Golf McIlroy self-destructs with three straight bogeys
Paul Casey expected to be chasing someone Friday in the Memorial, figuring it would be Rory McIlroy.
After two holes, Casey had the lead to himself at Muirfield Village, and that was only the start of another big day. He took advantage of the par 5s for another 6-under 66, giving him a three-shot lead over Masters champion Bubba Watson going into the weekend.
McIlroy, whose 63 was the lowest first round in the 39-year history of the tournament, was barely in the picture. He was 15 shots worse with a 78, courtesy of three straight double bogeys and his fourth straight PGA Tour event with a nine-hole score of 40 or higher. McIlroy went from a three-shot lead to nine shots behind.
Casey, taking another step on a long road back from injuries that nearly derailed his career, was at 12-under 132.
Mark Calcavecchia appeared to be off to yet another slow start after only two strokes. He managed to save par, and went on to put together his best opening round of the year. Calcavecchia and Wes Short Jr. shot 6-under 66 on Friday at Wakonda Club to share the lead in the Champions Tour's Principal Charity Classic.
Spain's Alvaro Quiros shot a 5-under 67 Friday to move to the top of the Nordea Masters leaderboard along with Frenchman Victor Dubuisson and Eddie Pepperell of England. All three are 6 under after two rounds on the PGA Sweden National's Lakes Course.
Jennifer Johnson matched the course record with a 9-under 62 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic. The 22-year-old Johnson, the winner last year in Mobile, Alabama, had 10 birdies — five straight on Nos. 9-13 — and a bogey on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. The only other players to shoot 62 at Seaview were Laura Davies and Jimin Kang in 2005. Haru Nomura had a bogey-free 63, and Christina Kim opened with a 64. Top-ranked Inbee Park and Na Yeon Choi shot 66 in the morning session. Park, winless this season, missed the cut last week in Alabama to end her streak at 22 events. Second-ranked Stacy Lewis and Michelle Wie shot 67, and 17-year-old Lydia Ko was another stroke back.
Sports in the courts
Mickelson in insider trading investigation
The divergent lives of a championship golfer, a high-rolling gambler and a billionaire investor have collided in a federal insider trading investigation.
Federal authorities are examining a series of well-timed trades belonging to golfer Phil Mickelson and gambler William T. Walters, people briefed on the investigation said, focusing on trading in two stocks. The authorities are also questioning what role, if any, that investor Carl C. Icahn may have had in sharing information about one of the stocks, of the consumer products company Clorox.
The FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission are leading the inquiry along with federal prosecutors in New York.
NCAA softball Florida blanks Oregon in World Series
Hannah Rogers threw her fifth shutout of the postseason, Bailey Castro went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI and Florida beat top-seeded Oregon 4-0 on Friday night in the Women's College World Series.
Florida (52-12) moved within a win of reaching the best-of-three championship series and will be off until Sunday. Oregon (55-8-1) will face an elimination game Saturday against Oklahoma or Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Gators have won seven of their eight NCAA tournament games by shutout, dominating the opposition. Florida's opening-round 11-0 rout of Baylor on Thursday was only the fourth five-inning run-rule win in the WCWS in the past 16 years.
Rogers (28-8) tossed her second straight three-hitter, having also blanked Baylor.
Lindsey Wilson juniors Amanda Trampe and Jordan Hood earned First Team and Second Team NAIA Softball All-America honors, respectively. It marks the first time in program history that a Blue Raider has been named a First Team selection.
5 runners make NCAA Championships
After four Kentucky track and field athletes booked their tickets to the NCAA Championships on Thursday night, five runners joined the championship field on Friday night at the East Regionals in Jacksonville, Fla.
Angelica Whaley, Dezerea Bryant, Keffri Neal, Kendra Harrison and Leah Nugent all advanced past their semifinal rounds. Harrison led, winning the women's 400-meter dash in 55.90.
The Collegiate Women Sports Awards will present Kentucky women's soccer All-American Arin Gilliland with the Honda Inspiration Award on June 30. The award is given to one female athlete a year who has overcome hardship and was able to return to play at the collegiate level. Gilliland's mother, Letita, passed away from cancer in the summer of her sophomore season. Also in 2011, the two-time All-American, three-time All-SEC honoree and member of the United States National Team U-23 roster tore her ACL in the SEC Tournament and had to miss the rest of the season.
Bellarmine signs Lexington native
The Bellarmine University men's basketball team landed a new recruit when Jarek Coles from Omaha (Neb.) Central High School signed a National Letter of Intent on Friday.
Coles, a 6-0 guard who averaged 12 points, 4.3 assists and four rebounds a game last year, is a native of Lexington and attended Tates Creek High School through his sophomore year. Coles' father, Jerome Coles, starred for Tates Creek in his high school years and went on to play collegiately at Norfolk State.
At Omaha Central, Coles joined a program that has won seven of the last eight Nebraska Class A (largest class) state championships. Last year, the Eagles posted a 22-5 mark.
With exhibition games at Kentucky and Tennessee, the University of Pikeville men's basketball team announced the addition of Western Kentucky to its slate of exhibition games for the 2014-15 season. The Bears and Hilltoppers are scheduled to square off at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green on Nov. 10. Game time and ticket availability has not been announced and will be available at UPIKEBears.com and on Twitter @UPIKEAthletics as soon as the info is released. UPIKE's exhibition schedule now consists of trips to Kentucky on Nov. 2, Tennessee on Nov. 3 and Western Kentucky on Nov. 10.
Minor league baseball Schwindel still has hot bat for Legends
Frank Schwindel continued his hot hitting with two home runs and five runs batted in as the Lexington Legends took an 8-3 win over the Augusta GreenJackets in front of 5,370 fans at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Friday night.
Schwindel has 10 hits in his last 21 at-bats and has driven in 17 runs in his last 10 games.
Lexington took a shutout into the ninth inning, when the GreenJackets loaded the bases and Rando Moreno doubled down the right-field line, scoring all three runners.
The last word
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning signed an endorsement deal with Nationwide Insurance and will be featured in national advertising next season. At a news conference, Manning handed a company executive a No. 18 Broncos jersey with "Nationwide" sewed on the back. Said Manning:
"Don't put it on eBay."