Wambach sets goal record
Move over Mia Hamm. Abby Wambach is now the greatest goal scorer in international soccer.
Wambach scored four times in the first half to break Hamm's record for international career goals with room to spare in a 5-0 victory over South Korea on Thursday night.
The four goals gave the 33-year-old Wambach 160, two more than Hamm had in a storied career that ended in 2004.
Wambach connected three times in the first 29 minutes to break Hamm's mark of 158 international goals, and she added another in injury time to give her a nice round number.
The historic 159th came on a line-drive header that ripped into the twine in the back of the net off a corner kick by Megan Rapinoe.
Hoffman leads at Travelers
Charley Hoffman couldn't help but think about last year as he stood on the 17th tee Thursday at the Travelers Championship.
A year ago, Hoffman hit a similar tee shot right and into the water, staring at a double-bogey, bogey slide on the final two holes of the tournament in which he lost a two-stroke lead and eventually the title. This time, his drive stayed on the fairway. He finished with a par and then a birdie to complete a first-round 61, one shot off the course record.
"Believe it or not, I was thinking about it going down 16, 17, 18," he said. "If I could have just gotten those balls in play, I would have been defending champion here. But this year, I got off to a good start and obviously a little more focused on those last two holes. Hopefully I'm there again this year."
His 28 on the back nine was the lowest nine holes on the PGA Tour this year, and puts him one shot up on Hunter Mahan, who posted an early 62. Bubba Watson was two strokes back.
David Bradshaw shot his second straight 3-under-par 69 to open up a three-stroke lead entering the final round of the West Virginia Open at Parkersburg Country Club.
Ernie Els shot a 9-under 63, making an eagle and seven birdies, on Thursday to hold the clubhouse lead in the opening round of the BMW International Open. The South African, who won the British Open in 2002 and 2012 and the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997, almost had a second eagle on the last hole that would have equaled a course record. He settled for a birdie that gave him the overall lead.
Penn State coach gets $1 million raise
Bill O'Brien is getting a nearly $1 million raise after his "tremendous job" in his debut season as Penn State's football coach.
His contract when he arrived in January 2012 called for a base salary of $950,000. That's going up to $1.9 million starting July 1, the school said Thursday.
Counting compensation for radio and television work and a Nike contract, O'Brien's total deal this year would be worth more than $3.2 million.
O'Brien guided the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record after the program was hit by landmark NCAA sanctions for the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal and player defections weeks before the start of the 2012 season.
The base salary would drop to $1.1 million in 2014 before a raise to $1.6 million in 2015. The former offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots would then be eligible for a 5 percent raise starting in 2016.
Sports in the Courts
Judge dismisses federal hazing lawsuit
A judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit that alleged members of a south Mississippi high school baseball team participated in a hazing ritual that left one teenager hospitalized after being held from behind and punched in the chest.
Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. dismissed the federal claims. He returned the lawsuit to Pearl River County Circuit Court, where the lawsuit was first filed.
The Sun Herald reports that Guirola said in his order that turning the case over to the circuit court will allow the family of Jeffrey Dixon Jr. to pursue a ruling on whether the school defendants have immunity under state law.
The lawsuit alleged that for at least two years, older baseball players at Picayune Memorial High School have routinely singled out younger, smaller players and punched them "violently in the chest" before games.
The lawsuit was filed by the parents of Jeffrey Dixon Jr. The suit says the boy suffered a seizure and was hospitalized in April 2011.
A former coach and her assistant have been charged with assault for having a player throw a ball at a student during a girls' high school basketball game. Angie Muir and Chloe Mayo of Franklin, Tenn., were arrested and released Monday on $5,000 bond each for assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor for what happened during Summitt High's game Jan. 28. They allegedly devised the play to target a former teammate heckling a player. Muir allegedly said the student "got what she deserved" when hit in the face. A player told her parents, and school officials reviewed surveillance cameras. Muir was suspended as a teacher Jan. 29 without pay and told in April she would not be rehired as a coach. Mayo was not a teacher.
Police said Thursday they have no suspects in a burglary at the home of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops. Norman Police Sgt. Jennifer Newell said officers received a call from the house at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday reporting that a break-in had occurred overnight. Newell said the exact time of the burglary is part of the department's ongoing investigation. Newell said several members of the Stoops family were home when the burglary occurred, but no one was injured.
Errors sink Legends at home
Savannah took advantage of three Lexington errors and scored two runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth on their way to a 5-1 victory over the Legends Thursday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
The game opened the second-half pennant race in the South Atlantic League for both teams. Savannah had won the Southern Division championship in the first half of the season.
In the bottom of the fourth, Raul Mondesi scored on Bubba Starling's double to right field for the Legends' only run. Legends starter Miguel Almonte (3-5) took the loss after allowing three hits and two runs in 42⁄3 innings.
Dog from Vick fighting ring euthanized
A pit bull rehabilitated after being used as a top fighter in the dogfighting ring bankrolled by quarterback Michael Vick has died.
Officials at the Best Friends Animal Society say Lucas was euthanized Wednesday because of accumulating health problems.
Nearly two dozen of the Vick dogs were rehabilitated at Best Friends in Kanab, Utah. Lucas was one of two not allowed to be adopted because of his history as a fighter.
So, he spent most of his time lounging in the administrative offices at Best Friends, where he was widely known as one of the friendliest dogs at the sanctuary.
Gregory Castle, the CEO at Best Friends, says it was "a blessing in every way to be around him and to witness the wonderful effects on everyone he met."
The last word
The final practices of the season were shootaround sessions for both NBA finals teams were on Thursday morning. Heat forward Chris Bosh noted that Thursday was the final day before summer vacation starts.
"It's like the last day of school. Except you have to do work."