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Women’s Basketball pioneer, Hall of Famer, Anne Donovan passes away


June 13, 2018

Anne Donovan 2011 photo By Sphilbrick - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https

NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University Hall of Famer Anne Donovan died Wednesday, June 13. She was 56.

Donovan death was determined to be of heart failure in Wilmington, North Carolina.

“My heart aches for the loss of Lady Monarch legend and Hall of Famer, Anne Donovan. An exceptional player, coach and even better person, her legacy will be remembered for years to come,” ODU Women’s Basketball head coach Nikki McCray said. “I am thankful to have known her and now to coach at her alma mater. Rest in peace, coach.”

Donovan was recognized by virtually every post season and All-American squad in the nation during her ODU career, earning Kodak All-American honors for three years and Academic All-American honors for two straight seasons. Her honors culminated in 1983 with her naming as the Naismith Trophy winner as the national Player of the Year as selected by coaches and awarded an NCAA post-graduate scholarship for her academic achievements. Anne completed her four years at ODU with a 3.5 cumulative average in her major of leisure studies and became the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in ODU history with 2,719 points and 1,976 rebounds. She is still the NCAA’s all-time shot blocker with 801.

Donovan graced the sport of women’s basketball at Old Dominion University from 1979 to 1983, helping to lead the Lady Monarchs to a national championship in 1980 and two more “Final Four” appearances during her four years.

In 2008, as the USA Olympic Head Coach, Donovan led the squad to gold medal, making her the first player turned head coach to win gold as both.

A native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Anne was one of the most highly recruited high school players in the nation. A graduate of Paramus Catholic, the 6-8 center earned Parade Player-of-the-Year honors in 1979 before signing with ODU.

As an ambassador for her sport, Anne achieved international notoriety as a member of the gold medal United States basketball team in the 1984 Olympics and she continued to play with the national team through the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea.

Anne returned to her alma mater in 1987 as a part-time assistant basketball coach, following five years of competition in Japan. She was later elevated to full time assistant and remained at Old Dominion until 1997. Donovan was also a head coach at East Carolina University, where she guide the Lady Pirates to the 1997 CAA finals, the Philadelphia Rage of the ABL, interim head coach with the Indiana Fever of the WNBA and in 2001 became the head coach of the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA.

Anne Donovan in action (courtesy Old Dominion Sports Information)

In 2001, she led the Sting to the WNBA finals and in 2002 won the WNBA Eastern Conference. In 2003, Donovan moved west to Seattle as its head coach, leading the Storm to the WNBA title in 2004. She also coached in the WNBA for New York and Connecticut, as well as the head coach at Seton Hall for four years.

Calling upon a coach who has been entrenched in USA Basketball for nearly three decades, USA Basketball announced on Jan. 12, 2006 that Donovan would serve as the head coach of the USA Basketball Women’s Senior national team for 2006-08. She served as an assistant coach for team USA during its gold medal wins in 1998, 2002 and 2004.

On Sept. 30, 2007, USA basketball, coached by Donovan defeated Cuba, 101-71 to qualify for the 2008 games in Beijing, China.

Donovan is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame (1995), the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (1999), the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (1996), the ODU Sports Hall of Fame(1988) and the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American Hall of Fame (1994). In October of 2009 she was inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame.

On Oct. 24, 2004, she was named by the Sun Belt Conference as its All-Time Women’s Basketball Player. On Jan. 13, 2008, Anne was awarded the NCAA 25-year Award in Nashville, TN. On Dec. 13, 2008 Anne was presented with an honorary Doctorate’s degree from Old Dominion University. In 2010 she was be inducted in the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame.

Old Dominion University statistics


GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% FT% RPG APG BPG PPG
1979-80 Old Dominion University 38 648 63.0% 53.9% 12.9 1.6 6.0 17.1
1980-81 Old Dominion University 35 879 63.8% 71.4% 16.2 1.5 5.7 25.1
1981-82 Old Dominion University 28 579 64.0% 69.7% 14.7 2.6 6.0 20.7
1982-83 Old Dominion University 35 613 61.4% 66.9% 14.4 2.5 5.9 17.5
Career 136 2719 63.1% 66.1% 14.5 2.0 5.9 20.0





WNBA issues statement on death of Anne Donovan



Atlanta United tough on Crew SC again in 2-0 win



Atlanta United FC goalkeeper Brad Guzan was tough to beat as he shut down the potent Crew SC offense ( photo)



Brad Guzan Atlanta United FC goalkeeper shutout Columbus 2-0 6 13 2018


Columbus Crew SC concluded its fourth home match in 12 days falling into a 2-0 loss to Atlanta United FC. The Eastern Conference leaders snapped Crew SC’s nine-game unbeaten streak and, in turn, goalkeeper Zack Steffen’s club leading shutout streak.

