State football championships in Bowling Green through 2014
The state high school football championships are staying in Bowling Green and they have a new sponsor.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced Friday that the football finals will continue to be played at Western Kentucky University's L.T. Smith Stadium through 2014, and that Russell Athletic will be the title sponsor.
KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett said the corporate community support in Bowling Green and WKU's involvement "continues to amaze me. This gives one of our marquee championships stability and allows for continued growth in the coming years."
The football title games have been held at WKU since 2009. Last year's finals drew 47,759 fans, the most since the expansion to six classes in 2007.
Wildcats in Tarczewski's final four
Kaleb Tarczewski, a 7-footer from Claremont, N.H., said Kentucky is now on his short list along with Kansas, Arizona and North Carolina, Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com reported.
"They're on the list," Tarczewski said. "They came in pretty late.
"They've been coming to a lot of games, so I've seen them in the court and I've talked to them. You know, Kentucky's Kentucky. It's kind of hard to not let them into recruiting."
Tarczewski, ranked 12th in the Class of 2012 by Rivals.com, told the Web site that he plans to make a decision soon.
"I'm going to try to make my decision if not before school starts, maybe a week or two into school," he said.
■ Former Kentucky basketball player Preston LeMaster will coach East Ridge High School during the upcoming season, The Floyd County Times reported earlier this week. LeMaster was an assistant coach at Powell County last year.
Proveaux birdies to win Junior PGA title
Cody Proveaux of Leesville, S.C., drained a 15-foot putt from the fringe for birdie on the 18th hole at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., to win the 36th Junior PGA Championship. He bettered, by one stroke, Lorens Chan of Honolulu, Hawaii, who had made a putt from the same spot for birdie to tie Proveaux atop the leader board. Proveaux, who shot a final-round 1-over 73, finished the 72-hole tournament at 6 under.
"I didn't know Lorens had gone to 5 under, and I was just trying to put it on the green somewhere," said Proveaux, a Clemson recruit. "I luckily hit it right at the flag. It was a good 15 feet. I stepped over there, looked at the leader board and thought, 'Wow, I've got to make this putt.' Then, I took a deep breath over it and just tried to make a good stroke. And it went in, and it was pretty exciting."
The girls' side was won in dominating fashion by Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn, who had a final-round 70 to finish at 15 under, 10 strokes better than Mariah Stackhouse of Riverdale, Ga.
The 15-year-old Jutanugarn had 21 birdies, 46 pars and only five holes worse than par at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course. The 17-year-old Proveaux had 20 birdies, 40 pars and only 12 holes worse than that.
Paducah's Emma Talley finished seventh at 7-over par in the girls' tournament. Akash Mirchandani of Prospect shot 18 over to finish 32nd in the boys' tournament.
■ Kentucky's Liz Breed and Heather Lott teamed to finish fifth at 9-under par in the Hooters Women's Collegiate Team Championship in Dahlonega, Ga., on Thursday. UK teammates Ashlee Rose and Megan Moir were tied for 20th at 4 over. Michigan State's Lindsey Solberg and Caroline Powers shot 12 under to win the tournament.
Young reaches first ATP semifinals
Almost from the moment Donald Young turned pro as a precocious teen in 2004, people waited for him to make his mark in men's tennis. Seven years later, Young is a semifinalist at an ATP tournament for the first time.
The 22-year-old American stretched his career-best tour winning streak to four matches by beating No. 7-seeded Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 7-6 (4) Friday in the Legg Mason Tennis Classic quarterfinals in Washington. "For sure, the expectations were high. I didn't meet them necessarily at the time other people had expected," Young said. "But this is kind of close to around when I thought I would start playing well, for sure."
The left-hander, who was born in Chicago and now is based in Atlanta, entered this hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open ranked 128th and with a 19-53 career record as a professional.
His run this week assures Young of returning to the top 100 in Monday's ATP rankings; if he beats Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in Saturday's semifinals, Young would surpass his previous high of 73rd. "He's very talented, but it's a tough world out there," 2006 Australian Open finalist Baghdatis said. "You have to keep on working. You have to stay with your feet on the ground and keep on working hard and fighting."
On the other side of the draw, No. 11-seeded John Isner reached his third consecutive ATP semifinals by beating No. 3 Viktor Troicki 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-1. Isner now faces top-seeded Gael Monfils or No. 6 Janko Tipsarevic, who were to meet in Friday's fourth quarterfinals.
Rangers' Avery accused of shoving cop
New York Rangers player Sean Avery was out on bail after he was arrested in California on allegations he shoved an officer at his Hollywood Hills home. Lt. Jorge Pardo told City News Service that a neighbor's noise complaint sent police to the home at around 1 a.m. Friday. Pardo said Avery answered the front door, shoved an officer and slammed the door but cooperated when officers knocked a second time. The officer wasn't injured.
The 31-year-old hockey player was booked on suspicion of battery on a police officer. He was released about seven hours later after posting $20,000 bail. The Rangers said they'll discuss the matter with Avery and had no immediate comment.
Track and field
Powell withdraws from meet in London
Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell pulled out of Friday's Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace, saying he didn't want to risk aggravating a groin injury before the world championships.
In a statement released by organizers, Powell said he had felt tightness in his groin since competing in Budapest on Saturday when he ran the 100 meters in 9.86 seconds.
Jamaica's Yohan Blake took advantage of Powell's withdrawal to win the 100 in 9.95 into a headwind.
■ Olympic champion Dayron Robles set a stadium record of 13.04 seconds to win the 110-meter hurdles.
The last word
The awards have come in bunches for LaDainian Tomlinson over the years, and so have the records and compliments. But the Jets running back says he plans to play a couple more seasons to try to achieve his ultimate goal:
"I just want to feel what it feels like to get there and win a championship, so I can tell my kids someday that I've been through every situation and done every single thing that a guy can possibly do in his career, and be happy about it. I don't want to be like, 'Well, I was MVP one year and led the league in rushing and touchdowns and all this kind of stuff, but sorry, I never felt what it feels like to win a championship or get to the Super Bowl.'"