Former Morehead star Kulick wins 3rd Women's Open title
Kelly Kulick won her third career U.S. Women's Open title under unique conditions. The former Morehead State star defeated Missy Parkin on Wednesday night on temporary outdoor lanes in Reno, Nev. Competitors had to contend with winds gusting between 18 and 24 mph and dust throughout the finals played along Reno's main casino drag. Kulick likened it to bowling in the desert.
Steve Johnson, executive director of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America, came up with the idea as a way to try to top last year's event, which drew a record crowd in excess of 6,000 to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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The Reno finals will be broadcast July 3 on ESPN2.
Emerson, Akin in State Am finals
Eastern Kentucky University senior April Emerson earned a 5 and 3 win over Russell County junior Brianne Coe in Thursday afternoon's upper bracket semifinal in the 86th Women's Kentucky State Amateur Golf Championship at Elizabethtown Country Club. Former Central Hardin star Karisa Akin notched a 3 and 2 win over Elizabethtown freshman Lauren Hartlage in the lower bracket semifinal to set up a meeting between her and Emerson at 9:10 a.m. Friday.
Akin and Emerson have combined for the last three titles.
Italy beats Germany to reach Euro finals
Mario Balotelli scored twice to give Italy a 2-1 win over Germany on Thursday and an unexpected spot in the European Championship finals. Extending its winless streak against Italy in major tournaments to eight matches, Germany had no answer for Balotelli nor Antonio Cassano's creativity.
In the 20th minute, Balotelli had no trouble getting past Holger Badstuber to head in a pinpoint cross from Cassano. Then in the 36th minute, the 21-year-old striker received the ball behind the defense and blasted a long shot into the top right corner.
Italy will face defending champion Spain in Sunday's finals.
Beckham left off England's Olympic team
David Beckham — Britain's most famous sportsman — seemed destined to be a headliner at the London Olympics.
Not on the soccer field.
The former England captain failed to make the British Olympic team, a surprise snub for a local lad who helped secure the games for his city and worked tirelessly to promote them.
"Naturally, I am very disappointed," Beckham, 37, said Thursday after being notified that he hadn't been selected for the final 18-man squad. "But there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me."
Crosby, Quick both get long-term deals
The Pittsburgh Penguins and their superstar center, Sidney Crosby, agreed to a 12-year, $104.4 million contract Thursday.
The deal keeps the 24-year-old Crosby in Pittsburgh through 2025 and gives the team some room to play in the free-agent market. The new deal will go into effect after the current one expires next summer and will average around $8.7 million a season. Crosby will officially sign the extension on Sunday.
The contract also puts to rest any concerns the Penguins have about Crosby's health. The 2009 MVP has been limited to just 28 games in the last 18 months after sustaining a concussion in the Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals in January of 2011. Crosby finished with eight goals and 29 assists last season and added three goals in a first-round playoff loss to Philadelphia.
■ Jonathan Quick agreed to a 10-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings, who locked up their playoff MVP goalie through the 2022-23 season. Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy while leading Los Angeles to its first Stanley Cup championship earlier this month, and the Kings rewarded him with an enormous new deal one year before he reached unrestricted free agency.
Most Sunday late games to start at 4:25
Tim Tebow was leading the Broncos on yet another improbable last-minute comeback, and fans in New York, Dallas and other football-mad markets didn't get to see the end.
The NFL announced a scheduling change Thursday aimed at preventing such moments. The league is shifting the start time of the second game of its Sunday TV doubleheaders by 10 minutes to ensure fewer fans miss any of the action on the field.
The late afternoon matchups on CBS and Fox will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET instead of 4:15. Late games not on that week's doubleheader network will still start at 4:05.
Trainer Mitchell has brain tumor
Mike Mitchell, the all-time leading trainer at Del Mar, will have surgery on Friday to remove a brain tumor that was diagnosed earlier this week. The 64-year-old trainer's most recent victory came last Saturday in the Hollywood Oaks with Potesta at Hollywood Park. Among his Grade I winners are Ever a Friend, Romance is Diane and Monzante. He has 2,595 career victories and has earned more than $62 million in purses.
Wade needs surgery, to miss Olympics
Dwyane Wade needs surgery on his ailing left knee and will not play in next month's London Olympics. The Miami Heat guard called USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and Olympic coach Mike Krzyzewski on Thursday to break the news, which was not totally unexpected after Wade played through pain in the post-season.
The last word
TNT's Charles Barkley, explaining all the anti-LeBron James sentiment:
"Everybody hates the homecoming queen because she's pretty. All the ugly girls hate the homecoming queen. And all the dumb kids hate the smart kids. That's just the way it is."