Colby names assistant men’s lacrosse coach
WATERVILLE, Maine —- Rashad Devoe, a collegiate and high school coach in Texas the past four years, was named Tuesday as an assistant coach for the Colby College men’s lacrosse team.
Devoe will work under first-year head coach Jack Sandler, who recently took the Colby job after eight years at Skidmore College.
Devoe was the assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Southwestern (Texas) University for the past two years. He was in charge of recruiting, lacrosse operations, and all strength training programs for the team.
Nyad plunges into 48-hour charity swim in NYC
NEW YORK — A month after a record-setting swim from Cuba to Florida, Diana Nyad has moved on from the real sharks of the Florida Straits to the metaphorical ones of New York City.
Nyad, who last month covered the 110 miles of open ocean in 53 hours on Tuesday set off on a 48-hour swim to nowhere in a pool in New York’s Herald Square, in a charity event to raise money to help the 25,000 people who are still displaced from their homes a year after Superstorm Sandy hammered the New York and New Jersey coastlines.
The challenges are different in the 120-foot-long (37-meter) two-lane pool set up by sponsor Procter & Gamble for her attempt near a busy Manhattan intersection.
“In Cuba there was this huge emotional pressure,” Nyad told Reuters. “That was about setting a record. That was about ego. This is about other people.”
Nyad’s swim will attempt to raise money for disaster-relief organization AmeriCares by encouraging people to make online donations.
Falcons WR Jones likely out for season
ATLANTA — Wide receiver Julio Jones, on pace for a 120-catch season with the Atlanta Falcons, likely played his last game in 2013 on Monday. Jones is awaiting a second opinion for what the team fears is a season-ending foot injury.
The Falcons are entering the bye week 1-4 after advancing to the NFC Championship game last season.
Jones caught eight passes for 99 yards Monday in a loss to the New York Jets. He had X-rays after the game and walked into the locker room with an exaggerated limp.
With fellow Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White fighting injuries — he was limited Monday by a hamstring injury and missed time in September with a high ankle sprain — the Falcons’ offense is already greatly depleted.
London to host three games in 2014
The NFL will stage three regular-season games in London next year as part of a push to grow its international fan base, the league said on Tuesday.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders will each play a “home” game at Wembley Stadium. It will mark the biggest slate of NFL games played abroad in one year.
“Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
“Both of this year’s games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game.”
Dates of the games and opponents for each club will be announced later this season.