Ex-Cat Holmes has positive review for Chambers Bay
No one was officially counting heads, but the dividing line seemed to be split close to right down the middle. Half the field at the U.S. Open is looking forward to a week playing Chambers Bay in Washington State. The other half, not so much.
Chambers Bay — a rugged, almost burnt-out stretch along Puget Sound with one tree and no semblance to the rest of Western Washington — is a new experience for most of these players.
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Former Taylor County and University of Kentucky star J.B. Holmes, the 13th-ranked player in the world, played it for the first time Monday.
"It's different, for sure," he told The Seattle Times, trying to be as politically correct as possible.
"It looks like a British Open, but the green complexes are different, for sure," he said. "Most players won't like it."
Holmes officially can't be counted in that group. He saw more to like on the links course than to dislike.
"I like it. It will be fun and challenging," he said. "Overall impressions ... I would guess most people would not be happy with it."
During the U.S. Amateur in 2010, it was evident that as the week went on, the players became more appreciative of Chambers Bay and its uniqueness.
When Holmes was asked how he might like the course after playing it all week, he again went politically correct.
"Hmmm ... ask that question in seven days. We'll see."
Briscoe a finalist for USA's U19 squad
Kentucky men's basketball signee Isaiah Briscoe is one of 16 finalists for the USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship team. Briscoe made it past the first round of cuts on Monday in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will continue competing for one of 12 spots for the roster. The team will compete at the FIBA U19 World Championship from June 27 through July 5 in Greece.
Briscoe, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Newark, N.J., who signed with Kentucky during the fall, has previous USA Basketball experience. He helped Team USA to a gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Briscoe also played for the USA at the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit.
Briscoe was a USA Today All-USA First Team selection and a Parade Magazine All-American. He also participated in the McDonald's All American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.
Past Kentucky Wildcats on the USA U19 team include James Blackmon (1983), Darius Miller (2009) and Kenny Walker (1983). Miller's team won gold.
UK Track and field
Harrison on short list for Honda Sports Award
Kentucky's Kendra Harrison is one of four nominees for the Honda Sports Award for track and field. Arkansas State's Akela Jones, Stephen F. Austin's Demi Payne and Oregon's Jenna Prandini are also being considered. The Collegiate Women Sports Awards presents the honor to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, and the winners become finalists for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award.
Harrison, a senior from Clayton, N.C., turned in one of the most historic seasons in hurdles history. With her 12.50 to win the 100-meter hurdles at the SEC Outdoor Championships and her 54.09 to finish second in the 400 hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, she became the only woman in collegiate history to be ranked in the top-five all-time among collegians in both events. She is third and fifth, respectively, in those events.
She won the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships in 12.55, giving her four of the 13 fastest times in collegiate history in the event. She also won the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 7.87.
Harrison scored a team-high 18 points at the NCAA Championships, leading UK to a school-record second-place finish.
California Chrome could miss Royal Ascot
California Chrome, the 2014 Kentucky Derby winner, could miss Royal Ascot with a bruised foot. The Art Sherman-trained 4-year-old colt was due to race in the Prince of Wales' Stakes at the prestigious meeting near London on Wednesday.
"He is not ruled out yet, but he has a bruised foot," said Rae Guest, the trainer overseeing Chrome in England. "Unless it is OK in the morning, which is doubtful, he won't go to Ascot.
"He is going to be reassessed in the morning. He has had a vet put a hole in to let any poison there might be out, but if he can't get a shoe on in the morning he won't run."
Guest said he didn't know how the injury happened.
"He was fine yesterday. He had a canter in front of me, Art and Alan (Sherman) and he came in sound, while he was fine last night. This morning when he walked out he was sore.
"It is a shame for everyone involved as he had been working really well, but these things happen in racing."
Vandy, Miami earn College World Series wins
Freshman Jeren Kendall's two-run homer off Tyler Peitzmeier into the right-field bullpen in the bottom of the ninth inning gave defending national champion Vanderbilt a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Cal State Fullerton in the College World Series on Monday in Omaha, Neb. ... Jacob Heyward singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Miami eliminated Arkansas with a 4-3 victory.
■ The Denver Nuggets hired Michael Malone as their new coach. Malone got the job over Melvin Hunt, who served as interim coach after Brian Shaw was fired on March 3. Malone was fired by Sacramento in December after going 39-67 in parts of two seasons with the Kings.
■ The Charlotte Hornets traded guard Lance Stephenson to the Los Angeles Clippers for center Spencer Hawes and forward Matt Barnes. The Hornets gave up on Stephenson after signing him to a three-year, $27 million contract extension.
■ Austin Dillon will have a new crew chief when NASCAR returns to action next weekend. Slugger Labbe took over the job Monday as part of organizational changes at Richard Childress Racing. Gil Martin, who had been with Dillon since last season, was moved to RCR's research and development department. Dillon is a two-time Xfinity Series champion but has just five top-10 finishes since moving to the Sprint Cup Series last year.
■ Ada Hegerberg scored twice to secure Norway's berth in the knockout stage of the Women's World Cup with a 3-1 win over Ivory Coast on Monday in Canada. ... Wang Shanshan scored on a perfectly timed header and China earned a 2-2 draw with New Zealand. ... Lena Petermann scored twice in three minutes and top-ranked Germany trounced Thailand 4-0. ... Substitute Kirsten Van De Ven scored in the 87th minute and the Netherlands earned a 1-1 draw with Canada. The hosts still finished first in Group A.
The last word
PGA Tour golfer Jason Day played a practice round with Tiger Woods on Monday at the U.S. Open. He thinks Woods is close to being dominant again, although he added one caveat:
"Tell you what, if he could get on the fairway, he'd probably be back to where he was. His iron play is just ridiculous how good it is right now. It's really special. ... The driver gets a little wide sometimes."
More from Day on the game of golf:
"It really is amazing that some days you'll come out and you'll feel like you can beat anyone, and then some days you come out and you've got no confidence in the world and you can't break an egg with a hammer."