Sports Briefs: Defense shines in Dukes' game

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The defense had 14 sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown as Duquesne University closed out its spring football practices with the annual Red/Blue game at Rooney Field.

Using a point system, the defense recorded a 55-29 victory.

"The offense came out and executed early on, but the defense fought back and was able to make plays late in the first half," Duquesne coach Jerry Schmitt said. "Both sides really competed, and that's what you like to see in spring ball."

John Guthrie had the interception return for a touchdown, Jason Knight had 6.5 tackles and Frank Marano 4.5 sacks.

Quarterback Scott Knapp completed 7 of 11 passes for 146 yards for the offense.

Horse racing

Long-shot Slew's Tizzy took control early and pulled away to win the $325,000 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland in Kentucky. The 3-year-old colt, racing for the first time without blinkers, went off at 40-1 before jockey Robby Albarado guided the horse through the field to give trainer Greg Fox his first stakes victory.

Slew's Tizzy covered the 11/16-mile course in 1:43.20 and paid $83.00, $29.60 and $13.60. Starbase, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, held off Forty Grams for second.

The win in one of the final prep races for the Kentucky Derby May 5 could give Slew's Tizzy enough graded stakes earnings to race in the run for the roses.

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro has a second full brother. Barbaro's mother, La Ville Rouge, gave birth to a 148-pound bay colt, according to Mill Ridge Farm. The farm is also home to Barbaro's other full brother, a yearling recently named Nicanor. Barbaro was euthanized Jan. 29 after complications from his breakdown at the Preakness 11 months ago.


Kim Clijsters will not play at the U.S. Open, making Wimbledon the final Grand Slam tournament of her career. The fourth-ranked Belgian also will play doubles at Wimbledon, which starts June 25, in case of an early exit from the singles.

Carnegie Mellon's women's team advanced to the final of the University Athletic Association with a 6-3 victory against Chicago in Cleveland. The Tartans, who won 5 of 6 singles matches, will play Emory for the title today.


Pitt (18-16, 10-6) will be looking for a series sweep after an 8-7 victory against Villanova (18-17, 5-9) in a Big East Conference matchup at Trees Field. The Panthers have taken the first two games of the series as Paul Nardozzi earned the win, improving to 4-1 in league play. Nardozzi pitched five innings giving up seven runs on seven hits, striking out six.


Rhys Lloyd's league-record-tying 56-yard field goal helped the Frankfurt Galaxy (2-0) to an 18-13 win against the host Cologne Centurions (1-1) in NFL Europa.

Torina Henley had 113 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown as the Pittsburgh Passion (1-0) defeated the Cleveland Fusion, 23-14, at Cupples Stadium in the National Women's Football Association.


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins evened their AHL Eastern Division series at one game each against the visiting Norforlk Admirals with a 5-2 victory. Jonathan Filewich had two goals and an assist for the Penguins. Game 3 is tomorrow night in Norfolk, Va.

Olympic champion Sweden beat Russia, 4-2, in Moscow in the second leg of the European Hockey Tour final and won the title on total goals. Sweden won, 3-2, in the first leg Thursday in Gavle, Sweden.


Ji Ting scored in the 90th minute to lift China to a 3-2 victory against the FIFA Women's World Stars in Wuhan, China. The match between the women's all-star team and China was played the day before the draw in Wuhan for the women's World Cup Sept 10-30. The World Cup will be played at five venues in China.


The Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia, Spain, was postponed again due to a lack of wind. It is the fifth day in the past six that the challengers series for America's Cup has been postponed due to unsuitable wind.


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