Virginia men move on as VCU, Radford fall
Fifth-ranked Virginia swept St. John’s for a 4-0 victory in the first round of the NCAA men’s tennis championships in Charlottesville on Friday, while VCU took a 4-1 loss to Kentucky in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Radford also fell in the opening round, dropping four matches to No. 14 Tennessee.
The Cavaliers will play South Carolina Saturday at noon in Charlottesville. The start time was moved up an hour in anticipation of possible inclement weather.
In the women’s bracket, Virginia defeated Old Dominion 4-2. The Cavaliers will also face off with South Carolina, with the match starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday in Charlottesville.
VCU faces No. 12 N.C. State at 2 p.m., and James Madison plays No. 5 Duke at 4 p.m.
Duke, Cutcliffe agree to 2-year extension
Duke has extended football coach David Cutcliffe’s contract through the 2022 season.
Athletic director Kevin White announced the two-year extension Friday. Terms were not disclosed, as is customary at the private school.
Cutcliffe has won two Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year awards and has led the Blue Devils to six bowl games in seven years, winning the last three. He is 67-72 in 11 seasons at Duke.
Purdue nets transfer from High Point
Purdue has added graduate transfer Jahaad Proctor to its men’s basketball roster.
Proctor will be eligible to play next season after earning all-Big South honors each of the past two seasons. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard averaged 19.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists for High Point last season, topping the 20-point mark 17 times.
He also scored 16.4 points in 2017-18 at High Point. Proctor started his college career at Iona.
Garin stuns Zverev at Munich Open
Cristian Garin saved two match points before stunning two-time defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Munich Open.
Garin, ranked No. 47, claimed his first win over a top-10 player — and he might have claimed it sooner had he not squandered three match points in the second set. The 22-year-old fought back from a break down in the final set and saved two match points before winning in more than two hours on the outdoor clay.
The defeat means Zverev will drop to fourth, with Roger Federer taking his No. 3 ranking on Monday. Federer plays at the Madrid Masters next week.
Garin next faces third-seeded Marco Cecchinato, who rallied to beat Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 1-6, 7-5, 7-5. He saved one match point.
Williams expected to return at Italian Open
Serena Williams is set to return from injury at the upcoming Italian Open.
Tournament director Sergio Palmieri told The Associated Press on Friday that he spoke with Williams’ agent and that Williams “has already reserved her rooms and should be here a few days early” for the May 13-19 event.
Williams has not played since withdrawing from her third-round match at the Miami Open in March with a previously undisclosed left knee injury. She hasn’t played in Rome since winning her fourth title at the clay-court event in 2016, when she beat Madison Keys in the final.
Ex-Redskin Jordan found guilty of assault
Former Washington Redskins defensive back Curtis Jordan has been found guilty Thursday of assaulting his ex-girlfriend at her Virginia Beach home.
The Virginian-Pilot reports Jordan was convicted of unlawful wounding in the 2015 assault on Jamie Alexandra Dale. He’s set to be sentenced in August.
Dale testified during the trial this week that they were both drunk early Jan. 2, 2015, when Jordan accused her of kissing another man.
She said the two physically fought and she grabbed a gun. She said he then choked her until she passed out.
Jordan testified that he broke up with Dale that night and she became angry. He said they fought while he tried to disarm her. Dale previously sued Jordan over the fight and settled for an undisclosed amount in 2017.
Bucs’ Pierre-Paul out of hospital after crash
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul has been released from the hospital after a single-car crash in South Florida.
In a statement, Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said the crash occurred Thursday morning.
The two-time Pro Bowler was not cited. Licht says the team’s immediate concern is for the safety of Pierre-Paul and his passenger. The team did not release further details about the crash.
- NHL Deputy Commissioner
- Bill Daly
- says Seattle remains in contention to host the 2021 draft despite arena construction delays. Daly told The Associated Press on Friday that the league would like to decide on the host at least a year out. Seattle officials have been hoping the city’s new arena could be the site of the league entry draft and the expansion draft as part of the lead up to the debut of the city’s NHL franchise for the 2021-22 season.