Fanfare-Colleges: A brief look in other sports happenings

Mar. 21, 2013 @ 10:57 PM

Tar Heel Crystal Dunn named to U.S. roster

CHICAGO — North Carolina defender Crystal Dunn has been picked for the U.S. women’s soccer roster for exhibition games next month at Germany and the Netherlands.

The roster, included below, includes 20 players who helped the Americans win the Algarve Cup earlier this month.

Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart (Kansas City), Adrianna Franch (Western New York), Ashlyn Harris (Washington)

Defenders: Rachel Buehler (Portland), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool, England), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyreso, Sweden), Ali Krieger (Washington), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue), Becky Sauerbrunn (Kansas City)

Midfielders: Yael Averbuch (Goeteborg, Sweden), Shannon Boxx (Chicago), Lauren Cheney (Kansas City), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Kristie Mewis (Kansas City), Heather O’Reilly (Boston), Megan Rapinoe (Lyon, France)

Forwards: Sydney Leroux (Boston), Alex Morgan (Portland), Christen Press (Tyreso, Sweden), Abby Wambach (Western New York)

 

Prep star Isaiah Hicks named N.C. player of the year

OXFORD — Oxford Webb senior post star Isaiah Hicks has been named the 2013 North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year in boys basketball.

McDonald’s All-American Hicks, who will play at North Carolina this fall, is a 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward who led the Warriors to state 3-A championship on Saturday, with 34 points, a state title-game record 30 rebounds, and seven blocked shots.

He was named the title game MVP.

 

Hurricanes activate Tuomo Ruutu, re-claim Zach Boychuk

RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday activated forward Tuomo Ruutu from the injured non-roster list and claimed former first-round draft pick Zach Boychuk off waivers.

The team also placed defenseman Joe Corvo on injured reserve retroactive to March 16.

Ruutu hasn’t played this season since having hip surgery in December. He had 18 goals and 16 assists last season.

The Hurricanes waived 2008 first-round pick Boychuk in January, but he was claimed by Pittsburgh. After the Penguins waived him, he was claimed by Nashville. The Predators waived him earlier this week.

 

UNC-BC baseball series moved to Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL — The Atlantic Coast Conference baseball series between No. 1 North Carolina and Boston College, originally scheduled to be played today through Sunday in Chestnut Hill, Mass., has been moved to Chapel Hill due to unplayable field conditions at B.C.

The series will begin with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The second game will follow 40 minutes after the conclusion of game one. The finale is set for noon Sunday.

 

No. 1 UNC tops N.C. State on tennis courts

RALEIGH — No. 1 North Carolina overcame an outstanding effort from No. 40 N.C. State to defeat the rival Wolfpack, 4-3, Thursday at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.

Carolina won a tight doubles point and got singles victories from Lauren McHale, Caroline Price and Whitney Kay to improve to 15-1 and 2-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. N.C. State fell to 10-2 on the year and 1-1 in the ACC.

 

Wolfpack women win WNIT opener

RALEIGH — Markeisha Gatling had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Kody Burke added 12 points and nine boards in leading N.C. State to a 60-55 win over Richmond in the first round of the Women’s NIT Thursday.

N.C. State (17-16) will play at James Madison on Sunday at 2 p.m., in Harrisonburg, Va., in the second round of the WNIT. The Dukes won 77-62 over North Carolina A&T Thursday in other first-round action.

 

Tar Heel swimmers 14th in NCAAs

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Sophomore Danielle Siverling finished seventh in the 500-yard freestyle and junior Cari Blalock set an ACC record in the 200-yard individual medley to lead UNC on the opening day of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships Thursday at the IUPUI Natatorium.

The Tar Heels are in 14th place after the opening day of the championships with 23 points as Carolina scored in three events on the opening day.

 

Duke track opens outdoor season

HIGH POINT — In its opening weekend of the outdoor season, the Duke track and field team stays close to home today and Saturday to participate in the Vertklasse Meeting hosted by High Point University at the Vert Track here.

Several Blue Devils will compete for the first time in 2013 to highlight the weekend, including 2012 NCAA Indoor Track and Field heptathlon champion and four-time All-America Curtis Beach and 2012 ACC Indoor pentathlon champion sophomore Karli Johonnot.

 

Bobcat Brendan Haywood out for year

CHARLOTTE — Charlotte Bobcats center Brendan Haywood, who played collegiately at UNC, will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left foot.

Haywood has appeared in 61 games for the Bobcats this season, with averages of 3.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 19.0 minutes.

 

Ex-Dolphin Mark Duper arrested

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper was released from jail Thursday, charged after police say he beat his 17-year-old son unconscious twice during a series of three fights at their Jacksonville home.

Duper, who starred for the Dolphins from 1982 to 1992, spent a night in jail after his arrest Wednesday on one count of felony child abuse. He was released Thursday afternoon after posting a $5,000 bail, police in Jacksonville said.

 

Ex-Bears great, NFL MVP Hill dies

FLORENCE, Ala. — Harlon Hill, the former star receiver for the Chicago Bears whose name adorns the NCAA Division II player of the year trophy, has died here after a lengthy illness. He was 80.

Hill, who attended North Alabama, was the NFL rookie of the year in 1954 after being drafted in the 15th round by the Bears, and became the first winner of the Jim Thorpe Trophy as the NFL’s most valuable player in 1955.

 

Mancuso, Jitloff take U.S. Alpine titles

SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. — Julia Mancuso raced to her record 16th title in the U.S. Alpine Championships, winning the giant slalom Thursday in her hometown.

The Olympic gold medalist beat World Cup slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin by 0.88 seconds in the opening event in the four-day competition at the 1960 Olympic mountain.

Tim Jitloff won the men’s giant slalom for his fourth U.S. title. He grew up in nearby Truckee and now lives in Reno, Nev.