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Illness puts Harangody on Notre Dame bench

Notre Dame basketball standout Luke Harangody is out indefinitely with pneumonia.

Harangody, the Big East Conference Player of the Year last season, became ill after scoring 29 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in No. 8 Notre Dame’s 81-80 victory over No. 6 Texas on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.

Despite feeling ill, the center had 13 points and seven rebounds in a 102-87 loss to top-ranked North Carolina in the championship game Wednesday.

Harangody, a junior who has never missed a game at Notre Dame, leads the Irish in scoring (22.6 points per game) and rebounds (11.2 per game).

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said he is going to be cautious with Harangody. The Irish play Furman today.

Also: The UNLV volleyball team lost to No. 14 Florida 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 at Cox Pavilion to close the regular season.

Sara Nehf had 10 kills for the Rebels (16-14), and Melody Nua had 20 assists.


Tale of Ekati claims victory in Cigar Mile

Tale of Ekati won the $300,000 Cigar Mile on a disqualification at Aqueduct in New York.

Harlem Rocker was first under the wire, a nose in front of Tale of Ekati.

However, the result was later reversed, with Harlem Rocker dropped into the place spot following a stewards’ inquiry.

In midstretch, Harlem Rocker surged to the lead and appeared on his way to the victory before ducking sharply to his left, into the path of Tale of Ekati on the rail. Edgar Prado had to snatch up Tale of Ekati, losing momentum before angling outside for a determined late run at Harlem Rocker.

It was the fourth stakes victory for Tale of Ekati, all in New York. His richest victory came in the $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in April, a win that propelled him into the Triple Crown, where he ran fourth in the Kentucky Derby and sixth in the Belmont Stakes.

Also: Horse of the Year Curlin closed out his record-setting career at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., during a parade on the final day of the track’s Fall Meet.

The 4-year-old colt, who had 11 wins and whose career earnings of $10.5 million set a North American racing record, made his final bow in a procession from the barn of trainer Steve Asmussen to the paddock at Churchill. He circled with the starters for the fifth race before appearing in a winner’s circle retirement ceremony.


Choi tops Mickelson for Skins Game lead

K.J. Choi overcame the nerves of playing in his first LG Skins Game by using a precise short game and key putts to take the first-day lead in the 26th annual event in Indian Wells, Calif.

Choi rolled in a three-foot birdie putt worth $75,000 on the third hole.

That held up to give him the lead over Phil Mickelson, who earned $25,000 with a spectacular eagle-3 on the fourth hole. Two-time defending champion Stephen Ames and Rocco Mediate, playing in his first Skins Game, were shut out on the first nine holes.

With the foursome halving the final five holes of the front nine, $900,000 of the event’s $1 million purse is still alive for today’s final nine holes.

Also: Brendan Jones made a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, giving Australia a 9-under 63 and a share of the lead with Spain after the third round of the World Cup of Golf in Shenzhen, China.

Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal of Spain, who held a four-stroke lead after two rounds, shot 67, putting Spain and Australia at 22-under 194.

Annika Sorenstam, playing her second-to-last event before retiring, holed a 45-foot pitch for eagle on the par-5 18th hole to give herself and Suzann Pettersen a 1-up victory over Inbee Park and Eun Hee Ji at the Lexus Cup in Singapore.

With the comeback victory in the opening best-ball match, Sorenstam and Pettersen helped the International team match two-time defending champion Asia at six points entering the closing 12 singles matches.

Robert Allenby holed a 3-wood shot for a double eagle on the par-5 seventh and finished with a 5-under 67 for a share of the third-round lead in the Australian Masters.

Playing partner Michael Sim shot 68 to match Allenby at 10-under 206 in Melbourne, Australia.


Wranglers notch win over Roadrunners

Shawn Limpright and Adam Miller each had a goal and two assists as the Wranglers beat the host Phoenix RoadRunners 6-3 in an ECHL game.

Las Vegas (7-7-2) took a 3-2 lead on Miller’s second-period goal, and he got an assist four minutes later when Limpright stuffed in a rebound for what proved to be the game-winning goal.

Justin Taylor, Chris Neiszner, Peter Ferraro and Tyler Mosienko also scored for the Wranglers, who quickly rallied after falling behind 2-0 just three minutes into the game.

Also: Brian Burke took over as president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He got a six-year deal, worth a reported $3 million annually, to replace interim GM Cliff Fletcher after John Ferguson was fired in January.

Burke spent the past three-plus seasons managing the Anaheim Ducks, leading them to a Stanley Cup title in 2007. He stepped down from the post Nov. 13 after declining to sign a contract extension that would take him beyond this season.

The Colorado Avalanche placed defenseman Adam Foote on the injured list due to injuries to his lower back and knee, and recalled defenseman Aaron MacKenzie from Lake Erie of the AHL.

American goalkeeper Brad Friedel of Aston Villa made a record 167th consecutive English Premier League appearance against Fulham in Birmingham, England.

The 37-year-old, who started the streak in August 2004 while with Blackburn, overtook the previous record set by Portsmouth’s David James in April.

Friedel earned a third straight shutout in a 0-0 draw with Fulham.

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Neuse’s homer leads Aviators past Salt Lake

Sheldon Neuse hit a three-run homer and Jorge Mateo added a two-run single as the Las Vegas Aviators beat the Salt Lake Bees 5-2 on Friday in a Pacific Coast League game at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City.