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Dunn places eighth in heptathlon at Pac-10 Conference Track and Field Championships

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Redshirt junior point guard JJ Hones has been dismissed from the Stanford women's basketball team due to a violation of team rules, head coach Tara VanDerveer announced Monday.

According to Rivals.com, Hones was arrested on May 2 for driving under the influence, reckless driving, evading a police officer and resisting arrest on the Stanford campus.

Stanford police Lt. Grant Cunningham told Rivals.com on Tuesday that according to police reports, Hones was driving a golf cart on campus in a reckless manner in the early hours of May 2 and failed to obey the commands of pursuing officers. She was eventually stopped and failed a field sobriety test. She was arrested, booked into Santa Clara County Jail and released on bond.

The district attorney will determine what charges will be filed against Hones, Cunningham said.

In four years with the Cardinal, Hones played in 98 games, starting 43. Despite missing all or parts of two seasons due to twice tearing her left ACL, Hones played in two national championship games and averaged 5.4 points and 3.04 assists per game in her Stanford career.

Hones started 20 games as a freshman before tearing her left ACL in a game against Cal at Maples Pavilion, and undergoing surgery.

She started 21 games as sophomore, but played in just two games last year (2008) before tearing her ACL again, also at home and against Rutgers, and undergoing further surgery.

The news of her expulsion came just a month after Stanford reached the NCAA championship game, losing to Connecticut, 53-47, on April 6.

Hones made a big 3-pointer midway through the second half of the title contest to cut the Huskies' lead to 29-25 at the time.

Tanda Rucker, who played on the 1992 national championship team, was the last player who was dismissed from the team by VanDerveer.

Rucker was let go after the 1993 season, reportedly for theft.

In 2006, the former high school All-American was sentenced to one year at a minimum-security correctional facility near Los Angeles for having unlawful sex with girls she coached at an Alameda high school.

Rucker was also given five years' probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Track and field

Stanford freshman Karynn Dunn finished eighth in the women's heptathlon at the Pac-10 Conference Track and Field Championships in Berkeley over the weekend.

The Cardinal women will have one point entering the remainder of the Pac-10 finals, which resume Saturday at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley.

Dunn, last year's high school state champion in the long jump, finished the final three events of the competition Sunday. She began in the long jump with the best jump of the day (18-9). Dunn scored 762 points in one of her specialty events.

She holds Diamond Ranch records in the long jump of 20-6 and in the triple jump of 40-1.

Dunn finished the day with the javelin and the 800 meters. She threw 78-3 in the javelin, followed by running 2:35.01 in the 800. Dunn finished with a total score of 4,811 points in her first collegiate heptathlon.

Whitney Liehr also competed for Stanford, but withdrew after the long jump.


With rain in the forecast, Stanford's game at Santa Clara on Monday has been postponed. No makeup game for the fourth game in series between county rivals has been set.

The No. 25-ranked Cardinal (25-18) next will travel to San Jose State on Wednesday in a game at historic Muni Stadium before hosting Washington State this weekend.

Stanford freshman Kenny Diekroeger enters the week on a 17-game hit streak and is batting .444 over the streak, raising his average to .362.

The Cardinal re-entered the rankings after a series win at Long Beach State this past weekend. The team ranks No. 25 in Baseball America as it returns to Pac-10 Conference play this weekend four games behind front-runner and No. 2-ranked Arizona State.

Friday's game with the Cougars will be broadcast on FSN West with Barry Tompkins and Morgan Ensberg calling the action for the 6 p.m start time. Fireworks will follow the game at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond.

Men's golf

Stanford was awarded the top seed for the 14-team NCAA Regional that will be held on the Warren Golf Course at the University of Notre Dame beginning May 20.

Joining Stanford in the regional field will be (in order of seeding) Florida, Florida State, Duke, LSU, North Carolina State, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Indiana, Virginia Tech, Murray State, Detroit and St. Francis.

The top five teams in each of the six regional events advance to the NCAA Championships, beginning June 1, at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.

-- AP contributed to this report

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