Sports news & notes – 8/14
Blue Bear Gold
Livingstone alum Quanera Hayes helped Team USA women’s 4x400-meter relay team beat the spandex off the competition at the IAAF World Championships in London. Hayes, Allyson Felix, Shakima Wimbley and Phyllis Francis won by the largest margin in world championship history – male or female – with a time of 3 minutes, 19.02 seconds. Hayes ran the first leg to get the team off to the fast start. Team USA leads in medals with 12.
Another ABA team is born
The Charlotte RAMS is a new team owned by Harry Wilkes and Karl W. Wilkes, who is also the head coach. Karl Wilkes says the RAMS have strong ties to several NBA teams, professional agents and international basketball teams.
“Our goal is to be the next big sports organization in the city of Charlotte,” he said in a statement. “ We are striving to be leaders in the community with youth empowerment programs using the game of basketball as a platform to achieve success and make a difference in our community and surrounding areas.”
The team is holding tryouts for men ages 18 to 40 on Aug. 26-27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central Piedmont Community College’s Worrell Gymnasium, 1201 Elizabeth Avenue.
Making a statement
Hampton men’s basketball went 3-0 in international competition in Puerto Rico. The Pirates defeated UC Bayamon 88-60 Friday night. They rallied with a 19-1 second-half run to defeat American University of Puerto Rico on Saturday, and then concluded the trip Sunday with a 78-64 victory over Universidad Metropolitana. Jermaine Marrow led the team with 21 points and nine rebounds.