The IU women's rowing team opens its spring season in Sacramento, Calif., this weekend. The Sacramento Invitational, played host to by Cal State-Sacramento, involves eight teams, including Cal-Berkeley and Cal-Davis, who made it to the NCAA Championships in 2001.
NEW YORK -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig pledged Tuesday not to lock out players through the World Series but left open the chance that owners would impose new work rules during the offseason, a move that could trigger another strike this summer. The players' union, operating without a labor contract since Nov. 7, 2001 quickly interpreted Selig's statement as a veiled threat to impose vast economic changes as soon as the postseason ends.
Never mind the ankle injury. That's healing. Now, Mike Davis can finally stop campaigning. It paid off. Jared Jeffries' tender ankle should be sturdy enough for Friday's Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament game against Michigan State, and it should be strong enough for the 2001 Big Ten Freshman of the Year to carry his new hardware. Tuesday -- after a season of boasting from Davis -- Jeffries was named the unanimous choice for the 2002 Big Ten Player of the Year, chosen by both the league coaches and the media. The last Hoosier to unanimously win the honor was Brian Evans in 1996.
Sean May won't follow in his father's footsteps. Or his brother's. The Bloomington High School North standout forward verbally committed Sunday to play at North Carolina. In doing so, May turned down the chance to play alongside his older brother, Scott May Jr. a freshman walk-on at IU this season, and the opportunity to play at the same school where his father, Scott May, won a national championship and was the college player of the year in 1976. North Athletics Director Ralph Sieboldt confirmed the report Monday and said he didn't expect a press conference.
Heading into this week's Women's Swimming & Diving NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, there are six Big Ten squads ranked in the College Swim Coaches Association of America Top 25. No. 13 Penn State leads the Big Ten pack, with the five schools ranked between 16 and 22. Only Virginia (14), North Carolina (15), Pacific (19) and Maryland (20) breaks up the run of Big Ten schools in the middle of the rankings. Michigan, Wisconsin and Northwestern are ranked 16-18, while IU is No. 21 and Purdue is No. 22 to round out the ranked Big Ten squads.
The men and women's track and field teams both were victorious in their home openers Saturday. The women defeated Central Michigan, Louisville and Marquette, while the men also defeated Marquette and held off a strong Central Michigan team. The rain held off until later in the evening, making it a good opportunity to perform well.
When junior goalie Molly Pulkrabek came to IU she expected to be in the net for the Hoosiers. Pulkrabek lettered three times in soccer at Barrington High School in Illinois and came to IU to play for the women's soccer team. She played her freshman year, but in 2000 decided to defend a different net when the field hockey team turned from a club squad to a varsity sport.
After a tough loss to nationally ranked Notre Dame Wednesday, the women's tennis team returned to form this weekend at the IU Tennis Center, defeating Big Ten adversaries Minnesota Saturday and Wisconsin Sunday, both by a decisive 6-1 score. IU (13-7, 4-2 Big Ten) wasted no time making a statement against Minnesota (13-4, 2-3 Big Ten). The Hoosiers jumped out to a quick lead by grabbing the doubles point for the sixth consecutive match. In the process, IU's No. 3 doubles team of junior Amanda Field and senior Jennifer Hsia won their sixth consecutive match together.
The 43-year-old diving team has made a name for itself nationally with numerous victories and a reputation of excellence. And only two coaches have been behind every success. From 1959-1989, coach Hobie Billingsley anchored the IU squad to 15 NCAA Championships and 19 Big Ten Championships. Billingsley also racked up nine U.S. National Diving Coach of the Year awards.
Women's swimming coach Dorsey Tierney didn't expect her Hoosier squad to get off to a great start in its dual competition against in-state rival No. 22 Purdue. So when the No. 19 Hoosiers stole the 200-yard medley relay in the first event of the day, momentum was on IU's side. That momentum translated into a 183.5-114.5 Hoosier victory. "Purdue historically has a very good 200-medley relay," Tierney said. "I knew we were going to have to be the best we have been all year to even be competitive with their best relay. We wiped out the deficit with the relay, and I felt that Purdue was going to expect to win that relay and that if we were to sneak in there and get it that the momentum would certainly be in our favor."
At some point between the time the beer stops flowing and the coffee starts percolating, soccer fan John Wiesendanger will take a seat on his barstool with a stars-and-stripes sticker affixed to his chest. "Sleep is for wimps," he said. Indeed, Wiesendanger is one of those rare Americans who will do almost anything to watch the World Cup. The Philadelphian counts himself among the true soccer nuts, a member of the overwhelming minority of Americans who love watching the sport, and loved it even before the United States posted its biggest World Cup victory in 52 years last week, a 3-2 upset over Portugal.
The dream has come true. Former IU star Jared Jeffries was selected No. 11 by the Washington Wizards in the 2002 NBA Draft Wednesday night in New York City. "All my life, I've (dreamed) to hear my name called for the NBA Draft," Jeffries said when he announced his decision to go pro.
How did the Super Bowl get its name? Apparently, calling it the Spectacle of Gluttony sounded unwieldy and calling it the NFL Championship Game would not allow for all the hype. The Teflon Bowl would make sense. After all, no matter how many boring, lopsided Super Bowls are played, this game remains a national attraction and something of an unofficial national holiday. The holiday does not celebrate football; it celebrates a gross, classically American sense of excess. If it were any cheesier, they would have 'N Sync, Britney Spears and Aerosmith lip-sync the halftime show. Uh, oops. Speaking of halftime, while the game is on Fox, NBC plans on breaking from its regular programming during the game's intermission to broadcast a special edition of Fear Factor featuring Playboy playmates.
Inexperienced competitors can be a big influence on the outcome of a sporting event, and the Little 500 is no exception. The back of the men's field is where much of the inexperience for this year's Little 500 is placed. 23 of the 34 riders in the final three rows are rookie competitors.