Friday, July 23, 2004

Xavier hires new athletics official


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Rich Franchak, associate director of the Badger Fund at the University of Wisconsin since 2000, has been named senior associate athletic director of Xavier University. Franchak fills the position vacated by Dawn Rogers when she was named director of athletics May 21.

"We are fortunate to have filled this position with such a talented individual," said Rogers, who worked with Franchak at the University of Akron from 1990-1994. "Rich has experience in virtually every aspect of athletic administration and will be an integral part of our program at Xavier."

While holding the post of associate director of the Badger Fund at Wisconsin, Franchak was integral in the development and responsible for the operational oversight of the school's annual giving program for intercollegiate athletics. During his four-year tenure, Wisconsin expanded its donor base by 64 percent and in 2002 the school exceeded 14,000 athletic donors for the first time.

Tennis

RCA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Defending champion Andy Roddick overcame blisters on his right hand and a tough challenge from qualifier Michel Kratochvil in a rain-suspended match to advance to the third round in Indianapolis.

JPMORGAN CHASE OPEN: Serena Williams defeated Aranxta Parra Santonja 6-0, 6-3 in 53 minutes to lead a parade of seeded players into the quarterfinals in Carson, Calif.

The top-seeded Williams rolled through the first set and was up 3-0 in the second when the Spaniard won three consecutive games. Williams regrouped and reeled off the final three games in front of a sparse crowd in the 8,000-seat Home Depot Center stadium.

Basketball

PACERS: Indiana first-round draft pick David Harrison was returning to Indianapolis to have his left knee examined after spraining it during a summer league game in Salt Lake City. Harrison, a 7-foot center from Colorado, sprained his knee in a game Wednesday.

HEAT: Free agent Keyon Dooling is returning home to play for Miami, where his job will be to back up point guard Dwyane Wade and get the ball to Shaquille O'Neal. Dooling, who grew up in nearby Fort Lauderdale, signed a one-year contract with a player option for a second season.

Hockey

COYOTES: Phoenix has hired Hall of Fame goaltender Grant Fuhr to coach goaltenders.

RED WINGS: Brendan Shanahan signed for one year with a player option for an additional year Thursday.

ISLANDERS: New York purchased the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, taking control of their minor-league hockey affiliate.

Colleges

MIAMI: Senior catcher John Slone (St. Xavier High) is among 44 of the top college baseball players to be selected for the Cape Cod Baseball League's 42nd Annual All-Star Game Saturday in Orleans, Mass.

TENNESSE TECH: Former University of Kentucky point guard Saul Smith, son of Wildcats coach Tubby Smith, was named Thursday an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech. Golden Eagles coach Mike Sutton is a former UK assistant who is 33-27 in two seasons at Tennessee Tech.

FLORIDA A&M: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference followed through with its proposed punishment against Florida A&M for 196 NCAA rule violations, and stripped the Rattlers of 11 conference titles.

INDIANA: Lawyers for fans suing Indiana trustees over Bob Knight's firing asked for a trial date after the judge pushed for action in the long-stalled case.




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