Briefs: Floyd signs with German team
Jocelyn Floyd, a former Washington High School standout who finished her Duquesne University women’s basketball career as the school’s all-time leader in steals with 366, has signed a contract to play professionally with New Basket Oberhausen 92 of the Damen-Basketball-Bundesligen League in Germany.
“We are very proud that Jocelyn has been able to continue the tradition of our best players having the opportunity to play professionally in Europe after graduation,” said Duquesne head coach Dan Burt. “Jocelyn has worked very hard over the last couple of years to make herself into a very capable pro. Her ability to score in a variety of ways, along with her defensive capabilities are well-documented. We expect Jocelyn to do very well in the competitive German league.
“Our assistant coach, Rachel Wojdowski worked very hard to help this opportunity happen. We look forward to more of our players having the same opportunity in the future.”
Floyd becomes the fourth Duquesne player coached by Burt to play in Europe.
Floyd, who led the NCAA with 149 steals and 4.97 steals per game last season, was the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year and named to the All-Defensive Team. Floyd was also a nominee for the WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year.
Austin Clark had a home run and Corey Fuller struck out four while earning the pitching win, as Bull International defeated Mt. Lebanon in a Colt League game. Dylan Davis added a double for Washington, which improved to 8-1.
• Mitchell Taufer had two doubles among his three hits to help Day Insurance to a 9-5 victory over Upper St. Clair in a Southwest Colt League game.
Tony Mazza and Blake Rohrbacher each had two hits for Day Insurance (11-1). Winning pitcher Chris Gouin struck out nine.
Seven-foot center Jordan Dickerson has transferred to Penn State from SMU.
Dickerson will have three years of eligibility left after sitting out the 2013-14 campaign in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. The team announced Thursday that Dickerson had enrolled at Penn State.
He played sparingly in 26 games last season as a freshman for the Mustangs, averaging 3.5 minutes per game.
Dickerson will be a welcome addition at Penn State, which is in the midst of a makeover. Six players left the team including the unexpected offseason transfers of guard Jermaine Marshall (15.3 points) and backup center Jon Graham.
Penn State is adding four incoming freshmen this fall, and Pitt transfer John Johnson will become eligible in December. Lead guard Tim Frazier is also expected back from a left Achilles injury.
Charley Hoffman missed the course record by a stroke, but shot 61 Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the Travelers Championship, a year after he blew a two-stroke advantage on the tournament’s final two holes.
In his latest round, Hoffman hit a 126-yard approach shot within 3-feet of the pin to help him birdie 18 and separate himself by a stroke from Hunter Mahan, who posted an early 62. Bubba Watson was two strokes back.
• Steve Wheatcroft shot a 3-under-par 68 to tie for 24th place in the first round of the Web.com Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C. Wheatcroft is six shots behind leader Andrew Putnam.
The daughter of former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre made a quick-thinking save Wednesday when she caught a baby who had tumbled off of a second-floor Brooklyn apartment’s fire escape, the baseball great has confirmed.
Cristina Torre did not respond to a request for comment.
Police said a 44-year-old woman caught a 1-year-old boy who fell from a fire escape outside a Brooklyn apartment building but did not identify the bystander. They said the baby somehow climbed out of the apartment onto the fire escape and tumbled from above. That’s when Torre caught the baby as she walked on the sidewalk below.