LSU’s Clarke named preseason All-American
After being selected as a preseason first-team All-Southeastern Conference, LSU striker Summer Clarke was named as a preseason fourth-team All-American by the online publication College Sports Madness.
Clarke earned freshman All-America honors last season as she led LSU in scoring with 10 goals.
Nicholls State hires Jones as assistant
THIBODAUX — Nicholls State announced the hiring of Walter Jones as a baseball assistant coach. Jones will be the Colonels’ hitting coach as well as instruct the outfielders and assist with the Colonels’ recruiting efforts.
“I’m very excited about Walt Jones returning to our program,” coach Seth Thibodeaux said. “Walt is a tireless worker and relentless recruiter — he’ll make our program better instantly. I’m very happy to have Walt and his wife Alicia in Thibodaux.”
Jones spent his last season at Chipola College in Florida.
Keys ousts Cornet in first round
MASON, Ohio — Madison Keys accomplished something Serena Williams couldn’t: beating Alize Cornet.
Keys pulled off a 6-2, 6-4 win over Cornet in the first round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday.
Cornet, who upset the top-ranked Williams in the third round at Wimbledon six weeks ago, was playing with an injured left leg that she said started bothering her during her second-round loss to Victoria Azarenka at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
In the men’s draw, Tommy Robredo survived a first-set tiebreaker to advance to the second round with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over wild-card American Jack Sock.
Fernando Verdasco needed three sets to eliminate Marcel Granollers, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5). Three other players advanced with first career wins over their opponents, led by qualifier Benjamin Becker, whose 7-6 (5), 6-4 upset of Ivo Karlovic was the German’s first win in seven matches against the 28th-ranked Croatian.
Solo trial date set in assault case
KIRKLAND, Wash. — A November trial has been set for U.S. women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo, who is accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew in June.
Solo, who also plays with the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League, appeared in court in Kirkland, Washington, on Monday.
In June, she pleaded not guilty to two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence.
KOMO-TV reports her lawyer has filed a motion to dismiss the case. Her lawyer has said Solo was a victim in the altercation.
A Nov. 4 trial means Solo won’t miss time with the Reign or October’s CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2015 World Cup in Canada.
Prosecutors charge Oden with battery
INDIANAPOLIS — Prosecutors have formally charged former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden with felony and misdemeanor battery charges alleging that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight.
The free-agent center, who played for the Miami Heat last season, on Monday was charged with a felony charge for battery resulting in serious bodily injury, misdemeanor domestic battery and misdemeanor battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
The 26-year-old Oden was arrested at his mother’s suburban home in Lawrence on Thursday and released later that day from jail.
An affidavit says a witness told police Oden had punched the woman in the face, drawing blood.
-- Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press