Sports briefs: Oct. 11

October 10, 2013 

IndyCar Franchitti Auto Racing

Three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti posed with his dogs, Shug and Buttermilk, at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston on Thursday. He was released from the hospital, four days after fracturing his spine and breaking his right ankle in a crash on the last lap of the Grand Prix of Houston on Sunday. He underwent surgery to stabilize his ankle and will eventually need another operation on the ankle.



Shuttle going from football stadium to track and back

Lextran has teamed with the University of Kentucky and Keene land to offer fans a shuttle bus to-and-from both the Kentucky-Alabama football game and the races at the track on Saturday.

Keeneland's first race is at 1:05 p.m. The football game will start at 7 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium. The shuttle will cost $1 each way.

Fans with or without reserved parking permits at Commonwealth Stadium can use the shuttle. All football gameday parking and permit policies will be enforced.

Shuttles from Commonwealth Stadium to Keeneland will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from the North Red lot, just west of Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Return shuttles from Keeneland will start arriving back at Commonwealth after 4:30 p.m. and fans will be dropped off on Cooper Drive, just west of University Drive.

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Overton grabs lead in PGA opener

Coming off his worst year, Jeff Overton opened the new PGA Tour season on a good note.

Once he finally made a putt Thursday in the Open in San Martin, Calif., Overton felt as if he couldn't miss. Over the last 11 holes at CordeValle, he made three birdie putts over 25 feet and a 20-foot eagle putt when his gamble paid off on the par-5 ninth.

He finished with a tap-in birdie on the 18th for a 7-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Brian Harman, who finished with back-to-back birdies from short range and had eight birdies on his round. Kyle Stanley had a 66.

South Korea's Ilhee Lee shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Brittany Lang in the first round of the LPGA Malaysia. Lee had four birdies on the back nine and three on the front.

Amateur sensation Lydia Ko is turning pro and has asked the LPGA Tour to waive its age limit of 18. The 16-year-old from New Zealand has already an LPGA Tour event — the Canadian Women's Open, twice. LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan has sole discretion on whether Ko can join the tour early. He granted such a request to Lexi Thompson in 2010.

College Football

Minnesota coach taking leave

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill has taken an open-ended leave of absence from the team to focus on treatment and management of his epilepsy. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will be the acting head coach.

Kill had to miss the last game at Michigan when he suffered a seizure at home that morning and was unable to travel with the team, and Claeys called that the turning point in Kill's thinking about needing more time away to rest, recuperate and adjust to new medication.

Two of the three former Naval Academy football players accused of sexually assaulting a female classmate at an off-campus party in 2012 will be face court-martial, the academy said Thursday.

Eric Graham is charged with abusive sexual content and Joshua Tate is charged with aggravated sexual assault. Both are charged with making false official statements. A third former player, Tra'ves Bush, will not face a court-martial. He was accused of aggravated sexual assault and making a false official statement.

 Cincinnati football coach Tommy Tuberville has settled a lawsuit filed by investors seeking to recover money lost in a hedge fund Tuberville helped manage. Details weren't released.

The lawsuit alleged clients were defrauded of more than $1.7 million. Attorneys for Tuberville denied the allegations. The ex-Auburn and Texas Tech coach's former business partner, John David Stroud, pleaded guilty to securities fraud in August. Tuberville was not charged but the suit was scheduled for trial Oct. 15.

 Vanderbilt University and the national office of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity have suspended local chapter operations after a member sent out an offensive recruiting email that makes light of a case in which four now-dismissed Vanderbilt football players are accused of raping an unconscious female student. Alpha Tau Omega CEO Wynn Smiley said the student who sent the email has been expelled from the fraternity. He said the local chapter has apologized to the email's recipients and to the campus community.


6 million World Cup tickets requested

Soccer fans have applied for more than six million World Cup tickets, nearly double the total available in Brazil next year. About 70 percent of the requests came from Brazilians.

Because of the high demand, FIFA will hold a random draw to allocate the tickets to those who applied in the first phase, which ended Thursday. The second phase will be from Nov. 5-28, with tickets available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Fans will be allowed to buy tickets again on Dec. 8, after the draw determines where and when each of the 32 teams will play.

Pro basketball

Moore leads Lynx to WNBA title

Maya Moore scored 23 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 12 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 86-77 to win their second WNBA title in three years.

Tiffany Hayes finished with 20 points and Alex Bentley had 18 for Atlanta, which was swept in the best-of-5 finals for the third time in four years. Atlanta forward Angel McCoughtry, the WNBA's two-time defending scoring champion, finished with 13 points and shot just 28.5 percent in the finals.

ESPN announced that Magic Johnson, an analyst on its NBA Countdown studio show, has left the network. In a statement issued by ESPN, Johnson said, "I love ESPN. Unfortunately, due to the nature of my schedule and other commitments, I don't feel confident that I can continue to devote the time needed to thrive in my role."

The last word

A couple from Staten Island was watching an NFL game two years ago when the woman wondered why the players were wearing pink. When her husband said it was part of the league's campaign for breast-cancer awareness, she performed her first self-examination. Tina (last name withheld) said:

"I started to feel around and he was like, 'What are you doing?'" And, I said, 'I don't know. Let's just see.'"

It took only a few seconds to find the round, solid lump that changed her life.

"As soon as I felt it. I knew something was wrong."

After a year of chemotherapy and radiation, she is cancer-free.

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