KHSAA adds bowling as sanctioned sport for 2011-12
Bowling will become a sanctioned sport, complete with a state tournament, for Kentucky High School Athletic Association member schools starting with the 2011-12 school year. The KHSAA Board of Control this week finalized the schedule for bowling, making it a winter sport. Practice will begin Oct. 15. Region tournaments will be the week of March 11, and the state tournament will be March 23-24, 2012. More than 80 schools plan to offer bowling next fall. Forty-five more have indicated they will add it within five years.
The board this week also voted to lower the number of member schools — from 20 percent to 10 percent — needed to participate for the KHSAA to sponsor a sports championship. That could lead to archery, lacrosse and bass fishing being added to the sports menu.
Uncle Mo passes physical
Kentucky Derby contender Uncle Mo had a physical exam after a disappointing run in the Wood Memorial, and trainer Todd Pletcher said Tuesday that the 3-year-old colt came out fine. Pletcher said in a statement that Uncle Mo had blood work, an ultrasound of internal organs and other exams and the full results will be known by Thursday. In the meantime, the Breeders' Cup juvenile winner will be back on the track for a workout Wednesday morning. Uncle Mo is scheduled to be shipped to Churchill Downs on April 18.
Sports in the courts
NCAA to investigate San Diego after FBI
The NCAA plans to conduct its own investigation into an alleged gambling ring at San Diego but will wait until the FBI completes its work, Julie Roe Lach, the organization's vice president of enforcement, said Tuesday. The accused include Brandon Johnson, the school's career scoring leader who is now playing in the NBA's Developmental League, former assistant coach Thaddeus Brown and ex-player Brandon Dowdy. Federal authorities have charged them with running a sports-betting business to affect the outcome of games. Lach said FBI officials contacted college sports' largest governing body before the indictments were made public Monday. She declined to say when the NCAA learned of the case.
■ Former pro football star Lawrence Taylor, who pleaded guilty in January to sexual misconduct and patronizing an underage prostitute, was declared a low-risk sex offender on Tuesday. Prosecutors argued for a level 2 designation. Instead, the judge chose the lower level 1, which means a photo of the former New York Giants linebacker will not be posted on the online sex-offender registry.
$10M South African tourney announced
The Sunshine Tour will make leading golfers choose between the world's richest tournament in South Africa and Tiger Woods' charity event in California for next year. A new $10 million World Golf Championships event to be hosted by the tour was heralded by Sunshine Commissioner Gareth Tindall on Tuesday as the launch of "a world tour" and "the most significant thing that has happened to South African golf in its history." Tindall said the Tournament of Hope underlined the shift in player power away from the United States. The date and venue for the new WGC event — the second outside the United States after Shanghai's HSBC Champions — had not been finalized, Tindall said, but organizers are looking at the first week of December. That would put the tournament on a collision course with Woods' Chevron Challenge, co-sponsored by the PGA Tour, and the Sunshine Tour's Nedbank Challenge at Sun City.
■ Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway has helped his home golf course land a major PGA event. Elway announced Tuesday that Cherry Hills Golf Club will host the 2014 BMW Championship, an event that serves as the third in a series of four FedEx Cup playoff competitions. The tournament is scheduled to be held Sept. 1-7, 2014.
Players' attorneys meet with judge
Attorneys for NFL players met Tuesday with the federal magistrate who will oversee court-ordered mediation with the league as the lockout reached one month and counting. Attorneys and Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller sat down with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan in a session that lasted well into the afternoon. All declined to comment on a day the NFL released its pre-season schedule with the opener an Aug. 7 showcase in Canton, Ohio, between Chicago and St. Louis. Whether the games are held remains an open question. The NFL's attorneys are scheduled to meet with Boylan on Wednesday before mediation begins on Thursday.
■ The Bengals are scheduled to play away games the first two weeks of the pre-season, against the Lions and the Jets. They are to host the Panthers and the Colts the second two weeks. None of the games is slated for national television. Days and times for the games were not set on Tuesday, only the locations and opponents.
Serena gets back on the court
Serena Williams grabbed her racket and got out on a tennis court Tuesday, which she said was her "first day back" after a series of health problems, including blood clots in her lung. The 13-time Grand Slam singles champion has not played an official match since she won the title at Wimbledon in July. Williams posted on her Twitter account Tuesday: "Look who I spotted on the court." That came with a link to a photo of Williams in a neon pink bodysuit, standing at the baseline and midway through her service motion.
■ Roger Federer started his clay-court season on Tuesday by dispatching Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-2, 6-1 at the Monte Carlo Masters. Top-ranked Rafael Nadal starts his clay-court season on Wednesday against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.
■ Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne landed the sponsorship he needed to enter the Sprint All-Star Race next month at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bayne, 20, became the youngest Daytona 500 winner in race history when he won the season-opener. It earned him an automatic berth in the All-Star race, but Wood Brothers Racing didn't have sponsorship to put Bayne in the $1 million race. Good Sam Club, a sister company of Camping World, signed on Tuesday to sponsor Bayne in the May 21 All-Star race and this Sunday's event at Talladega Superspeedway.
■ The Sacramento Kings will host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night in what might be the final game in Sacramento. The NBA Board of Governors begins its annual meetings Thursday in New York, where Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof are expected to make a pitch to move the franchise to Anaheim next season. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson also will attend the meeting to plead the city's case to keep the Kings.
■ The New Orleans Hornets' team doctor said Tuesday star forward David West has had successful surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee and is expected to recover fully. West has been out since tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament on March 24 and is not expected to return to the court until next season.
■ Mississippi starting linebacker D.T. Shackelford has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will be out six to eight months. Shackelford, a 6-foot-1, 244-pound junior, made 48 tackles last season, including nine for a loss and five sacks while splitting time between linebacker and defensive end. The injury jeopardizes Shackelford's status for next season.
■ Men's and women's lacrosse will become official intercollegiate sports at Transylvania, beginning with the 2012-13 season, President R. Owen Williams announced Tuesday. Transylvania has added five varsity sports in the last decade.
The last word
Among those trying out EA Sports' new Masters video game last week was Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne, who took on his son Bo, 12:
"I quit after nine holes. I told him my back was hurting. It was match play, and he was up seven."