Friday, January 2, 2009
Although his four-year eligibility for NCAA purposes won't begin until next fall, Georgetown men's basketball recruit Hollis Thompson has been admitted to the university for the upcoming spring semester and will begin his studies next week, campus officials announced yesterday.
Thompson, a 6-foot-6, 180-pound forward from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, committed to play for the Hoyas in November 2007. According to Coach John Thompson III, there are no plans for him to play for the team this season, but he will practice with the squad as he adjusts to college life.
· HOCKEY: Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Tanguay will miss six weeks after injuring his left shoulder in a game this week.
Tanguay has scored 10 goals for Montreal and is third on the team with 26 points. He was hurt Tuesday night against Tampa Bay on a hit by Evgeni Artyukhin.
The 29-year-old Tanguay said that he won't need surgery.
Tanguay's injury was the latest to the Canadiens' forwards. Captain Saku Koivu hasn't played since Dec. 11 and enforcer Georges Laraque, Christopher Higgins and Mathieu Dandenault also are injured.
· CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Petter Northug of Norway won the men's sprint and Arianna Follis of Italy won the women's race in the fifth leg of the World Cup's annual Tour de Ski series in Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic.
Northug led a Norwegian double, edging Tor Arne Hetland in the 1.2-kilometer freestyle race. Italy's Cristian Zorzi finished third.
Dario Cologna of Switzerland was fifth and leads the tour with a cumulative time of 1 hour 26 minutes 2.4 seconds.
The races are part of the Tour de Ski, which includes seven races in nine days with the overall winner getting 400 World Cup points.
The winner of each race also gets another 50 points by completing all races of the tour.
Follis beat Petra Majdic of Slovenia in the women's 1.2K freestyle race. Finland's Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, who has the overall lead, was third.
· SKI JUMPING: Wolfgang Loitzl of Austria earned his first World Cup victory, winning the second leg of the Four Hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Loitzl, who finished second in the first leg in Oberstdorf on Monday, had jumps of 134.5 and 136.5 meters in the annual New Year's Day meet for a total of 276.3 points. World Cup leader Simon Ammann of Switzerland was second with 274.6 points after jumps of 140 and 134.5 meters.
Harri Olli of Finland was third.
"This is like Easter and Christmas together," said Loitzl, who turns 29 later this month. "I knew the deficit to Simon was pretty far and I knew it would be tough. But the second jump was great and I got some good values from the judges."
Loitzl leads the Four Hills tournament with 562 points, one ahead of Ammann with two meets left.
-- From News Services and Staff Reports