Sports shorts: Metz, former ref and CDO baseball coach, dies at 78

2013-07-02T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Metz, former ref and CDO baseball coach, dies at 78Staff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Dean Metz, a UA basketball letterman in 1955 and 1956 who coached Canyon del Oro High to the 1976 and 1978 state championship baseball games, died Monday in Tucson. He was 78.

Metz, who graduated from Amphitheater High, was a football and basketball referee in high school, junior college and in the Western Athletic Conference for many years. He worked UA football and basketball games as a timekeeper and statistician since the 1980s.

He was part of the first faculty at CDO, in 1963, and coached the Dorados' baseball team for 16 years. A memorial service will be held at a yet undetermined date.

Football

Cardinals open camp July 25 in Glendale

TEMPE - Players will report to the Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale on July 25, with the first practice scheduled the following day, the team said Monday.

The camp is at University of Phoenix Stadium, the Cardinals' regular-season home, after being held in Flagstaff all but one season. The team says 17 workouts will be open to the public, with admission and parking free.

• Texas A&M football players Deshazor Everett, whose interception sealed the Aggies' upset win at No. 1 Alabama, and Floyd Raven were suspended Monday from team activities after being charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief in April.

• The Atlantic Coast Conference is now a 15-team league. Commissioner John Swofford welcomed Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame to the ACC at a news conference at the NASDAQ stock exchange in Manhattan. He said that further expansion isn't on the agenda.

Miscellaneous

Two US soccer players battling injuries

SAN DIEGO - U.S. soccer players Joshua Gatt (knee) and Cory Ashe (thigh) are weathering injuries as the team prepares for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. It faces Guatemala on Friday at Qualcomm Stadium before starting Gold Cup play July 9 against Belize in Portland, Ore.

• World Cup matches in Brazil next year will be stopped if tear gas from protests outside stadiums affects players, officials say. ... Ethiopia was stripped of three points in World Cup qualifying by FIFA for fielding an ineligible player, helping South Africa's chances. ... Spain will take on Mexico in today's Under-20 World Cup in Istanbul.

• Veteran goalie Tim Thomas is interested in resuming his NHL career after taking a season off.

• Guard Rio Adams, who spent his freshman year on the bench at Kansas, will transfer to play basketball at Ohio.

• Facing a revolt from teams over exploding tires at the British Grand Prix, Formula One's governing body allowed in-season testing on Monday to allay safety fears.

• Denny Hamlin was checked and cleared to drive Monday morning before taking his No. 11 car onto the 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis for testing. Hamlin complained of headaches after crashing Sunday at Kentucky.

• The PGA Tour said Monday it would follow a new rule that bans the anchored putting stroke used by four of the last six major champions, asking instead for a temporary reprieve for those who play the game for fun. The rule will take effect Jan. 1, 2016.

Greg Hansen

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