Duke Men's Lacrosse Loses In Final
BALTIMORE - It would have been a wonderful story: The Duke lacrosse team completing its emotional comeback season by claiming its first national championship before a record crowd.
Johns Hopkins wrote its own ending, one that left Duke's players engulfed in an emotion they hadn't experienced in nearly a year - bitter disappointment.
Hopkins claimed its ninth lacrosse title Monday, withstanding a furious Duke rally before escaping with a 12-11 victory.
The Blue Jays (13-4) never trailed. But they blew a six-goal halftime lead and found themselves locked in a tie at 11 after Duke's Max Quinzani scored with 4:37 remaining.
Hopkins attackman Kevin Huntley followed with his third goal of the game, with 3:25 to go, but the Blue Jays couldn't celebrate until Quinzani's shot went wide of the goal as time expired.
Despite the loss, Duke's performance effectively purged any remaining bitterness from an agonizing 2006 season that was canceled after eight games.
The Blue Devils lost to Hopkins in the 2005 title game, but missed a chance to return the following season after an exotic dancer claimed she was attacked by three Duke players at a team party.
Middle Tenn., UNC Win Tennis Titles
ATHENS, Ga. - Senior Marco Born and Andreas Siljestrom earned Middle Tennessee its first NCAA men's doubles title on its coach's final day before retiring.
North Carolina roommates Sara Anundsen and Jenna Long rallied to beat the top-seeded William & Mary duo to claim the women's doubles title, the first in school history. Anundsen and Long, seeded second, beat Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Born and Siljestrom defeated Illinois' Kevin Anderson and Ryan Rowe 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4). Coach Dale Short is retiring after 20 years at Middle Tennessee.
Porter Died Of 'Blunt-Force Injuries'
MINNEAPOLIS - Former Villanova basketball star Howard Porter died from multiple blunt-force injuries, authorities said Monday, but police were still trying to determine what happened in the hours before he was found, bloodied and beaten, in a Minneapolis alley May 19.
He died Saturday night at North Memorial Medical Center.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said the injuries caused the 58-year-old's death, but no further information was released about the injuries or how they were inflicted.
St. Paul Police Sgt. Paul Schnell said Monday the investigation was still active, but no arrests had been made. When asked whether Porter may have been kidnapped, Schnell said kidnapping was 'a very, very viable consideration in this investigation.'
Porter, who graduated from Sarasota Booker High, worked as a probation officer for Ramsey County. Authorities were looking into whether the attack had anything to do with his work.
Police Find Body Of Pats' Hill
NEW ORLEANS - The body of New England Patriots player Marquise Hill was found Monday, a state official said, a day after he was reported missing following a jet ski accident on Lake Pontchartrain.
Hill's body was discovered by searchers about a quarter of a mile from where the former LSU star and a female companion were involved in the accident, Capt. Brian Clark of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department said.
'The family will have to make positive identification,' Clark said, 'but the body we found was that of Mr. Marquise Hill.'
The Coast Guard was called Sunday night, Petty Officer Tom Atkeson said. The search began immediately, using boats and helicopters.
By the time the body was found, the Coast Guard, Wildlife and Fisheries, the New Orleans Police Department and Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department were involved, Clark said.
Hill's body was taken to the Orleans Parish Coroner's office, but phone messages left there and on coroner Frank Minyard's cell phone were not immediately returned.
Hill's agent, Albert Elias, said he had been told Hill and a young woman were jetskiing Sunday in the lake when both of them went into the water, which had a strong current. Elias said the woman was able to make it to a pylon and hang on until she was rescued, while Hill was last seen floating away from the scene.
Hill played on LSU's national championship team and was a second-round draft pick by New England in 2004.
Texas Lawmakers Want Steroid Tests
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas public high school athletes would face mandatory random steroid testing under a bill given final approval Monday by the Legislature and sent to Gov. Rick Perry.
If Perry allows the bill to become law - he has not publicly expressed opposition - the state could begin testing tens of thousands of students at the start of the coming football season. It would be the largest high school steroids testing program in the country.
A Tribune wire report