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04.23.07: ECU wins nationally- televised softball game ... Dad Holtz coaches win in Irish spring game ... Throng turns out for Alabama spring game
04.22.07: Hokies coach invited to New York for NFL draft ... Iowa grants transfer release to super frosh ... Loss to Tulsa wraps up ECU's tennis season
04.21.07: Former ECU gridder playing in NFL Europe ... Texas- Oklahoma game remaining at Cotton Bowl ... La-Lafayette draws NCAA sanctions
04.20.07: East Carolina's Mathews on relievers watch list ... ECU women's tennis finishes with 19-10 record ... Report: Ohio State's Oden will make jump to NBA
04.19.07: Pirates place 182 on Conference USA honor roll ... ECU softball overpowers Seahawks for sweep ... Duke women's hoops lures Michigan State coach ... NCAA proposes end to text message recruiting
04.18.07: Virginia Tech adjusts spring sports schedule ... Golden Eagles complete spring workouts ... ECU softball at UTEP on pay-per-view
04.17.07: ECU's Salisbury wins hammer throw at UNC-CH ... ECU softball splits with Tigers, heads for UNCW ... UCF, Rice standouts take weekly honors
04.16.07: Weather curtails Southern Miss spring game ... Two C-USA players taken in USBL draft ... Wake football gets rings, presents awards
04.15.07: Kass displays big arm in Purple-Gold game ... ECU women's tennis matches record win total ... Accusing LSU assistant submits resignation ... One Buckeye dad says NBA decision not made
04.14.07: Quarterbacks will rotate in ECU's spring game ... Hoyas duo testing NBA draft status ... Pirate netters sweep Mount Olive, N.C. Central
04.13.07: Change, addition made to ECU baseball slate ... NCAA football timing returns to 2005 procedures ... Boyle spurns chance to return as Duke coach
04.12.07: Purple-Gold game up next for ECU football ... Charges dropped against Duke lacrosse players ... Navy, Pitt resume series with ESPN matchup ... LSU lures WNBA coach to guide women's hoops
04.11.07: Effort at ECU earns Rice's Berry national honor ... Durant says adios to Texas, hello to NBA ... Turgeon taking reigns of Texas A&M hoops
04.10.07: Imus apologizes but critics still want him axed ... ECU, UNCW reschedule softball doubleheader ... Ex-Spartan gridder charged with murder
04.09.07: Marshall brings Jones home as hoops coach ... NCAA denies ESPN contention on Toledo betting ... Spartans reign after Frozen Four thriller
04.08.07: Freshman leads ECU softball past UAB ... Pitino adds son to staff at Louisville ... Texas' Durant captures Wooden Award
04.07.07: Rice basketball player dies from stabbing ... Gillispie departs Aggies to take reins at Kentucky ... K-State moves fast after Huggins goes to WVU
04.06.07: League tournament shifted to Greenville ... Pirates take break before Purple-Gold game ... Grambling coaching legend Robinson succumbs ... ECU posts net win over Division II power Barton
04.05.07: Beilein bolting Morgantown for Michigan ... ECU women netters on a roll with win at UNCW ... Krog finishes second for Lady Pirates in golf
04.04.07: Spring football practice enters fifth week ... Barton's Nosewicz captures Bradford Creek golf ... Tennessee tops Rutgers for women's hoops title ... Goestenkors leaves Duke for challenge at Texas
04.03.07: Lady Vols, Rutgers play for women's crown ... Good weekend for Pirate track at Western ... NCAA names SMU site for 2008 men's soccer
04.02.07: NCAA could be big loser in anti-trust suit ... Toledo player charged with point shaving ... Duke's Goestenkors named AP coach of year
04.01.07: Buckeyes, Gators meet in rematch of BCS final ... Donovan, Calipari attract interest from suitors ... ECU softball splits with Tulsa
03.31.07: East Carolina men's tennis wins at Richmond ... UCF names new women's hoops coach ... Jagodzinski announces frosh QB's exit
03.30.07: ECU announces home kickoff times, CSTV dates ... Naismith honors bestowed on Yow, Knight ... Mountaineers ascend to NIT summit
03.29.07: State coach's son facing serious charges ... Tigers, Mountaineers match up in NIT final ... Tar Heel women returning to Final Four
03.28.07: Tigers, Calipari agree to pact through 2011-12 ... ECU football depth chart set for release ... ECU's Eldridge named C-USA hitter of week
03.27.07: PSU's Paterno pacing sideline again ... Thorsen leads Pirates to fifth in Furman tourney ... San Diego names Gonzaga aide hoops coach
03.26.07: Tar Heels fold, Hoyas move on to Final Four ... Alford moving from Hawkeyes to Lobos ... ECU women's tennis tops Charleston Southern
03.25.07: Barton captures Division II national hoops title ... Tar Heels student mascot in critical condition ... Knicks sign Kentucky center Morris
03.24.07: Kass, Clay, Pinkney take turns at QB ... Prosser announces two players leaving Deacs ... Gophers bring in Tubby Smith to direct hoops
03.23.07: Pirates to stage first scrimmage ... Hoosiers capture Pinehurst golf; ECU 12th ... Dukie McRoberts opts for NBA draft ... Burning couch gets former OSU student jail time
03.22.07: Easley presents Yow with highest honor ... Heels football coach undergoing chemotherapy ... Mountaineers send Wolfpack packing in NIT
03.21.07: Mathews, Mollenhauer earn national recognition ... Texans on clock to match Giants' offer for Leach ... Kansas aide named Redbirds hoops coach
03.20.07: SMU tops first day at Pinehurst ... Health issues sideline Indiana football coach ... Durant faces decision on NBA after Texas loss
03.19.07: Depth prevails as Tigers advance to Sweet 16 ... Herd forms search committee for hoops coach ... Vols advance with 77-74 win over Cavaliers ... ECU women netters post pair of triumphs
03.18.07: Amaker dismissed as Wolverines hoops' coach ... Hibbert powers Hoyas over Boston College ... Weather puts quietus on East Carolina softball
03.17.07: Streaking Memphis moves ahead in NCAA ... Pack advances in NIT with win at Reynolds ... Tar Heels suspend RB Edwards indefinitely
03.16.07: Pirate men's tennis upends Coastal Carolina ... Fayetteville prep product lifts VCU over Duke ... Football powers horn in on March Madness ... Samford joins Southern Conference

