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Hornet Men's Tennis Slices Badgers

LYNDON CENTER -- Lyndon ran its North Atlantic Conference record to 3-2, and 3-7 overall, with an 8-1 tennis victory over Johnson State Wednesday at the Dudley Bell Tennis Center.

Michael Howard and Tyler Schofield teamed up to defeat Johnson's Cole Hennessy and Cory Chase 8-3 in No. 1 doubles and the Hornet tandem of Tyler Hall and John Corey topped Chris Mitchell and Greg Davis 8-0 in the second flight.

The duo of Michael Desmond and Chas Legge completed a sweep of doubles play for Lyndon, besting Zach Baughn and Kemal Cross 8-0 in the No. 3 matchup.

In singles play, Howard beat Hennessy 6-1, 6-0 in first singles while Chase was awarded a win by retirement over Corey in No. 2 singles. Hall topped Mitchell 6-2, 6-3 in third flight singles and Weiner blanked Davis 6-0, 6-0 in No. 4 singles.

Legge (6-1, 6-0) and Desmond (6-0, 6-0) beat Baughn and Cross in fifth and sixth flight singles, respectively.


NEC 25, LSC 1: Also in Lyndon Center, Tim Reilly and Brian Gillis scored five goals each to lead New England to a north Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse rout. The Pilgrims improved to 7-6 overall and 5-1 in the NAC. The loss drops the Hornets to 0-9 overall and 0-5 in conference play.

Matt Goyette and A.J. Aitoro added three goals each for the winners while Garrett Naimie, Koda-Wataka Robinson, and Adam Shute chipped in two apiece.

The NEC trio of Chris Galluzzo, Cody Kitson and Keith Young combined to make five\s saves for the Pilgrims while Matt Reynolds and James Strange turned aside 16 shots in the Lyndon net.

Tim Patten accounted for the lone Hornet goal of the afternoon. The tally came with only two seconds left in regulation time.


THOMAS 7-8, LSC 2-1: Also in Lyndon, Thomas upped its overall record to 8-12, and its North Atlantic Conference mark to 7-9 with a doubleheader sweep of Lyndon.

In Game 1, six Lyndon errors led to six unearned runs and a tough loss for the hornets. Lauren Hachey and Samantha Moore had two hits each for Thomas and Alyssa Eugley added a triple.

Faith Robinson went the distance to get the win allowing one earned run while striking out two.

Jena Finnegan had two hits in the loss and Lyndon pitcher Katie Davis allowed one earned run while fanning six.

In Game 2, five more Lyndon errors spelled doom for the hosts and propelled the Terriers on to the sweep.

Moore collected three hits -- all doubles -- and Janelle Coimei knocked in three. Robinson went all seven innings to get the win, allowing one earned runs and striking out four.

Alise Vandal had two hits, including a double, for Lyndon and Meghan Gadapee was tagged with the loss. She allowed four earned runs while fanning three.


NASCAR Punishes Penske Drivers for Texas Missteps

FORT WORTH, Texas -- NASCAR came down hard with far-reaching penalties against Penske Racing on Wednesday, with six-race suspensions for seven crew members of defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano along with $200,000 in fines for bringing unapproved parts to Texas Motor Speedway for last weekend's race.

Each driver and car owner was docked 25 championship points, dropping Keselowski from second to fourth in the Cup standings and Logano from ninth 14th.

Along with the $100,000 fine they each got, Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe and Logano crew chief Todd Gordon were suspended for the next six championship points races and placed on probation for the rest of the calendar year. Also suspended and put on probation were Travis Geisler, who serves as team manager for both cars, and the individual car chiefs and team engineers for the two cars.

NASCAR also announced penalties for Martin Truex Jr. and Ron Hornaday Jr., but neither was as steep as those against the Penske cars.

Penske Racing vowed to appeal, a move that would put any suspensions on hold.

"Penske Racing will appeal utilizing the appropriate NASCAR process," the team said. "We have no further comment at this time."

NASCAR inspectors confiscated the original rear-end housing with suspension parts from Keselowski's No. 2 Ford and Logano's No. 22 before Saturday night's race, causing a pre-race scramble for both teams. Logano was late to the starting grid because of additional inspections and had to start at the back of the field. He recovered to finish fifth and Keselowski was ninth.

Keselowski was livid following the race.


Michigan Losing Hardaway Jr. to NBA Draft

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Tim Hardaway Jr. is moving on to the next challenge, well aware that he'll still need to prove himself if he's going to follow his father's footsteps in the NBA.

"Everybody's going in there with the same mindset," Hardaway said. "There's no leeway."

Hardaway announced Wednesday that he'll forgo his senior season at Michigan and enter the NBA draft. He's the second Wolverine to declare early for this year's draft -- national player of the year Trey Burke announced his departure Sunday.

Burke could be one of the top players taken, but Hardaway's status is less clear. The 6-foot-6 guard started all 107 games he played during his three-year career with the Wolverines, but he's projected as a second-round pick by DraftExpress.

Players can seek input from an NBA draft advisory committee before leaving school, but Hardaway said the final choice was one he had to make himself.

"This was my decision. It wasn't about the advisory committee, it was about my decision and what I wanted to do," Hardaway said. "I obviously had input from my coaches and my father, but it was my decision and they were behind me 100 percent."

Hardaway's father played in the NBA from 1989-2003. The younger Hardaway, who is 6 inches taller, averaged 14.5 points in his final season at Michigan, helping the Wolverines reach the Final Four for the first time since 1993. Michigan lost to Louisville in the championship game.

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