Duke, which trailed 5-0 early, rallied to beat Syracuse 16-10 to win the NCAA men's lacrosse championship..

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Duke men take NCAA title

Duke rallied from an early deficit to beat Syracuse 16-10 and win its second NCAA men’s title.

The Blue Devils trailed 5-0 in the second quarter Monday before a crowd of 28,224 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

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Jordan Wolf scored four goals for Duke (16-5). Josh Offit and Josh Dionne added three goals apiece.

“We were down 5-0 and we really had no choice,” Blue Devils coach John Danowski said. “We had to make the next play and that’s who we are. We responded.”

Junior faceoff man Brendan Fowler won 13 straight in one span to give Duke possession for long stretches. Fowler won 20 of 28 faceoffs overall and earned the Most Outstanding Player award.

“Obviously winning faceoffs and getting the ball back makes it a lot easier to score goals,” said Fowler, who is a walk-on special-teams player on Duke’s football team.

Dylan Donahue scored three goals for Syracuse (16-4).

Auto racing

Fox reviews malfunction

Fox Sports officials said they had not determined why an overhead TV camera cable snapped during Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

Fox Sports officials said a full investigation is under way and use of the camera is suspended indefinitely. NASCAR officials said they would wait for Fox Sports to conclude its review before deciding if such technology would be used in the future.

Track officials said 10 people were injured when part of the drive rope landed in the grandstand; three were taken to hospitals. All were checked out and released.

Several drivers, including then-leader Kyle Busch, reported damage to their cars from the drive rope.

Fox Sports again apologized for the disruption. The synthetic drive rope was certified for a breaking strength of 9,300 pounds and was bearing less than 900 pounds of force during the race, according to Fox Sports.

Horse racing

Sahara Sky wins Met Mile

Sahara Sky, last in the nine-horse field halfway through the race, rallied to beat Cross Traffic by a nose in the Grade I Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Sahara Sky, a 5-year-old trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Joel Rosario, won the $750,000 Met Mile in 1 minute, 34.17 seconds and paid $11.60.

Flat Out, favored at 5-2, was third.

Stevens wins at Hollywood

Marketing Mix ($5 to win) took the Grade I Gamely on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park, giving Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens his first victory at the Inglewood, Calif., track since July 2005.

The 50-year-old Stevens, who came back from a seven-year retirement in January, was the leading rider at Longacres in Renton in 1983 and 1984.


Rodriguez earns 4th title

Freddie Rodriguez won his fourth national title in a sprint to the finish, edging Brent Bookwalter in the USA Cycling Professional men’s road race.

Rodriguez, 39, of Berkeley, Calif., covered the 100.6-mile course in and around Chattanooga, Tenn., in 4 hours, 6 minutes, 56 seconds.

Kiel Reijnen, who grew up in Bainbridge Island, placed third for the third time in four years.

Jade Wilcoxson of Talent, Ore., won the women’s event over 63.1 miles in 2:46:39.


• Crystal Palace will play English Premier League soccer next season after beating Watford 1-0 at Wembley Stadium in London on an extra-time penalty kick by Kevin Phillips. Crystal Palace returns to England’s top league after an eight-year absence.

The match decided the third team to be promoted from the second-level League Championship.

Julie Hermann, 49, is not resigning as Rutgers’ incoming athletic director after a report that 16 years ago she humiliated and emotionally abused players while coaching the women’s volleyball team at Tennessee. And university officials are standing behind her.

Hermann’s first day on the job is June 17.

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