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05.29.07: C-USA sends four to NCAA baseball regionals ... Duke falls to Johns Hopkins in lacrosse final ... Kansas star decides no Rush on NBA draft
05.28.07: ECU duo set for NCAA hammer championships ... Duke, Johns Hopkins vie for NCAA lacrosse title ... Former Villanova star dies after beating
05.27.07: ECU's Myers hammers out NCAA track berth ... Dramatic goal lifts Duke into NCAA lacrosse final ... Blue Devil women earn national title on the links
05.26.07: C-USA baseball players visit children's ward ... Cavs, Heels meet for berth in ACC championship ... SEC will look at potential football playoff
05.25.07: East Carolina track standouts in NCAA regionals ... Two gridders planning to leave Virginia Tech ... Rolle through as role player in hoops for LSU
05.24.07: Slain Miami lineman's parents to get $2 million ... Georgetown hoops duo announces future plans ... Heels' stumbles persist in ACC baseball tourney
05.23.07: C-USA session tickets available ... League honors go to six Pirate baseball players ... Paper: Villanova legend beaten, near death
05.22.07: Aggies end Houston's softball season ... C-USA weekly honors go to Belanger, Luna ... Duke plows through Heels to lacrosse Final Four
05.21.07: Tulsa takes NCAA regional golf title ... Purdue plans $82 million expansion of arena ... Criminal activity in program leads to coach's exit
05.20.07: C-USA baseball pairings set, ECU faces Tulane ... USM's Eustachy gets raise, extension ... Houston slams Aggies in softball regional
05.19.07: C-USA moves toward 6th bowl partnership ... Tar Heels extend Williams' contract ... Rice's Savery semifinalist for Dick Howser honor
05.18.07: East Carolina women's hoops adds Georgia star ... Gastonia Ashbrook high jumper heading for ECU ... Va. tennis standout joins ECU women's team
05.17.07: Weatherbee: ECU football tix may get scarce ... Cougars face La-La in NCAA softball opener ... Southland Conference star pulls out of NBA draft ... Pa. justices hear arguments on Paterno's salary
05.16.07: Winthrop guard in coma following car wreck ...
C-USA announces track honors... Conference reaches agreement in 'Summit' talks
05.15.07: ECU's Krog heads for NCAA golf championship ... Prep guard Jai Lucas chooses Gators... Miami present Pata's degree to family members
05.14.07: ECU men win C-USA 4x100-meter relay ... Pirate softball falls in Conference USA final ... Green team rolls as Glanville era kicks off
05.13.07: Black Knights to face Zips in new Patriot Bowl ... Hurricanes center granted another season ... New Mexico State gives Theus new deal
05.12.07: Hokies looking for offensive improvement ... Penalty shortened for former Buckeyes coach ... Davis, Flutie among gridders getting Hall call
05.11.07: Port City FM joins East Carolina football network ... Pirate softball takes Conference USA win in ten ... Miami's ADee stepping down after 15 years
05.10.07: ECU's Paisley is
C-USA's freshman of the year ... Pirate women's track signs Durham standouts ... Man gets life for killing TCU football player
05.09.07: ECU's Morman captures triple jump at Duke ... Pirates earn a bye in C-USA softball tourney ... ECU's Hose named C-USA pitcher of week
05.08.07: Omaha mulls replacing Rosenblatt Stadium ... Duke seeded No. 1 for NCAA lacrosse tourney ... JamesOn Curry cleared for NBA draft
05.07.07: ECU softball seeded No. 2 for C-USA tourney ... UAB, UNLV lose football scholarships ... Prosser going to Kuwait for USO operation
05.06.07: Duke bows out of hosting state title grid games ... Pirate basketball under the gun in academics ... Graduation exercises include 43 ECU student-athletes
05.05.07: Virginia, Southern Cal to collide on Aug. 30 ... Louisville re-signs Pitino through 2013 ... Three from
C-USA on Rimington watch list
05.04.07: Lewellen leaving East Carolina for Virginia post ... Marshall women get berth in preseason WNIT ... Three-point shot getting a foot longer
05.03.07: Graham signs as free agent with Panthers ... Tulsa tennis teams, Rice men get NCAA bids ... Florida State panel denies tight end's release
05.02.07: Pirate golfers accorded conference honors ... UAB's Osborn, Tulsa take golf titles ... Saint Louis becomes new challenge for Majerus
05.01.07: ECU's Lee, Roach get national academic honors ... Houston's Kolb leads C-USA draft selections ... Jordan's son plans to join Illini hoops program
04.30.07: ECU's Allison drafted in fifth round by Vikings ... Pirates split softball twinbill with Cougars ... Heels win first series at Doak Field since 2001... Duke captures ACC men's lacrosse title
04.29.07: ECU teams earn NCAA academic recognition ... NCAA acts on text messaging, baseball ... LSU quarterback goes No. 1 in draft as expected
04.28.07: Scholar-athlete honors go to Handsfield, Krug ... Sunday start for softball moves up one hour ... Rice, Tulane players on Howser list
04.27.07: Young named MVP for Lady Pirates hoops ... SMU golfer beats pros for Byron Nelson berth ... Pacers dismiss Carlisle after missing playoffs
04.26.07: ECU adds The Citadel to baseball schedule ... Pirates will buddy up with Challenger League ... Memphis nips Lady Pirates in C-USA golf
04.25.07: ECU's Paisley named C-USA pitcher of week ... Houston, Marshall players take league honors ... Michigan plans indoor practice facility
04.24.07: ECU softball routs UTEP for series triumph ... Tulsa sweeps Conference USA tennis ... Majerus meets with Saint Louis officials ... Tar Heel Wright to enter NBA draft
04.23.07: ECU wins nationally- televised softball game ... Dad Holtz coaches win in Irish spring game ... Throng turns out for Alabama spring game
04.22.07: Hokies coach invited to New York for NFL draft ... Iowa grants transfer release to super frosh ... Loss to Tulsa wraps up ECU's tennis season
04.21.07: Former ECU gridder playing in NFL Europe ... Texas- Oklahoma game remaining at Cotton Bowl ... La-Lafayette draws NCAA sanctions
04.20.07: East Carolina's Mathews on relievers watch list ... ECU women's tennis finishes with 19-10 record ... Report: Ohio State's Oden will make jump to NBA
04.19.07: Pirates place 182 on Conference USA honor roll ... ECU softball overpowers Seahawks for sweep ... Duke women's hoops lures Michigan State coach ... NCAA proposes end to text message recruiting
04.18.07: Virginia Tech adjusts spring sports schedule ... Golden Eagles complete spring workouts ... ECU softball at UTEP on pay-per-view
04.17.07: ECU's Salisbury wins hammer throw at UNC-CH ... ECU softball splits with Tigers, heads for UNCW ... UCF, Rice standouts take weekly honors
04.16.07: Weather curtails Southern Miss spring game ... Two C-USA players taken in USBL draft ... Wake football gets rings, presents awards

