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March 7, 2012
By Cavalier Dave Forrester of Hugh M Cummings High School



SPORTS BRIEFS
Staff and wire reports

Elon concludes Palmetto Invitational

 

AIKEN, S.C. — The Elon University men’s golf team finished last in an 18-team field in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate on Tuesday. Tanner Norton led the Phoenix with a 16-over 226 and finished tied for 56th in the 90-golfer field.

 

Wake Forest adds secondary coach

 

WINSTON-SALEM — Wake Forest has hired assistant Tim Duffie from Colorado State to coach its secondary.

 

Duffie, a former linebacker at Texas Tech, has coached at Colorado State for four seasons, the first three as cornerbacks’ coach and the last as coach of the entire secondary. The Rams ranked 14th in the nation in pass defense in 2011, allowing an average of 179.6 yards a game.

 

Duffie’s departure was confirmed by Tim McElwain, the new Colorado State coach who had added recruiting coordinator to Duffie’s duties with the Rams. While at Colorado State, Duffie was responsible for recruiting players from Texas.

 

Duffie will replace Steve Russ, who left Wake Forest last month to return to his alma mater, Air Force, as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.

 

Foster signs 5-year deal

 

HOUSTON — Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has signed a five-year, $43.5 million deal to stay in Houston.

 

An undrafted free agent in 2009, Foster made $525,000 last season. He was the NFL’s leading rusher in 2010 with 1,616 yards. He then ran for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He was due to become a restricted free agent next week, but his agent, Mike McCartney, said Monday that Foster was eager to work out a deal with the Texans.

 

He’ll make $18 million in base salary next season, plus incentives.

 

First-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano has finished assembling his offensive staff.

 

OnTuesday,theclubsaidSchianohasadded Brian Angelichio as tight ends coach, Bob Bostad as offensive line coach, Earnest Byner as running backs coach, P.J. Fleck as wide receivers coach, Steve Loney as assistant offensive line coach, Ben McDaniels as offensive assistant and Ron Turner as quarterbacks coach.

 

Schiano left Rutgers for Tampa Bay in January. He replaced Raheem Morris, who was fired after the Bucs finished 4-12 last season.

 

Guillen announces retirement

 

PEORIA, Ariz. — Infielder Carlos Guillen, a three-time All-Star and veteran of 14 major league seasons, announced his retirement Tuesday morning. He was in the Seattle Mariners’ spring training camp as a non-roster invitee. The 36-year-old Guillen hit .285 during his career with Seattle (1998-2003) and the Detroit Tigers (2004-11). Guillen hit .353 (6 for 17) in the 2006World Series with the Tigers.

 

Ishikawa receives exemption

 

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Ryo Ishikawa no longer has to worry about trying to qualify for the Masters. The 20-year-old from Japan received a special invitation for the second time. Augusta National chairman Billy Payne says the Masters historically invites international players to expand the major’s global reach. He says Ishikawa will help increase interest in Japan and throughout Asia. Ishikawa has won nine times on the Japan Golf Tour. He also received an invitation in 2009 when he was 17. He was the secondyoungest player to compete in the Masters.

 

Andretti to enter Saavedra

 

SEBRING, Fla. — Sebastian Saavedra will enter the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport/AFS Racing.

 

The team said Tuesday the 21-year-old Colombian will attempt to qualify for this year’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

Saavedra will also drive this season in the Indy Lights Series, and be the official test and reserve driver for Andretti’s three Indy-Car entries.

 

Italy, U.S. to meet in Houston

 

HOUSTON — The U.S. national rugby team will face Italy in Houston this summer, the only international match for the Americans in their home country this year.

 

The match will be played June 23 at BBVA Compass Stadium, the future home of the Houston Dynamo, of Major League Soccer. The rugby match will be the first international event held at the 22,000-seat stadium, which is still under construction on the east side of the city. It is scheduled to open in May.

 

The U.S. is also set to play Canada in Kingston, Ontario, on June 9 and Georgia on June 16, with the site still to be announced. 


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