Joey Cheek of Greensboro finished eighth in the 500 meters and 10th in the 1,000 at a World Cup Sprint speedskating meet Sunday in Nagano, Japan.

Cheek skated the 500 in 35.5 seconds, a scant .55 seconds behind winner Hiroyasu Shimizu of Japan. Americans Casey FitzRandolph (fourth) and Kip Carpenter (seventh) also finished in the top 10.

Cheek, the bronze medalist in the 1,000 at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, skated the 1,000 in 1 minute, 10.12 seconds Sunday. South Korea’s Kyou-Hyuk Lee won in 1:09.39.


Q-SCHOOL: Wake Forest alumnus Bill Haas bogeyed two of the final four holes and shot a 1-over-par 73 in the fifth of six rounds of the PGA tour Qualifying Tournament finals in La Quinta, Calif.

Haas, who started the day tied for 27th, fell into a tie for 44th at 4-under 356. He trails leader Brian Davis by 15 shots heading into the final round, but he is only six shots out of the top 10.

Chad Wilfong of Thomasville shot a 4-over 76 in the fifth round. He is tied for 149th in the 170-player field.

The field is playing for 30 exemptions to the 2005 PGA Tour and 50 full exemptions to the Nationwide Tour.


S.C. STATE SHUFFLE: Willie Jeffries, who retired as South Carolina State’s head coach in 2001 to take a job as an administrator at the university, is leaving to become the athletics director at Grambling.

“They’ve got a good man,” S.C. State football coach Oliver “Buddy” Pough said. “There’s no doubt about that. He’s one of my favorites. I’m just sitting here trying to figure out what I’m going to do without him.”

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