Perry gets Stewart Award for philanthropy, character
Kentucky native Kenny Perry was honored Tuesday evening with the Payne Stewart Award, named after the three-time major champion who perished 10 years ago in a private plane crash.
The award for a player's commitment to charity, presentation of himself through dress and conduct, and sharing Stewart's respect for golf's traditions.
Perry is known for donating 5 percent of his PGA Tour earnings to a scholarship fund for students from Simpson County — Perry's home county — who attend Lipscomb University in Nashville. The support stems from church elder Ronnie Ferguson agreeing to give Perry money for his third try at Q-school. No repayment was required if Perry failed to qualify, but he asked that Perry give 5 percent to Lipscomb if he made it on tour. Since then, Perry has earned more than $30 million.
He also built a public golf course that he designed on his own as an affordable option for recreational players.
"Payne personified all the virtues the game of golf can teach us, so being recognized as a person who is worthy of an award created in his memory is incredibly humbling," Perry said. "This award is and will always be one of my greatest accomplishments."
Blackwelder makes Q-school finals
Former Kentucky women's golfer Mallory Blackwelder has made the final round the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. She finished tied for sixth with a 6-under total (72-68-67-75) at the LPGA sectionals in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Sunday. The 2009 UK graduate and Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year was tied for second after three rounds and made the final cut, which includes the top 30 finishers and ties. The final tournament will take place Dec. 2-6 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. The 90-hole event has a 72-hole cut, with the top 70 players advancing. The top finishers receive Tournament Division Membership in the LPGA.
Thorpe pleads guilty in tax case
Professional golfer Jim Thorpe pleaded guilty to failing to pay more than $2 million in income taxes. The 60-year-old central Florida resident pleaded guilty to two counts on Tuesday. He faces a maximum of two years in prison and a $4.1 million fine when he is sentenced. He was charged in February with seven counts of failing to pay federal taxes on income he earned in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
NCAA picks interim successor
The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Tuesday that Jim Isch, a senior vice president and its chief financial officer, would serve as interim president after the death of Myles Brand last week. In a telephone news conference, Isch said Brand left a clear agenda that he would pursue until a president was selected by the NCAA's executive committee. Michael Adams, president of the University of Georgia and chairman of the executive committee, said Isch's appointment was "not a housekeeping role."
Bogans headed to Spurs
Former University of Kentucky guard Keith Bogans is the latest newcomer to the San Antonio Spurs. Bogans' agent, Michael Harrison, said he is set to sign a guaranteed one-year deal with the Spurs before training camp starts next week. San Antonio will be Bogan's fifth team in seven seasons. The 29-year-old averaged 5.6 points playing for Orlando and Milwaukee last season. His biggest asset to the Spurs will be on defense after they traded away Bruce Bowen this summer.
■ The Mavericks forward Tim Thomas had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday. A timetable has not been set for his return. Thomas was hurt while working out at his home in California.
Schilling stays out of Mass. race
Curt Schilling won't test out just how popular he is in Massachusetts. The former Red Sox pitcher, beloved in the state for his starring role in ending an 86-year championship drought, announced Tuesday he isn't running for Edward M. Kennedy's seat in the U.S. Senate. Earlier this month, Schilling expressed interest in pursuing the post held by the Democrat for almost 50 years before he died in August. But appearing on Joe Buck Live on HBO on Tuesday night, Schilling quashed the notion.
"Regardless of the amount of support and outreach that's been given to me, it just did not make sense," he said.
Sports in the courts
Mayweather agreed to pay taxes
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. agreed to pay $5.6 million in back taxes before the Internal Revenue Service was poised to take the money from his purse after his Saturday comeback fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. The IRS sent the Nevada Athletic Commission a levy notice on Sept. 4 ordering Mayweather's unpaid taxes from 2007 to be deducted from his $10 million fight purse, commission executive director Keith Kizer told The Associated Press. Kizer said the IRS backed off one week later, after Mayweather agreed to pay the money. Mayweather won the fight in a unanimous decision.
The last word
Of the countless text messages that landed in Steve Sarkisian's inbox following Washington's upset of Southern California on Saturday, one from Lane Kiffin stood out:
"Well, you should retire now."