Eastern Kentucky won the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Cup for the second straight year, and for the third time in the past four years. EKU finished the 2014-15 season with 1241/2 points, 161/2 points more than second-place Eastern Illinois. The Colonels were bolstered by first-place finishes in men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf and first-place ties in each men's and women's tennis.
Eastern Illinois was third with 108 points while Murray State was fourth with 105.6. Morehead State (89) finished ninth.
■ A pair of fighters from Lexington's Legends Boxing Club took home titles over the weekend in Junior Olympics regional competition at Ashland. Thomas "Rocky" Kinchen, 15, won in the boys' 154-pound weight class. Whitney Dani Brown, 11, won in the girls' 100-pound class. Both boxers advanced to Junior Olympics national competition, June 8-13, at Charleston, W.Va.
■ The Kentucky volleyball team's Kaz Brown will get to train with the United States Women's Junior National Team as an alternate on June 16-24. The sophomore middle blocker will be considered for a position on the team if an opening arises.
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"This is a great opportunity for Kaz," UK Coach Craig Skinner said. "She is one of only about six middle blockers in her age group competing at this level. This will be an invaluable experience for her as she works to develop into one of the USA's best."
■ Northern Kentucky's J.J. Webber was named the most outstanding performer at the Atlantic Sun Conference Outdoor Championships. He won the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs and was second at 1,500 meters.
St. Xavier grad Thomas says 1st PGA season a success so far
Former St. Xavier standout Justin Thomas has three top-12 finishes in his last four starts on the PGA Tour. He talked Tuesday about his rookie season ahead of this weekend's AT&T Byron Nelson in Irving, Texas.
"It's been a good season," said Thomas, who has five top 10s so far. "It's crazy how fast it's gone by. We're already to the U.S. Open and being my first year I'm starting to adapt to that. ... I feel like I've really learned a lot as the year has gone on."
Thomas' best finish this season is a tie for fourth. He was asked if he's getting impatient to earn his first win.
"Not at all," Thomas said. "I definitely would love to win but I learned last year it doesn't matter what level you're at, it's difficult to win. It needs to be your week and it's something that you know there's a reason when guys win two, three times in a year, it's a great year and I understand that. You know, I could have already won two, three times this year but it wasn't my week and there are things that I didn't do correctly that kept me from doing so."
Thomas will be paired for the first two rounds with Masters champ and Texas native Jordan Spieth, a longtime friend.
"I don't know who I made mad to get that pairing," Thomas said. "It's going to be pretty wild. It will be fun and probably the most people I've played in front of. That will be cool for me."
The TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas has received about 12 inches of rain the past three weeks, according to the Dallas Morning News. And rain is in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. Thomas also talked about the playing conditions the golfers will encounter this weekend, and how he can use those to his advantage.
"It's very, very wet," he said. "I probably never seen a course this drenched. There's nothing that they can do about that at all. It's out of their hands. ... I think I would say it probably helps me a little bit because most of my distance is all carry. I hit it pretty high so maybe able to hit it a little farther."
French Open Tennis
Nadal, Djokovic coast to second round
Returning to the French Open a year after he lost in the finals to Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic posted a convincing 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 victory over 87th-ranked Jarkko Nieminen on Tuesday. More significantly, he raised his game in a blink of an eye when he needed to. After dropping his serve in the second set, Djokovic was two points from losing the set when the Finnish player served at 5-3, 30-love. Djokovic hit three excellent returns and broke back when Nieminen sent a backhand long. The sequence ended Nieminen's resistance and Djokovic wrapped the match, stretching his winning streak to 23 matches.
"He was the better player for most of the second set," said Djokovic, who is bidding to achieve a career Grand Slam in Paris. "And then I managed to come back and play some good shots. I stayed patient, stayed calm, and overall it was a very solid performance."
Nadal, the nine-time champion in Paris, enjoyed a quiet afternoon on the same center court. Facing 18-year-old French wild-card entry Quentin Halys, the Spaniard was never really tested, progressing to the second round with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win over his 296th-ranked opponent.
In women's play, top-ranked Serena Williams improved to 58-1 in first-round matches at majors with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of qualifier Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic.
Nadal, who lost his only match at Roland Garros when he was beaten by Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009, extended his impressive record in the tournament to 67-1.
Jack Sock, a 22-year-old born American knocked off Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov, who was a Wimbledon semifinalist last year and was seeded 10th in Paris, making him the top man to lose so far. Sock, who won 7-6, (7), 6-2, 6-3, said clay courts are "my favorite surface."
"This just suits my game very well," Sock said. "I'm able to take my time and kind of maneuver the ball around. Movement is another big part of my game. I feel like on the clay, I get to a lot of balls."
Minor league baseball
Legends lose 2nd straight to Intimidators
Kannapolis starter Yency Almonte allowed one run in seven innings, and Brad Salgado pitched two scoreless innings in relief as the Intimidators defeated the visiting Lexington Legends 4-1 on Tuesday night. Lexington scored its only run in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Alfredo Escalera. Kannapolis has taken the first two games in the series, which concludes on Wednesday night.
■ Detroit Tigers prospect Jeff Thompson, a 2013 third-round pick out of Louisville, was named the Class A Midwest League's pitcher of the week. He had career-high nine strikeouts in his May 24 start against Dayton. He allowed three hits and walked three in that outing, a 5-0 West Michigan win. Thompson was 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two starts.
The last word
Colin Montgomerie won the Senior PGA Championship for the second straight year and praised The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort in Indiana as "iconic" while saying the PGA of America set the course perfectly for the championship. Woody Austin finished third and didn't quite feel the same way. Austin was aggravated by missing a number of putts he felt he should have made ("I should have won this tournament by a mile," he said) and then was asked if it were a golf course he'd like to play again for the Senior PGA:
"I said it before. It's the wrong golf course, the wrong design, for this piece of property. That's the way I can say it. You can't build a Pete Dye Stadium Course on a bunch of hills. It just makes it stupid. So as far as coming back to play, I can't see it happening."