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Track and field

  • University of Iowa junior Laulauga Tausaga is the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Discus Champion after setting the Hawkeyes’ school record, earning first team All-America honors, and leading the Hawkeyes to an NCAA top-25 finish Saturday in Austin, Texas.

The Spring Valley, California, native threw 63.26 meters (207-6) on her second throw of the event, claiming the first outdoor national title by a Hawkeye since Nan Doak won the 10,000 meters in 1985, also in Austin, Tex.

“I’m excited for Laulauga winning Iowa women’s first NCAA Outdoor Championship in 34 years,” Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey Woody said. “I’m very proud of her and [Assistant] Coach [Eric] Werskey for this amazing accomplishment. They had an unbelievable year from indoors all the way to the outdoor championships. She’s an amazing competitor and showed today why she’s one of the best throwers in the NCAA.”

Tausaga is only the fourth Iowa female to win an NCAA Championship, the 14th, overall, champion in Iowa track and field history, and the first Hawkeye to win a national title in a throwing event. Her throw also marks her as the 10th best performer in NCAA history.

Miscellaneous

  • New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and wife Brittany are battling a California jeweler over the value of diamonds they claim they purchased for more than $15 million as an investment.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the diamonds were displayed when trial of the couple’s lawsuit against Vihad Moradi and CJ Charles jewelers began Thursday.

The Breeses’ attorney, Rebecca Riley, said in her opening statement that Moradi agreed to obtain the diamonds, sell them to the couple at wholesale prices and be compensated by the original seller.

She also said the diamonds were placed in painted settings to deepen their color.

The couple claims they were defrauded of more than $6 million, paying far more than wholesale and costs.

The defense denied any wholesale agreement and called the settings common.

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Football

  • Sometimes it’s best not to get between a man and his taco.

Texas A&M safety Derrick Tucker was arrested on assault charges Thursday for an altercation in March

WTAW/1620-AM first reported that Tucker was in a physical altercation with another man on March 24. The police report says the two men started arguing over tacos. The victim alleges that after the initial fight was broken up, Tucker returned a few minutes later and struck him in the back of the head.

Tucker started in eight games for the Aggies as a sophomore in 2018. He had 21 tackles in 10 games. He was released from jail on $5,000 bond, WTAW reports.

No details have emerged on the nature of the taco argument.

  • Illinois tight end Luke Ford, a transfer from Georgia, will not be eligible to play this season after the NCAA upheld the denial of his request for a waiver.

The NCAA initially denied Ford’s request in April, but the school appealed. Illinois said Friday the appeal had been denied.

Ford was one of the top recruits in the state of Illinois and a highly regarded national prospect in 2018. In January, Ford posted on Twitter he was leaving Georgia for Illinois because of his grandparents’ “deteriorating health” and the cost for his parents to watch him play. He is from tiny Carterville, Illinois, about two hours southeast of St. Louis.

Ford will be eligible to play in 2020.

Ford caught one pass last season for Georgia, but could have provided a much-need boost to Illinois’ receiving group next season. The Illini are especially light on wide receivers and have been looking at graduate transfers at that position.

Illinois is coming off a third straight losing season under coach Lovie Smith, and the offseason has not brought much in the way of positive news.

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