Penn senior

Jesse Carlin

advanced to the semifinals of the women's 800 meters at the NCAA track and field championships yesterday in Des Moines, Iowa, running a time of 2 minutes, 7.42 seconds in her first-round heat. Her time was 10th-fastest overall.

Three Villanova runners advanced to the finals of their distance races. Senior

Bobby Curtis

posted the fastest time, 14:10.24, in the men's 5,000-meter heats and junior

Frances Koons

ran the second-fastest time, 17:23.33, in her heat of the women's 5,000. Senior

Liz Haglund

grabbed the last berth for the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase final, finishing in 10:25.48.

Senior

Arusha McKenzie

of Villanova, who was clocked in 2:08.96, did not get past the first round. LSU sophomore

LaTavia Thomas,

a West Catholic High graduate, moved into the semifinals in 2:08.51.

Villanova senior

Marco Radocaj

threw 205 feet, 3 inches in the javelin, but did not advance to the final. Junior

Max Westman

of Penn was in 22d place with 3,466 points after the first day of the decathlon.

Nicole Leach

of UCLA (a West Catholic grad) ran the fastest qualifying time in the women's 400-meter hurdles, 56.75. Auburn's

Reuben McCoy

(Winslow Township) clocked 49.99 in the men's 400-meter hurdles to rank second overall. LSU's

Juanita Broaddus

(William Penn) advanced in the women's 100.

The Big East will start conference competition in men's lacrosse in the spring of 2010. The teams will include Villanova, NCAA champion Syracuse, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, Notre Dame and Georgetown.

Elsewhere:

Former West Virginia football coach

Don Nehlen

was recuperating a day after having triple heart-bypass surgery.

Hockey

Vancouver Canucks forward

Trevor Linden

retired from the NHL 20 years to the day after he was chosen second overall behind Dallas'

Mike Modano

in the 1988 draft.

Dallas Stars defenseman

Mattias Norstrom

also retired, ending a 14-year career.

Mike Babcock

signed a three-year deal worth about $4.5 million to remain coach of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

Babcock's former assistant,

Todd McLellan

, was named the San Jose Sharks' head coach, replacing the fired

Ron Wilson.

Elsewhere:

Minnesota defenseman

Erik Reitz

signed a one-year contract. . . . New York Rangers defenseman

Michal Rozsival

, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, had surgery to repair a tear in his left hip. . . . The Carolina Hurricanes signed goalie

Michael Leighton

to a two-year, $1.2 million deal.

Noteworthy

NASCAR chairman

Brian France

denied that a former official complained to her supervisors about racial and sexual discrimination, claims that she said led to her eventual firing.

Mauricia Grant

filed a $225 million suit against NASCAR on Tuesday, alleging racial discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliatory termination. Grant, who is black, worked as a technical inspector for NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series.

Big Brown's

trainer is scheduled to testify next week at a congressional hearing examining safety issues in thoroughbred racing.

Rick Dutrow

was on the witness list released for the June 19 hearing by the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection.