Duke men beat Notre Dame, repeat as NCAA champions
Two consecutive NCAA men’s lacrosse championships, and three in the last five years. Eight straight trips to the Final Four, half of which ended in an appearance in the title game.
If that is not a dynasty, what is it?
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“It’s Duke,” coach John Danowski replied Monday, shortly after the top-seeded Blue Devils claimed another national championship with an 11-9 victory over No. 6 Notre Dame.
“The kids who come here, we push them from Day One. But they accept that and want to be something that’s greater than themselves. It’s just a mix of tremendous character young men and a place that provides them an opportunity to grow.”
Duke (17-3) limited the Fighting Irish (12-6) to one goal over the first 35 minutes before a crowd of 25,587 in Baltimore. Notre Dame rallied after falling behind 8-2.
Sergio Perkovic’s fifth goal of the game cut the Blue Devils’ lead to 10-9 with 49.6 seconds left. But Duke won the ensuing faceoff and Jordan Wolf scored into an empty net with 23.6 seconds left to close out scoring.
Wolf had two goals and four assists in the title game.
Phinney suffers broken leg
Taylor Phinney of BMC Racing suffered a broken left leg and a knee injury in the road race at the U.S. championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Phinney, 23, had surgery and the injuries likely ruined his plans to ride in his first Tour de France this summer. Phinney won the men’s time trial Saturday.
Eric Marcotte of the SmartStop team won the men’s road race.
Meanwhile, Alison Powers of the UnitedHealthcare team added a road-race title to her victory in the women’s time trial. The last woman to sweep those events was Kristin Armstrong in 2006.
Pletcher sets money record
Todd Pletcher, who has won six Eclipse Awards as North America’s top trainer, moved to No. 1 on the career-earnings list when Jack Milton won the Grade III Poker on turf at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
Thoroughbreds trained by Pletcher have earned $268,512,294. D. Wayne Lukas, formerly Pletcher’s boss, dropped to second place at $268,467,262.
“I think it’s a product of inflation, to be honest, and I don’t think anyone is going to match Wayne’s accomplishments in the business,” the 46-year-old Pletcher said. “That said, it’s still a satisfying milestone for the team and a record to be proud of.”
Miss Serendipity triumphs
Miss Serendipity beat Emollient by a nose to win the Grade I Gamely on turf at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.
Miss Serendipity, trained by Ron McAnally and ridden by Brice Blanc, ran 11
8 miles in 1 minute, 46.22 seconds. The 6-year-old mare paid $29.80 to win in the $301,000 race.
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Pistorius, 27, shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year.
The judge who will deliver a verdict asked the hospital to determine if Pistorius had a mental disorder at the time of the shooting, which could affect whether he is held criminally responsible.
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Giron, seeded second, beat unseeded Alex Sarkissian of Pepperdine 6-4, 6-1.
Collins defeated Lynn Chi of California 6-2, 7-5 in a matchup of unseeded players.
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• Driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, earned $2.49 million from the overall race purse of $14.23 million.
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• Former WBC light-heavyweight champion Matthew Saad Muhammad, 59, died Sunday at a Philadelphia hospital. The cause of his death was not disclosed. Muhammad retired in 1992 with a 49-16-3 record.
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