Kurzdorfer wins hammer throw
Penn State sophomore Melissa Kurzdorfer of Lancaster won the hammer throw with a toss of 205 feet, 1 inch at the annual Penn Relays. Her winning throw, which bettered her closest competitor's by 10 feet, came on her first attempt. She followed with five fouls. Her season-best is 207-0. She'll compete in the shot put and discus this weekend.
"Warm-ups didn't go very well, so on my first throw I just wanted to get one in," she said. "It was the only throw I had all day. It still didn't feel very good, so you know there's a lot more in the tank. It's the closest I've been to my PR so it's exciting."
South Carolina takes hit
The NCAA has ruled that South Carolina failed to monitor its athletic program that resulted in various rules violations and has accepted the school's proposed sanctions to cut six football scholarships and slash its official recruiting visits by more than half in the coming year.
There was neither a forfeiture of games nor a bowl ban attached to the penalties, which stemmed from athletes receiving $59,000 in impermissible benefits. The NCAA said South Carolina's cooperation went "beyond standard expectations."
NCAA committee on infractions chairman Britton Banowsky said it was obvious early on that South Carolina wanted to get at the truth and in some instances did more than was required during the enforcement process.
The school will also pay a fine of $18,500. The football team will lose three of its 85 scholarships in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons. It will also cut official visits for football recruiting to 30 from 56 during the 20012-13 academic year.
Judge weighs decision
A judge says he expects to announce a decision in two weeks after hearing arguments on a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against Syracuse University and men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim.
Former team ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang claim Boeheim slandered them when he said they were out for money by claiming former assistant coach Bernie Fine sexually abused them.
Boeheim wasn't at the hearing Friday.
From News Staff and wire service reports