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06.20.07: Judge's order ousts Nifong from DA position ... Tar Heels send Cardinals packing in CWS ... Indiana football coach Hoeppner succumbs
06.19.07: Floyd, Solares win
C-USA recognition in track ... Nifong stepping down July 13; Duke settles ... Hawes planning to take his game up a level
06.18.07: Rice jumps on Tar Heels early for 14-4 win ... Memphis, Georgetown plan hoops dates ... Lynch named to fill in for Hoosiers in 2007 ... Indiana gets verbal from top prep performer
06.17.07: Gavel comes down on DA Nifong: disbarment ... Syracuse swimmers getting the big freeze ... Sun Devils use long ball to subdue Anteaters
06.16.07: Pirates, Gamecocks announce football dates ... Owls open CWS by rallying past Cardinals ... Nifong steps down as Durham D.A.
06.15.07: Future dentist Krug gains postgrad scholarship ... FSU's Braman accorded national coaching honor ... Wieburg stepping down as Big 12 commissioner
06.14.07: First-round pairings set for College World Series ... Five from C-USA named to Nagurski watch list ... Outland list includes C-USA trio
06.13.07: Pirates-Hokies moves from "the Deuce" to ESPN ... ECU's Roller named to national frosh unit ... C-USA scholar awards go ECU's Krug, Williams
06.12.07: Irish to don throwback jerseys for USC game ... Herd soph on Athletes in Action Jones Cup team ... Seminoles capture back to back NCAA track titles
06.11.07: Pirates' Myers 12th in NCAA hammer throw ... ECU's Neitz taken by Giants in 37th round ... Anteaters nip Shockers to earn Omaha berth
06.10.07: Bulldogs beat Clemson to earn way to Omaha ... Heels, Gamecocks resume super regional today
06.09.07: Rice leads parade of C-USA draft picks ... Thompson to direct ECU's basketball operations ... Owls' Savery named finalist for Howser Trophy ... Tigers' Mays decides to return for senior season
06.08.07: Pirates bring aboard juco shooting guard ... ECU's Myers advances in NCAA hammer throw ... Robich back at ECU as women's hoops aide
06.07.07: Northern League recognizes Darryl Lawhorn ... ECU strength assistant gets national honor ... Highly-sought nose tackle verbals to Irish
06.06.07: Owls hosting Aggies in NCAA super regionals ... Beavers beat Virginia in deciding regional game ... Cavaliers, Nittany Lions set pair of football dates
06.05.07: Pirates-Hokies: High noon kickoff in Blacksburg ... Three Pirates on all-regional baseball team ... Tar Heels rally to earn super regional berth
06.04.07: Southern Miss loses lead, ousted from regional ... Campbell names Link defensive coordinator ... Stanford, USC's Lovemark win NCAA golf titles
06.03.07: Wolfpack postponed in Columbia regional ... Mailman delivers for alma mater La. Tech ... SEC won't push for Division I-A football playoff
06.02.07: Hargreaves joins East Carolina football staff ... Paper: Grant in the mix for Gators hoops job ... Tulsa's Korbe shares Byron Nelson honor
06.01.07: Kragthorpe boots pair from Louisville program ... Duke's Danowski is lacrosse player of year ... Dollars lure Donovan to Orlando Magic
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

News Nuggets, 06.21.08
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John Syptak, a two-time all conference selection during his career at Rice, will be looking to help the Frankfurt Galaxy win their fifth NFL Europe title in team history when they meet the Hamburg Sea Devils in World Bowl XV.

The game will be played on Saturday at Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the NFL Network.

Former Houston wide receiver Brandon Middleton is a teammate of Syptak's. The Hamburg active roster includes offensive tackle Jeremy Parquet of Southern Miss and wide receiver Josh Davis of Marshall.

Nevada's wolf has familiar appearance

The Reno Journal-Gazette has reported that officials from N.C. State and the University of Nevada will meet this week regarding the similar looks of the schools' secondary logos. The meeting comes after of an article in the N.C. State newspaper which pointed out the similarities between "Toughie", the N.C. State wolf, and a wolf that has been appearing on Nevada merchandise.

Reports state that the two wolves appear the same except for their color and type of headgear.

Theus leaves New Mexico State for Kings

New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus was introduced Wednesday as the new coach of the Sacramento Kings of the NBA.

