Three LSU track athletes competing at meet

Three LSU Tigers are among USA track and field’s contingent in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, compete for the United States at the North American, Central American & Caribbean Under-23 Championships that kicked off Friday.

LSU juniors Rodney Brown, Aaron Ernest and Vernon Norwood are competing in the meet, which runs through Sunday and includes athletes from 31 nations across North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Ernest will run the men’s 200-meter dash and join the 4x100-meter relay pool.

Norwood is among the favorites for the gold medal in the 400-meter dash and will also line up in the 4x400 relay.

Brown will compete in the discus.

LSU soccer players receive accolades

The LSU Tigers have matched the defending Southeastern Conference co-Champions from Texas A&M with a league-leading five selections to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-SEC Women’s Soccer team announced Friday.

LSU midfielder Emma Fletcher was a first-teamer.

Striker Summer Clarke and midfielders Alex Arlitt and Fernanda Pina were second team. Class of 2014 recruit Jorian Baucom was picked the SEC Freshman of the Year.

LSU opens the season at home Troy on Aug. 22.

Three UL-Lafayette soccer players recognized

LAFAYETTE — CollegeSportsMadness.com named senior defender Grace Howell-Harries, sophomore midfielder Yazmin Montoya and sophomore forward Annika Schmidt to its Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference first team.

Montoya was also selected the preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Howell-Harries the preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Montoya, an All-SBC first team selection a season ago, broke the program’s single-season record for goals (13), points (31), shots (86) and shots on goal (38) in her first season.

Howell-Harries, who was the league’s 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.

Schmidt finished the season with 23 points.

IceGators coach out; McNeil signs

The Louisiana IceGators made two major announcements in the past two days.

On Thursday they announced coach Kevin Kaminski has been fired.

On Friday, General Manager Louis Dumont announced last season’s Southern Professional Hockey League MVP, Shawn McNeil, has re-signed with the IceGators.

McNeil led the league in points (67) and assists (49). For the second season in a row McNeil suited up in all 56 games for the Gators.

Curlin leads horse racing Hall inductees

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Curlin, a two-time Horse of the Year who retired as North America’s all-time leading money earner, led the class of inductees into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame Friday.

Joining Curlin were two thoroughbreds, three horsemen and a pair of sportsmen enshrined during a ceremony at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion near Saratoga Race Course.

Late Kendall-Jackson wine magnate Jess Jackson purchased Curlin following his impressive debut victory in February 2007, and the son of Smart Strike went on to become only the fifth horse and first since Cigar in 1995-96 to be voted back-to-back Eclipse Awards as Horse of the Year in 2007 and 2008.

Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press.