LSU women’s tennis adds Kuykendall

LSU women’s tennis coach Julia S. Sell announced the transfer of Skylar Kuykendall from the University of Memphis on Monday.

Kuykendall played two seasons at Memphis, compiling a 44-29 overall record, which included wins over Ole Miss’ then-No. 39 Caroline Rohde-Moe 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 and Georgia’s then-No. 76 Makenzie Craft 6-0, 6-2.

During her freshman year, Kuykendall posted a 28-9 mark in dual match singles, earning her the 2013 Conference USA Freshman of the Year award and a selection to the C-USA third team in singles. She went on an 11-match win-streak, which began with a victory over Virginia’s then No. 92 Li Xi 7-6 (3), 7-5.

In 2014, Kuykendall garnered her first win on court one as she topped VCU’s then No. 73 Cindy Chala 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. She clinched the match over Louisville with a 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory over Julia Fellerhoff.

Kuykendall joins Amanda Atanasson and Madara Straume to complete LSU’s recruiting class.

Tulane’s Holly part of Team USA staff

Tulane sand volleyball head coach and indoor assistant Wayne Holly serve as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2014 FIVB U23 Beach Volleyball World Championship beginning Tuesday in Mysolwice, Poland.

Holly and Team USA Beach — the national governing body for beach volleyball in the United States which is both recognized and supported by the United States Olympic Committee — trained last week in southern California and has extensive experience with the national team. He is one of two individuals with Tulane ties taking part in the age-bracketed event as rising sophomore Tea Juric will also be in attendance as a member of Team Croatia.

“I’m honored to represent USA Beach Volleyball and I am grateful for the opportunity to coach such amazing athletes in our quest for a world championship,” Holly said. “The pursuit to be the best in the world in our age group is both challenging and exhilarating. I am also very thankful to Tulane University for allowing me the flexibility to travel and coach with our USA team.”

Riverboat Bandits looking for players

The Baton Rouge Riverboat Bandits minor league football team is looking for former high school and college football players who are interested in playing full-contact adult football (18-years-old).

Workouts are held Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at Kenilworth Middle School football field. There is no cost to play or try out.

Coaches are also needed for the upcoming season.

Call (225) 938-8183 or (504) 994-6655 for more information.

LSU-Eunice softball players honored

Five LSU-Eunice softball players were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Americans following a season that was capped off with the program’s third NJCAA national championship.

Sophomores Brooklynn Clark, Codi Covington and Emily Nolan, along with freshmen Raven Cole and Destin Vicknair, were named to the team following the season.

All five players were named first-team All-Americans following their selection as NFCA All-Region players as well.

All five players were selected as NJCAA All-Region performers, as Cole and Vicknair were also both named NJCAA first-team All-Americans. Cole was named NJCAA National Pitcher of the Year as well.

Van Dyken severs spine in accident

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken severed her spine in an all-terrain vehicle accident over the weekend, and told emergency workers she could not move her toes or feel anything touching her legs.

The 41-year-old swimmer, who goes by her married name Van Dyken Rouen, was injured Friday. She was airlifted to a hospital and had surgery to stabilize her spine.

Hospital spokeswoman Alice Giedraitis didn’t provide details Monday on Rouen’s injuries. She said the swimmer was in good condition.

A letter from the Van Dyken and Rouen families said she severed her spinal cord at the T11 vertebrae and that the broken vertebrae came within millimeters of rupturing her aorta.

California Chrome co-owner apologizes

NEW YORK — California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn apologized for his bitter remarks after his horse failed to win the Triple Crown.

On ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday, Coburn said he was “very ashamed of myself. Very ashamed. I need to apologize to a lot of people, including my wife, Carolyn.” She tried to intervene as Saturday’s interview got out of control.

He also apologized to the connections of winning horse Tonalist, saying: “I did not mean to take anything away from them.”

On Saturday, he had said that Tonalist took “the coward’s way out” by skipping the first two legs of the Triple Crown.

Coburn said he “wanted this so much, for this horse to win the Triple Crown for the people of America.”

Advocate news services