Duke investigating possible violation


Duke is investigating whether an NCAA recruiting rule was violated when coach Mike Krzyzewski reportedly offered a scholarship to a recruit during a summer tournament.

Forward Alex Poythress told CBSSports.com that Krzyzewski spoke to him earlier this week while he was in Orlando, Fla., for a tournament with his AAU team, the Georgia Stars, and offered him a scholarship.

Poythress and the Stars also recently competed in the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta.

NCAA rules prevent coaches from contacting recruits before they are finished playing in tournaments.

Duke spokesman Jon Jackson said in a statement Saturday that the school is gathering facts and that "proper adherence to NCAA bylaws has always been, and will continue to be, a cornerstone of Duke Athletics."

Poythress is a 6-foot-7 forward from Clarksville, Tenn. He is considered one of the nation's top high school seniors.


Fish rallies to beat teenager in semis

In Los Angeles, Mardy Fish fought from behind in the third set to advance to his second consecutive final, beating teenager Ryan Harrison 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (3) at the Farmers Classic.

In the late semifinal, Alex Bogomolov Jr. took on Ernests Gulbis .

- In Umag, Croatia, Marin Cilic defeated Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the Croatia Open final against Aleksandr Dolgopolov.

The second-seeded Dolgopolov beat Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-4, 6-4.

- In Stanford, Calif., Dominika Cibulkova withdrew from her semifinal against Marion Bartoli at the Bank of the West Classic because of a strained abdominal muscle.

Horse Racing

Stay Thristy takes Jim Dandy Stakes

In Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Javier Castellano scored two big wins at Saratoga, riding Stay Thirsty to victory in the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes for 3-year olds and guiding Zagora to capture the $500,000 Diana Stakes for fillies and mares.

Stay Thirsty took control from front-running Dominus at midstretch and drew away to a four-length victory in the Jim Dandy, considered the primary prep race for the $1 million Travers Stakes.

l Shackleford hasn't missed a beat along the Triple Crown trail. Now, after a brief vacation at a Kentucky farm, the Preakness winner is ready to run again in today's $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

"His last two works were spectacular. He hasn't shown any signs of being tired," trainer Dale Romans said.

Shackleford is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a field of eight.

Track and Field

Powell claims 100 in Hungarian event

In Budapest, Hungary, Asafa Powell won the 100-meter race in 9.86 seconds at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Jamaican was the only competitor to run under 10 seconds in windy conditions and 68-degree temperature at Ferenc Puskas Stadium, finishing ahead of Ngonidzashe Makusha, of Zimbabwe, and Andrew Hinds, of Barbados.

Double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, of South Africa, who runs on carbon-fiber blades and qualified for the able-bodied worlds for the first time earlier this month, was last in the 400 after finishing in 47.47.

Little League World Series

Ages of players are probed by country

The Ugandan government will punish those responsible and apologize to the United States if it finds players on a youth baseball team were denied American visas for lying about their ages, a sports official said Saturday.

The team from Kampala was trying to become the first team from Africa to play in the Little League World Series. U.S. consular services in Uganda denied visas because of discrepancies with ages and birth dates.