The Crew SC defense continued its strong season-long performance, limiting Atlanta’s chances and creating many counters that led to its own. However, the final breakthrough went missing, along with the eventual points for the Black & Gold.

Atlanta United FC controlled most of the tempo during the game. It prompted Crew SC head coach Gregg Berhalter to say ” he was not pleased with the team’s effort; they got outplayed and played with no real urgency!”

Crew SC has typically had trouble with Atlanta United FC, a second-year team in MLS. Overall, they are 0-3-0 vs. the team from the Peach State. However, in the MLS Playoffs last season, they won a key game at Atlanta.

Atlanta was on the board first via a header goal from Golden Boot leader Josef Martinez off of a corner kick. Crew SC’s Artur attempted to mark him, but Martinez committed to the play, injuring himself in the process by colliding with Artur. Atlanta struck again in the 82nd minute, leaving little time for Columbus to find a goal.

With Atlanta’s 30th minute goal, Steffen’s individual goalkeeper shutout streak ended at 8th all-time in Major League Soccer. The 23-year-old racked up 525 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal this season. During the game, he passed Nick Rimando and Kevin Hartman.

Columbus finished the match with 13 shots, three on target. The Black & Gold were neck-and-neck with Atlanta in passing accuracy (82 percent) but out-passed in the final third by 68 percent.

Atlanta United FC lead the MLS’s Eastern Conference at 10-3-3 for 33 points. While Crew SC drops to 7-4-6 with 27 points.

The Black & Gold take a 10-day break before continuing the season on the road at Los Angeles FC on Saturday, June 23. The match kicks off at Banc of California Stadium at 10:30 p.m. ET.


Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter

On if their performance was ‘flat’ tonight

I think so. I think it was. I think that’s a good way to categorize it. It was a flat performance by us. We got beat tonight by a better team on the night. It’s frustrating. I think they didn’t have much going either, but they get the goal, and then they continued to push and they get the late goal again. But I just think for us it was not a great performance.


On what didn’t go well tonight for Crew SC

I think we set up a little bit differently and I’ll take responsibility maybe for the guys being out of sorts. I think we had a plan and the plan was to move the ball quickly to a certain area, and I didn’t think we executed that well. I didn’t think we were clean enough on the ball. I didn’t think our passing decisions were good enough. When you look back on it, you think, ‘okay, there’s a number of things that could have been better for sure.’


On if Crew SC created enough scoring chances

Yeah, I don’t think we created enough to be honest. I know the shots say 13, but I wasn’t happy with it. I wasn’t happy with the ball circulation. It’s not what we had in mind. It’s not what we envisioned. There was some pockets of space that we wanted to attack, and I don’t think we did that well. You still have to give a team like Atlanta credit for not having much, but being able to capitalize on a corner kick to get the goal. We had a couple of chances that didn’t go in, but overall, we could have been much better tonight.


On the conclusion of a tough three-match stretch

Well I think the Eastern Conference is difficult. Games are going to be really tough, and I think that’s what this homestand showed. You look at Toronto who is a desperate team. I think Red Bulls is a very good team. Atlanta is a quality team… Probably one of the better teams in the League. So, you know games are going to be very tight. You know they are going to be decided by very little. You know you might not have a ton of opportunities and you have to capitalize when you do have them, and that wasn’t there. That wasn’t there in this game tonight.


On Crew SC’s mindset moving forward

We’ll give them a couple of days off after tomorrow. I think they’ve earned it – it’s been a busy stretch – and then prepare. I mean it’s not like there’s faith lost in this group. It’s a very good group. It’s a very good group. We lost a game tonight and we have to move on. It’s as simple as that. My philosophy is to make players better, and to keep improving, and that’s not going to change.


On Wil Trapp’s performance

I’m not going to comment about an individual in a critical way. I don’t think that’s fair. Wil [Trapp] was a guy that wanted to be on the field that was in Europe a couple of days ago. He had to come back and battle jet lag. I don’t think it’s appropriate to discuss his performance.


On if Mike Grella was off the Gameday 18 for rest

Yeah it was. When you look at – Ricardo [Clark] started the last game and he wasn’t in the 18. Josh Williams started the last game and he wasn’t in the 18… and Mike [Grella]. It was just a case of rotating guys out and getting some new guys in. To be honest, I don’t think I got the selection right tonight. If I’m completely honest, I think we came up short in a couple of areas, and I think it could have been maybe different with a couple of other selections.


On if he considers the defense successful in limiting Atlanta’s offense

No. No. Again, I’m not pleased with the performance. I think it’s a subpar performance. I think our standard is higher than that. I think maybe a couple of individuals performed well defensively, but overall it’s not what we drew up.


