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05.31.07: Two Pirates on All- State softball team ... Panel will study academic performance in hoops ... Five from C-USA named academic All-America
05.30.07: 13-year drought ends for Memphis baseball ... LSU mascot, Mike V, led inspirational life ... Jayhawks ace facing comeback from surgery
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

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First-year Louisville football coach Steve Kragthorpe announced the dismissal of cornerback Lamar Alston and defensive end Jonathan Holston from the program for undisclosed reasons, according to a Louisville Courier-Journal report.

Kragthorpe succeeded Bobby Petrino as head coach of the Cardinals after a four-year stint at Conference USA member Tulsa that included a league championship and three bowl appearances.

Duke's Danowski is lacrosse player of year

Duke attackman Matt Danowski has been named the recipient of the 2007 Tewaaraton Trophy, an honor presented annually to the top men's lacrosse player in the nation. Danowski received the award Wednesday night at a banquet at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC.

Dollars lure Donovan to NBA's Orlando Magic

Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan is expected to bolt the school for a lucrative offer from the NBA Orlando Magic, according to multiple national media reports.

Fresh off leading the Gators to their second consecutive NCAA championship, Donovan reportedly was close to signing a contract extension with Florida that would pay him $2.5 million per year, according to the Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville.

The Magic swooped in with an offer of $6 million per year that swayed Donovan to replace the fired Brian Hill, The Orlando Sentinel and reported.

May 31, 2007

Two Pirates on All-State softball team

East Carolina sophomore Jessica Johnson and freshman Toni Paisley were named to the 2007 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) University Division All-State softball team released Tuesday.

The fourth-annual team consists of 11 student-athletes, representing eight different schools from North Carolina colleges and universities.

North Carolina sports information professionals submitted the nominees. The all-state team consists of two pitchers, one catcher, four infielders, three outfielders and a designated player.

One of three all-state rookies, Paisley won second-team All-Conference USA recognition and was named the league's freshman of the year. She threw a perfect game against Binghamton and no-hit UNC Greensboro. The Lakewood, CA, resident posted a 21-5 record with 20 complete games, 10 shutouts, 211 strikeouts. She had the Pirates' third-highest winning percentage (.808) and the fourth-highest strikeout total in school history.

Johnson earned first-team all-conference honors as she paced the Pirates with a .357 batting average, 17 home runs, 53 RBI and 314 putouts. Her 17 homers rank as the second highest single-season total in school history. She placed second on the team with 168 at bats, 60 hits, 22 walks and a .732 slugging percentage. Johnson finished among the Conference USA leaders in home runs (1st), slugging percentage (2nd), RBI's (2nd) and batting average (5th). She was also named to the league's all-academic and all-tournament teams.

Panel will study academic performance in hoops

The NCAA on Tuesday introduced a 27-member panel, including seven coaches, to be charged with developing strategies to enhance academic performance and graduation rates in Division I men's basketball, according to a USA Today report by Jack Carey.

The panel will be chaired by UCLA athletics director Dan Guerrero.

When the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR) data was released this month, men's basketball dipped for a second year in a row and was last among 29 men's and women's sports with at least 30 teams competing in Division I.

The APR measures teams' success in keeping scholarship athletes in school, keeping them eligible and graduating them. The NCAA has set a benchmark score of 925 and says that projects to about a 60% graduation rate. However, almost 44% of the 326 Division I men's hoops teams posted three-year APR averages lower than that and could be subject to penalties, including a reduction in scholarships, if improvement is not made.

Coaches on the panel include Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Paul Hewitt (Georgia Tech), Bo Ryan (Wisconsin), Herb Sendek (Arizona State), Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph's), Cy Alexander (Tennessee State) and Ron Hunter (IUPUI).

Five from C-USA named academic All-America

Five baseball players from Conference USA have been named to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team. For the second straight year, two student-athletes have earned first team recognition for their classroom work from Southern Miss — senior reliever Patrick Ezell and senior first baseman Trey Sutton.

Rice pitcher Ryne Tacker, the 2007 Conference USA pitcher of the year, is joined by Houston first baseman Josh Stirneman on the second team.

Rice junior shortstop Brian Friday was named as a third team Academic All-American.

May 30, 2007

13-year drought ends for Memphis baseball

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.

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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