High school senior Spieth makes Nelson cut again
Jordan Spieth is going to be late for his high school graduation ceremony Saturday, if he makes it at all. The teenager has another round of golf with PGA Tour players in the Byron Nelson Championship at Irving, Texas. For the second year in a row, the local Dallas amateur made the cut at the Nelson.
After a 2-under 68 in the second round Friday, Spieth was 3 under. That put him in a tie for eighth place, five strokes behind co-leaders Sergio Garcia and Ryan Palmer.
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The ceremony for Spieth and the other 245 seniors in Dallas' Jesuit Prep's graduating class starts at 4 p.m. Saturday, at an auditorium on the SMU campus about 20 miles from TPC Four Seasons. Spieth tees off at 11:21 a.m. "Right after the round .... I'm going to shoot over there as quickly as possible," Spieth said. "I don't know how long (graduation) usually lasts."
Because diplomas are handed out in alphabetical order, the 17-year-old Spieth (pronounced SPEE-th) figures that will at least buy him some extra time. "Exactly," he said, smiling. "Should be at least an hour into it, be toward the end."
After tying for 16th at the Nelson last year, and still within three strokes of the lead after 10 holes in the final round, Spieth received a sponsor's exemption to play in the tournament again this week.
"I want to win," Spieth said. "I'm confident. Staying loose and seeing my friends in the crowd and feeding off the crowd helps me."
■ Alvaro Quiros birdied the final three holes Friday in Virginia Water, England, for a 4-under 67 and a share of the second-round lead in the BMW PGA Championship with second-ranked Luke Donald and Italian teenager Matteo Manassero.
Horton's goal puts Bruins in finals
Nathan Horton scored with 7:33 left in Game 7, sending the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in more than two decades with a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night in Boston.
The right wing on Boston's top line cleanly beat goalie Dwayne Roloson by deflecting a pass across the slot from David Krejci. That set off a loud celebration among Bruins, who have waited a long time for a trip to the finals. Tim Thomas made 24 saves in his third career playoff shutout and second this season.
Boston will open the Stanley Cup Finals in Vancouver against the Western Conference champion Canucks on Wednesday.
Churchill Downs to honor Brass Hat
Brass Hat will be honored at a retirement ceremony Saturday at Churchill Downs after the fifth race on the card, which has a scheduled post time of 2:55 p.m. Brass Hat will be in Churchill Downs' paddock with the horses that will run in the fifth race, and he will remain in the paddock while the race is run. A ceremony honoring Brass Hat and his connections will be conducted in the winner's circle afterward. Trainer Buff Bradley announced last week that the 10-year-old gelded son of Prized would be retired.
Kennedy's contract at Texas A&M OK'd
The Texas A&M System Board of Regents has approved a five-year, $5 million contract for new Aggies' basketball coach Billy Kennedy. Kennedy will earn $500,000 a year in salary and another $500,000 in a media supplement. The former Murray State coach was hired May 15 to take over for Mark Turgeon, who left to coach Maryland.
■ South Carolina Coach Darrin Horn made his director of player development a new assistant coach. Cypheus Bunton will take over the assistant job left vacant when Orlando Early took an assistant coach job with North Carolina State last month. Bunton was an assistant for Horn at Western Kentucky and for Horn's first two seasons with the Gamecocks before taking the job as director of player development before the 2010-11 season.
U of L advances to Big East semifinals
Louisville baseball's Travis Tingle, a junior right-hander who starred at Butler High School, had a career-best 10 strikeouts in six strong innings while sophomore third baseman Cade Stallings hit a game-ending, walk-off grand slam in the Cardinals' 12-2 victory over Pittsburgh in a Big East Championship elimination game. Louisville will play St. John's in the semifinals at 10 a.m. Saturday.
■ Chase Davidson had two RBI and three Georgia pitchers combined to contain South Carolina 4-2 Friday night and oust the top-seeded Gamecocks from the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Hoover, Ala. The Bulldogs (30-29) still need to beat Florida twice to make the championship game.
Louisville's Childs knocked out of NCAAs
Louisville's Austen Childs lost to Virginia's third-seeded Michael Shabaz 7-5, 6-4 in the NCAA Singles Championship quarterfinals Friday afternoon in Palo Alto, Calif. Childs finished his singles career as Louisville's only two-time men's tennis All-American after a runner-up finish in 2010.
7-foot-2 ex-WNBA player Dydek dies
Margo Dydek, a 7-foot-2 former WNBA player who led the league in blocks nine times, died Friday after being placed in a medically induced coma following a heart attack a week ago. She was 37. The Poland-born Dydek, pregnant with her third child, was stricken with a heart attack May 19 and collapsed at her home in Brisbane, Australia. Dydek was early in her pregnancy and the fetus died, said Cathy Roberts, operations manager of the Northside Wizards in the Queensland Basketball League, where Dydek was the coach.
The last word
In addition to a strong field, a difficult course, the weather and the pressure that comes with playing in the Senior PGA Championship at Louisville's Valhalla Golf Club, the winner will have to overcome the weariness that comes with walking several grueling miles a day. Asked how many holes he played on Friday (he played 28), four-time Senior PGA winner Hale Irwin cracked:
"Fifty-two. We played like an entire tournament today, it seems like. ... I just want to have lunch and put my feet up right now. That's about all I can think about."