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Duke Hires Lacrosse Coach From Hofstra

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Duke University has hired John Danowski from Hofstra to coach its embattled men's lacrosse team, the new coach said yesterday.

"It's a very exciting time," Danowski told the Associated Press. "Duke University is one of the top schools in the country by any measure."

Danowski, whose son, Matt , is a Duke senior and all-American attackman for the Blue Devils, will replace Mike Pressler , who resigned soon after a woman told police in March she was raped by three men at a team party where she was hired to perform as a stripper.

· PRO FOOTBALL: St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk will have major reconstructive knee surgery and almost certainly will miss the entire 2006 season, a blow that could spell the end of his career. . . .

Former New England Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson and his wife were both charged with assault and battery following a domestic dispute at their Massachusetts home, authorities said.

· TRACK AND FIELD: Marion Jones , coming off recent wins in the 100 meters at meets in Paris and Lausanne, Switzerland, will run the 100 at the London Grand Prix next week. Jones ran her fastest race in four years -- 10.91 seconds-- at the Golden Gala in Rome last week. She finished second behind Jamaica's Sherone Simpson , who also will line up against her in the meet Friday at Crystal Palace.

· COLLEGES: University of Georgia basketball guard Kevin Brophy died in a two-car crash Thursday on Georgia Highway 15 near Greensboro, authorities said. . . .

Miami Hurricanes reserve safety Willie Cooper was shot in the buttocks when confronted in his yard yesterday morning by an unknown person who fled after another player returned gunfire. . . .

Former South Carolina defensive end Moe Thompson has sued the university for $300,000, claiming officials thwarted his chances of transferring -- and consequently a shot at the NFL -- after he was suspended from the team in 2005.

Thompson is serving five years' probation after he pleaded guilty in October to two counts of attempted first-degree burglary and two counts of petit larceny. He and teammate Kevin Mainord went into dorm rooms in February 2005 and took TVs and a DVD player belonging to female students.

· CYCLING: Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich was fired by his T-Mobile team, several weeks after he was linked to a Spanish doctor charged with doping.

Ullrich was forced out of this year's Tour on the eve of the race. He had been considered a leading contender.

· TENNIS: Second-seeded Andy Roddick and No. 4 Robby Ginepri advanced at the RCA Championships in Indianapolis with straight-set victories. Roddick defeated 12th-seeded Gilles Muller , 6-2, 6-3. Ginepri cruised past No. 8 Paradon Srichaphan , 6-4, 6-1, as he seeks to defend his tournament title. . . .

Top-seeded Guillermo Coria beat fellow Argentine Agustin Calleri , 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), in the Priority Telecom Open in Amersfoort, Netherlands, reaching a tournament semifinal for the first time in nine months. . . .

Defending champion Patty Schnyder overcame ninth-seeded Sania Mirza and two rain delays to advance to the semifinals of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open in Mason, Ohio, with a 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 win.

The top-seeded Schnyder will face fourth-seeded Katarina Srebotnik in today's semifinal. Srebotnik advanced with a 6-2, 6-1 win over sixth-seeded Marion Bartoli .

· HORSE RACING: Joe De Francis , 50, whose family owns 49 percent of Laurel Park and Pimlico, has been named to the board of directors of Magna Entertainment, the Canadian company that has owned a majority interest in the Maryland tracks since 2002.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports


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