Sports Briefs: July 12

July 12, 2013 

Golf

Perry shoots 67, tied with six others for lead in Senior Open

Kenny Perry of Franklin, Ky., shot a 3-under 67 Thursday and is tied for the lead at the U.S. Senior Open in Omaha, putting together a solid start in his bid for a second straight win in a senior major.

Perry, who won the Senior Players Championship two weeks ago, made five birdies against two bogeys at Omaha Country Club.

He has plenty of company atop a crowded leader board.

Michael Allen and Jay Don Blake also shot a 67 in the morning, and Gary Hallberg, Mark O'Meara, Tom Lehman and Fred Funk posted the same score in the afternoon.

There had never been seven co-leaders after the first round at a U.S. Senior Open. The previous record was five in 1997.

Lehman had the shot of the day, chipping in from 45 feet for birdie on the 18th hole. O'Meara had a chance to take the outright lead on the last hole but was short with his 10-footer for birdie.

•Defending champion Zach Johnson shot a 7-under 64 and is tied with Camilo Villegas for the lead after Thursday's opening round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill. It was the 17th straight round in the 60s at TPC Deere Run for Johnson, who grew up bout 100 miles away in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Matt Bettencourt made the field as a late alternate and shot a 6-under 65. He's tied for second with Daniel Summerhays and Brendon de Jonge.

Phil Mickelson eased back into links golf with a 6-under 66 at the Scottish Open in Inverness, leaving him behind two Englishman after a low-scoring first round on Thursday.

John Parry, ranked No. 471, held the clubhouse lead after a bogey-free 64 and Simon Khan (65) also tamed the Castle Stuart course in perfect morning conditions in the Scottish Highlands to finish alone in second.

Mickelson is tied for third with six others after quickly hitting his stride in the warm-up event for next week's British Open, finding his range on and around the greens for six birdies and an eagle.

Angela Stanford and Catriona Matthew shot eight-under 63s to share the first-round lead at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, two strokes ahead of top-ranked Inbee Park, in Waterloo, Ontario.

Park is trying to become the first golfer to win four straight LPGA Tour events since Lorena Ochoa in 2008.

•The Masters trophy Sam Snead won in 1954 after a playoff with Ben Hogan and the claret jug from Snead's only British Open title are going to be put up for auction next month in Chicago.

Chris Ivy, the director of sports at Heritage Auctions, considers it the most significant golf collection ever offered. Heritage expects several million dollars to be raised which Snead's son Jack says likely will go to charity.

•Northern Kentucky University senior Corey Richmond shot 71 Thursday after his opening round of 63 and is tied with Ohio State's Michael Bernard in the Ohio Amateur championship in Canton. The tournament will conclude Friday, cut from 72 to 54 holes by thunderstorms that disrupted the first two days.


Tennis

Quigley returns to UK for tourney

The Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships returns for its 19th year next week, drawing ranked athletes from around the world as well as local players to the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex at the University of Kentucky.

Madeline Rolph, a 16-year-old Sayre student, and 24-year-old Eric Quigley, who played at UK, will each be making their second appearance in the tournament.

Rolph recently won the KHSAA state single's championship. Quigley, a five-time All-American while at UK and NCAA runner-up in 2012, started his professional career at this tournament last year.

Rolph will start in the qualifying tournament July 20. Quigley goes right into the main draw starting July 22.


Football

American Conference linked to bowl

The American Athletic Conference and the Military Bowl have agreed to a six-year deal that starts in 2014 and will probably match the league against the Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC side of the arrangement is not final.

The Military Bowl is moving from RFK Stadium in Washington to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., this season, and is expected to stay there. Navy will join the American, formerly known as the Big East, in 2015.

Alfonzo Dennard of the New England Patriots was arrested Thursday in Nebraska and accused of driving drunk in the state where he once starred as a defensive back. Dennard's arrest is his second in 15 months. Beginning next March, he is scheduled to serve a 30-day jail sentence for assaulting a police officer outside a bar in Lincoln, on Apr1l 21, 2012.


Tour de France

German Kittel wins another stage

Germany's Marcel Kittel overtook Mark Cavendish at the line to win the 12th stage of the Tour de France, and Chris Froome avoided a late crash in the main pack to preserve his big lead.

Cavendish moved in front but Kittel gained ground and just beat him to the line to earn his second stage win in three days and third of this race. German riders have won five stages so far, with Tony Martin capturing Wednesday's time trial and Andre Greipel also winning a sprint stage.

Froome leads Alejandro Valverde by 3 minutes, 25 seconds and is 3:54 ahead of two-time former champion Alberto Contador.


Minor-league baseball

Greensboro sweeps Legends

Three Greensboro pitchers held host Lexington to two hits in a 3-1 victory Thursday to finish a three-game sweep. Starting pitcher Austin Brice got the win, allowing one hit while striking out nine in six innings. The only hit off Brice was a homer by third baseman Michael Antonio, his fourth.

The Grasshoppers struck early when third baseman Yordy Cabrera knocked in two runs with a double in the first inning.


Media

West Virginia sells media rights

West Virginia University said Thursday it has awarded an $80 million, 12-year contract for multimedia rights to certain athletic events to North Carolina-based IMG College, the same company it had struck a tentative deal with earlier this year.

WVU was forced to rebid the contract after a review by the state attorney general's office found "significant errors and sloppiness" in how the first deal was crafted. Two WVU Board of Governors members shouldn't have participated in reviewing the bids, but Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he found "no evidence of intentional wrongdoing." The new partnership is effective this fall.

• The YES Network, the Yankees' cable channel, will televise up to 10 Atlantic Coast Conference football games and as many as 23 ACC men's basketball games this season. The deal also includes the rights to some ACC women's basketball and Olympic sports. The ACC is trying to expand its presence in the New York media market.


The last word

Former Florida State offensive lineman Menelik Watson posted a picture of the championship ring he earned by being a part of last season's Atlantic Coast Conference title winners. Trouble is it has SEC Champions engraved on the side. Watson tweeted:

"Apparently I'm the only player in FSU history to win an SEC Championship! Legendary."

A Florida State spokesman said that no other players have reported a similar mistake.

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