South Louisiana sports briefs for June 4, 2013

LSU recruiting ranked No .14

The LSU women’s tennis incoming class is ranked No. 14 by the Tennis Recruiting Network, marking the team’s highest-ranked recruiting class.

Coach Julia S. Sell added Joana Vale Costa, Skylar Holloway, Gabrielle Otero and Abigail Owens.

Costa, from Lisbon, Portugal, posts a 782 singles and 744 doubles ranking according to the Women’s Tennis Association. She has played in the Davis Cup for Portugal and is the fourth-highest-ranked player in juniors.

Not included in the rankings is sophomore transfer Mary Jeremiah, who was considered a blue chip recruit while at Peachtree Ridge High School. She began play for the Lady Tigers in the fall after transferring from Oklahoma State, and she competed in the top spot in doubles with Ariel Morton and played in the No. 2 singles spot for most of the season.

LSU is one of five SEC schools on the list, topping Florida (17), Texas A&M (19), Vanderbilt (20) and Tennessee (21).

For complete list of the Top 25 recruiting classes, visit http://tennisrecruiting.net/article.asp?id=1602.

Former UNO golfer Cornelson nabs win

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — University of New Orleans alum Adam Cornelson will open play in the PGA Tour Canada later this week with some momentum after winning the Vancouver Golf Tour’s West Coast Golf Group Invitational on Friday.

Cornelson was the wire-to-wire winner of the VGT event, carding a 12-under 202 over three rounds before defeating defending champion Nick Taylor on the sixth hole of a playoff.

Taylor, the 2007 Canadian Amateur champion and the low amateur at the 2009 U.S. Open, played in the same group with Cornelson for three straight days while the duo battled atop the leader board.

“It was really exciting getting to play Nick for three days,” Cornelson said. “He was playing fantastic golf and was pushing myself and the other guys in the field to make more birdies, since you knew he was going to.”

Texas Southern chief named SWAC chair

BIRMINGHAM — Texas Southern University President John M. Rudley was named chairman of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors for 2013-2015.

Rudley shared his vision for the SWAC during his term. Branding of the SWAC and assuring that student athletes graduate on time top his list of priorities.

“We must do a better job of telling the many stories of our successes,” Rudley said. “Our student athletes have made significant accomplishments both on the fields of play and in the classrooms, and have achieved in various arenas post graduation, including entrepreneurship, the music and entertainment industry, research, science and technology, politics, and from classrooms to boardrooms.

“Highlighting these accomplishments will serve to further the mission of each individual institution.”

Rudley also leads the NCAA’s Advisory Group that helps with academic challenges that affect Limited Resource Institutions.

LSU recruiting ranked No .14

The LSU women’s tennis incoming class is ranked No. 14 by the Tennis Recruiting Network, marking the team’s highest-ranked recruiting class.

Coach Julia S. Sell added Joana Vale Costa, Skylar Holloway, Gabrielle Otero and Abigail Owens.

Costa, from Lisbon, Portugal, posts a 782 singles and 744 doubles ranking according to the Women’s Tennis Association. She has played in the Davis Cup for Portugal and is the fourth-highest-ranked player in juniors.

Not included in the rankings is sophomore transfer Mary Jeremiah, who was considered a blue chip recruit while at Peachtree Ridge High School. She began play for the Lady Tigers in the fall after transferring from Oklahoma State, and she competed in the top spot in doubles with Ariel Morton and played in the No. 2 singles spot for most of the season.

LSU is one of five SEC schools on the list, topping Florida (17), Texas A&M (19), Vanderbilt (20) and Tennessee (21).

For complete list of the Top 25 recruiting classes, visit http://tennisrecruiting.net/article.asp?id=1602.

Former UNO golfer Cornelson nabs win

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — University of New Orleans alum Adam Cornelson will open play in the PGA Tour Canada later this week with some momentum after winning the Vancouver Golf Tour’s West Coast Golf Group Invitational on Friday.

Cornelson was the wire-to-wire winner of the VGT event, carding a 12-under 202 over three rounds before defeating defending champion Nick Taylor on the sixth hole of a playoff.

Taylor, the 2007 Canadian Amateur champion and the low amateur at the 2009 U.S. Open, played in the same group with Cornelson for three straight days while the duo battled atop the leader board.

“It was really exciting getting to play Nick for three days,” Cornelson said. “He was playing fantastic golf and was pushing myself and the other guys in the field to make more birdies, since you knew he was going to.”

Aggies land top quarterback Allen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Top-rated quarterback recruit Kyle Allen has committed to Texas A&M.

The 6-foot-3 quarterback from Scottsdale Desert Mountain, Allen was rated as the nation’s top pro-style quarterback in the 2014 class by Rivals and Scout.

He announced via Twitter on Monday that he had chosen to play at Texas A&M after narrowing his list to Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA and Oklahoma State.

His tweet read, “I will be playing my college football for Coach Sumlin at TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY!! GIG EM!!”

Allen threw for more than 3,100 yards and 36 touchdowns during his junior season and is expected to be the heir apparent to Johnny Manziel when last year’s Heisman Trophy winner eventually leaves College Station.

Galaxy, Earthquakes GET top seeds

MIAMI — The Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer each received top seeds Monday night in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League draw.

The Galaxy lead Group 8, which includes Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) and Club Sport Cartagines (Costa Rica).

San Jose earned the top position in Group 5, which includes the Montreal Impact of MLS and a yet to be determined team from Guatemala.

MLS’s Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City also will compete in the sixth CONCACAF Champions League. The tournament will begin Aug. 6-7.

The Champions League winner will advance to the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.

None of the previous CCL winners — Mexican teams from Monterrey (three times), Atlante and Pachuca — qualified for this year’s tournament.

The other 2013-14 CCL groups are:

Group 1: Deportivo Arabe Unido (Panama), Houston Dynamo, DirecTV W Connection (Trinidad).

Group 2: Club Deportivo Olimpia (Honduras), Sporting Kansas City, Real Esteli FC (Nicaragua).

Group 3: Club Sport Herediano (Costa Rica), Cruz Azul FC (Mexico), Valencia FC (Haiti).

Group 4: Club America (Mexico), Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (Costa Rica), Sporting San Miguelito (Panama).

Group 6: CSD Comunicaciones (Guatemala), Deportivo Toluca FC (Mexico), Caledonia AIA AFC (Trinidad).

Group 7: Club Tijuana (Mexico), Club Deportivo Victoria (Honduras), CD Luis Angel Firpo (El Salvador).

Texas Southern chief named SWAC chair

BIRMINGHAM — Texas Southern University President John M. Rudley was named chairman of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors for 2013-2015.

Rudley shared his vision for the SWAC during his term. Branding of the SWAC and assuring that student athletes graduate on time top his list of priorities.

“We must do a better job of telling the many stories of our successes,” Rudley said. “Our student athletes have made significant accomplishments both on the fields of play and in the classrooms, and have achieved in various arenas post graduation, including entrepreneurship, the music and entertainment industry, research, science and technology, politics, and from classrooms to boardrooms.

“Highlighting these accomplishments will serve to further the mission of each individual institution.”

Rudley also leads the NCAA’s Advisory Group that helps with academic challenges that affect Limited Resource Institutions.

Big Ten, hooks up with Pinstripe Bowl

NEW YORK — The Big Ten and the Pinstripe Bowl have agreed to an 8-year deal that the conference hopes will help claim New York as its territory.

The conference’s affiliation with the three-year-old bowl game will begin in 2014.

“When we began planning we had an objective to end up in New York at the New Era Pinstripe Bowl,” Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Monday during a news conference at Yankee Stadium. “We’re in the east now with Maryland and Rutgers. Not only is New York the financial capital, sports capital of the country, but it is the place you need to be if you truly want to present a national slate of bowl games.”

The Big Ten will take the Big 12’s place in the game. It was a natural addition to the Big Ten’s bowl lineup after the league invited Rutgers, located in nearby Piscataway, N.J., and Maryland. Those schools will join the Big Ten in 2014.

The Pinstripe Bowl has been matching the Big East against the Big 12 since it started in 2010.

The Big East has won all three Pinstripe Bowls so far, with Syracuse winning two and Rutgers one.

But the Big East is about to become the American Athletic Conference, and neither Syracuse nor Rutgers will be in the league by 2014.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is the front-runner to land the other spot in the Pinstripe Bowl, although the American Athletic Conference has been working to maintain a relationship with the postseason game its officials helped start.

Pinstripe Bowl Executive Director Mark Holtzman declined to comment on which conference will be matched against the Big Ten, but said an announcement will likely come within the next couple of weeks.

Compiled from The AP and university releases