News Nuggets, 04.24.08
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The East Carolina softball team took a giant step closer to securing a spot in the conference tournament as it routed Texas-El Paso 16-2 in six innings on Sunday afternoon at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex in El Paso, TX.

The Pirates improve to 34-16 on the season and 10-7 in conference play while the Miners drop to 27-18 and 6-10 in the conference.

ECU leads Tulsa for second place in the conference race by one game with both teams having six conference games left. The Pirates hold the tiebreaker over the Golden Hurricane by virtue of a 2-1 series win earlier this season in Greenville.

The top six squads in the conference standing qualify for the tournament.

Tulsa sweeps Conference USA tennis

No. 1 Tulsa downed No. 3 Marshall, 4-0, in the championship match of the 2007 C-USA women's tennis championships at Tulsa on Sunday afternoon to claim the league's automatic bid to the NCAA championship. The appearance will be No. 44 Tulsa's third in program history, its first since 2004.

Top-seeded and 21st-ranked Tulsa prevailed with a 4-0 victory over No. 2 seed and championship host Rice to clinch back-to-back Conference USA men's tennis championship titles Sunday in Houston. Tulsa earns the league's automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA Championships, while No. 30 Rice will likely receive an NCAA at-large berth.

Majerus meets with Saint Louis officials

Rick Majerus met with Saint Louis University officials on Saturday but he's not expected to be staying long and no announcement of his hiring appears to be imminent, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.

Even if Majerus decided he wanted to return to coaching, SLU would then have to decide if it wanted to hire him and it's likely the school would at least talk to other candidates, according to the newspaper's report.

North Carolina's Wright to enter NBA draft

Brandan Wright of North Carolina announced on Monday that he plans to enter the NBA draft after averaging 14.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game as a freshman. Wright also shot 64.6 percent from the field and won ACC rookie of the year honors.

