On a rainy day at the French Open, top-ranked Novak Djokovic slipped and slid his way along the red clay to a first-round victory over David Goffin.
Djokovic wins his opener
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia spent the better part of a rainy Tuesday at the French Open wondering when — and whether — he would wind up playing his first-round match at the only Grand Slam tournament he has yet to win.
Djokovic slipped and slid his way along the red clay to a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 7-5 victory over David Goffin of Belgium in the first round at Roland Garros in Paris.
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“It was a difficult day, because we have been waiting for hours and hours,” Djokovic said. “I think I warmed up five or six times today.”
In the women’s bracket, No. 9 Samantha Stosur of Australia beat Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan 6-0, 6-2.
Rutgers drama continues
Incoming Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann was involved in a discrimination lawsuit while an administrator at Louisville, where an assistant track coach said she was fired for complaining about discriminatory treatment.
Information about the case came to light amid continuing discussion about Hermann’s treatment of players while she was a women’s volleyball coach at Tennessee in the 1990s.
The earlier episodes from Hermann’s career are particularly troubling for Rutgers, which hired her after former basketball coach Mike Rice was fired in April for physically and verbally abusing players and former athletic director Tim Pernetti was forced to resign for his handling of the problem.
The New York Times first reported on details of the suit Mary Banker, a former assistant men’s and women’s track coach, filed against the University of Louisville Athletic Association, saying she was let go in 2008 after she complained to Hermann and then human resources about allegations of gender and sexual discrimination. Hermann was Louisville’s executive senior associate athletic director at the time.
A jury found in Banker’s favor, awarding her $300,000 for mental and emotional distress. But the university appealed and the Kentucky Court of Appeals overturned the verdict in February.
Hermann, 49, on Monday said she has no plans to resign and Rutgers President Robert Barchi later said the university was standing behind her. She is scheduled to start work June 17.
Colorado AD Bohn to resign
Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn is resigning, effective Monday.
In an email sent to his staff, Bohn, 52, wrote: “They want to go in a different direction and that is their prerogative. This is a very disappointing, troubling and shocking development as we have made so much progress together over the past 8 years.”
Ceal Barry, ex-Colorado women’s basketball coach, will serve as interim AD after Bohn leaves.
In his eight-year tenure, Bohn fired two football coaches and pushed a third out the door.
Gary Barnett reluctantly accepted a buyout in 2005 after going 49-38 in seven seasons. Dan Hawkins was fired in 2010 after going 19-39 in five seasons and Jon Embree was fired in November after the Buffaloes were 4-21 in two seasons. Bohn replaced Embree in December with Mike MacIntyre, formerly of San Jose State.
Former QB is found dead
Cullen Finnerty, who guided Grand Valley State University to three Division II national titles during his four years as a starting quarterback in Allendale, Mich., was found dead in the woods of northern Michigan on Tuesday night — days after disappearing while out fishing.
Finnerty, 30, had been missing since Sunday. Family members had expressed concern he might have suffered “a mental episode,” a law-enforcement official said.
The cause of death wasn’t immediately clear, but Lake County Undersheriff Dennis Robinson said foul play is not suspected. He said the body was not in the water and was found in a wooded area in Webber Township, near the family’s cottage. An autopsy would be needed to determine how Finnerty died, the undersheriff said.
Bubka seeks IOC’s top job
Pole-vault legend Sergei Bubka of Ukraine entered the crowded IOC presidential race, citing his youthful energy and experience as an Olympic champion as key ingredients in his bid for the top job.
Bubka, 49, declared his candidacy to succeed Jacques Rogge, who steps down in September after 12 years as head of the International Olympic Committee.
Bubka became the sixth, and likely final, contender in the campaign, completing a record field for the IOC presidency. The deadline for declarations is June 6.
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