Sunday, August 8, 2010

Booker gets degree

Wizards forward Trevor Booker will head into his NBA career with a degree from Clemson in his hand.

The first-round NBA draft pick was scheduled on Saturday to receive his undergraduate degree in parks, recreation and tourism management. Booker is not expected to attend the ceremony, but says his degree played a major part in his return to school for his senior season.

The 6-foot-7 Booker helped the Tigers to their third straight NCAA tournament appearance. He was selected to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team and set a Clemson mark by starting all 134 games of his career.

In June, Booker was drafted by Minnesota with the 23rd pick and became the first Tiger selected in the opening round since Sharone Wright in 1994. Booker was soon after traded to Washington.. . .

Seimone Augustus scored 27 points, including the tiebreaking three-pointer with 26.9 seconds left in overtime to lead the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx to a 87-82 victory over the Chicago Sky.

Lindsay Whalen had 19 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, Charde Houston added 17 points and Monica Wright added 11 to help the Lynx (9-16) rally from a 10-point deficit in the 4th quarter.

Jia Perkins led Chicago (12-16) with 16 points and Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Dominique Canty added 13 points and Tamera Young scored 10.

After Augustus's go-ahead three-pointer, Fowles made a layup to pull the Sky to 83-82 with 19.3 seconds to go.

A year ago, Carl Edwards started 33rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International and finished third. This time he'll start at the front.

Edwards turned a lap of 124.432 mph in 70.882 seconds to easily outdistance Jamie McMurray's lap of 123.814 mph in 71.236 seconds. It was just the fifth pole in 215 starts for Edwards, his first on a road course in Cup competition, and it was fast. Edwards was just a few ticks off Jeff Gordon's 2003 track record of 124.58 mph in 70.7979 seconds.

"Unbelievable! I can't tell you how much that helps our team," Edwards said.

"That's a great lap. We're just enjoying the wave we're riding," Crew Chief Bob Osborne said.. . .

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