News Nuggets, 05.30.08
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Thirteen years to the day after its last NCAA regional victory in 1994, the 2007 Memphis Tiger baseball team ended the postseason drought when it was selected as the No. 3 seed in the Nashville regional.

Memphis received an at-large bid after finishing the Conference USA Tournament with a 36-25 mark. The Tigers will take on No. 2 Michigan in the opening contest at 2 p.m. on Friday.

No. 1 national seed Vanderbilt will host the regional. The Commodores will face Austin Peay, which earned the No. 4 regional seed.

LSU mascot, Mike V, led inspirational life

The reign of Mike V, LSU’s beloved mascot, has come to an end with the tiger's recent death.

Mike V was an official representative of the Bengal Tigers for one of the most glorious periods in LSU athletic history. The mascot served as a focal point for LSU teams from 1990 until his death Friday.

The royal Bengal tiger was born on Oct. 18, 1989, and first moved into his home across from Tiger Stadium on April 30, 1990.

Mike actually attended his first sporting event on Feb. 21, 1990, when he was introduced to a roaring crowd at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for a men’s basketball game. The Tigers beat Alabama that day, 75-69, in Shaquille O’Neal’s freshman year.

Jayhawks ace facing comeback from surgery

Kansas basketball head coach Bill Self announced Tuesday that guard Brandon Rush has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

"The MRI report from last Friday confirms that Brandon did tear his ACL," Self said. "We did not announce the nature of the injury last week per Brandon's request. Friday was an emotional day for Brandon as he had worked very hard in preparation for the NBA pre-draft camp. By law we cannot comment on an injury without a player's consent.

