Sports briefs: June 26

June 26, 2013 

Golf

Perry finds Champions' 'sprint' the toughest test on tour

Kenny Perry, who won 14 times on the PGA Tour, including 11 after his 40th birthday, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he has actually found the competition to be tougher on the Champions Tour. The former Lone Oak and Western Kentucky standout has only won twice since joining that tour 31/2 years ago.

Perry is gearing up for this weekend's Constellation Senior Players Championship, the third of the tour's three majors.

"You got to shoot low out here," Perry said. "There's no backing up on Sundays. That's why these guys are called champions.

"You got to be 15, 18 under for three rounds, and I never played that way. I was better in more of a marathon. I'm not better in a sprint. I shot 11 under last week and lost by two; 13 under won. So that's right in my ballpark. But when they start getting 18 or 20 under, I don't usually do well."


Baseball, Softball

Legends fall on Crawdad's double in 9th

Jordan Akins' two-run double in the ninth inning gave the host Hickory Crawdads a 2-1 victory over the Lexington Legends Tuesday.

The Legends took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a leadoff triple by Terrance Gore and a groundout by Raul Mondesi.

Legends starter Miguel Almonte struck out 12 batters and walked none in 72⁄3 innings.

Hickory starter Luis Parra pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and the one run. He walked two and struck out seven.

The Kentucky Softball All-Stars are headed south this week for a series of games against Tennessee. Kentucky will take on the Middle Tennessee Coaches Association All-Stars at Middle Tennessee State University on Wednesday. They will play the Tennessee Coaches Association All-Stars at Tennessee Tech on Thursday.

The high school stars will play two five-inning games each day.

Middle Tennessee leads the series against Kentucky 4-3. This is Kentucky's inaugural meeting against the Tennessee stars. Kentucky is led by Miss Softball Ashley Coppage of Harrison County.


NBA

League high on diversity scale again

The NBA remains the industry leader among men's professional sports leagues for racial and gender hiring practices, according to a study released Tuesday. The University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport gave the NBA an A in a report on its hiring practices, with an A+ in the race category.

The league slipped from an A- to a B+ in gender hiring practices, but scored an overall mark of 90.7. "There's no question that the NBA has been for almost 20 years now the leader among men's sports when it comes to racial and gender hiring practices," said Richard Lapchick, the primary author of the report.

Using data from the 2012-13 season, TIDES found that blacks made up 43.3 percent of all NBA head coaches, and set a record last season with 45.6 percent of all assistant coaches being of color.

The NBA says regular-season games will be played next season in London and Mexico City. It's the first time there will be regular-season games played in the same season in two countries outside of the United States and Canada.

New Sacramento Kings coach Mike Malone has hired his father, Brendan Malone, as one of his assistants. The Malones are the second father-son duo to hold the title of NBA head coach, joining Bill and Eric Musselman. Brendan Malone has 27 years of NBA experience, including a stint as an assistant to Chuck Daly on two title teams in Detroit. Malone was also the first head coach of the Toronto Raptors.


NHL

Hawks take Stanley Cup bar hopping

The victorious Chicago Blackhawks brought the Stanley Cup home Tuesday and proceeded to take it on a pub crawl, with scores of ecstatic fans flocking to taverns and restaurants in hopes of catching a glimpse of their beloved players and the sacred trophy awarded to the NHL champion.

Many fans looked to the skies for TV news helicopters that would alert them they were on the right track. Others set themselves up at bars, hoping the rumors from friends turn out to be true. "We've been packed since 7 this morning." said Brad Tice, general manager of The Pony on Chicago's North Side. "In 2010 (the last time the Blackhawks won the Cup) it came here."

In suburban Oak Brook, fans descended on a restaurant said to be a favorite spot of Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville.

The Vancouver Canucks completed an unofficial coaching swap when they announced that they had hired John Tortorella.

He comes over from the New York Rangers and replaces Alain Vigneault, who had replaced him last week in New York.


ETC.

IU getting more pieces of USS Indiana

A prominent portion of the World War II battleship USS Indiana will become part of a permanent display at Indiana University's Memorial Stadium. The school is acquiring the ship's prow section from owners of a California restaurant where it's been for several years. The front section of the ship will join two guns and the main mast from the USS Indiana that are now outside the stadium.

"We've been keenly interested in putting more emphasis on the fact that Memorial Stadium is a tribute to our veterans," IU athletic director Fred Glass said. "This was a completely unexpected and wholly appropriate way for us to do that."

The Oregon Ducks are about to hear the NCAA's decision on possible recruiting violations. The Division I Committee on Infractions will release a public report on its investigation and any possible sanctions against Oregon's football program Wednesday.

The NCAA has been looking into payments Oregon made to recruiting services, including $25,000 to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services in 2011. Lyles had a connection with an Oregon recruit.

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will not be charged in connection with an alleged bar fight last month.

Jones-Drew had been accused of punching a bouncer at a restaurant/bar in St. Augustine over Memorial Day weekend.

The bouncer's attorney, Patrick Canan, said Tuesday he plans to file a civil suit against Jones-Drew. Canan has said that videotape evidence supported his client's claim.

Despite being "drafted" by the Globetrotters on Tuesday, former Baylor star Brittney Griner is sticking with her commitment to play in China after her first WNBA season is over.

The Globetrotters made the 6-8 Griner one of their five picks — the Yankees' Mariano Rivera was another — in their seventh annual player draft. (No word on who the Washington Generals drafted.)

"While it's an honor to be considered, I am under contract with the Phoenix Mercury and the Zhejiang Golden Bulls," Griner said.

Ex-Cat John Wall and ex-Morehead State Eagle Kenneth Faried from the NBA will be featured in ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue." Others on display will be San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 77-year-old golf Hall of Famer Gary Player and Olympic volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings — during and after her pregnancy.


The last word

Reds Manager Dusty Baker sat in the visiting manager's office of the Oakland Coliseum with new black carpet beneath his feet, a sight — and smell — to celebrate just nine days after a clogged pipe caused a sewage backup and flooding at the ballpark. Said Baker:

"It has overridden the smell of the funk that was in here."

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