Ex-U of L, Butler star Duvall S.A.L. All-Star Game MVP
The Augusta GreenJackets' Adam Duvall hit a two-run homer and an RBI single to lead the South to a 6-3 victory against the North in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Salisbury, Md., on Tuesday night. Duvall, a San Francisco Giants prospect who starred at Butler High School and the University of Louisville, was named MVP. He is tied for the league lead in home runs (17) and RBI (53), and he is batting .269 this season. Chris Wallace was the only one of the Lexington Legends' four representatives to get a hit, a double, in the South's win. Jiovanni Mier was 0-for-3, Michael Kvasnicka was 0-for-2 and Adam Bailey was 0-for-1.
Top seeds advance in Women's State Am
Defending champion Karisa Akin, a Central Hardin graduate who plays at Middle Tennessee State, cruised to a 7-and-5 victory in her match play opener against Teena Freibert in the Women's State Amateur championship at Miller Memorial Golf Course in Murray on Tuesday. The top seven seeds, including No. 2 Lydia Gumm, No. 3 Jessica Grace and No. 4 Christine Cash, also advanced.
Next up for Akin is No. 17 Ellen Kehoe, a 5 and 4 winner against No. 16 Meredith Cross.
The highest-seeded player to lose in the opening round was No. 8 Jilian Bake, who lost 2 and 1 to McKinzie Price. No. 10 Emma Robinson and No. 11 Cindy Summers also lost.
The tournament continues through Friday.
■ Several Kentuckians were among 64 golfers to advance to the match play portion of the Women's Western Golf Association's national amateur championship at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Three University of Kentucky golfers qualified with Ashleigh Albrecht leading the way with a 3-over 147 over two rounds of qualifying. UK's Betsie Johnson (156) and Heather Lott (158) also advanced. Louisville's Lindsay Gahm, who competes at Indiana, shot a 151, and Nicholasville's Emily Haas (University of Louisville signee) made it in with a 152.
Kuchar, Johnson win charity event
Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson won the CVS Caremark Charity Classic with a record-setting two-round total of 24-under par 118 Tuesday at the Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I.
The previous record in the best-ball format was 119 set in 2001.
Morgan Pressel and Davis Love III finished second at 120.
Johnson was upset he missed makable birdie putts on the 15th and 16th holes. Johnson rolled in a 5-foot birdie putt on the par 3, 145-yard 17th hole to put his team four strokes ahead of Pressel and Love with one hole left.
"We both had really good opportunities on 16," Johnson said. "I left mine short from 15 feet. And on the previous hole I had about seven or eight feet and I missed that one, too. So I was a little upset."
Joe Gibbs' teams fined for violations
NASCAR fined Joe Gibbs Racing's three crew chiefs $50,000 each Tuesday for bringing unapproved oil pans to Michigan last week. Mike Ford, Dave Rogers and Greg Zipadelli also were placed on probation through the end of the year, as was JGR competition director Jimmy Makar and car chiefs Chris Gillin (No. 11), Wesley Sherrill (No. 18) and Jason Shapiro (No. 20).
NASCAR discovered the unapproved oil pans in the cars of Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano during a pre-practice inspection Friday at Michigan International Speedway. NASCAR never said if the oil pans were illegal, but confiscated them because they had not been submitted for approval before arriving at the track.
Ohio St. drops review of car purchases
Ohio State on Tuesday dropped its review of car purchases by football players and family members after two separate investigations found dealerships made money on almost all of the sales.
The university made its decision in light of a report by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and a separate review by the Ohio Independent Automobile Dealers Association.
"We have seen no evidence that would lead us to believe that Ohio State student athletes violated any policies when purchasing used cars," said university spokesman Jim Lynch.
The reviews were launched after questions about players' car purchases arose in the wake of a scandal in which some players received cash and tattoos for autographs, championship rings and equipment. In a 65-page report issued Tuesday, the state BMV said two Columbus-area dealerships made money on 24 of 25 sales made to players and family members.
The BMV, however, did not interview Ohio State players or officials and did not examine records of financial transactions that players file with the university's athletic compliance office. The report also did not address whether players received discounts not available to the public. Such a discount could be an NCAA violation.
Report: Rangers, Flyers in Winter Classic
The New York Times reported that the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers will play at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia in the next Winter Classic game. The annual outdoor game will be played on Jan. 2, because Sunday, Jan. 1 is scheduled to be the final week of the NFL's regular season.
The last word
NASCAR returns to Infineon Raceway this weekend for a race that also serves as an annual homecoming for crowd favorite Jeff Gordon. But as Gordon, 39, advances in age, Sonoma, Calif. is no longer one of the few places on the Sprint Cup circuit where he hears more cheers than boos. Even in the South. Ed Clark, president and general manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway, said:
"A lot of fans around here think he's pretty cool. They just won't tell anyone about it."