not reach the $20.2 million he would have made under his previous contract.