Creekside High's Abby Thorpe and Makhaila Mills will challenge a field of leading prep competitors this weekend in the New Balance Nationals Outdoor track and field meet in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Thousands of elite competitors from around the country will compete in the three-day meet.

Thorpe has a heavy workload competing in the heptathlon today and Saturday. Her weekend begins at 1:20 p.m. today with the 100-meter hurdles and continues through the high jump, shot put, 200 meters, long jump, javelin throw and 800 meters.

Mills will race both girls sprint events — the 100 meters at 10:45 a.m. Saturday and the 200 at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

 

SPORTS BETTING

N.J. governor makes bets on Devils, Germany

OCEANPORT, N.J. — New Jersey's governor bet that the New Jersey Devils will win the Stanley Cup, while basketball legend Julius Erving bet that the Philadelphia' Eagles will repeat as Super Bowl champions, placing the wagers Thursday, the day betting on professional sports became legal in the state.

The action took place at Monmouth Park, a racetrack in Oceanport near the Jersey shore, and at the Borgata, Atlantic City's first casino to jump into the sports betting market since New Jersey won a Supreme Court case a month ago clearing the way for all 50 states to offer it should they choose.

At the track, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy placed $20 bets on Germany to win the World Cup soccer tournament, and his state's Devils to win hockey's Stanley Cup next season.

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Former Gator granted 7th year

Simone Westbrook is going to be able to play college basketball again after the NCAA granted her a rare seventh year of eligibility.

The former Florida player is believed to be one of the first in women's basketball to get a seventh year, according to the NCAA.

It's been a long, drawn-out process for Westbrook, who hasn't played since 2016 after tearing a knee ligament in August that year. She was finally healthy enough to play this past season, but the NCAA originally didn't grant her a sixth year of eligibility. Florida appealed in January, and the NCAA reconsidered its decision and allowed her to play.

The Florida graduate discussed with the new Gators coaching staff, which came in before the 2018 season, that she was going to transfer if granted another year of eligibility. By the time the appeal came through, it was too late for her to transfer and play immediately. After the season ended, the Gators put together another appeal to get the 5-foot-8 guard a seventh year and it was finally approved.

"It's exciting, you know you never want to come to that realization that you might be done with basketball," the 24-year-old said. "You want to play as much as you can."