Jones, Stowers among finalists in hurdles
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — LSU great Lolo Jones raced to the bronze medal in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, while senior Jasmin Stowers and junior Vernon Norwood finished fourth in finals Saturday afternoon at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Jones and Stowers were among three Lady Tigers lining up in the final of the women’s 100-meter hurdles Saturday. They were joined by former All-SEC performer Tenaya Jones.
Jones, a two-time Olympic finalist, advanced to the final by running a season-best 12.55 seconds. Stowers clocked 12.76 for fifth place overall, and Tenaya Jones followed at 12.78 for sixth place in the semifinal round to advance to their first career final.
Jones bagged the bronze medal with a third-place time of 12.65 in the final, followed by Stowers (12.78) in fourth and Tenaya Jones (12.84) in sixth.
Gold medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson (12.55) edged silver medalist Queen Harrison (12.56) at the finish line for the victory.
Walker reaches 200-meter semifinals
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Justin Walker is making the most of his last weekend in Northwestern State gear.
The Demons’ star senior sprinter clinched a spot in Sunday’s 200-meter semifinals at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, running his third race in 16 hours. Friday night, he qualified for the 100-meter final and two hours later ran fifth, finishing as the top collegiate and amateur athlete in the eight-man championship field.
Walker will run in the 200 semis at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The top four in each of the two races reach the final at 4:09 p.m. Sunday.
LSU’s Jolly wraps up action in Palmer Cup
SURREY, England — LSU junior Stewart Jolly wrapped up his international debut at the Palmer Cup during Saturday’s singles action, dropping a 3-and-2 decision to Central Florida’s Ricardo Gouveia of Portugal as the Europeans stormed to an 181/2-111/2 win over the United States.
Jolly never gained an edge in his match. It was all square through eight holes, but Gouveia jumped out to a commanding 3-up lead by winning consecutive holes at Nos. 9-11. He extended his lead to 4-up through 13 holes before closing out Jolly with a 3-and-2 victory after 16 holes.
Auburn defensive back Mincy arrested
ABBEVILLE, Ala. — Auburn defensive back Jonathon Mincy has been charged with second-degree possession of marijuana.
A Henry County Sheriff’s Department official said Saturday that Mincy was arrested early Friday evening after the car he was riding in was pulled over for speeding on Highway 431 near Abbeville. Mincy was released on bond.
Auburn spokesman Kirk Sampson said the school had no immediate comment regarding Mincy’s arrest.
The cornerback had 56 tackles and was second on the team with 14 pass breakups last season. Mincy has 29 career starts.
The charge is a misdemeanor involving possession of marijuana for personal use.
Special Olympians take part in UNO clinic
The UNO men’s basketball program held its 10th Special Olympics clinic and basketball game Saturday at the Lakefront Arena, with a record 72 Special Olympians participating.
The clinic included attendees from as far as Houma and Mandeville and as local as Gentilly, with age ranges from junior high to middle-age adults. The clinic included drills and conditioning sessions, followed by a game that pitted the Privateers versus the Special Olympians.
“I am very proud of all of our Special Olympians and our student-athletes for making this clinic the best yet,” coach Mark Slessinger said.
Indiana to offer multiyear scholarships to athletes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana will begin guaranteeing multi-year scholarships to athletes and will agree not to reduce the amount of money students on partial scholarship receive year to year based on illness, injury or ability.
Athletic director Fred Glass told The Indianapolis Star that the school immediately will begin implementing a 10-point student-athlete bill of rights. It will include significant financial support to former athletes who wish to return to finish their degrees and increased health care commitments.
Earlier this week, the Big Ten said it supports guaranteed four-year scholarships and improved medical coverage for its athletes.
Gibbs considers Redskins name ‘prideful’
SPARTA, Ky. — Count former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs among those who has no problem with the team’s name.
The NFL team that Gibbs led to three Super Bowl titles has been heavily criticized for its nickname that’s viewed as derogatory toward Native Americans. A group of U.S. senators and President Barack Obama have suggested it should be changed, which team owner Daniel Snyder vehemently refuses.
Asked about the controversy before the NASCAR race Saturday at Kentucky Speedway, the Hall of Fame coach and racing team owner called the Redskins name “prideful” and said, “Everything about that name has been positive for me.”
Gibbs said he heard nothing negative during his time there and cited its fight song, “Hail to the Redskins.”