Reasons for fatal America’s Cup accident unclear

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Reasons for fatal accident still unclear

The America’s Cup catamaran that capsized in San Francisco Bay, killing an Olympic gold medalist, nosedived during a difficult maneuver and broke into many pieces, an official said Friday.

However, it remained unclear why the Artemis flipped on Thursday, trapping crew member Andrew “Bart” Simpson under the wreckage for at least 10 minutes.

America’s Cup organizers also said it was unclear what effect the fatality might have on the series of races scheduled to begin on July 6.

“Nothing is off the table,” said Stephen Barclay, chief executive of the America’s Cup Event Authority. “We need to know what happened.”

Murray said America’s Cup organizers have launched an investigation. The San Francisco Police Department also is looking into the incident.

Another organizing official, Iain Murray, said conditions Thursday afternoon were typical on San Francisco Bay, which often sees hard-blowing winds. The Artemis was operating in winds of 15 to 20 knots, with occasionally stiffer gusts.

Murray said Artemis Racing’s catamaran was attempting to change direction and turn downwind when it capsized. Though difficult, the maneuver was normal, he said.

Murray said Simpson was on a trampoline on the windward side of the yacht with crew members and got trapped under some solid sections of the yacht, out of site to those on board who were looking for him.

“How he got to where he got to we do not know,” Murray said.

COLLEGES

Rutgers said it made a mistake identifying new men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan as a graduate of the university.

Jordan’s biography on the athletic department’s Web site says he earned a degree in health and physical education in 1977.

But the university registrar’s office said the former NBA player and coach never received a degree from Rutgers, though he earned 103 credit hours from 1973 to 1985.

A statement released by the athletic communications office says, “While Rutgers was in error when it reported that Eddie Jordan had earned a degree from Rutgers University, neither Rutgers nor the NCAA requires a head coach to hold a baccalaureate degree.”

The degree discrepancy was first reported Friday by the sports website Deadspin.

Jordan was hired last month to replace Mike Rice. . . .

Sophomore Casey Bocklet scored four goals, including one with 3.2 seconds left in the first half, as the Virginia women’s lacrosse team defeated Penn, 12-6, in an NCAA tournament game at Georgetown’s Multi-Sport Field.

With the win, the Cavaliers (10-9) will face No. 6 seed Georgetown (13-5) in a second-round game on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Hoyas received a first-round bye.

The Hoyas and Cavaliers have not met since 2008. This year’s meeting became possible after Virginia went on an 8-0 run spanning the first and second halves against the Quakers (11-6). . . .

Senior Jasmine DePompeo had a goal and five assists as the Navy women’s lacrosse team defeated Monmouth, 12-6, in Annapolis.

The Midshipmen (19-1) will face Duke, a 10-9 winner over Princeton in the second game. The Midshipmen and Blue Devils (13-5) play Sunday at noon.

Monmouth finished the season 13-7. . . .

Former Georgia Tech men’s basketball forward Julian Royal is transferring to George Mason.

George Mason announced that Royal, who is 6 feet 8, will sit out the upcoming season and then have two years of eligibility. Royal said in March he was leaving Georgia Tech after averaging only 6.6 minutes and 1.7 points in 24 games as a sophomore.

Georgia Tech also is losing junior guard Brandon Reed, Coach Brian Gregory said. . . .

Florida is getting another shooting guard from Rutgers.

The Gators have received official notification that Eli Carter will join them this fall. He left Rutgers after coach Mike Rice was fired.

Carter, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior from Paterson, N.J., averaged 14.3 points in two years at Rutgers. He was the team’s leading scorer each of the past two seasons, averaging 14.9 points as a sophomore and 13.8 as a freshman.

He will sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules.

PRO BASKETBALL

The NBA fined Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson $25,000 for an outburst at a referee in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Miami.

The Heat was on its way to a 115-78 victory when Gibson went off at an official early in the fourth quarter.

— From news services

and staff reports

 
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