Wright reportedly does not plan to hire an agent immediately, leaving the door open for a return to the Tar Heels if he should slip from projections as a lottery pick.

April 23, 2007

ECU wins nationally-televised softball game

Making its first national television appearance of the season, the East Carolina softball team took advantage of the exposure, defeating Texas-El Paso 5-0 before dropping the second contest of a doubleheader 8-3 at the Helen of Troy softball complex in El Paso.

The Pirates now sit at 33-16 overall and 9-7 in Conference USA.

Dad Holtz coaches win in Irish spring game

Lou Holtz, the father of East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz, coached the Gold team to a 10-6 win over the Blue in Notre Dame's spring football game on Saturday.

The Gold players doused Holtz, who coached the Irish to a national champiosnhip in 1988, after the spring triumph.

"You don't throw Gatorade on a guy at 70 years old in a spring game when it's not expected," Holtz said. "I could have had a heart attack and sued Notre Dame for a lot of money."

Ara Parseghian, who guided Notre Dame to national titles in 1966 and 1973, coached the Blue.

Throng turns out for Alabama spring game

Saturday was A-Day, the annual spring game at Alabama, and 92,138 fans turned out to Bryant-Denny Stadium to view new coach Nick Saban's early impact on the Crimson Tide program.

The White team took a 20-13 win over the Crimson.

Leading 17-13 with 6:19 left, the first-team offense (White) took the ball and went on a 15-play, 77-yard drive, capped by a 28-yard field goal by Leigh Tiffin.

April 22, 2007

Hokies coach invited to New York for NFL draft

The NFL has invited Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer to New York for the April 28-29 league draft, following a gunman's rampage at the school on Monday that left 33 dead.

"They want to pay tribute to the families and to Virginia Tech," Beamer said on his website.

Beamer has reportedly accepted the invitation. The Hokies host East Carolina on Sept. 1 in the season opener for both teams.

Iowa grants transfer release to super frosh

Iowa super freshman Tyler Smith is transferring, according to a Des Moines Register report.

Smith, a native of Pulaski, TN, and one of the top recruits of the Steve Alford era, averaged 14.9 points, second on the team. His 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game led the team, and he ranked second in assists (3.6). He was a third-team all-Big Ten Conference selection.

"Tyler asked to be released, expressing his desire to be closer to his father," Iowa coach Todd Lickliter said in a statement released by the school. "We respect his decision to be near his family and will grant the release in order for Tyler to further his education closer to home."

Smith's father, Billy, suffers from lung cancer.

Loss to Tulsa wraps up ECU's tennis season

Top-seeded Tulsa, ranked 21st nationally in the latest Fila collegiate tennis poll, recorded a 4-0 victory over eighth-seeded East Carolina on Friday afternoon during quarterfinal play of the 2007 Conference USA men's tennis championship at Rice's Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.

East Carolina concluded its season with a 10-14 record.

April 21, 2007

Former ECU gridder playing in NFL Europe

A total of 12 players from Conference USA schools appeared on the opening day rosters of NFL Europe teams as the league began its 15th season this past week.

Eight of C-USA's 12 schools have players in NFL Europe.

East Carolina is represented by linebacker Richard Koonce, who is playing for the Rhein Fire.

Texas-Oklahoma game remaining at Cotton Bowl

The Texas-Oklahoma football game will remain at the Cotton Bowl through 2015, Dallas television station WFAA and the Dallas Morning News reported.

Dallas Mayor Laura Miller announced from the 50-yard line at the 75-year-old landmark that the historic game will remain at its current location.

The reports also indicated that Grambling and Prairie View will extend their annual game through 2015. Both games will remain key events during the State Fair of Texas.

Louisiana-Lafayette draws NCAA sanctions

The NCAA put Louisiana-Lafayette on probation for two years with stipulations that the Ragin' Cajuns will lose two basketball scholarships. The measures resulted from a basketball player's correspondence course and the football program's mandatory summer workouts.

The athletic program will forfeit 90 percent of its first year's money from the Sun Belt Conference for playing in the NCAA basketball tournaments in 2004 and 2005.

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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