LSU signs Canadian diver Sthamann

The LSU swimming and diving team announced the signing of diver Madison Sthamann on Friday.

Sthamann from White City, Saskatchewan, competed at the Regina Diving Club.

“I am thrilled to add Madison’s strength and experience to our team, LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “She is extremely talented, a dynamic performer and will make an immediate impact to our program.”

Sthamann is a member of the 2014 Canada Junior national yeam and finished third in the platform at the 2014 Youth International Diving Meet. Sthamann was also a finalist on platform at the Canadian Senior National Championships and at the 2013 Speedo Junior Elite Championships on three-meter and platform.

Heat, Charm to meet in soccer opener

The Baton Rouge Charm open its Women’s Professional Indoor Soccer League season against the New Orleans Heat at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Premier Soccer Center on Nicholson Drive in Baton Rouge.

The Charm, the defending league champion, suffered their only loss of last season to the Heat.

Other WPISL teams include the Lafayette Soccer Chics and the Mississippi Soccer Divas. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

UL-Lafayette women hold banquet

After their most successful season since the NCAA tournament season of 2006-07, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette women’s basketball team held its annual team banquet on Thursday in Lafayette.

The banquet honored a pair of former Cajuns — player Kim Perrot and former head coach J. Kelley Hall. Perrot’s sister, Loretta Perrot, presented the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards, and UL-Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie presented the Academic Achievement Award.

Sylvana Okde earned the Kim Perrot Offensive Player of the Year Award with Kia Wilridge named as the Defensive Player of the Year. Wilridge also claimed both the Academic Achievement Award and the J. Kelley Hall Heart of a Cajun Award, while Adrienne Prejean was the recipient of the Community Service Award.

Haas reaches semis at BMW Open

MUNICH — Defending champion Tommy Haas reached the semifinals of the BMW Open by defeating Andreas Seppi 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 on Friday.

The 36-year-old Haas converted three of his seven break points to beat the seventh-seeded Italian in under two hours. He will face Slovakian qualifier Martin Klizan, who defeated Denis Istomin 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-1 in their quarterfinal.

The second-seeded Haas, who defeated fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final last year, is making his comeback from a right shoulder injury.

Top-seeded Fabio Fognini eased into the final four with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Brazilian qualifier Thomaz Bellucci.

The Italian will next face German qualifier Jan Lennard-Struff, who came from a set down to beat Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Franklin did nothing ‘inappropriate’

PITTSBURGH — A Tennessee prosecutor said Penn State football coach James Franklin did nothing “inappropriate” when he contacted the woman who claims four of Franklin’s Vanderbilt players raped her last year.

Nashville Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday that “there is no indication that coach Franklin did anything inappropriate.”

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