ICYMI: Weekly sports wrap-up
Amber Deane transferring to Indiana
Former Flyer Amber Deane is transferring to Indiana University, announced IU’s women’s basketball coach Teri Moren on Tuesday. Deane graduated this year from UD with a bachelor’s degree in English, and will join the Hoosiers for her last year of NCAA eligibility as she works towards her master’s degree.
Deane led the Flyers in scoring last year through the first nine games before an injury cut her season short. She was granted redshirt status as the Flyers finished the season.
“Amber has great experience, having made deep postseason runs,” Moren said. “She is an outstanding player who has played against really good competition for the past four years.”
Appearing in the NCAA tournament with the Flyers in each of her first three seasons at UD, Deane was an integral member of the 2015 Elite Eight squad.
Reds hit major stumble, Cubs still flying high
Despite a promising start to the 2016 season, the Cincinnati Reds have quickly fallen to the bottom of the National League Central, a solid 14 games behind the Chicago Cubs. The Reds dropped all four games they played against the in-state foes Cleveland Indians last this week. Cincinnati’s bullpen has a league-worst 6.48 earned run average and bullpen pitchers have a combined 13 losses.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Cubs have enjoyed a smooth ride so far to an MLB-best 29 wins. They are scoring the second in-most runs per game in the majors (5.67) to only the St. Louis Cardinals, and their stellar pitching has allowed the fewest (2.95). Ace Jake Arrieta is 8-0 with a sparkling 1.29 ERA.
Poll results show minimal outrage over “Redskins” name
A recent poll conducted by the Washington Post shows that nine in 10 Native Americans are not offended by the name of the Washington Redskins football team. The survey, which polled 504 Native Americans, was conducted across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The results were celebrated by Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who is the fiercest backer of the team’s moniker. This could give him leverage in the ongoing legal battle over the team’s trademark. Further, this could help Snyder move the team to Washington, D.C. from its current home in Landover, MD. Talks between Snyder and the District were previously mired by the controversy over the name.
Exaggerator wins Preakness Stakes
Kentucky Derby-winner Nyquist was overtaken by Exaggerator in the last quarter of Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, losing his hopes of a Triple Crown on the muddy track in Baltimore, MD.
Going into the race, Exaggerator sported the second best odds, 3-1, behind Nyquist’s 3-5. Exaggerator has a better track record in wet conditions and, according to his trainer, used the mud to his advantage in the win.
Nyquist finished in third place, right behind Cherry Wine.
The third and final leg of the Triple Crown is the Belmont Stakes, which will take place on June 11th in Long Island, NY.
Federer sitting out French Open
Swiss tennis star Roger Federer pulled out of the French Open this week, ending his record streak of appearing in 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments—dating back to 2000. Reportedly, back problems have limited Federer’s play recently. The last major tournament Federer missed was the US Open in 1999.