Sports briefs: April 19

April 19, 2013 

BASEBALL

Legends come out swingingin return home, roll 13-2

The Lexington Legends broke out of a three-game slide in a big way with a 13-2 rout of the visiting Greenville Drive on Thursday.

Lexington (5-10) got 13 hits and some help from the visitors in the first game of a four-game set at home. Greenville committed six errors to fuel the romp.

Raul Mondesi hit a home run and two triples and drove in four runs as the Legends set season highs in runs and hits.

Terrance Gore, batting in the leadoff spot for the Legends, had three hits and three runs batted in, scored two runs and also stole two bases. Yowill Espinal also swung a hot bat with a triple, double and RBI.

"Honestly, I think this is what we needed to get our confidence back," Gore said. "Just win, win, win."


GOLF

Davis leads in Hilton Head with 65

England's Brian Davis took the first-round lead in the RBC Heritage, while Jason Day and Marc Leishman kept the Australian flag flying high in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Four days after countryman Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters, Day and Leishman shot 4-under 67 to finish two strokes behind Davis on Thursday at Harbour Town.

Davis lost a playoff to Jim Furyk in 2010 at Harbour Town after calling a penalty on himself. This time, the Englishman birdied eight of his final 14 holes for a 65.

Spanish Open: Chile's Felipe Aguilar, Denmark's Morten Madsen and France's Gary Stal shot 4-under 68 at Parador de El Saler to share the first-round lead in Valencia, Spain.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano was in the group a stroke back, and fellow Spanish star Sergio Garcia opened with a 72 that included a double bogey on the par-3 fourth hole. Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez had a 76 in his return to competition after breaking his leg skiing in December. American Peter Uihlein shot 70.

LPGA Lotte Championship: Defending champion Ai Miyazato had five birdies in a late six-hole stretch Thursday at breezy Ko Olina to open a two-stroke lead midway through the second round in Kapolei, Hawaii. The Japanese star, a nine-time winner on the LPGA Tour, shot a 4-under 68 to reach 9-under 135.

Hyo Joo Kim, the 17-year-old South Korean player who played in a group with 17-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn and 15-year-old New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko, was second along with Hee Kyung Seo. Kim shot a 71, and Seo had a 72.


SPORTS IN THE COURTS

Employee implicates Browns owner

A Pilot Flying J employee told investigators that CEO Jimmy Haslam, who is also the owner of the Cleveland Browns, knew about rebate fraud at the truck stop chain his family owns, according to an FBI affidavit unsealed Thursday.

The 120-page document filed in federal court in Knoxville, where Pilot is based, alleges that members of the company's sales force preyed on smaller trucking companies by reducing the amount of rebates they were owed for buying certain amounts of fuel.

Special Agent Robert H. Root alleged a "conspiracy and scheme to defraud executed by various Pilot employees to deceptively withhold diesel fuel price rebates and discounts from Pilot customers ... for the dual purposes of increasing the profitability of Pilot and increasing the diesel sales commissions of the Pilot employees participating in the fraud."

The affidavit was filed to secure the search warrants used in Monday's raid on the Pilot Flying J headquarters.

One employee identified only as a confidential source told investigators that the rebate scheme was discussed during sales meetings attended by Haslam and Pilot President Mark Hazelwood.

Haslam denied wrongdoing in a news conference this week. He said Thursday in a statement that "the foundation of this company is built on its integrity and that any willful wrongdoing by any employee of this company at any time is intolerable."

Haslam bought the Browns in a $1 billion deal last summer.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is urging people to reserve judgment about his brother. Bill Haslam's spokesman David Smith said in a statement late Thursday that the governor "continues to have absolute faith in his brother's integrity."

Smith said the governor stressed that the investigation is still in its early stages and that he "has faith in Pilot to do the right thing."

The governor owns an unspecified share in the private company.

A former University of Nebraska basketball star convicted of lying to police about being attacked in her home by masked men who carved anti-gay slurs into her skin was sentenced Thursday in Lincoln to a week in jail and two years' probation.

Charlie Rogers, who maintains that the attack last July did happen, cried and hugged family and friends as she left the courtroom.

The reported attack spread fear among Lincoln's gay community, and hundreds of people turned out for a rally that weekend outside the state Capitol. Prosecutors say her story quickly fell apart, and that she faked the attack because she thought it would inspire change in the treatment of gay people. They say Rogers purchased zip ties, a box cutter and white gloves shortly before the attack.

Judge Gale Pokorny read a message on her Facebook page shortly before the alleged attack, in which she wrote, "I believe way deep inside me that we can make things better for everyone. I will be a catalyst. I will do what it takes. I will. Watch me."


BOSTON MARATHON

Organizers addressing unfinished times

The organizers of the Boston Marathon say they are addressing how to handle finishing times and results for the hundreds of runners who were unable to cross the finish line on Monday.

The Boston Athletic Association plans to release official race results and times for all runners on Friday.

In a statement on its website, the group asks for patience as they resolve final results for those who were still on the course when two bombs exploded near the finish line. Three spectators were killed and more than 170 people were injured.


COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Rutgers to pay Rice $475,000

Rutgers University has reached a $475,000 settlement agreement with Mike Rice, agreeing to pay the fired men's basketball coach for the remaining two years of his contract, university officials announced Thursday. "Tonight's agreement is in the best interests of the university," President Robert Barchi said after spending the day fielding questions from state lawmakers over the basketball scandal.

Barchi fired Rice on April 3 after the coach was caught on video hitting, kicking and taunting players with anti-gay slurs at practice.

Barchi said severances worth between $420,000 and $1.2 million had been finalized for two other officials caught up in the scandal. The university's lawyer and athletic director both resigned in what Barchi termed mutual separation agreements.


The last word

Olympic gold medalist Shawn Crawford was suspended for two years by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Thursday for not giving full information about his whereabouts for out-of-competition drug testing, although his coach said he retired after the trials last summer.

Bobby Kersee was caught off guard by the ban on the 35-year-old, the 2004 Olympic 200-meter champion. Kersee insisted he has already stepped away.

"I don't understand this. He hasn't put on spikes all year. I just don't understand how this is allowed to happen? ... A person who hasn't put on spikes all year, a married man trying to take care of his family and what does he get for the end of his career — a two-year ban? I don't understand."

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