Second-seeded Clijsters falls at French Open
After losing two match points in the second set and feeling her confidence fading, Kim Clijsters watched the match slip away Thursday at the French Open.
The two-time French Open runner-up, seeded second at this year's tournament, lost to 114th-ranked Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
"I started doubting a little bit," said Clijsters, who played only her second match in two months after shoulder and ankle injuries. "When you start doubting yourself on any surface, but for me definitely on clay, it's the wrong attitude to have."
Maria Sharapova also struggled, but the seventh-seeded Russian won 11 straight games after trailing 4-1 in the second set and beat 17-year-old Caroline Garcia of France 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. No. 6 Li Na of China and No. 9 Petra Kvitova also advanced.
Five-time champion Rafael Nadal, Australian Open runner-up Andy Murray, two-time French Open finalist Robin Soderling and No. 10 Mardy Fish of the United States reached the third round.
Fish beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 7-6 (1), 6-2, 6-1 to reach the third round for the first time. He's also the only U.S. man remaining at Roland Garros.
Overton's 64 leads Byron Nelson
Jeff Overton shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Byron Nelson Championship, a stroke better than Ryan Palmer. Overton had his best score in 15 career rounds at the Nelson, even after his 22-foot birdie attempt on the closing hole lipped out. Sergio Garcia, who didn't even play a practice round because of an infected fingernail on his left hand, was in a group of nine players at 66, including Dustin Johnson and Kentuckian Josh Teater.
No. 2 Donald leads No. 1 Westwood by 8
Luke Donald shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday to take the lead in the suspended first round of the BMW PGA Championship, leaving him eight strokes ahead of No. 1 Lee Westwood in their battle for the top spot in the world ranking. Donald mastered the wet and windy conditions on Wentworth's West Course to match his lowest European Tour round. Italian teen star Matteo Manassero shot a 66 to tie for second with Sweden's Johan Edfors.
Westwood made a double bogey after a penalty drop at No. 6 to go with two bogeys in a 72. Rory McIlroy shot a 76, and Martin Kaymer, who also has a chance to become No. 1, had a 74.
Ex-Buckeye says players got car deals
A former Ohio State wide receiver told the school's student newspaper that he sold Big Ten championship rings and other memorabilia for cash and got special car deals. Ray Small, frequently benched, suspended or disciplined during an erratic career at Ohio State from 2006-2009, confirmed to The Lantern that when it came to getting improper benefits "everyone was doing it."
He also said it was no big deal selling personal items given to the team: "We had four Big Ten rings. There was enough to go around." And added that, despite Ohio State's large and proactive NCAA compliance department, most of the school's student-athletes "don't even think about (NCAA) rules."
Ohio State and the NCAA are investigating more than 50 transactions between Ohio State athletes and their families and two Columbus auto dealerships. "They have a lot (of dirt) on everybody," Small said, "'cause everybody was doing it."
Southern Cal appeal rejected by NCAA
The NCAA on Thursday rejected Southern California's appeal to reduce sanctions imposed on its storied football program, keeping in place some of the harshest penalties leveled against a school in a quarter-century. USC must serve the second year of its two-year post-season ban this fall, making the Trojans ineligible for the first Pac-12 title game or a bowl game. USC also will lose 30 scholarships over the next three years, giving them just 15 available scholarships per season — 10 below the normal yearly limit — until 2015.
The nearly unprecedented sanctions came for misdeeds surrounding Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush.
Keselowski gets pole for Coca-Cola 600
Brad Keselowski earned the pole for NASCAR's longest race with a lap of 192.089 mph on Thursday night. Keselowski took advantage of cooler track conditions later in qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway to earn his second career Sprint Cup pole. AJ Allmendinger (191.693 mph) will join him on the front row for Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600. Carl Edwards, who won last week's All-Star race then wrecked his car in a celebration mishap in the grass, qualified third in his new car. Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top six.
Wildcats eliminated from NCAAs
Kentucky's three representatives were eliminated on day two of the NCAA Men's Singles and Doubles Championships in Stanford, Calif., on Thursday. Juniors Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek lost second-round singles matches, and the doubles tandem of senior Brad Cox and Quigley fell in the opening round.
Track and Field
Bolt gets first win in 9 months, barely
World record-holder Usain Bolt needed a late kick to win his first race in nine months, capturing the 100 meters in 9.91 seconds Thursday to edge former record-holder Asafa Powell at the Golden Gala in Rome. Bolt had not competed since he was beaten by Lexington native Tyson Gay in Stockholm last August.
Sports in the courts
Kerrigan's brother gets 21/2 years in jail
The brother of Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 2½ years in jail despite tearful pleas from the skater and her family to spare him any more time behind bars. Mark Kerrigan, 46, was convicted Wednesday of assault and battery, but acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2010 death of Nancy and Mark's 70-year-old father, Daniel Kerrigan, at the family's home in Stoneham, just north of Boston.
Ohio State hires ex-Duke guard Paulus
Former Duke guard Greg Paulus was added to the Ohio State men's basketball staff as video coordinator Thursday. Paulus, an assistant coach at Navy last season, was a three-year starter for the Blue Devils and played on four NCAA Tournament teams. While pursuing his master's degree at Syracuse, he also played quarterback for a season for the Orangemen. Buckeyes Coach Thad Matta recruited Paulus out of high school in Kensington, Va.
The last word
American League Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez, on fellow Seattle Mariners pitcher Michael Pineda:
"He listens and he learns. He's a good kid. .... Well, he's 22 and I'm 25."