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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
05.15.07: ECU's Krog heads for NCAA golf championship ... Prep guard Jai Lucas chooses Gators... Miami present Pata's degree to family members
05.14.07: ECU men win C-USA 4x100-meter relay ... Pirate softball falls in Conference USA final ... Green team rolls as Glanville era kicks off
05.13.07: Black Knights to face Zips in new Patriot Bowl ... Hurricanes center granted another season ... New Mexico State gives Theus new deal
05.12.07: Hokies looking for offensive improvement ... Penalty shortened for former Buckeyes coach ... Davis, Flutie among gridders getting Hall call
05.11.07: Port City FM joins East Carolina football network ... Pirate softball takes Conference USA win in ten ... Miami's ADee stepping down after 15 years
05.10.07: ECU's Paisley is
C-USA's freshman of the year ... Pirate women's track signs Durham standouts ... Man gets life for killing TCU football player
05.09.07: ECU's Morman captures triple jump at Duke ... Pirates earn a bye in C-USA softball tourney ... ECU's Hose named C-USA pitcher of week
05.08.07: Omaha mulls replacing Rosenblatt Stadium ... Duke seeded No. 1 for NCAA lacrosse tourney ... JamesOn Curry cleared for NBA draft
05.07.07: ECU softball seeded No. 2 for C-USA tourney ... UAB, UNLV lose football scholarships ... Prosser going to Kuwait for USO operation
05.06.07: Duke bows out of hosting state title grid games ... Pirate basketball under the gun in academics ... Graduation exercises include 43 ECU student-athletes
05.05.07: Virginia, Southern Cal to collide on Aug. 30 ... Louisville re-signs Pitino through 2013 ... Three from
C-USA on Rimington watch list
05.04.07: Lewellen leaving East Carolina for Virginia post ... Marshall women get berth in preseason WNIT ... Three-point shot getting a foot longer
05.03.07: Graham signs as free agent with Panthers ... Tulsa tennis teams, Rice men get NCAA bids ... Florida State panel denies tight end's release
05.02.07: Pirate golfers accorded conference honors ... UAB's Osborn, Tulsa take golf titles ... Saint Louis becomes new challenge for Majerus
05.01.07: ECU's Lee, Roach get national academic honors ... Houston's Kolb leads C-USA draft selections ... Jordan's son plans to join Illini hoops program
04.30.07: ECU's Allison drafted in fifth round by Vikings ... Pirates split softball twinbill with Cougars ... Heels win first series at Doak Field since 2001... Duke captures ACC men's lacrosse title
04.29.07: ECU teams earn NCAA academic recognition ... NCAA acts on text messaging, baseball ... LSU quarterback goes No. 1 in draft as expected
04.28.07: Scholar-athlete honors go to Handsfield, Krug ... Sunday start for softball moves up one hour ... Rice, Tulane players on Howser list
04.27.07: Young named MVP for Lady Pirates hoops ... SMU golfer beats pros for Byron Nelson berth ... Pacers dismiss Carlisle after missing playoffs
04.26.07: ECU adds The Citadel to baseball schedule ... Pirates will buddy up with Challenger League ... Memphis nips Lady Pirates in C-USA golf
04.25.07: ECU's Paisley named C-USA pitcher of week ... Houston, Marshall players take league honors ... Michigan plans indoor practice facility
04.24.07: ECU softball routs UTEP for series triumph ... Tulsa sweeps Conference USA tennis ... Majerus meets with Saint Louis officials ... Tar Heel Wright to enter NBA draft
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

News Nuggets, 05.24.08
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Though the Bryan Pata murder case remains unsolved, his family received financial relief Tuesday when the insurance companies of the apartment where the Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman lived agreed to pay a $2 million settlement to his parents, Jeanette and Pierre, according to a Miami Herald report.

The apartment complex had advertised 24-hour security, which apparently was not in force when Pata was shot and killed on Nov. 7.

Georgetown hoops duo announces future plans

Two Georgetown basketball standouts have announced their plans for the future. Power forward Jeff Green, the Big East player of the year, plans to forego his senior season to enter the NBA draft, while seven-footer Roy Hibbert announced that he will remove his name from the draft and return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Green, a 6-foot-9, 235-pounder, averaged 14.3 points and was second in both rebounding (6.4) and assists (3.2). Hibbert (7-2, 278) was the Hoyas' leading rebounder (6.9) and shot blocker (90) and second leading scorer on the team (12.9).

Heels' stumbles persist in ACC baseball tourney

Georgia Tech's David Duncan scattered five hits and three runs over eight innings as the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets surprised No. 2 seed UNC-Chapel Hill, 8-4, Wednesday in the second game of the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament in Jacksonville, FL.

The Tar Heels (45-12, 21-9) lost their opening game as a No. 2 seed for the second year in a row and have now dropped six consecutive ACC tournament games since 2004.

May 23, 2007

C-USA baseball session tickets available for $10

Individual session tickets for the Conference USA baseball tournament, which begins today at East Carolina's Clark-LeClair Stadium, will be available for $10 each at the stadium box office. Tournament passes are $60 each.