"Brandon is in good spirits and is presently rehabbing as he prepares for surgery this week or early next week."

Rush is a two-time All-Big 12 first team selection. He has led the Jayhawks in scoring each of his first two seasons, including 13.8 points per game this past season.

May 29, 2007

C-USA sends four to NCAA baseball regionals

Conference USA received four bids to the 2007 NCAA baseball tournament on Monday.

Rice will host the Houston regional as the No. 2 national seed, while East Carolina will be the No. 2 seed in Chapel Hill, Southern Miss will be the No. 2 seed in Oxford, MS, and Memphis will travel up the road to Nashville, TN, where it will compete as the No. 3 seed.

Only the ACC (7), Big 12 (6) and SEC (5) had more selections than Conference USA.

Duke falls to Johns Hopkins in lacrosse final

Johns Hopkins won its ninth NCAA men's lacrosse title on Monday, withstanding a Duke comeback for a 12-11 victory in Baltimore.

The Blue Jays never trailed but the Blue Devils overcame a six-goal halftime deficit to pull even at 11-11 when Max Quinzani scored with 4:37 left.

Hopkins' Kevin Huntley followed with his third goal of the game with 3:25 to go, which proved decisive despite late pressure by Duke (17-3), the nation's top-ranked team and No. 1 seed for the tournament.

Kansas star decides no Rush on NBA draft

Kansas basketball standout Brandon Rush has withdrawn his name from NBA draft consideration.

Rush, who completed his sophomore year at KU this spring, submitted his name to the NBA to be eligible for this year's draft.

A two-time All-Big 12 first-team selection, Rush has led the Jayhawks in scoring each of his first two seasons, including 13.8 points as a sophomore. He was second on the team in rebounding average at 5.6. He also hit a team-best 50 three-pointers in the 2006-07 season.

May 28, 2007

ECU duo set for NCAA hammer championships

East Carolina's Chelsea Salisbury advanced to the NCAA track and field championships after finishing fourth in the hammer throw with a mark of 57.83 meters at the 2007 NCAA East regionals in Gainesville, FL.

Salisbury joins Terrance Myers, who qualified with a hammer throw of 62.87 meters in the first day of the regional competition. The duo will travel to Sacramento, CA, to compete in the NCAA championships June 6-9.

Duke, Johns Hopkins vie for NCAA lacrosse title

The top-seeded and second-ranked Duke lacrosse team will play third-seeded and fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins in the NCAA championship game this afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Face-off is set for 1 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

Former Villanova star dies week after beating

Howard Porter, one of the best basketball players in Villanova history, died after he was found severely beaten in an alley more than a week ago, according to a Star-Tribune report. He was 58.

Porter died Saturday night, Minneapolis Police Lt. Kim Lund said Sunday. Police were awaiting a report from the medical examiner to determine the cause of death.

Porter worked as a probation officer for Ramsey County. Police said it was unclear whether the beating was connected to his job. Lund said there have been no arrests and the investigation is continuing.

May 27, 2007

ECU's Myers hammers out NCAA track berth

East Carolina's Terrance Myers advanced to the NCAA Championships after finishing third in the hammer throw with a mark of 62.87 meters in the 2007 NCAA East regionals in Gainesville, FL.

Myers will travel to Sacramento, CA, to compete in the NCAA national championships June 6-9.

Dramatic goal lifts Duke into NCAA lacrosse final

Scoring sensation Zack Greer rifled home the game-winning goal with just three seconds left to provide the winning margin in Duke's 12-11 victory over Cornell in the national semifinals of the NCAA lacrosse tournament on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, MD.

Cornell erased a seven-goal deficit and tied the game at 11-11 with just 17 seconds remaining on Brian Clayton's unassisted goal. On the subsequent face-off, Terrence Molinari scooped up the ground ball and found Peter Lamade near midfield. Lamade then drove to the goal and fed Greer, who deposited his fourth goal of the day into the net to push the Blue Devils back into the championship game for a rematch of the 2005 title tilt with Johns Hopkins.

Greer finished with four goals and one assist on the day while goalkeeper Dan Loftus was credited for 16 saves. Greer now has 67 tallies on the year, marking the third-highest single-season total in NCAA history.

The announced attendance of 52,004 establishes a new NCAA men's lacrosse semifinal day record, bettering the previous high of 49,512 set last year in Philadelphia, PA.

