Talley fires 69 for three-shot lead at girls' state tourney
Emma Talley is back where she belongs — atop the leader board at the girls' state golf tournament.
The Caldwell County junior, who won the tournament in 2008 and would have won last year had she not signed an incorrect scorecard, shot a 3-under 69 on Tuesday to take a three-shot lead over Scott County junior Megan Wilshirt after the first round at Bowling Green Country Club.
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Lydia Gumm, a sophomore at North Hardin competing in her eighth consecutive state tournament, was in third after a 2-over 74. Franklin County senior Abby Smith was next at 4-over 76.
Green County leads the team standings at 55-over 343, one shot ahead of Lone Oak and three ahead of a three-way tie among Sacred Heart, Shelby County and Scott County. West Jessamine was tied for ninth, 10 strokes back.
The second and final round of the tournament is Wednesday.
Ex-basketball star takes swing at golf
Pat Tallent, a former Kentucky high school basketball star, is making noise in the USGA Senior Amateur Golf Championship.
Tallent shot 70-70--140 to take medalist honors over the weekend, and he has since advanced to Wednesday's quarterfinal round of match play at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Florida.
Tallent won two matches Tuesday, including a 20-hole victory over former U.S. Amateur and British Amateur winner Vinny Giles.
Tallent, 57, now lives in Vienna, Va. He was an all-state basketball player at Maytown (in Floyd County) and averaged 30 points his senior season (1969-70). He played college hoops at George Washington University.
Pat's brother Bob also was a basketball star at Maytown, and he was a reserve on Rupp's Runts in 1966 at UK. He later transferred to George Washington.
Olazabal wants Ryder Cup captaincy
Jose Maria Olazabal is enticed by the possibility of replacing Colin Montgomerie as Europe's Ryder Cup captain, although a big concern remains. "It's been mentioned, by the players, by Monty," the 44-year-old Spaniard told Sky Sports. "We have talked about it a little bit. There is just one issue, my health."
Olazabal said Tuesday there would be "only one answer — yes" if he was healthy and offered the job. He has rheumatoid arthritis, limiting his appearances on the tour in recent years. He played only one event this season. Olazabal has won 18 of his 31 Ryder Cup matches and been on the winning side with Europe three times.
Third potential Cardinal ruled ineligible
Louisville Coach Rick Pitino said Tuesday the NCAA has ruled incoming freshman center Gorgui Dieng ineligible, the latest blow for a team that lost its top four scorers from a year ago. The school is appealing the NCAA's decision. Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein said the issue deals with Dieng's academics. Dieng, who is from Senegal, spent last season at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep.
Dieng marks the third potential Cardinal ruled ineligible by the NCAA. The school announced in August incoming forward Justin Coleman did not meet NCAA freshman admission requirements and Memphis transfer Roburt Sallie did not meet the matriculation deadline for graduate school.
■ Pitino said assistant Ralph Willard and director of operations Mark Lieberman have switched roles. Pitino said Tuesday the 64-year-old Willard requested the change so he could spend more time with his family. Willard joined Pitino's staff last year after spending a decade at Holy Cross. Pitino said Willard will "coach the coaches" and still be on the bench during games.
Lieberman joined Pitino's revamped staff in June after working at Monsignor Pace High School in Miami, Fla. The Cards open play in their new 22,000-seat downtown arena on Nov. 16 against Butler.
Baylor suspends star accused of assault
Baylor indefinitely suspended leading scorer LaceDarius Dunn on Tuesday after he surrendered to police to face an aggravated assault charge accusing him of breaking his girlfriend's jaw during an argument last week. Police said 21-year-old Lacharlesia Edwards and Dunn, identified as her boyfriend, had gotten into an argument and that Dunn punched her in the face.
Dunn averaged 19.6 points and 4.8 rebounds last season when Baylor set a school record with 28 victories and got within one win of making its first NCAA Final Four appearance in 60 years.
Dantonio expected back for Michigan St.
Michigan State Coach Mark Dantonio expects to travel with the team for this weekend's game at Michigan as he recovers from a mild heart attack and subsequent blood clot in his leg. "You can't keep me down Michigan week," Dantonio said to begin a news conference Tuesday. "It's good to be back — again." Dantonio had a heart attack Sept. 19 and missed two games.
The 17th-ranked Spartans (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) and 18th-ranked Wolverines (5-0, 1-0) are both unbeaten.
Jockey, trainer banned for fixing race
The British Horseracing Authority has banned a jockey and his trainer for three years for fixing a race at Newcastle in August. A BHA disciplinary panel found jockey Jason Behan and trainer Eamon Tyrrell guilty of not running Casela Park on its merits during a handicap race on Aug. 4. The 5-year-old horse was beaten by 2 lengths, finishing in sixth.
Lucky Chucky favored in Breeders Crown
Lucky Chucky and Muscle Massive have been made the favorites for this weekend's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old trotters at Pocono Downs. Lucky Chucky is the 7-5 favorite from post No. 4 and Muscle Massive is 7-2 and leaves from post No. 7 in one of 12 Breeders Crown races Saturday with a total purse of $6 million.
The last word
New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung, after intercepting a particularly bad Chad Henne pass and returning it 51 yards for a touchdown to cap a 41-14 rout of the Miami Dolphins on Monday night:
"It shocked me. I was like, 'He threw it? Thanks.' "