National sports briefs: Krzyzewski chosen for Army Hall of Fame
WEST POINT, N.Y. ó Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has been selected for the Army Sports Hall of Fame.
A 1969 West Point graduate, Krzyzewski earned three letters as a player for Army and then coached the Black Knights for five years. He finished with a 73-59 record before taking over at Duke in 1978.
Krzyzewski will be inducted Sept. 11.
“This is the ultimate honor for anyone who played on any West Point team,” he said. “To be in the Army Sports Hall of Fame puts you with some of the greatest people who have played their sport. It is a great honor. I have always said that so much of what I do on a day-to-day basis is a result of my experiences as a cadet, an officer and as a coach at Army.”
– ATHENS, Ga. ó Gerald Robinson Jr., who averaged almost 18 points per game last season at Tennessee State, is transferring to Georgia.
– KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ó Knoxville Police are seeking former Tennessee guard Ramar Smith among others for questioning about a home invasion and robbery.
Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk says the robbery at a local apartment complex involved several suspects, but police have not named Smith as a suspect.
– PROVO, Utah ó BYU forward Jonathan Tavernari has withdrawn his name from consideration for the draft.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ó Tennessee will self-report another minor recruiting violation after a comment about a recruit was posted to coach Lane Kiffin’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Kiffin’s profiles on the two social media Web sites on Tuesday briefly read: “I was so excited to hear that J.C. Copeland committed to play for the Vols today!”
Copeland is a junior at Troup County High School in LaGrange, Ga.
Athletics director Mike Hamilton told The Knoxville News Sentinel an assistant posted the comments on the Web sites without consulting the athletic department’s compliance officials.
The university also self-reported a secondary violation in February when Kiffin mentioned eventual signee Bryce Brown’s name on a radio program.
– KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ó Police have questioned Tennessee defensive back Brent Vinson as a witness in a shooting.
Charles Corn was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after being shot at a Knoxville townhouse complex late Tuesday night. He was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.
Police interviewed Vinson as a witness because he was present when the shooting happened. Vinson is not considered a suspect.
– MORGANTOWN, W.Va. ó West Virginia has added football games against UNLV and Maryland and is switching the locations for its two-game series with Florida State.
The Mountaineers will play UNLV in the 2010 season. It will face Maryland in 2012 and 2013 in addition to games already scheduled in 2010 and 2011.
Locations for the series with Florida State now involve games in Tallahassee, Fla., in 2012 and in Morgantown in 2013.
– MANHATTAN, Kan. ó Kansas State has filed a lawsuit challenging a secret deal between former athletic director Ron Krause and former football coach Ron Prince that would pay Prince $3.2 million in deferred compensation between 2015 and 2020.
Kansas State president Jon Wefald said he found out about the deal on May 11 and that nobody in the administration or athletic department knew about it. The lawsuit seeks to invalidate the deal.
Prince resigned in November, three months after signing a five-year contact with a guaranteed compensation package of $1.1 million a year. Krause resigned Wednesday from his job as director of economic development for the school’s Olathe Innovation Campus upon Wefald’s request.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. ó Rachel Alexandra returned to the track for the first time since winning the Preakness.
She galloped a mile Wednesday over a fast Churchill Downs track. Mine That Bird galloped 1 1/2 miles for the first time since finishing second in the Preakness.
Linked by their Spanish heritage and superb short game, Jose Maria Olazabal and Seve Ballesteros will be together again in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Olazabal was elected on the International ballot with 56 percent of the vote, joining Ballesteros as the only Spaniards in the shrine. He will be inducted Nov. 2.
– VIRGINIA WATER, England ó Justin Rose has pulled out of this week’s BMW PGA Championship because of a back injury.
– OWINGS MILLS, Md. ó UCLA’s Maria Jose Uribe shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead in the Division I Women’s Golf Championships and help the Bruins open a stroke-shot advantage.
Wake Forest’s Nanette Hill is at 1 under with two rounds left.
UCLA tops the team standings at 13 over. Southern California was second at 20 over, followed by Denver (22 over), and Arizona State, Oklahoma State and North Carolina at 24 over.
DUESSELDORF, Germany ó The United States has been eliminated from World Team Cup tennis after failing to advance out of round-robin play.
Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey defeated Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt and Robin Soderling 2-6, 6-2, 10-3, but the United States couldn’t overcome losing two singles matches Tuesday.
– WARSAW, Poland ó Maria Sharapova routed Darya Kustova 6-2, 6-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the Warsaw Open in her first singles tournament since returning from shoulder surgery.