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Former Heights Casino tennis champion Burnette Herrick (right) is seen with members of the victorious U.S. team in 75-and-over world competition in Antalya, Turkey. Herrick, now a resident of Tarboro, NC, also won silver in individual singles and doubles.


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Unseeded Egyptian Tops Strong Field in Weymuller Squash

Unseeded Raneem el Weleily stunned a strong international field to win the Carol Weymuller Open at the Heights Casino over the weekend.

A $45,000 first prize helped attract top women squash players from distant parts, according to Casino Squash director Linda Elriani.

After two tough 5-set matches against Laura Massaro (4) of England and Camille Serme (7) of France, the 22-year-old El Weleily polished off second-seed Madeleine Perry of Ireland and top seed Jenny Duncalf of England, who had won the two previous years, in straight sets.

The score in the final was 11-7, 15-13, 11-4.


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NBA Team Will Be Called Brooklyn Nets, JAY-Z Announces

Jay-Z with students from his Brooklyn alma mater, George Westinghouse High School, on Monday morning at Barclays Center. He announced the team will be known as the Brooklyn Nets when they make their move to the borough. Photo by Ranaan Geberer.

Brooklyn-born rapper Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter announced Monday morning that Brooklyn’s future NBA franchise has chosen Brooklyn Nets as the team’s name.

JAY-Z, who owns a small percentage of the Nets basketball franchise, also announced that he will be the first performer to play the Barclays Center when the venue opens in September 2012.

“From the moment the Barclays Center became a reality, I knew this meant something significant for Brooklyn,” said JAY-Z. “This is where I’m from, I’ll always be Brooklyn, and opening this arena will mean more to me than anywhere else. I also look forward to opening night for the Brooklyn Nets. We’re going to create an atmosphere like only Brooklyn can.”

The announcement was made at the Barclays Center construction site, where JAY-Z welcomed 25 students to the event from his alma mater, George Westinghouse High School, which is located one mile from the Barclays Center site.

Also present were Borough President Marty Markowitz, Forest City Ratner Chairman Bruce Ratner and Barclays Center and Nets CEO Brett Yormark.

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