briefs

LSU soccer signee scores pair of goals

LSU soccer signee and New Zealand native Megan Lee put her offensive talents on display Thursday by scoring both goals for the Junior Football Ferns in their 2-1 victory over Australia in the first of a three-game Under-20 series this weekend.

Lee, a left back, struck twice from long range with a goal in each half to lead New Zealand to the 2-1 victory in the match played in her hometown of Auckland.

Lee is expected to be LSU’s starting left back when the collegiate season kicks off in August.

Before signing for LSU on National Signing Day in February.

Slumping Federer loses to Brands

GSTAAD, Switzerland — His game inconsistent and his new racket not offering much help, Roger Federer lost yet again to a player way down in the rankings.

The Swiss star fell 6-3, 6-4 to Germany’s Daniel Brands in the second round of the Swiss Open on Thursday, the third straight tournament in which he made a startling exit.

Playing on clay and before home fans, Federer was troubled by the serve and big forehand of his 55th-ranked opponent.

“I wasn’t consistent enough in the end,” said Federer, who failed on five break-point chances.

Tulane volleyball team honor

IRVING, Texas — Tulane’s volleyball program was awarded the Conference USA Sport Academic Award for the 2012-13 academic year for their efforts in a league announcement Thursday.

The Sport Academic Award is given to the team in each conference-sponsored sport with the highest grade-point average for the academic year. The Green Wave volleyball team posted a 3.563 gpa.

Veteran swimmer wins at worlds

BARCELONA, Spain — Thomas Lurz chugged to another gold medal in open water, the sea no match for the old man and his powerful strokes, the Rio Olympics still very much in the realm of possibility.

The 33-year-old Lurz led Germany to a dominating victory in the 5-kilometer team competition Thursday, more than a minute ahead of the next team.

In synchronized swimming, Russia made it five-for-five as Svetlana Romashina and Svetlana Kolesnichenko easily won the duet, adding to their victory in the duet technical. Romashina has now won four golds in Barcelona.

China’s Si, Chen take gold, silver

BARCELONA, Spain — China’s 14-year-old Si Yajie and two-time Olympic gold medalist Chen Ruolin easily won the gold and silver medals in the women’s 10-meter platform diving at the world championships Thursday.

The final quickly became a duel between the two Chinese divers, making sure that the world’s pre-eminent diving power collected its sixth gold in seven events at Montjuic Municipal pool.

Si became world champion in the youngster’s first major international competition, while 2011 world champion Chen settled for silver to go with her gold in the 10-meter synchronized she won Monday with Liu Huixia.

Si earned 392.15 points for her five dives, while Chen had 388.70. Ukraine’s Iuliia Prokopchuk claimed the bronze with 358.40.

Weight, Guerin headed for Hall

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Doug Weight, Bill Guerin, Peter Karmanos, Ron Mason and Cindy Curley are headed for the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. USA Hockey made the announcement Thursday.

Compiled from a
news release and The AP

Guerin was a two-time Stanley Cup champion and four-time NHL All-Star during. He and Weight helped the U.S. win silver at the 2002 Olympics. Weight won a Stanley Cup and was a four-time NHL All-Star. Karmanos owns the Carolina Hurricanes and the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers. Mason led Michigan State to the 1986 national championship and won 924 games with the Spartans, Lake Superior State and Bowling Green. Curley had a record 23 points in the International Ice Hockey Federation’s first world championship for women in 1990.