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Sports briefs: May 21


Teater tops international qualifying for British Open

Americans Josh Teater, Scott Brown, Johnson Wagner, Bud Cauley and Luke Guthrie qualified for the British Open on Monday at the international final qualifying at Gleneagles Country Club Queens Course at Plano, Texas. The 34-year-old Teater, a Henry Clay and Morehead State graduate, shot rounds of 64 and 69 to take medalist honors. He has never played in a major championship before taking one of eight spots available under very windy conditions at the par 70 course.

"I am really looking forward to playing in my first Open Championship," Teater said. "You always want to get off to a quick start in these qualifiers, but I went out and bogeyed my first hole of the day. I think that may have been good for me because I was able to refocus."

The British Open will be held July 18-21 at Muirfield Golf Club in East Lothian, Scotland.

Wagner shot 134, along with Columbia's Camilo Villegas, who did not play in a single major last year.

Brown who won earlier this year in a PGA Tour event in Puerto Rico. He shot a 135. England's Brian Davis also shot 135.


Harper makes women's under-19 squad

Incoming Kentucky freshman Linnae Harper was one of 12 players named to the USA Basketball women's under-19 team Sunday.

Harper — a point guard from Chicago — will compete in the World Championships in Lithuania from July 18-28. She has already won gold medals as a member of last year's under-17 World Championship team and the 2011 FIBA Americas under-16 championship team.

This year's squad was selected after a four-day tryout that wrapped up Sunday in Colorado Springs.

"Just being here the last day, everyone was anxious and ready to hear their name called," Harper said. "Every year I've been here I'm always nervous, my stomach feels like it is dropping and spinning, lack of rest, then to hear my name called was a big relief. I was so excited. ... This is another opportunity to represent our country and be with another group of girls I've never played with, a mixture of college and high school, and I really can't wait to spend a nice month with them."

Harper is one of six high schoolers to make the squad. She committed to play for Kentucky last fall and is Coach Matthew Mitchell's highest-rated prospect in his tenure at UK.

ESPN ranks Harper as the No. 5 overall player and No. 2 point guard in the class of 2013. She is one of two McDonald's All-Americans — along with Marion County's Makayla Epps — in UK's recruiting class.

Other members of the USA under-19 squad include Candice Agee (Penn State), Nia Coffey (Northwestern signee), Bashaara Graves (Tennessee), Gabby Green (2014 recruit), Moriah Jefferson (Connecticut), Alexis Jones (Duke), Kelsey Plum (Washington signee), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Morgan Tuck (Connecticut), Brianna Turner (2014 recruit) and A'ja Wilson (2014 recruit).

■ Belmont found its new women's basketball coach in Cameron Newbauer, who reached the NCAA championship game this past season as an assistant at Louisville. Newbauer was introduced as Belmont's new coach on Monday. Newbauer replaces Brittney Ezell, who took over East Tennessee State's program earlier this month.


Top pick on line in Tuesday's draft lottery

No team with the best odds has won the NBA's draft lottery since 2004, when the Orlando Magic took Dwight Howard. They're looking for more lottery luck. Armed with the best odds, the Magic will try to jump-start the rebuilding process Tuesday night by landing the rights to the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.

Pat Williams, the Magic's longtime team executive, has won four times, including three with Orlando. He said he's got "a funny feeling that this could be another Magic year."

Orlando could use it, going 20-62 after trading Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers last August.

The Magic have a 25 percent chance at winning the rights to choose first in a draft that appears uncertain. Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel is considered the top choice, though he could miss the first two months of the season while recovering from a torn ACL.

Noel plans to tune in when the lottery results are unveiled on ESPN between 8:25 and 9 p.m.

"I'm sure there will be butterflies, just depending on who gets maybe the top three picks," Noel said. "I'll be looking forward to it."


Deaderick gets fresh start with Jaguars

Cast off by the New England Patriots, Brandon Deaderick is trying to catch on in Jacksonville. The Jaguars claimed the defensive lineman off waivers last week.

It remains to be seen whether the former Elizabethtown High School standout will fit in Coach Gus Bradley's defense. But the Jaguars regard the claim as a low-risk move that could pay dividends for a team that failed to address its defensive line in the NFL Draft.

Deaderick seemingly became expendable after the Patriots signed Tommy Kelly and Armond Armstead in free agency. A seventh-round draft pick out of Alabama in 2010, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Deaderick started 14 of 34 games the past three seasons. He has 51 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles.

"Stuff happens," Deaderick said. "You have to be able to adjust and roll with it. The past is in the past. I'm grateful for the opportunity I have now."

Horse racing

More failed tests in Godolphin scandal

The Godolphin doping scandal deepened Monday, with British racing authorities announcing that seven more horses have tested positive for steroids, including the winner of the world's oldest classic.

Trainer Mahmood al-Zarooni already has been banned eight years. He has acknowledged giving anabolic steroids to 15 horses in one of the largest doping scandals to hit the sport in Britain.

After tests on all Godolphin-owned horses in Newmarket, the British Horseracing Authority reported that seven based at Al-Zarooni's Moulton Paddocks yard tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol.

They include Encke, a 25-1 shot when he won the 2012 St. Leger, denying the favored Camelot the Triple Crown. A test on Encke after the race was negative. The other six horses — Energizer, Genius Beast, Improvisation, Stamford, Steeler and Zip Top — will also be barred from racing until that date.

Minor-League baseball

Legends' Starling gets 2 hits in return

Lexington Legends outfielder Bubba Starling, the Royals' No. 1 Draft choice in 2011 and top prospect, returned to the lineup Monday night after undergoing Lasik eye surgery on Thursday in Kansas City. Starling, who had complained of not being able to see the ball well during night games, had two hits and an RBI in the Legends' 3-1 victory against the visiting Asheville Tourists.

Before the surgery, Starling batted .213 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 35 games. He had struck out 41 times in 127 at-bats.

The last word

Zach Randolph's miserable Western Conference finals debut — he missed his first seven shots and only scored two points — led to a sleepless night and a long film session. The All-Star power forward and his Memphis Grizzlies will try to rebound against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night:

"It's more frustrating than embarrassing. It's basketball. It happens to the best of them. ... Muhammad Ali, he got knocked down before. What made him the greatest fighter in the world is he always bounced back."