Bengals come back for second round of 'Hard Knocks'
Four years after the Cincinnati Bengals were featured on HBO's Hard Knocks show, coach Marvin Lewis still hears about his profane tirade to his team after a poor preseason game.
The Bengals are ready to get the NFL talking about them again.
NFL Films crews started shooting video on Thursday for the first episode of the show, which follows a team through training camp. The Bengals are the second team to be featured twice during the show's eight seasons — the Dallas Cowboys also made a second appearance.
The Bengals were on the 2009 show, which won Emmy Awards for editing and production. Ross Ketover, an executive producer for the show, presented Lewis with one of the show's Emmys on Thursday.
"It's not really the trophy that we're actually striving for," Lewis said, laughing, "but we've got some accomplishments to do along the way. But that's awesome."
Many teams refuse to do Hard Knocks because it shows interactions between players, coaches and front-office personnel in otherwise private moments. The Bengals had a few such moments during the 2009 show.
One of the lasting lines was delivered by Lewis in the locker room after a preseason loss. Unhappy with a ragged performance, Lewis berated his team as the cameras rolled and screamed at the players to "reach down inside and be a (profanity) pro."
Walshe leads LPGA event with 65
Alison Walshe, chasing her first victory in four years on the LPGA Tour, shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the steamy Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.
Walshe, in the top 20 on tour in putting statistics, needed only 22 putts on the Highland Meadows course. Paula Creamer shot a 66 to tie with Lexi Thompson and Jessica Shepley. Top-ranked Inbee Park birdied her last two holes for a 67.
Daniel Summerhays rebounded from a disappointing finish last week to take the lead in the rain-delayed first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss. Four days after squandering the final-round lead in the John Deere Classic, Summerhays shot a 9-under 63 to open a three-stroke lead. He had an eagle, seven birdies an no bogeyes at Annandale Golf Club.
Tour de France
Froome extends lead despite snack
Tour de France leader Chris Froome is so dominant that even when he loses time for eating an energy bar, he extends his lead. The British rider was hit by a 20-second penalty for taking an energy bar from a teammate near the end of the 18th stage Thursday, but he still increased his advantage over defending champ Alberto Contador to more than 5 minutes.
Contador tried to gain some time, attacking aggressively on a downhill, but in the end Froome did it for him when he grabbed an energy bar from teammate Richie Porte with about 2 miles to go.
"I was really going into a little bit of a sugar low then," Froome said. "I don't know if it helped me." Riders are forbidden to take food within 3 miles of the stage end.
The 107-mile route from Gap to L'Alpe d'Huez featured two HC ascents of L'Alpe d'Huez — meaning they were so tough they were beyond classification.
Christophe Riblon became the first Frenchman to win a stage this year. Riblon caught American Tejay van Garderen with about a mile left, on the second ascent.
Lexington girl wins Nationals
Lexington boxer Samantha Kinchen has won her second national title this year. The Henry Clay High School senior, ranked No. 1 in the country in her division, beat California's Angelina Banks in a majority decision in the finals of the Women's National Golden Glove Championships in the youth (age 17-18) 152-pound weight class this month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
In April, Kinchen won the USA Boxing National Welterweight Championship in Spokane, Wash., beating Taylor Carroll.
Oklahoma State picked to win Big 12
Oklahoma State has been picked as the favorite to win the Big 12 title in a preseason poll of media members. Six teams got first-place votes. The Cowboys got 15 of the 43 first-place votes and 365 points in the poll. Oklahoma was picked second with eight first-place votes and 355 points. TCU was picked third with nine first-place votes, one more than Texas. Baylor and Kansas State got the remaining first-place votes.
Penn State University has reached tentative settlements totaling about $60 million so far with men who claim to have been sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a trustee said. It is not known how many claims have been settled and how many remain.
Meanwhile, Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of the former coach, is seeking to change his name and the names of his wife and four children. Matt Sandusky had been expected to be a defense witness until the trial, when he told investigators that he also had been abused by Jerry Sandusky.
When in Rome, Legends win
Mark Donato had two hits and knocked in three runs as the first-place Lexington Legends beat the host Rome Braves 5-2 for their fourth straight win. Donato's two-run double was part of a three-run first inning for the Legends, who are two games ahead of Greenville in the South Atlantic League Southern Division.
An 8-year-old eastern Indiana boy died after a baseball hit him in the head and neck. The Marion County Coroner's Office says Dylan Williams died of blunt force trauma Wednesday, one day after suffering the injury in Union City, about 75 miles northeast of Indianapolis. The boy was hit by a ball that had been thrown during practice Tuesday evening.
Track and Field
Runners leave when asked about doping
American Carmelita Jeter and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica walked out of a news conference after the sprinters were asked about the atmosphere on their teams following recent positive doping tests by Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell. They had requested not to be quizzed about doping a day before a Herculis meet in Monaco. When they were, after a couple of benign questions, the two responded by abruptly getting up and leaving.
The last word
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent retired from football at the age of 25 Thursday, saying "doing the right things in life" is more important as he prepares to defend himself against a manslaughter charge in the drunken-driving crash that killed a teammate. Brent said he had "given a lot of thought" to his decision. His football career has been on hold since the Dec. 8 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a practice squad player, college teammate and close friend. He said in a statement:
"I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order. Those priorities are more important than football. Doing the right things in life are more important than football. I love the game very much. I love my teammates, but this is the right thing for me to do.