Fanfare-Colleges: A look at college and other sports news in brief

Sep. 17, 2013 @ 10:55 PM

Duke seeded 2nd in NIT

DURHAM — Duke received the No. 2 seed in the NIT Season Tip-Off, announced Tuesday by selection committee chairman C.M. Newton.

Duke will host its first two matchups in Cameron Indoor Stadium, opening against UNC Asheville on Nov. 18 (7 p.m., ESPNU) followed by a contest against the winner of seventh-seeded East Carolina and Norfolk State on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.

If Duke wins both games, the Blue Devils would advance to a semifinal matchup in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 27 against the advancing team from a group that includes No. 3 seed Alabama, Stillman College, Georgia State and McNeese State.

The NIT Season Tip-Off championship game will take place Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

Arizona earned the No. 1 seed for the tournament, while Rutgers occupies the top placement in the remaining quadrant with the No. 4 overall seed. No. 5 seed Rhode Island, No. 6 seed Elon, and No. 8 seed Drexel round out the remaining top eight seeds.


Durham Sports Club meeting

DURHAM — The Hugo Germino Sports Ambassador Award will be presented at the Durham Sports Club meeting Wednesday at Croasdaile Country Club.

The award, named for the late sports editor of The Durham Sun, was established to honor deserving citizens who have spent an exceptional amount of time promoting, coaching and working with young people in the Durham community.

The meeting, which begins at noon and features a buffet lunch, is open to the public for a $25 guest fee. More information is available at


UNC nips Campbell in OT

BUIES CREEK — The No. 1 North Carolina men’s soccer team escaped with a 1-0 overtime victory over Campbell Tuesday night on Raby George’s goal in the 97th minute.

North Carolina (3-0-2) outshot the Camels by a 16-8 margin, but it took going to overtime for the fourth time in five games to come away with the win and stay unbeaten in five contests so far in 2013.

The build up to the game winner started with a corner kick from Alex Olofson, which led to a shot from Josh Rice that was pushed aside by Campbell keeper Ethan Hall. However, the ball was still loose in front and George sent a strike that deflected off a defender and into the back of the net.


Duke drops Davidson in OT

DAVIDSON — Duke freshman Brody Huitema scored with 50 seconds left in overtime to lift the Blue Devils to a thrilling 3-2 men’s soccer win over Davidson Tuesday night.

Huitema scored twice as Duke registered two second-half goals en route to the overtime victory.

Huitema’s goals were the first of his collegiate career, while rookie Seo-In Kim finished with a pair of assists in the win. Duke’s two second-half goals came in the 68th and 87th minutes to improve to 3-1-2 overall.


America’s Cup races postponed

SAN FRANCISCO — Strong wind blowing in through the Golden Gate Bridge and a strong tide flowing out to sea forced organizers to postpone two America’s Cup races Tuesday between Emirates Team Zealand and defender Oracle Team USA.

Organizers hope to complete Races 11 and 12 today.

Team New Zealand leads 7-1 and needs two wins to claim the Cup for the second time in 18 years. Oracle Team USA was penalized two points in a cheating scandal so it needs eight more victories to keep the Auld Mug.


Ex-Tar Heel opts for rehab

NEW YORK — Former North Carolina star Matt Harvey will try to rehab his injured right elbow without reconstructive surgery, a move the young ace hopes is going to keep him on the mound for the New York Mets next season.

Tommy John surgery remains a possibility. Harvey will soon begin a throwing program designed to last as long as six to eight weeks. If he feels pain or other symptoms that hinder his pitching, he likely will need the operation — which probably would sideline him for 2014.


ESPN GameDay to Fargo, N.D.

FARGO, N.D. — ESPN is calling an audible for its popular College GameDay show by departing from its typical large-campus backdrops — think Michigan and Clemson — and featuring North Dakota State, owners of back-to-back Football Championship Subdivision titles and an early-season victory over a Big 12 team.

“North Dakota State, in a way, is sort of the Alabama of the FCS,” GameDay senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting said in explaining why the show is coming to Fargo on Saturday. “They’re two-time defending national champions, ranked No. 1 in the current poll, ten national titles for the program.

“The next question was, why not?”


Peake done, Tigers still confident

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Coach Dabo Swinney said Clemson’s offense will continue to run smoothly with reserve receiver Adam Humphries in the starting lineup.

Humphries is replacing Charone Peake, who was the Tigers (2-0) second-leading receiver when he tore his ACL in a non-contact drill a week ago and needs season-ending surgery. So Humphries, Peake’s high-school teammate from Dorman, S.C., will be front-and-center when Clemson faces North Carolina State (2-0) in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams Thursday night.


Bethpage Black to host Ryder Cup

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — The Ryder Cup and PGA Championship are coming to Bethpage Black.

The PGA of America announced Tuesday that Bethpage Black will host the rowdiest event in golf in 2024, and the 2019 PGA Championship. The public course at a Long Island state park has developed a well-earned reputation for loud and boisterous fans, having played host to two U.S. Open championships in 2002 and 2009. Last year, the Barclays was held there as part of the FedEx Cup playoffs.


Longtime ref, Spence, dies at 51

Bonita Spence, a longtime women’s basketball official who worked two Finals Fours has died. She was 51. No details were released.

Spence worked every NCAA women’s tournament since 2000, including the Final Four in 2001 and 2005. She officiated for 27 years, handling games in the Big East, ACC, Big Ten and Southeastern Conference. Spence also refereed in the WNBA from 1999-2009.