ECU opens play at 7:30 p.m. tonight against Tulane. Tournament play continues through Sunday when the championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m. [VIEW C-USA BASEBALL TOURNAMENT BRACKETS]

League honors go to six Pirate baseball players

Six East Carolina baseball players received recognition from Conference USA on the eve of the league tournament. Outfielder Harrison Eldridge and right-handed closer Shane Mathews of the Pirates were first-team all-conference selections.

Infielder Dale Mollenhauer, outfielder Ryan Tousley, and right-handed pitcher T.J. Hose of ECU were second-team All-Conference USA. Designated hitter Kyle Roller was named to the All-Freshmen team.

Paper: Villanova legend beaten, near death

Howard Porter was close to death Monday in a Twin Cities hospital, according to a Minneapolis-St. Pauls Star-Tribune report.

The former college basketball superstar traveled a rough road through addiction and rehabilitation that eventually led to a job as a Ramsey County probation and parole officer, where he was responsible for keeping others from many of the mistakes he made.

Porter's badly beaten body was found about 5:30 a.m. Saturday in an alley in north Minneapolis.

Porter had no identification on him, and he was unable to speak to officers, according to police reports. Sources close to the 58-year-old Porter said Monday that the former Villanova star had suffered severe brain injury and was close to death.

May 22, 2007

Aggies close out Houston's softball season

Seventh-ranked Texas A&M jumped out to a pair of early leads and never looked back claiming 13-2 and 5-0 softball victories over Houston during the NCAA College Station regional at Texas A&M.

Houston finished 44-18 while Texas A&M (44-11) advances to the NCAA super regionals against No. 19 Florida next weekend. The 44 wins by the Cougars is a program record.

C-USA weekly honors go to Belanger, Luna

After setting the tone for a three-game sweep at Houston with a brilliant performance on Thursday night, Southern Miss senior righthander Ryan Belanger has been named Conference USA pitcher of the week.

Hitter of the week honors went to Rice sophomore outfielder/designated hitter Aaron Luna, who had an outstanding weekend at the plate as the Owls increased their winning streak to 18 games with a three-game sweep of Memphis and a non-conference win over Baylor.

Belanger pitched the first complete-game of his two-year Southern Miss career and limited Houston to four hits, one walk and struck out eight batters to lead Southern Miss to a 6-0 victory over the Cougars in game one of the series at Cougar Field on Thursday night. This is the second time this season that Belanger has been named C-USA pitcher of the week.

Luna batted .500 (7-of-14) with three multiple hit games, drove in a team-high six runs and shared the team lead with five runs scored to help the Owls go 4-0 on the week. Luna slugged a double and a home run for a .786 slugging percentage. This is Luna's second C-USA hitter of the week honor this year.

Duke plows through Heels to lacrosse Final Four

Top-seeded Duke rallied from a 6-1 deficit to defeat eighth-seeded North Carolina, 19-11, in the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament quarterfinals as 10,438 fans watched at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD.

The second-ranked Blue Devils improve to 16-2 on the year and will meet fourth-seeded and top-ranked Cornell in the national semifinals next Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The national semifinal berth will be the third for Duke, which made previous appearances in 1997 and 2005. North Carolina ends the season at 10-6.

Zack Greer posted seven goals and three assists while Matt Danowski chipped in four goals and six assists as the pair combined for 20 total points for the Blue Devils.

May 21, 2007

Tulsa takes NCAA regional golf championship

The 17th-ranked Tulsa men's golf team will head into the NCAA championships (May 30-June 2) with plenty of momentum after posting a three-round total of 895 to hold on for the NCAA Central Regional title at the par-72 Rich Harvest Farms Golf Course in Sugar Grove, IL.

After building a seven-stroke lead over Louisville at the end of day two, TU carded a 310 for the final round to hold off third-ranked Alabama, which finished second with a three round total of 898. Rounding out the top-five were No. 23 Louisville (899), No. 7 Lamar (900) and No. 14 Tennessee (904).

Purdue plans $82 million expansion of arena

Purdue has announced plans for an $82 million renovation of its basketball home, Mackey Arena, which would include building practice facilities, expanding space for sports medicine and a larger weight training and conditioning area.

An architectural firm has been approved for expanding the 40-year old arena. The project cost is about one-third that of building a new arena and separate facilities for other uses.

Criminal activity in program leads to coach's exit

Mike Kramer's seven-year tenure at Montana State as football coach is over.

"Looking at the football program as a whole and in light of the recent criminal activities of former student-athletes connected to it," athletic director Peter Fields said, "I believe there is something broken with our football program, and we need to take decisive steps to fix it."

Kramer compiled a 40-43 record at Montana State. He led the Bobcats to three of Big Sky championships (2002, 2003, 2005), and three NCAA playoff appearances. The 2006 Bobcats recorded the school's first post-season win in 22 years, and finished the season ranked 10th in the NCAA football championship subdivision (Division I-AA).

MSU has dealt with a series of criminal events related to its football program in recent years, beginning with the arrest of assistant coach Joe O’Brien on drug-related charges in 2003.

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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