Quick hits – Former Gamecock Dutch wins U.S. Championship in hurdles

June 29, 2014 

Former Gamecock Johnny Dutch pictured here while at USC. (Photo by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin/kkfoster@thestate.com)



Former Gamecock Dutch wins U.S. Championship in hurdles

 — At Sacramento, Calif., Johnny Dutch captured his first U.S. championship as five former Gamecocks ran in event finals at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships on Sunday. A six-time finalist and two-time runner up in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, Dutch broke through for a U.S. championship. Dutch easily clinched the crown in 48.93.

In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, Tiffany Ross Williams and Lashinda Demus, teammates on the 2002 NCAA Championship squad, went 4-5 in the finals, clocking times of 54.84 and 55.17, respectively.

Jason Richardson, 2011 World Champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 110-meter hurdles, finished fifth, crossing in 13.27.

Three-time NCAA champion Shalonda Solomon went into the 200-meter finals with the third-fastest time in the prelims at 22.64. She finished fourth in the finals (22.54).


Bosh tells Heat he opts out

 Chris Bosh told the Miami Heat that he is opting out of the final two years of his contract, and will join LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as free agents starting at midnight Tuesday.

Bosh had until Monday to make his decision and choose to forgo $42.7 million over the next two seasons. He has said many times in recent weeks that he wants to stay in Miami, and it now is clear that he is willing to stretch his money over a longer period of time in order to make that happen.

Source: Nets’ Kidd talking to Bucks about job

 — Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd is talking to the Milwaukee Bucks about a position after losing his bid for front-office power with the Nets, a person with knowledge of the details said.

The Nets denied Kidd’s request and then told him he was free to talk to other teams about jobs, the person told The AP. The Bucks then sought and were granted permission to interview Kidd. The news was first reported by the New York Post.

Kidd finished his first season as coach, leading the Nets to a 44-38 record and a second-round playoff loss to the Miami Heat. It is unclear what role the Bucks would be interested in him for, since they have coach Larry Drew and general manager John Hammond under contract.


Pagenaud wins 2nd race of Houston doubleheader

 — At Houston, Simon Pagenaud, the Frenchman who thought he had a winning car in the first race of the Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader, picked up a victory in the second race. The victory, the second of the season for Pagenaud, allowed him to significantly cut into Will Power’s lead in the championship standings. Pagenaud came to Houston down 91 points to Power, but cut it to 59 following his victory.


Fan hospitalized after lightning strike

 — Lightning struck outside a Columbus, Ohio, stadium before an MLS game, sending an off-duty firefighter who went into cardiac arrest to the hospital and forcing the postponement of the Columbus Crew’s game against FC Dallas. The lightning strike was in the parking lot of Crew Stadium on Saturday night, but it is not known if the off-duty lieutenant was struck directly, Columbus Fire Department Battalion Chief Tracy Smith said. The firefighter, identified as Lt. Stu Tudor, had to be resuscitated, and was listed Sunday morning in critical condition in the intensive care unit at the Ohio State Medical Center, Smith said.

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