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Sports briefs: June 2


Cochran trails Waldorf by two

It has been 13 years since Duffy Waldorf won a tournament. He could easily end that streak Sunday with one more proficient round.

Waldorf shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour's Principal Charity Classic at Des Moines, Iowa.

Waldorf, the only player in the field to break 70 in both rounds, had an 8-under 136 total. Bart Bryant and Jay Don Blake were tied for second. Bryant had a 64, and Blake shot a 66.

Former University of Kentucky standout Russ Cochran was 6 under after a 67. Tom Lehman led a group of five at 5-under 139.

The 50-year-old Waldorf is winless in 12 career starts on the 50-and-over tour. He took advantage of calm conditions at the Wakonda Club to post a bogey-free round after opening with a 69 for a share of the first-round lead.

Waldorf won four times on the PGA Tour, the last coming at the Disney Classic in 2000 when he shot a final-round 62.

"The way the course is set up and the guys in the field, they'll be plenty of guys right there who are going to make a run," Waldorf said. "I feel like I just have to play a good solid round and hopefully it'll be good enough to win."

Illinois, Alabama reach NCAA finals

Thomas Pieters of Illinois beat Max Homa with a par on the 20th hole to give Illinois a 3-2 victory over top-seeded California on Saturday in the NCAA golf semifinals at Milton, Ga. The 15th-seeded Illini will face No. 2 Alabama in the finals Sunday, with both seeking their first title. The Crimson Tide beat host Georgia Tech 3-0-2 on the Capital City Club's Crabapple Course.

"We won five tournaments this year," said Illinois Coach Mike Small, whose team beat defending champion Texas on Friday in the quarterfinals. "People think we're a Cinderella thing. We're better than people think we are."

Homa, the tournament's individual winner Thursday, three-putted for a bogey on the second extra hole.

Alabama lost to Texas last year in the title match.

Alabama had little trouble against Georgia Tech. Trey Mullinax, Cory Whitsett and former St. Xavier standout Justin Thomas won their matches before they reached the 18th hole.

Thomas clinched the match with a par on the 17th hole for a 3 and 1 victory over the Yellow Jackets' Seth Reeves. Thomas will face Pieters in the third match of the finals on Sunday.

Mikko Ilonen had a two-shot lead over Sweden's Alexander Noren into the final round of the Nordea Masters at Stockholm as he seeks to end a six-year winless drought on the European Tour. The 114th-ranked Ilonen, whose last Tour victory was winning this event in 2007, had back-to-back birdies at Nos. 13 and 14. He then eagled the par-5 15th when his short wedge shot into the green spun back into the hole.

Shanshan Feng shot a 4-under 67 before the wind picked up Saturday and grabbed a three-shot lead after two rounds of the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Galloway Township, N.J. Feng last year became the first Chinese player to win an LPGA Tour title and a major event in capturing the LPGA Championship.

Horse racing

Phelps' horse wins Pimlico stakes race

Odds-on favorite Cerro won the $75,000 Canonero II Stakes for 3-year-olds by a head at Pimlico. His ownership includes 18-time Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps. Cerro led to the far turn before Dynamic Strike moved to his inside and they battled the rest of the way to the wire. Cerro is owned by Team Valor International, whose partnership includes Phelps and his former coach, Bob Bowman. It was Rick Mettee's first win as a trainer since 2001.

Cerro has three wins in eight career starts and earnings of $109,125. He won his first career race in Italy last year. He was sixth behind Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the Fountain of Youth and was fourth in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes.

Readtheprospectus won the $150,000 Commentator Stakes, the richest of the seven stakes of New York Showcase Day at Belmont Park. Readtheprospectus extended his winning streak to six in his stakes debut, beating So Scott by 1¼ lengths.


Blackhawks take Game 1 against Kings

Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa scored in the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Saturday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Corey Crawford made 21 saves, and the Blackhawks generated just enough offense to improve to 7-1 at home in the playoffs.

Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots, and Justin Williams scored for Los Angeles, which has won just one of seven road games in the playoffs.

Williams has scored the last three goals for the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings. He was responsible for all of Los Angeles' offense in a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of the second-round series on Tuesday.


Conway wins 1st of 2 races at Detroit

Mike Conway went from watching to winning IndyCar events in a week, less than a year after backing out of an oval race and wondering when he'd get another shot. "Amazing," he said.

The British driver dominated the first of two races at the Detroit Grand Prix, finishing nearly 13 seconds ahead of defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay on Saturday.

"What a weekend for Conway to show up" Hunter-Reay said.

Conway's margin of victory set a race record, beating the 12.2-second cushion 1999 winner Dario Franchitti had over Paul Tracy, and making team owner Dale Coyne seem as if he's the smartest guy in the Motor City. Conway's only other IndyCar win was at Long Beach in 2011.

Coyne picked Conway to drive one of its two cars this weekend — after Conway helped tend his father's garden in England during the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Conway chose not to race in last September's season finale at Fontana because he's uncomfortable racing on ovals. He had serious leg and back injuries after a 2010 crash at Indianapolis and wrecked there again in 2012.

In his only other IndyCar race since then, he qualified fifth and finished 25th this year at Long Beach for Bobby Rahal.


Steelers player stabbed in robbery attempt

Pittsburgh police said Steelers offensive tackle Michael Adams was stabbed twice during an attempted carjacking on the city's South Side district. Police said Adams told officers he was standing near his truck shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday when he was confronted by three men, one armed with a knife and one armed with a handgun.

Adams told police the trio tried to carjack him, but he didn't have his car keys. He said "the situation escalated" and one man pointed the gun at his face while the other stabbed him twice before all three fled, according to police.

Police said Adams was in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

The last word

Golfer Kevin Chappell matched the best round of the day with a 4-under 68 in tough conditions on Saturday at the PGA's Memorial Tournament. He's two shots out of the lead. Chappell loves having a chance to win his first PGA event, which isn't to suggest it was fun getting to that position:

"I guess it's like a prize fighter. He enjoys winning, but I don't know if he enjoys getting hit that much."