BY KRISTOFER NOCEDAAuthorities have arrested two brothers in connection to a woman found strangled to death in her car parked at the San Jose airport nearly 25 years ago.David Zimmer, the victim’s husband, was arrested Friday by investigators. His brother, Robert Zimmer, was also arrested last week.
A neck brace helped stabilize Josh Hargis as he lay in a hospital bed with a tube coming out of his mouth. The injuries he sustained in a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan took his legs, nearly took his life, but didn’t take his valor.
A look at five things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference this week:
GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 14 North Carolina at No. 4 Duke. There’s always plenty on the line when these two get together – pride, revenge, and seeding for the ACC tournament. North Carolina (23-7, 13-4) can claim the No. 2 seed with a win and some help while preseason league favorite Duke (23-7, 12-5) can do no better than the No. 3 seed. The Blue Devils are smarting from a pair of recent road losses – including a 74-66 loss at UNC two weeks ago – while the Tar Heels are trying to become the first visitor to win at Cameron Indoor Stadium since they did it in the 2012 finale.
LOOKING AHEAD: The first 15-team ACC tournament begins Wednesday, and the league’s bubble teams have some work to do to play themselves into the NCAA field of 68. Florida State (18-11, 9-8) appears to have the best resume for an at-large berth, and two wins – the second of which would come against a top-four seed – would help immeasurably. Said coach Leonard Hamilton: “We seem to be learning a little more, how to play together.”
PLAYER TO WATCH: Maybe Florida State’s Aaron Thomas will join Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan and Georgia Tech’s Trae Golden and become the next guard to will his team to an upset of Syracuse. Thomas has scored in double figures in 10 straight games and had 24 earlier this week in a win over BC. A big game this weekend would give a boost to the Seminoles’ bubble chances – as well as their ACC tournament seeding. Florida State could climb as high as the No. 6 seed and slip as far as No. 9.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Duke’s loss at Wake Forest dropped the Blue Devils to 4-5 in true road games – the first time since 2002-03 that they finished under .500 on the road, and just the sixth time that’s happened in Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 34 years at Duke. None of those teams went on to advance past the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.
ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE: Three top 10 teams are in the field at the ACC women’s tournament – no other conference can make that claim – and No. 2 Notre Dame is the team to beat after capping a perfect debut season in the league by beating No. 13 N.C. State. No. 8 Maryland hung with the Irish in a four-point loss while No. 10 Duke, the defending champion, has lost two of three and is still trying to figure out how to play without any healthy true point guards.
AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary in Raleigh, N.C., contributed to this report.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) A UC Santa Barbara fan who went on court and confronted Hawaii coach Gib Arnold during a game has been arrested.
UCSB athletic department spokesman Bill Mahoney said Friday the man was arrested after the incident in the first half of Thursday night’s game. He provided no other details and a spokesman for the campus police didn’t immediately return phone calls Friday.
Gauchos basketball coach Bob Williams apologized to Arnold for the incident in which the fan confronted Arnold while the coach was arguing a call that went against Hawaii. Two Hawaii players pushed the man away from the coach.
The school’s athletic department said it issued apologies to Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay and Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell for what happened during UCSB’s victory.
The department said the safety of student-athletes, staff and fans was important and it was reviewing the incident and “solidifying event protocol” in hopes of preventing a repeat in the future.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Canadian women’s goalie Shannon Szabados has agreed to a contract with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
The two-time Olympic champion will join the Georgia men’s team next week.
“When I got home from Sochi, I thought I’d be hanging my stuff up for the summer, but definitely excited to get over there,” Szabados told The Canadian Press.
Szabados was the first woman to play in the Western Hockey League and will become the first in the SPHL. She played provincial college hockey at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology with current Cottonmouths players Jordan Draper, Andy Willigar and Kyle Johnson.
“They’ve been bugging me for a couple of years to go there,” Szabados said. “Probably the guys had a lot to do with it. It probably made the coach feel a little more at ease with the situation.”
The 27-year-old Szabados made 27 saves in Canada’s 3-2 overtime victory over the United States in the title game in Sochi. She had a 28-save shutout over the Americans in the 2010 Olympic final.
“I am very excited to get a world-class athlete that has competed and has faced high-pressured situations. Shannon has won at every level she has played, in women’s hockey or men’s hockey,” Cottonmouths coach Jerome Bechard said.
“She won a championship with NAIT last year alongside Andy Willigar and Jordan Draper, so I know she can compete at this level. We are working on her immigration, and we are looking to sign her officially Thursday, where she will be backing up (Andrew) Loewen. She will play when she feels comfortable and situated.”
Szabados was in the news this week when she filled in at practice for the Edmonton Oilers while the NHL team waited for Viktor Fasth to arrive after a trade with Anaheim.
That was her first time on the ice since the Olympic championship game Feb. 20.
“I haven’t been in the gym, I haven’t been on the ice, I haven’t been sleeping well,” Szabados said. “It’s been a whirlwind. I told (the coach) I’m not going to rush into anything. If I don’t feel comfortable I might not even play at all this year.
“I want to go there and get on the ice and see how I feel. I still have to unpack from Sochi and pack for this. I’m not too worried. It’s only been two weeks.”