On what he wanted from the 64th minute substitutions

Well I think we wanted to bring the ball centrally to get the ball wide. That was the idea. So, then we pushed our full backs higher. We brought pocket players in, and we thought we’d be either combining through the midfield or opening up space wide. If you see the chance when Harry [Harrison Afful] switches all the way to Milton [Valenzuela], and he goes across the front of the goal, that was a good example of that. Just, there team trying to combat the numbers in the middle and opening space wide.

Defender Milton Valenzuela


On Crew SC’s first loss since April 14

It has been a while since we lost, like four or five games. We’ve been winning, we’ve been doing well. At the same time, even though we lost today we are a team that always likes to force the action, we’re not going to sit back. We’re going to keep our heads high and get back at it again.


On Crew SC’s rhythm

It was a very even game, it was very even. It was mostly battled out in the midfield. What you saw was two teams that were attacking and they [Atlanta United FC] made the most out of [their] chances, we were not able to make the most out of our chances because, even though there weren’t any clear-cut chances, we did get chances but couldn’t convert them.


On the importance of the upcoming break

Yeah, it will be nice to get a break this weekend and we will be able to rest our legs as well as our minds.

Midfielder Artur

On whether Crew SC met its own expectations

For sure, I think we didn’t play [like] what was expected for us. We are staying happy, this kind of game will happen, but the most important thing is we have to keep the mentality to get better and keep playing better, because of the championship is long.


On the upcoming 10-day break

We have to use this break. We need to rest and see what we have to do better.


On Atlanta United FC

They have a good team. Us, we have a good team too. We are both in the top of the League and it was a hard game.






Dayton Dragons announce roster changes



June 14, 2018


The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster changes today:


Outfielder Andy Sugilio has been placed on the disabled list.

Reshard Munroe


Outfielder Reshard Munroe has been promoted to Dayton from extended spring training.


The Dayton roster remains at the Midwest League limit of 25 players.

Dayton Dragons roster update June 14, 2018

Mondile, Chacon, Moreta and Nutof pitch Dayton to 2-1 win over South Bend



June 13, 2018


South Bend, Ind.—Four Dayton pitchers combined to scatter eight hits over the first six innings and then retire the final 10 batters of the game as the Dragons edged the South Bend Cubs 2-1 on Wednesday night.  The Dragons will try to complete a road series sweep of the Cubs on Thursday.

Tyler Mondile won his second game

Adrian Chacon

Dauri Moretav


Dragons starting pitcher Tyler Mondile (2-5) worked out of trouble in every inning, tossing five scoreless frames.  He allowed seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts to earn the win.

The Cubs stranded 10 runners over the first six innings and had men in scoring position in each of the six.  South Bend was 2 for 11 on the night with men in scoring position before Dragons relievers Dauri Moreta and Ryan Nutof combined for the final three and one-third innings without allowing a base runner.  Dragons pitchers have now allowed just one earned run in 18 innings in the series.


Ryan Nutof gets his second save

The Dragons broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning.  With two outs, Montrell Marshall walked on a 3-2 pitch and then scored from first on a double by Jose Garcia.  Mitch Piatnik followed with a base hit to center field to drive in Garcia and make it 2-0.  South Bend scored one run with two outs in the sixth inning to close out the scoring.

Moreta was dominant in a set-up role for the Dragons.  He went two and one-third innings, retiring all seven batters he faced, with six strikeouts including the last five batters he faced.  Nearly all of his strikeouts came on swinging strikes at breaking balls below the knees.


Nutof earned his second save with a perfect ninth inning, striking out the final hitter to close out the Dragons second straight win.


The Dragons finished with eight hits.  Garcia was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.


The Dragons improved to 31-33 in the first half with four games to play.  They can still finish with a winning record in the half by winning their final four, or reach the .500 mark with three wins.  South Bend fell to 33-32.

Dayton (R-H-E):  2-8-1

South Bend (R-H-E):  1-8-0


Win:  Tyler Mondile (2-5)

Loss:  Ricky Tyler Thomas (2-5)

Save:  Ryan Nutof (2)


HRDayton: None

HRSouth Bend: None


Notes:  The Dragons 3-2 win on Tuesday and their 2-1 victory on Wednesday marked the first two times all season that Dayton pitchers allowed less than three runs in a road game…The Dragons have committed just two errors over their last seven games…Mondile has allowed two runs or less in four of his last six starts.


Up Next:  The Dragons and Cubs close out the three-game series in South Bend on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Hunter Greene (1-4, 5.70) will start for Dayton against South Bend’s Erich Uelmen (4-5, 3.99).




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