Blue Devil women earn national title on the links

The Duke women's golf team earned a third consecutive NCAA championship at the 6,351-yard, par 72 LPGA International Legends Course in Daytona Beach, FL.

It was the fifth national title in nine years for the Duke women.

Duke's five titles is second to Arizona State, which has six. ASU was the last team to three-peat, doing so in 1992-95. The championship also marks the ninth in Duke athletics history along with three men's basketball championships (1991, '92 and 2001) and men's soccer (1986).

May 26, 2007

C-USA baseball players visit children's ward

Members of the East Carolina, Memphis, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane and Central Florida baseball teams visited the Children's Ward at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville on Friday.

The visit was part of the "Reach for the Stars" program in conjunction with the 2007 C-USA Baseball Championship.

Cavs, Heels meet for berth in ACC championship

North Carolina's Tim Fedroff had four hits and scored three times to power a 19-hit attack and lead the Tar Heels to a 14-5 win over North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament in a game that spanned two days on the calendar.

The start of the contest was delayed an hour and 40 minutes by rain and the 3-hour, 5-minute game that started on Thursday did not finish until 1:15 a.m. Friday morning.

North Carolina (46-12) will meet Virginia on Saturday, with the winner moving on to Sunday's championship game as the Bracket B winner.

SEC will look at potential football playoff revenue

The debate over a major-college football playoff touches on its impact on the sport's regular season, on the survivability of a decades-old bowl system and on the potential for infringement on players' academics, according to a USA Today report by Steve Wieberg.

But where it will turn, University of Florida president and playoff advocate Bernie Machen predicts, is on money.

"The big (unknown) is: 'Is there a lot of money that's not on the table?' " he says. "It could be sizable. More than $100 million more than is on the table now."

It's one plank in an argument he'll make to presidents of the 11 other schools in the Southeastern Conference next Friday during meetings in Destin, FL.

Machen also sees a playoff bringing a more equitable split of postseason revenue, which last season totaled almost $218 million — 86% pocketed by schools in six conferences — Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pacific-10 and SEC — and Notre Dame.

May 25, 2007

East Carolina track standouts in NCAA regionals

Qualified performers from East Carolina's men's and women's track teams will compete in the NCAA Division I East regional championships today and Saturday in Gainesville, FL.

Six individuals from ECU and two Pirate relay teams will be competing to advance to the NCAA national championships to be held June 6-9 in Sacramento, CA.

For the ECU women, Camelia Morman will compete in the triple jump while Chelsea Salisbury will represent the Pirates in the hammer throw.

For the men, Brandon Small and Chris Richardson will run in the 400 meter dash, while Terrence Myers and Eric Frasure will compete in the hammer throw.

East Carolina's 4x100 relay team of Aidan Sanderson, Jarek Hewett, David Rucker and Kevin Thompson is also in the regionals, as is the the 4x400 relay team of Small, Sanderson, Bryson Bowling and Richardson.

Two gridders planning to leave Virginia Tech

Tailback George Bell and wide receiver Brandon Barden have indicated they will leave the football program at Virginia Tech.

Bell, who starred at Jack Britt High in Fayetteville, is headed to Division II Catawba, where he hopes to play more. Barden, a freshman who arrived in January and went through spring practice, was shaken by the April shootings on the Blacksburg campus that left 33 dead. He is looking at the possibility of transferring to Vanderbilt.

East Carolina opens its 2007 football season at Virginia Tech on Sept. 1.

Rolle through as role player in hoops for LSU

LSU basketball coach John Brady has announced that forward Magnum Rolle, by mutual agreement, will be given the opportunity to pursue other interests as it relates to his basketball career.

The 6-foot-10 Rolle may transfer or sit out next season and prepare for the 2008 NBA draft.

"Despite the development of several players who have had the patience and made it to the next level in our program at his position, sometimes the parties involved do not agree on a developmental process of the player as it relates to the team," Brady said. "When that happens, other options may be explored. We wish Magnum well with his future in basketball and his pursuit of his education."

Rolle played in 60 games in two seasons at LSU with nine starts. He averaged 2.8 points per game and 3.2 rebounds.

News Nuggets are compiled periodically based on material supplied by staff members; data published by ECU, Conference USA and its member schools; and reports from electronic services and other sources. Copyright 2007 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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