Sports in the courtsFormer N. Ky. AD gets 10 years for stealing from school
A former Northern Kentucky University athletic director has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing more than $300,000 from the school. Scott Eaton was sentenced Thursday in Campbell County Circuit Court for a six-year scheme that included taking gift cards meant to help feed student-athletes.
The 50-year-old Eaton also was ordered to pay $311,215 in restitution to NKU. Eaton agreed not to request shock probation. He will be eligible for a parole after serving two years of the sentence.
Eaton was hired as the school's athletic director in 2009 and was fired last year over improper relationships with female employees and a student. An audit of the athletic department's accounts led to the theft charge.
Dustin Johnson leads Colonial with 65
Dustin Johnson had played Colonial only once before, six years ago when he didn't even make it to the final round. In his return to Hogan's Alley, Johnson took a one-stroke lead after the first round at the Fort Worth, Texas, course.
Johnson shot a bogey-free 5-under 65 on Thursday, driving a lot of 3-irons off the tees into the fairways and hitting 16 of 18 greens in regulation. His only birdie on the back nine was a 2-footer at the 177-yard 16th hole. That was enough to lead after his front-side 31 that included a 45-foot birdie putt on the difficult par-4 fifth hole.
■ Joe Durant birdied his final hole for a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Mich. Making his third Champions Tour start after turning 50 on April 7, the four-time PGA Tour winner had seven birdies and a bogey at Harbor Shores.
Dan Forsman, fighting an arthritic left hip, opened with a 66, and Brad Faxon had a 67. Kentuckian Kenny Perry, the Regions Tradition winner last week in Alabama, topped the group at 70.
■ Denmark's Thomas Bjorn shot a course-record 10-under 62 at Wentworth to take the first-round lead in the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England. Bjorn had an eagle and eight birdies. Rory McIlroy opened with a 68. He holed his second shot for eagle at the par-4 seventh hole.
■ Catriona Matthew took the first-round lead in the Airbus LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala., holing a bunker shot for an eagle and finishing with an 8-under 64. The 44-year-old Scot birdied seven of her final 11 holes.
Mare dies after freak accident at Churchill
A racehorse was euthanized after she suffered serious injury before the first race at Churchill Downs after a freak fall that the trainer blamed on the sound of a starting gate bell blaring on the track's new sound system. The 5-year-old mare Never Tell Lynda was walking toward the paddock on the track when she reared, twisted and fell, hitting her head, said her trainer, Kenneth Wirth. A heartbroken Wirth later said the horse was startled by what Wirth thinks was the sound of a starting gate bell coming from a commercial on Churchill's massive new video board. The system includes 750 speakers.
"We teach horses to break from that," he said. "And you've got it on a loudspeaker that everybody in a two-city block can hear. Well, what's she going to do? She thinks she's supposed to take off. And that's what she did. And when she did, she lunged and she lost her balance and went down."
Savannah shuts out Legends 4-0
Three Savannah pitchers shut out the Lexington Legends, limiting the hosts to five hits and striking out 11 in a 4-0 victory. Starter Miller Diaz ran his record to 5-0 with the win, lowering his earned run average to 1.45. Shortstop L.J. Mazzilli, son of former major-league player and manager Lee Mazzilli, hit a homer for the Sand Gnats.
■ Tyler Alitz, who was set to join the Morehead State baseball team this fall, was killed in an automobile accident on Wednesday in Concordia, Kan. Alitz, a 20-year-old middle infielder, played two seasons at Garden City Community College (Kan.). He hit .274 with 40 RBI as a freshman and .308 with 34 RBI as a sophomore.
Men's golf team set for NCAA Tournament
The University of Kentucky men's golf team will make its eighth appearance in the NCAA championships, which begin Friday at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. The Wildcats took fourth in the NCAA Raleigh Regional last week, led by senior Stephen Powers, who placed fifth at 5-under-par 208. The Naperville, Ill., native leads the team with a stroke average of 72.12 and six top-10 finishes. Ben Stow is second at 72.21 with five top-10 finishes. UK has won one tournament this season, while placing in the top five in eight of the team's 11 events.
■ In their NCAA Doubles Championships debut, senior duo Caitlin McGraw and CeCe Witten fell 6-3, 6-4 to Northwestern's Alicia Barnett and Veronica Corning in the first round of the women's tournament at the University of Georgia.
BasketballParker leads Spurs to 2-0 lead in NBA West
Tony Parker scored 22 points and Danny Green made seven three-pointers as the host San Antonio Spurs used a dominant third quarter to decimate the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 late Wednesday night, rolling to a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Game 3 is Sunday at Oklahoma City.
■ Michael Carter-Williams, who averaged 16.7 points for Philadelphia, was unanimously chosen to the NBA's all-rookie team, joining Orlando's Victor Oladipo, Utah's Trey Burke, Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee and New York's Tim Hardaway Jr. on the first team. The second team includes Minnesota's Gorgui Dieng, who played college basketball for Louisville.
■ Marshall has added Serbian point guard Aleksa Nikolic to its men's basketball roster. A native of Pancevo, Serbia, the 6-foot-5 Nikolic averaged more than 20 points, six rebounds and eight assists for a junior club team.
Johnson earns pole for Coca-Cola 600
Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 by turning a lap at 194.911 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the third round of NASCAR's knockout qualifying format. Johnson, winless this season, has won the race three times. It is his first pole of the season.
Brad Keselowski will start alongside Johnson on the front row Sunday night in the longest Sprint Cup race of the year. It's the seventh time this season Keselowski will start on the front row. Kasey Kahne was third, followed by Danica Patrick and Clint Bowyer.
The last word
After the Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night to tie their NBA playoff series 1-1, Heat broadcaster Eric Reid asked outspoken, colorful forward Chris Andersen about the keys to Miami's defensive improvement after a lackluster effort in Game 1. Andersen said:
"Keys? I can't give you no keys. Steel trap. Ain't no keys for a steel trap, homeboy."