National Sports Briefs
DURHAM ó Nate Frieman’s school-record 43rd home run started a six-run sixth inning that carried Duke past Clemson 10-4 on Friday in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Alex Hassan had a two-run single and Jake Lemmerman added a run-scoring triple during the burst for the seventh-seeded Blue Devils (35-23), who eliminated the Tigers (39-19) from contention for Sunday’s championship game.
Virginia 11, North Carolina 1
DURHAM ó Danny Hultzen struck out six in 6 innings and Virginia scored 10 runs in the third inning of its mercy rule-shortened 11-1 rout of North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament Friday night.
John Barr had a two-run single during the big inning for the Cavaliers (41-12-1). They are 2-0 in the round-robin tournament and can clinch a spot in Sunday’s championship game with a victory over Duke on Saturday.
Scott Silverstein ended the game in the eighth when he walked to force in Keith Werman, making it a 10-run game.
Boston College 10, Miami 1
DURHAM ó Pat Dean had a strong performance on the mound while Robbie Anston and Harry Darling each drove in two runs Friday to help Boston College beat Miami 10-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball championship.
IRVING, Texas ó Rory Sabbatini followed an unconventional par with four consecutive birdies on way to a season-best 6-under 64 and a share of the second-round lead Friday with John Mallinger at the Byron Nelson Championship.
– BEACHWOOD, Ohio ó Scotland’s Ross Drummond, more famous as the subject of a golf book than for his play, shot a 4-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Senior PGA Championship.
– CORNING, N.Y. ó France’s Karine Icher shot a 6-under 66 take a two-stroke lead over South Korea’s Hee-Won Han in the final LPGA Corning Classic.
– OWINGS MILLS, Md. ó Purdue’s Maria Hernandez shot a 1-under 71 for a one-stroke victory in the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, and Arizona State beat UCLA by eight shots for its seventh team title.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas ó Dara Torres beat her own American record in the 50-meter butterfly on Friday night at the Texas Senior Circuit No. 2 meet at Texas A&M.
The 42-year-old Torres, who won three silver medals in Beijing last summer, touched the wall in 25.72 seconds in the final, improving on her record time of 25.84 seconds from the morning preliminaries.
Both times beat Jenny Thompson’s American record of 26.00 seconds, set in Barcelona, Spain, in 2003.
NEW YORK ó The son of a New York City assistant principal who died of swine flu has pitched a no-hitter while wearing a cap bearing his father’s initials.
Jordan Wiener is the son of Mitchell Wiener, a 55-year-old assistant principal at an intermediate school in Queens. Jordan attends Robert F. Kennedy High School in Queens and struck out 14 batters on Thursday.
His father was buried Wednesday after dying of the virus on Sunday.
The 18-year-old senior says he felt his father giving him the power to win. He says his dad “would want me to do what I do best, and that’s pitching.”
MADISON, Wis. ó Former major league pitcher Jerry Koosman has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion and could face up to one year in prison.
Koosman, a left-hander, pitched for the New York Mets and won two games in the 1969 World Series. He also pitched for the Minnesota Twins, the Chicago White Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies.
He retired in 1985 with 222 wins.
COLUMBIA, S.C. ó South Carolina center Garrett Anderson has been named to the Rimington Trophy watch list.
The Gamecocks senior is among 44 players up for the award, given each year to the nation’s top center.
Anderson has played in 35 games, starting 21, over the past three seasons. The 6-foot-4, 307-pound offensive lineman started all 13 games at center for South Carolina last season.
The Gamecocks open the season at North Carolina State on Thursday, Sept. 3.
CONCORD ó It’s not a random number, the “36” that’s plastered on the door of the black Toyota Marc Davis intends to race Saturday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
It was chosen to represent the 36 years since a black driver competed in NASCAR’s top ranks in a car he owned himself.
That driver was Wendell Scott of Danville, Va., who died of cancer in December 1990, largely forgotten by stock-car racing after a career that left him with a lone victory (in 495 starts) and scarcely more fame and riches than he had when he started.
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