Theus had announced just last Thursday that the Aggies had added Duke to their 2007-08 non-conference schedule with a game in Durham at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 to be shown on ESPN2.

June 20, 2007

Judge's order ousts Nifong from DA position

A judge has suspended Durham district attorney Mike Nifong, thwarting the intentions of the prosecutor disbarred for his handling of the Duke lacrosse rape case to stay in office for another month and assist in the transition to a successor.

Superior court judge Orlando Hudson said the order was based on the probability that Nifong engaged in willful misconduct in office.

Tar Heels send Cardinals packing in CWS

North Carolina starter Luke Putkonen quieted the rowdy Louisville bats, giving up just three hits and striking out seven to pick up his eighth win and end Louisville's NCAA College World Series baseball run with a 3-1 win in Omaha on Tuesday.

Indiana football coach Hoeppner succumbs

Indiana football coach Terry Hoeppner, 59, passed away Tuesday morning at 6:50 a.m. at Bloomington Hospital following a lengthy illness, according to the university's athletic web site.

"Coach died due to complications from the brain tumor for which he had been treated surgically and therapeutically over the past 18 months, " said team physician Dr. Larry Rink. "His family was at his side."

June 19, 2007

Floyd, Solares win C-USA recognition in track

Ebonie Floyd of Houston and Rice's Pablo Solares were voted the 2007 Conference USA outdoor female and male track and field athletes of the year, respectively, by a vote of the league's head coaches.

Floyd capped off her career by earning All-America status at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The sprint specialist won silver in the 100-meter (11.28 seconds) and bronze in the 200m (22.65).

Solares capped off a sterling Rice career with three solid weekends of performances. He established a personal-best time of 3:40.22 in the 1,500-meter to place ninth at the NCAA outdoor championships.

Nifong stepping down July 13; Duke settles

Disbarred Durham district attorney Mike Nifong has announced he will step down from that position on July 13. Nifond said he will offer to assist in a transition with his successor.

In related news, Duke officials have announced that they have reached a settlement with David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann, the three Blue Devils lacrosse players who were determined to have been victims of false accusations by the Durham DA.

Terms of the settlement were not announced.

Hawes planning to take his game up a level

Washington freshman center Spencer Hawes has decided to forgo his remaining three years of college eligibility, sign with an agent and remain available for the 2007 NBA draft.

Hawes led the Huskies and ranked 10th among Pacific-10 Conference scorers with a 14.9 points per game average. His 53.2 percent accuracy from the field was the league's fourth-best figure. Hawes ranked second on the team and ninth among Pac-10 players with an average of 6.4 rebounds per game.

June 18, 2007

Rice jumps on Tar Heels early for 14-4 win

North Carolina fell in an early 6-0 hole and could not recover, losing to Rice 14-4 in the College World Series on Sunday night.

The Tar Heels will face Louisville on Tuesday at 2 p.m. EDT in an elimination game. The winner of that game will have to defeat Rice twice to advance to the best two-of-three championship series.

Memphis, Georgetown plan hoops dates

Next season's Memphis basketball schedule will include Georgetown, which reached last season's Final Four. The contract calls for the teams to play four games over the next five years.

The series begins in 2007-08 with a game at FedExForum in Memphis on a date to be determined. The Tigers return the game in Washington, DC, in the 2008-09 season.

After a year hiatus in 2009-10, the final two games are scheduled in 2010-11 (Memphis) and 2011-12 (Washington, DC).

Lynch named to fill in for Hoosiers in 2007

Indiana athletic director Rick Greenspan has announced that Bill Lynch, who has been the Hoosiers' assistant head football coach and offensive coordinator since 2005, will assume the responsibilities of head coach for the 2007 season as Terry Hoeppner continues his leave of absence for health reasons.

"Most importantly, I wish Terry well with his ongoing health issues," Greenspan said.

Indiana gets verbal from top prep performer

For the second straight year, Kelvin Sampson has landed a Top 10 player, according to

The Indiana head coach wrestled in-state star Eric Gordon away from Illinois less than a year ago and now the Hoosiers boss has received a commitment from New York native Devin Ebanks.

Ebanks is a skilled 6-8 rising senior wing from Brooklyn who took an unofficial visit to Bloomington last month.

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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