Tampa Bay storms past VooDoo 42-13
Tampa, Fla. — Jason Boltus completed 19 of 29 passes for 224 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Tampa Bay Storm to a 42-13 win over the New Orleans VooDoo on Friday night.
Tampa Bay (2-2) led only 14-13 at halftime before outscoring the VooDoo 28-0 in the second half.
Boltus fired a pair of touchdown first-half touchdown passes to give Tampa its halftime lead. New Orleans got field goals of 35 and 26 yards from Gary Lindholm and Adam Kennedy connected with Chris Duvalt on a 5-yard scoring toss.
Kennedy completed 20 of 42 passes for 172 yards. He was intercepted once.
Serena opens against Giorgi in Fed Cup
BRINDISI, Italy — Top-ranked Serena Williams will open against No. 36 Camila Giorgi on Saturday when the United States meets Italy in the Fed Cup playoffs.
Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti made a surprise move by inserting Giorgi as his second singles player in place of the more experienced Flavia Pennetta, who is ranked 10 spots above Giorgi and was counting on strong crowd support since she is from Brindisi.
In the second singles, 57th-ranked Lauren Davis will meet No. 15 Sara Errani.
After Sunday’s reverse singles, the best-of-five series on red clay could be decided by a doubles match.
The doubles teams named were Christina McHale and Alison Riske against Karin Knapp and Pennetta. United States captain Mary Joe Fernandez, however, has said that Williams will play doubles if the series is tied.
NBA to include referee names in play-by-play
NEW YORK — The NBA will include referee names in its official play-by-play feeds alongside all calls reported to the table starting with the playoffs.
The league said Friday the calls will include fouls, technical fouls and all violations, such as goaltending, lane violations and 3-second violations.
The officials’ names will be included into the game reports and box scores that appear online.
It’s the latest initiative by the league to make its officiating program more transparent. It recently began posting “last 2 minutes reports” online that detail the accuracy of all officiating calls made in the last 2 minutes of close games.
Phelps fails to qualify for 400 freestyle
MESA, Ariz. — Michael Phelps failed to qualify for the 400-meter freestyle final at a meet in Arizona, finishing 17th overall.
The 18-time Olympic gold medalist finished fourth in his heat Friday with a time of 4 minutes, 2.67 seconds. That put him in the C final at night, but Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman said he won’t swim it.
Instead, Phelps will look ahead to Saturday, when he’s set to compete in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle, two events more in keeping with his penchant for shorter races at this stage of his career.
Phelps won the 100 butterfly on Thursday in his first meet since serving a six-month suspension from USA Swimming for a second drunken driving arrest. He’s competing for the first time since August.
ESPN suspends reporter after tirade
ARLINGTON, Va. — ESPN suspended reporter Britt McHenry after a video surfaced of her insulting a towing company clerk’s intelligence, job and appearance.
ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Thursday that McHenry has been suspended for a week. McHenry tweeted an apology, saying she let her emotions get the best of her “in an intense and stressful moment.”
Compiled from news releases.
In a Twitter exchange with ARLnow.com earlier this month, McHenry said her vehicle was towed from the lot in front of the Arlington restaurant where she ate dinner.
The edited video posted this week to video sharing site LiveLeak claims to show McHenry berating the clerk on April 5. McHenry tells the woman she is “in the news” and will sue the company. At one point a woman off-screen warns McHenry she is being recorded.
Cajuns men’s tennis in SBC semifinals
The Louisiana-Lafayette men’s tennis defeated Georgia Southern 4-0 to move into the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Friday at the UNO Tennis Courts.
The Cajuns (14-12), who entered the event as the No. 5 seed, needed just four singles matches to dispose of the fourth-seeded Eagles (8-13) who had pulled a 4-3 upset over the Cajuns just two weeks ago in Lafayette.
The Cajuns will take on top-seeded Troy at 3 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals.
Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press.