Kentuckian Thomas advances to semifinals of U.S. Amateur
Former St. Xavier standout Justin Thomas edged Australian Oliver Goss 2 up in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur championship at the Cherry Hills Country Club on Friday.
Thomas of Goshen, Ky., advanced to the semifinals, where he will meet Michael Weaver of Fresno, Calif.
Thomas, 19, who won the Jack Nicklaus award as the nation's top collegiate golfer at Alabama, was only 1-up on Goss heading into No. 18. Thomas was able to make par and the 18-year-old Goss, an incoming freshman at Tennessee, missed a long putt to try to square the match.
"It was a hard match," Thomas said. "You're obviously not going to get any easy matches at this point. It feels great to be moving on and I'm very, very honored."
The other semifinal Saturday will pit Steven Fox, 21, of Hendersonville, Tenn., against Brandon Hagy, 21, of Westlake Village, Calif. Fox beat Chris Williams, the world's top-ranked amateur, in the quarterfinals 4 and 2.
Two of the semifinalists — Fox and Weaver — are teammates at Cal. Weaver advanced by defeating Ricardo Gouveia of Portugal 4 and 3.
Walker shoots 62 for Greensboro lead
Jimmy Walker shot an 8-under 62 on Friday to top the leader board at 12 under in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Defending champion Webb Simpson was a stroke back after a 63, and first-round leader Carl Pettersson, Tim Clark, Sergio Garcia and rookie Harris English were 10 under. Tim Herron matched the tournament record with a 61, but was still nine strokes back.
■ The first round of this week's Champions Tour tournament in Endicott, N.Y., was suspended because of rain. The round was called on Friday with 69 players on the course. Once the second round begins, players will stay in the same groupings they were in for round one. Bernhard Langer was at 7 under when play was suspended in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open at the En-Joie Golf Course.
Women's soccer opens season with win
The University of Kentucky women's soccer team opened the season with a 2-0 victory over Coastal Carolina on Friday night at the UK Soccer Complex. Junior Ashley VanLandingham and freshman Cara Ledman scored goals for the Cats, who outshot the Chanticleers 21-1. Junior Kayla King and sophomore Kayla Price split time in goal for UK, which will play host to EKU next Friday.
■ UK's Caleb Richardson scored in the 76th minute to force a 2-2 draw with host Northern Kentucky in a men's soccer exhibition match Friday night. Steven Perinovic headed in a corner kick for the Cats' first goal. UK opens the regular season Aug. 26 at Dayton.
Rome blasts Lexington 17-8
The Rome Braves used a six-run second inning and an eight-run eighth to drub the visiting Lexington Legends 17-8 Friday night. Legends starter Jonas Dufek (6-3) recorded just four outs, giving up eight runs. Lexington trimmed the deficit to 9-7 in the eighth only to watch Rome score eight runs in the bottom half. Reliever Murilo Gouvea allowed six runs in relief without recording an out. Robby Hefflinger went 3-for-5 and drove in four runs for Rome.
'Honey Badger' enters rehab
Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu has entered a drug rehabilitation program in Houston since being dismissed from the Tigers, according to a television report. Fox 8 reports that Mathieu's adoptive father, Tryone Mathieu, says that the 20-year-old star cornerback and punt returner known as the "Honey Badger" has been at the Right Step recovery center and is being counseled by former NBA player John Lucas.
Greenwell leads U.S. women in rout
Owensboro Catholic senior Becca Greenwell scored a team-high 23 points to lead the United States to a 131-89 victory over Korea in the opening round of the FIBA U17 World Championships at Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Friday. Greenwell added seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
Venus, not Serena, reaches semifinals
Only one of the Williams sisters is heading to a semifinal, and it's not the one with the long winning streak. Serena Williams lost that — and her cool — at the Western & Southern Open. Williams had her 19-match streak snapped by Germany's Angelique Kerber on Friday, a 6-4, 6-4 defeat that marked the first time she'd even lost a set since her title at Wimbledon. Serena flung her racket at the ground, picked it up and slammed it on the court again as the second set slipped away in Mason, Ohio. "I probably need a break," she said. Older sister Venus reached the semifinals of a tournament for the first time this season by beating Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4. On the men's side, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro won in straight sets, setting up a rematch of their bronze-medal match at the Olympics. Del Potro won that one.
Jockey OK after fall at Saratoga
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. has been cleared to ride in Saturday's Alabama Stakes after injuring his ankle when he was thrown from his mount in the starting gate at Saratoga Race Course. Ortiz was aboard Corinzia about to start the third race Friday when he was thrown. He was taken to a hospital for X-rays and an evaluation, which determined he could ride. The 20-year-old jockey is set to ride Questing in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
DeFilippo to retire from Boston College
Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo said on Friday he was stepping down after 15 years, a tenure in which he stabilized the program in the aftermath of a gambling scandal, led it into a new conference and collected four NCAA men's hockey titles. DeFilippo, a former associate AD at Kentucky, said he had been discussing retirement with his wife, Anne, and came to the conclusion after being diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer. "In light of my recent bout with melanoma, which is treatable, this decision became clearer to me this summer," he said in a statement.
■ The trial is scheduled to begin early next year for two former Penn State officials accused of lying to a grand jury and burying an allegation of a child's sexual abuse in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. A judge on Friday ordered jury selection in the trial for Tim Curley and Gary Schultz to begin Jan. 7.
The last word
Cindy Earnheart, a Dallas woman upset that her 12-year-old son Elijah was barred from his peewee football league because he weighs nearly 300 pounds:
"No one is telling boys who are too thin or too small that they can't play football. Why tell my kid he's too big? Isn't bigger better in football? Football is a contact sport. If you don't want your son tackled, get him off the field."