South Koreans share leadin Women's British Open
South Korea's So Yeon Ryu, last year's U.S. Women's Open champion who won the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic last month, took a share of the lead in her Women's British Open debut in Hoylake England, birdieing the final hole for a 2-under 70 at Royal Liverpool.
"After I won (in Toledo), I was a little more relieved and that helped me a lot," Ryu said. "How can I say, even when I was winning the U.S. Women's Open, a lot of people said it might be just one tournament or just a dark horse like that. But after I won the Toledo championship, I broke that."
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Fellow South Korean Haeji Kang also opened with a 70, the highest leading score in the first round since the tournament became a major in 2002, in relatively calm conditions
Ryu had five birdies and two bogeys. Kang had six birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey.
Australia's Karrie Webb, the tournament winner in 1995, 1997 and 2002, was a stroke back along with 16-year-old English amateur Charley Hull, among others. Two-time defending champion Yani Tseng opened with a 72. New Zealand's Lydia Ko, the 15-year-old amateur coming off a victory three weeks ago in the Canadian Women's Open, also shot a 72. Michelle Wie had a 75.
Sweden's Joel Sjoholm birdied three of his last four holes for an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Italian Open. England's Lee Slattery was a stroke back.
Nathan Smith won the U.S. Mid-Amateur for a record fourth time, beating Canadian hockey referee Garrett Rank 1-up in the 36-hole final in Lake Forest, Ill.
Ellen Port won the USGA Senior Women's Amateur for her fifth career USGA women's title, beating Jane Fitzgerald 4 and 3 on Hershey (Pa.) Country Club's West Course.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Sandusky victims getting impatient
Nearly three months after Penn State said it wanted to settle "privately, expeditiously and fairly" with the boys Jerry Sandusky sexually abused, lawyers for the victims from his criminal case and other potential claimants say the school has not followed up.
The attorneys have told The Associated Press that they had very limited contact with the university and, if that continues, more lawsuits may follow. "I believe there has been a window of opportunity, which is closing, despite enormous patience by the lawyers who represent the victims," said Philadelphia attorney Tom Kline, who represents a young man who testified during Sandusky's criminal trial he was fondled in a school shower in 2001.
Since Sandusky was charged more than 10 months ago and ultimately convicted, eight legal teams that represent at least 20 people have surfaced. Penn State spokesman Dave La Torre said the school has had "multiple conversations" with victims' lawyers but offered no specifics, either about the process, how much money might be made available or eligibility standards.
Prosecutors in Miami have charged former Dolphins player Chad Johnson with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery. The charge is connected to Johnson's Aug. 11 arrest at his home in Davie. That night, Johnson got into a fight with his wife, reality TV star Evelyn Lozada, who accused Johnson of head-butting her.
Ali receives Liberty Medal honor
Retired boxing great Muhammad Ali has been awarded the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia. The award was presented in a ceremony at the National Constitution Center on Thursday. It recognizes his longtime role as a fighter outside the ring for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom.
A frail Ali did not speak, but he stood with assistance to receive the medal from his daughter, Laila. Since retiring in 1981, Ali has traveled on international charitable missions and devoted his time to social causes. Previous medal recipients include rock singer Bono, former South African President Nelson Mandela and former President Jimmy Carter.
Conway drops out of IndyCar finale
Mike Conway dropped out of this weekend's IndyCar season finale at Fontana, Calif., on Thursday, saying he is not comfortable racing on oval tracks.
The British driver said he had asked A.J. Foyt Racing to sit out Saturday night's race at Auto Club Speedway. He will be replaced by Wade Cunningham. Conway suffered serious leg and back injuries in a 2010 crash at Indianapolis, and wrecked there again in this year's race. "I'm truly sorry for putting the team and our sponsors in a difficult position, but this is the hardest decision I have ever made in my racing career," Conway said in a statement.
Men's soccer team visits Louisville
The Kentucky men (1-4-0) take on their fourth opponent this season that is ranked in the College Soccer News Top 30 poll when the Wildcats visit No. 27 Louisville for a 7 p.m. match on Friday. UK has suffered one-goal defeats to No. 4 Charlotte, No. 14 St. John's and No. 18 Northwestern. Louisville (3-2-0) enters Friday's match off a 3-2 overtime victory over No. 15 Wake Forest on Tuesday.
Sports version of '60 minutes' to debut
CBS is teaming with Showtime to create a monthly version of 60 Minutes devoted to sports stories. 60 Minutes of Sports will start airing in November. It will feature regular 60 Minutes correspondents as well as CBS Sports contributors like James Brown and Jim Nantz.
■ Fox SportSouth announced plans Thursday to televise 74 games of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies into an expanded territory that includes 760,000 TV households in Kentucky.
The last word
Despite a 2-0 record and a No. 12 ranking, Coach Urban Meyer is not pleased with many aspects of his first Ohio State team:
"I expect much more. I expect a stadium to be an inferno, I expect players to be diving over each other to hit quarterbacks, I expect the offense to score a multitude of points and celebrating in the end zone. No, it's nothing close (to what he expects)."