Couples shoots 66 for lead at Champions Tour's last major
Fred Couples shot a 5-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Senior Players Championship, the Champions Tour's final major of the season.
Couples is at 8 under for the tournament and trying for his fifth Champions Tour victory. Playing in his first event since undergoing non-traditional back treatment six weeks ago in Germany, Couples has put together two solid rounds at Westchester Country Club's tree-lined West Course in Harrison, N.Y.
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Peter Senior remains in second at 7 under after a second-round 69. Corey Pavin is third at 6 under, with a second-round 69. Defending champion Mark O'Meara shot a 70 and is in a three-way tie at 4 under with first-round leader Jeff Sluman (73) and Morris Hatalsky (67).
Gainey 12 under through two rounds
Tommy Gainey, seeking his first PGA Tour win, shot a 65 on Friday to move to 12-under 128 and take a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the Wyndham Championship, the final event before the start of golf's post-season. Gainey, who shared the first-round lead with Jeff Quinney, has the second-best 36-hole score in the history of the tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Ernie Els (66) was among four players at 131.
■ Na Yeon Choi double-bogeyed the par-4 final hole, but her 6-under 65 held up for the first-round lead at the LPGA Safeway Classic on Friday. Grace Park was two strokes back with a 67 at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains, Oregon.
■ Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara shot a 4-under 68 to move into first at the Czech Open on Friday after rain cut short the second round. Swede Mikael Lundberg, whose round was halted on No. 15, is also 7 under.
■ Mike Weir's season has ended because of elbow surgery. The Canadian left-hander underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right elbow on Thursday. With a recover period of three to six months, he's not expected back on the PGA Tour until 2012.
■ Shelbyville native and EKU product Brandon Brown shot a 62 in the second round of the NGA/Hooters Tour's Mississippi Gulf Coast Golf Classic to take a two-shot lead over first-round leader Patrick Wilkes-Krier. Brown started the day five shots off the lead.
Women's soccer team wins opener
The Kentucky women's soccer team opened the season with a 3-0 victory at Oakland (Mich.) on Friday night. The Cats got goals from junior Kelsey Hunyadi, freshman Molly Huber and sophomore Caitlin Landis. Freshman goalkeeper Kayla Price, a Henry Clay graduate, recorded a shutout in her college debut. UK's next game is its home opener against EKU on Tuesday night.
■ The UK volleyball team's annual Blue/White scrimmage is Sunday at 3 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum. The event is free to the public. UK's home opener is Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. against Cincinnati.
NCAA boss not opposed to death penalty
NCAA President Mark Emmert believes the "death penalty" should be an option for college sports' most egregious rule-breakers. "If, and I say if, we have very unique circumstances where TV bans and death penalties are warranted, then I don't think they are off the table and I would be OK with putting those in place," Emmert said Friday. Nearly a quarter-century after the NCAA's harshest sanction destroyed SMU's football program, the allegations swirling at Miami have rekindled the debate.
Big Ten: No plans to expand right now
The Big Ten Conference is not looking at another expansion — for now. The 12-team league said Friday that its Council of Presidents Chancellors met recently and there is no plan to "actively" engage in expansion now "or at any time in the foreseeable future, barring a significant shift in the current intercollegiate athletic landscape." But that is a possibility — Texas A&M confirmed this week that it is interested in leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference.
Sports in the courts
Court asks for briefs in Leach case
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday said it wants more information in Mike Leach's lawsuit against Texas Tech, a fresh sign of life for the fired coach's claims against the school. The state's highest civil court asked Leach and Texas Tech to file briefs on the merits of the case by Sept. 19. In 2009, the university fired Leach two days after suspending him amid allegations of mistreating a player, receiver Adam James, who had a concussion. Leach denied the allegations and later sued for wrongful termination.
LSU's QB allegedly involved in fight
Police are investigating allegations that LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and unidentified teammates were involved in a fight outside a Baton Rouge bar early Friday morning. LSU Coach Les Miles said some players were present during the incident, but he didn't identify them. Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Donald Stone said four people suffered minor injuries but Jefferson wasn't one of them.
Goalkeeper hit in face by bobblehead
A man was charged with felony aggravated battery Friday, two days after he allegedly threw a bobblehead doll that hit Kansas City's goalkeeper in the face. Cody Wente, 23, is accused of throwing an Omar Bravo bobblehead that hit goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen just under his left eye in Wednesday night's game against Portland.
Prosecutors want another Clemens trial
Prosecutors in the Roger Clemens perjury case said Friday they made an honest mistake in showing jurors inadmissible evidence and that shouldn't save the baseball star from facing a new trial. Clemens' position is that a second trial would violate his constitutional protection against double jeopardy.
The last word
Tampa Bay Bucs linebacker Mason Foster decked new Patriot Chad Ochocinco, drawing a personal foul, on Thursday, but Ochocinco seems fine with the hard hit. Tweeted Ochocinco:
"Great hit last night. if u're fined I'll reimburse u boss. That's the way the game should b played."