University of Arizona sports

Recent Arizona senior Lawi Lalang, now an alumnus, was named the 2014 men’s outdoor track scholar athlete of the year for the second straight year.

In 2013, Lalang was the indoor and outdoor track scholar athlete of the year.

Lalang, also a finalist for The Bowerman, a national award, for the second straight year, won an NCAA championship in the outdoor 5,000-meter run and earned runner-up finishes in three other races. He was second in the indoor mile, the indoor 5,000 and the outdoor 1,500.

The UA men’s and women’s track and field program had 10 student-athletes earn Academic All-America accolades. The men were freshman Collins Kibet (3.90 GPA, pre-business), sophomore Harrison Ivie (3.89 GPA, political science), redshirt freshman Aaron Castle (3.76 GPA, natural resources), Lalang (3.40 GPA, public health) and junior Pau Tonnesen (3.40 GPA, Bachelor of General Studies in economy and industry).

The women were junior Stephanie Bulder (3.97 GPA, molecular and cellular biology), senior/alumnus Alyssa Hasslen (3.83 GPA, retail and consumer sciences), junior Elvin Kibet (3.81 GPA, public health), sophomore Kate Penney (3.78 GPA, philosophy) and senior/alumnus Tamara Pridgett (3.68 GPA, communication).


Majka earns 2nd stage win; Nibali still leads

PLA D’ADET, France — On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle’s antenna.

Even this late in the Tour de France, the Polish rider made winning look easy as he took Stage 17 on Wednesday.

For Vincenzo Nibali, the second ride in the mountains on France’s border with Spain was more serious. “The Shark” nibbled more seconds away from several of his closest challengers, and the yellow jersey that he has worn for all but two days of the race seemed to fit just a little more tightly ahead of the finish Sunday in Paris.

Nibali was even businesslike with his own prime minister, imploring him not to get too ahead of himself in celebration.

“It’s true that I received a text message from Matteo Renzi, who invited me to Chigi Palace to celebrate my victory,” the cautious Sicilian said about the premier’s official residence. “I replied that only after winning — if I do so — I’ll be able to say that I’ll be present.”

The 77-mile trek Wednesday was the shortest stage in this year’s Tour. It covered three hard Category 1 ascents from Saint-Gaudens and a final push up to Pla d’Adet ski station above the town of Saint-Lary-Soulan.

Majka, who also won Stage 14 in the Alps, again showed he’s the best climber in this Tour and tightened his grip on the polka dot jersey awarded to the race’s King of the Mountains.


Suns sign Tucker to multiyear deal

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns re-signed forward P.J.  Tucker to a multiyear contract Wednesday.

Tucker started 81 games last season in his second year with the Suns, averaging career highs of 9.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 30.7 minutes.

“P.J. is one of the most rugged competitors in the entire league,” Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said in a statement released by the team. “We love his passion and his fire. We are happy that he will remain in a Suns uniform for the foreseeable future.”

  • The Mavericks have voided the contract of Rashard Lewis because the free agent forward needs surgery on his right knee.

Includes material from a news release