Track and field
Gay, Felix candidates for world athlete of year
American sprinters Tyson Gay and Allyson Felix are among the candidates for world athlete of the year. The IAAF announced Tuesday the 10 men and 10 women candidates for the award.
David Rudisha, the Kenyan world-record holder in the 800 meters, and breakthrough French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre were on a list that was minus injured Jamaican star Usain Bolt.
Bolt missed the latter part of the season because of tightness in his lower back, forcing him to skip several events and the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
Steve Hooker, Bernard Lagat, Christian Cantwell, David Oliver, Zersenay Tadese, Teddy Tamgho and Andreas Thorkildsen were also nominated by the track and field world governing body.
For the women, world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis of Britain joined Veronica Campbell Brown, Blanka Vlasic, Milcah Chemos Cheywa, Meseret Defar, Fabiana Murer, Nadezhda Ostapchuk, Olga Rypakova and Anita Wlodarczyk.
Toms leads Els at Grand Slam of Golf
David Toms had the best score Tuesday in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. PGA champion Martin Kaymer might have had the best feeling. In an opening day led by the two alternates, Toms got off to a fast start before losing momentum with a pair of bogeys. He still managed a 4-under 67 at Port Royal Golf Course for a one-shot lead over Ernie Els.
The 36-hole event in Bermuda is for the four major champions. Toms replaced British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, who is recovering from an ankle injury. Els filled in for Masters champion Phil Mickelson, who chose not to play.
U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell had a 72, while Kaymer brought up the rear with a 74.
Kaymer, however, finally began to realize what he has accomplished this year. The 25-year-old German not only captured his first major in a playoff at Whistling Straits, he has a chance to go to No. 1 in the world with a victory next week in the Andalucia Masters.
Standing on the 16th tee, staring into the serenity of the Atlantic Ocean, Kaymer said it all began to hit him.
"I didn't play the best golf today," Kaymer said. "But I was standing on 16 and trying to enjoy the moment. For me, I'm only five years a golf professional. I just thought about, 'It's quite stunning to be here already that early in my career.' It was one of those moments where you realize you're a winner. It takes some time to realize. It's not normal what I've done the last few years, especially this year."
China moves ahead of Japan at worlds
China moved into the lead of team qualifying Tuesday at the world gymnastics championships in the Netherlands, pushing Japan into second place. Olympic champion Chen Yibing made the difference on the rings for China as it swept past Japan on the final apparatus. China leads the standings with 362.482 points, ahead of Japan with 361.400. The United States has 357.092 points.
In the individual standings, Kohei Uchimura led with 92.231 points, ahead of the big surprise of the day, Germany's Philipp Boy with 90.156. Lu Bo of China was third with 89.639, and American all-rounder Jonathan Horton finished fourth with 89.598 points.
The team finals is Thursday, when the finalists start again from scratch. The individual all-around finals is Friday.
Women's College basketball
Brown, McNear first-team All-Sun Belt
Seniors Arnika Brown and Amy McNear were both named to pre-season All-Sun Belt Conference first team, and Western Kentucky was picked to win the Sun Belt's East Division by the league's coaches. McNear was the only guard on the first team as she was joined by four forwards — Brown, Florida International's Elisa Carey, Denver's Kaetlyn Murdoch and Arkansas-Little' Rock's Chastity Reed. Reed was named the Preseason Player of the Year and Arkansas Little-Rock was picked to win the West.
Sports, race and human rights topic of discussion at UK on Thursday
A panel discussion about sports, race and human rights will be held Thursday in Kastle Hall on the University of Kentucky campus.
The discussion, anchored by Herald-Leader staff writer Chip Cosby, will follow the showing of a one-hour film called Fair Play, which details the boycott of South Africa in international sporting events. The panel discussion will center on the way sports is affected by race in the United States and how it can be a conduit for social change.
Two sessions will be conducted, one from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and one from 7-9 p.m. Panelists include:
■ Dr. Boyce Watkins, a nationally renowned scholar and social commentator and a UK graduate.
■ Billy Reed, who covered sports for more than 50 years at the Lexington Herald-Leader, Courier-Journal and Sports Illustrated.
■ Jock Sutherland, a legendary high school coach in Kentucky who was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.
■ Louis Stout, a three-time All-State basketball player at Cynthiana High School who became the first African-American to head a state athletics association when he was named the commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association in 1994.
The last word
Lorena Ochoa was selected to receive the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor from the USGA that recognizes distinguished sportsmanship in golf. Ochoa, who retired last year at age 28, was chosen because of her foundation that helps hundreds of less privileged children in her native Mexico.
Ochoa at first was not sure what she had won. She said:
"It was very exciting. I went to the Internet, trying to see what it was all about, and I said, 'Wow!' I enjoyed reading about Bob Jones and all of the past recipients. Then I told my mother. Now, I just plan to enjoy the good news, the ceremony, the whole thing."