By PATRICK CASEY
The Jacksonville University women’s basketball team announced the transfer of former Appalachian State guard Gigi Thomas, who will be eligible to practice with the squad but will not compete for the program until 2009- 10. Thomas, a 5-foot-8 junior, was one of the top scorers for the Mountaineers in each of her two seasons while also ranking as one of the squad’s top defenders. As a sophomore, she ranked second on the squad with 11.3 points per game while averaging 3.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 assists per contest. As a freshman, she ranked third on the squad with an average of 10.3 points per game while averaging 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest en route to Southern Conference all-freshman team accolades. In her prep career, Thomas was ranked one of the top 15 seniors in the state of Florida after averaging 15 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists while leading Florida High School to its first state championship in 2006. During her tenure under head coach Lisa Kelly, she tallied 1,000 career points, played in the North-South All-Star Game and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee.
Trey Hayes recently signed to play baseball at Samford University. Hayes (6-1, 200) is a power-hitting outfielder with speed that will join the Bulldog program this fall from Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Niceville. While competing in one of the top conferences in the country, Hayes led the team in home runs and was second in batting average, doubles and runs batted in, and he was third in stolen bases. Hayes played primarily in the outfield as a sophomore but also played at first base this season after playing some third base as a freshman. As a sophomore, he led the team with 10 home runs while also batting .363, with 13 doubles, 49 runs batted in and 12 stolen bases. Hayes was also one of only two players to play in every game this season. Hayes played high school baseball as a shortstop at Crestview High where he was a three-year starter and All-Area performer. He was named All-State for two seasons and a PUMA All American. Hayes’ power numbers and experience should prove valuable for the Bulldogs next season, having lost a strong group of seniors with power.
Ratings for last week’s Tampa Bay-Chicago Cubs series posted the highest numbers on Fox Sports Net Florida since the inception of the Rays. The three game sweep by the host Rays was one of the most watched series in the team’s history. How about a Tampa Bay-Chicago World Series this fall? Wouldn’t that rate as one of the all-time surprising match-up possibilities in the World Series in Major League Baseball if it came true?
Notre Dame and NBC have extended their national television agreement through the 2015 season to continue a 25-year football contract between the university and network
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