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Hermann not considering resigning as Rutgers AD
NEWARK, N.J. – Julie Hermann has not considered resigning as Rutgers’s incoming athletic director following reports that 16 years ago she humiliated and emotionally abused players while coaching Tennessee’s women’s volleyball team.
Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Hermann denied having knowledge of a letter that the 16 Tennessee players submitted to the school. Rutgers officials, however, have talked to her about it in recent days.
The 49-year-old Hermann acknowledged she was an intense coach and may have made a few mistakes handling her team. Hermann said she has matured and believes she is qualified to lead the scandal-marred Rutgers athletic program.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to examine the appointment before Hermann begins June 17.
Duke beats Syracuse to win NCAA championship
PHILADELPHIA – Duke rallied from an early deficit to beat Syracuse, 16-10, yesterday and win its second NCAA men’s lacrosse title.
The Blue Devils trailed 5-0 in the second quarter.
Jordan Wolf had four goals for Duke (16-5). Josh Offit and Josh Dionne each scored three times.
But the real star for the Blue Devils was junior faceoff man Brendan Fowler, who won 13 straight at one point to give Duke possession for long stretches. Fowler won 20 of 28 faceoffs overall and was honored as the game’s most outstanding player.
Dylan Donahue led Syracuse (16-4) with three goals. JoJo Marasco scored two fourth-quarter goals 35 seconds apart, pulling the Orange within 13-9 with 7:36 to play.
Stanford’s Gibbs, Ohio St’s Rola win NCAA titles
URBANA, Ill. – Blaz Rola of Ohio State and Nicole Gibbs of Stanford won NCAA singles titles yesterday.
Gibbs repeated as women’s champion after routing a hobbled Mary Weatherholt of Nebraska, 6-2, 6-4. Rola, who is from Slovenia, became the first men’s tennis champion for the Buckeyes, beating Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia, 7-6 (8), 6-4.
Rola won on a disputed match point. His forehand landed near the line and was called in. Jenkins jumped up and down and pointed at a scuff mark where he said the ball landed. After the match, Rola conceded the ball appeared to have been out.
Gibbs, a junior who plans to turn pro, had never played Weatherholt before. She was eventually able to dominate with a strong forehand after falling behind 3-2 early in the first set.
Weatherholt hyperextended her right knee late in the second set returning a hard backhand and was able to continue only after it had been heavily taped. That knee has been operated on three times, most recently in September.
Auburn fires Coach Pawlowski
AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn fired baseball Coach John Pawlowski, hours after the Tigers missed the NCAA regionals for the third straight season.
Athletic Director Jay Jacobs announced the decision yesterday, saying he believes change is necessary to achieve the program’s goal of competing for championships.
Pawlowski went 167-126 in five seasons with the Tigers but posted a 71-79 record in Southeastern Conference games. The Tigers went 33-23 last season and lost to Alabama in the first round of the SEC tournament.
The Tigers weren’t among the 64 teams picked for regionals on Monday.
Pawlowski led Auburn to an SEC Western Division title and NCAA regional appearance in 2010, but his last two teams went 13-17 in league play.
Indians place Perez on DL, recall Hagadone
CINCINNATI – The Cleveland Indians placed closer Chris Perez on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder soreness, one day after he left their game at Boston in the ninth inning.
Cleveland recalled left-hander Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus. He joined the Indians in Cincinnati, where they were scheduled to open a two-game series yesterday.
Perez is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA and six saves in 162∕3 innings over 17 appearances. He was scheduled to be examined and have an MRI in Cleveland yesterday. This is his first trip to the DL in more than four seasons.
Hagadone has a 7.20 ERA in 10 innings over 13 combined appearances in his first two stints with the Indians this season.
Lawrie apologizes for outburst
TORONTO – Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie apologized to his teammates before yesterday’s game against Atlanta, one day after an angry blowup on the field and in the dugout.
Lawrie was seen yelling at designated hitter Adam Lind and third base coach Luis Rivera after Lind didn’t try to score from third on Lawrie’s flyball to right in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game against Baltimore. Toronto trailed 5-3 at the time but came back to win, 6-5.
Manager John Gibbons yelled at Lawrie after the third-year infielder returned to the dugout. Outfielder Jose Bautista stepped in to stop the argument.
Lawrie was in the lineup yesterday. Gibbons said he considered the incident finished, while Lawrie declined to discuss it further.
Seattle demotes struggling 2B Ackley
SEATTLE – The Seattle Mariners demoted struggling second baseman Dustin Ackley to Triple-A Tacoma, the second young prospect the team has sent down in the last week.
Seattle made the move before yesterday’s game against the San Diego Padres. The Mariners selected rising prospect Nick Franklin from Tacoma to take Ackley’s spot on the roster. Seattle also optioned left-handed reliever Lucas Luetge to Tacoma and recalled right-hander Hector Noesi.
Ackley joins Jesus Montero as young players the Mariners were counting on this season who will try to rediscover themselves at the plate in the minors. Ackley was batting. 205 and had just six hits since May 7, when his average was at its season high of .255.
Franklin was hitting .324 with four homers and 20 RBIs in 39 games with Tacoma.
Marlins put Sanabia on DL
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Miami Marlins put pitcher Alex Sanabia on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin injury and recalled left-hander Dan Jennings from Triple-A New Orleans.
The moves were announced before yesterday’s game at Tampa Bay.
Sanabia (3-7) lasted just four innings in Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
It was first time Sanabia pitched since cameras caught him spitting on the ball during a start against Philadelphia last Monday. He said he didn’t know it was illegal.
Cardinals call up RHP Marte
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The St. Louis Cardinals recalled right-hander Victor Marte from Triple-A Memphis yesterday.
Marte was 1-0 with a 2.78 ERA and 10 saves in 20 games with Memphis. Marte, 32, appeared in 48 games last season with St. Louis, going 3-2 with a 4.91 ERA. He pitched for Kansas City in 2009-10 before being traded to St. Louis in 2011 and has a 6-2 record with a 7.09 ERA in 78 relief appearances in the majors.
The Cardinals optioned rookie right-hander Carlos Martinez, who had a 4.50 ERA in seven relief appearances, to Memphis of the Pacific Coast League.