Sports Briefs: Duke lacrosse in Final Four

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Zack Greer had seven goals and three assists to help top-seeded Duke rally to a 19-11 victory against No. 8 North Carolina in the NCAA lacrosse quarterfinals yesterday in Annapolis, Md.

Matt Danowski assisted on five of the goals scored by Greer, a junior from Canada who established a career-high with 10 points and posted the second-highest goal total in NCAA quarterfinal history. Duke (16-2) will meet fourth-seeded Cornell (15-0) in a semifinal Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Duke advances to the Final Four for the third time in program history one year after suspending its men's lacrosse season amid rape allegations against three players. Those rape charges were dismissed in December, and charges of kidnapping and sexual assault were dropped in April.

School officials restored men's lacrosse to varsity status this season and Duke has responded with the second-highest victory total in program history.

Tennis

Jelena Jankovic defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova, 7-5, 6-1, to win the Italian Open and join Justine Henin as the only three-time winners on the women's tour this year.

Pete Sampras relied on his still powerful serve to defeat Todd Martin, 6-3, 1-6, 10-6, in the Athens Champions Cup final in Greece. Sampras fired two aces in the opening game and continued to serve and volley crisply while breaking Martin in the fourth game to go up, 3-1.

Pro football

New York Jets kick returner Justin Miller was arrested early Sunday and charged with third-degree assault after a fight at a New York City nightclub. ESPN.com reported Sunday night that the 23-year-old Pro Bowl returner was arrested after allegedly punching a woman in a nightclub. He was apprehended following a police chase at 4:20 a.m. According to the report, police said Miller swung at a man, but hit the woman when the man ducked.

Charles Anthony ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns, and Sha-ron Edwards added 80 yards as the Frankfurt Galaxy (4-2) scored a 35-7 home victory against the Berlin Thunder (2-4) in NFL Europa.

Aaron Garcia threw nine touchdown passes -- five to Kevin Swayne -- to help the New York Dragons to a home 62-56 win against the Kansas City Brigade in the Arena Football League. Garcia was 24 of 37 for 261 yards. ... Shane Stafford threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Fryzel as time expired to give the Orlando Predators a 46-45 victory at the Austin Wranglers.

College softball

No. 2 Lock Haven kept alive its chance to win a second consecutive NCAA Division II championship with its second victory in the double-elimination tournament against top seed Columbus State. Lock Haven (52-4) defeated Columbus State, 2-0, yesterday. Lock Haven, which is 3-1 in the tournament, will meet Southern Illinois Edwardsville (48-8) this morning in Akron, Ohio. If Lock Haven wins, the teams will meet in the final game in the afternoon. Southern Illinois Edwards, which is 3-0 in the tournament, defeated Lock Haven, 4-0, Saturday.

Basketball

Erin Thorn scored a career-high 28 points to rally the new-look New York Liberty to an 82-71 victory against the Chicago Sky in the WNBA season opener for both teams in Madison Square Garden. ... Kara Lawson scored 19 points and the Monarchs continued their recent dominance against the Lynx, winning, 74-64, in Minnesota.

Track and field

Olympic champion Meseret Defar of Ethiopia broke the world record in the women's 2-mile run at the Adidas Track Classic in Carson, Calif. She won in 9 minutes, 10.47 seconds, lowering the mark of 9:11.97 set by American Regina Jacobs in 1999.

In the same meet, pole vaulter Jenn Stuczynski and javelin thrower Breaux Greer set American records. Stuczynski won the women's pole vault at 15 feet, 10 1/2 inches, taking down Stacy Dragila's three-year-old mark of 15-10. Greer bettered his own American mark with a throw of 297-7. His previous best was 287-8 in 2004.



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