Archive for Sunday, December 7, 2008

Wie poised to earn LPGA Tour card

December 7, 2008


Daytona Beach, Fla. — Michelle Wie is in the final group at a golf tournament for the first in more than two years, this time without the pressure of trying to win her first tournament as a pro.

Wie saved par on three of her last four holes Saturday for a 4-under 68 that left her one shot behind former NCAA champion Stacy Lewis at the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament, where the only goal is to leave LPGA headquarters with a full-time job.

Better than being in second place, Wie was nine shots clear of the cutoff for the top 20 players to earn their cards.

Lewis hit a delicate pitch over the bunker to an elevated green for a tap-in birdie on the par-5 16th, sending her to a 5-under 67 and the lead at 15-under 273.

Wie went bunker-to-bunker on the 15th and escaped with par, made birdie from the greenside bunker on the 16th, hit a tough chip down the slope to save par on the 17th and closed out her round with another tough bunker save on the 18th to finish at 14-under 274.


Stenson shoots 65

Sun City, South Africa — Henrik Stenson of Sweden shot a 7-under 65 Saturday to extend his lead to eight shots after the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Stenson held a four-stroke lead after finishing the rain-interrupted second round earlier Saturday and sat at 17-under 199 heading into today’s final round.

Robert Karlsson of Sweden shot 67 and trailed Stenson, who had seven birdies in his bogey-free round.

Nelsons, Kites tied

Orlando, Fla. — Larry Nelson brought a different son and wound up in a familiar spot Saturday as he and Drew Nelson put together an 11-under 61 to share the lead with Tom and David Kite in the Del Webb Father-Son Championship.

Greg Norman and his son Gregory were another shot behind in the scramble format.

Nelson, a three-time major champion and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, won the Father-Son last year at ChampionsGate with 29-year-old Josh Nelson, his youngest son. Drew Nelson, 32, won the title with his father four years ago.

Frazar shoots 59

La Quinta, Calif. — Harrison Frazar shot a 59 in the fourth round of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament Saturday, the first player in eight years to hit golf’s magic number at Q-school.

Frazar, winless in 300 starts during his PGA Tour career, had a 30 on the front nine of the Nicklaus Tournament course at PGA West, then ran off seven consecutive birdies from the 11th hole.

Goggin has 1-stroke lead

Coolum, Australia — Australia’s Mathew Goggin birdied the final hole for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead Saturday after the third round of the Australian PGA.

Goggin had a 12-under 204 total. Australians Geoff Ogilvy (67) and Rod Pampling (68) were tied for second. Pampling won the Australian Masters last week.


RB, DE rejoin Saints

New Orleans — Running back Deuce McAllister and defensive end Will Smith rejoined the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, a day after a federal judge blocked their four-game suspensions under the NFL’s anti-doping policy.

McAllister was pleased to be back with the team after missing practices Wednesday through Friday, but was uncertain how much he might play against the Atlanta Falcons today.

Bills place DE on IR

Toronto — The Bills placed rookie defensive end Chris Ellis on season-ending injured reserve on Saturday because of an ankle injury.

The third-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech had played the past seven games, making seven tackles.

College football

Cosh named KSU assistant

Manhattan — Chris Cosh, the defensive coordinator at Maryland the past three years, has been named co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Kansas State.

Cosh, a 1983 graduate of Virginia Tech, now will have served as defensive coordinator in four of the six BCS conferences. He will also be linebackers coach, a position he held under Bill Snyder at Kansas State in 2004 and 2005.

Snyder, the winningest coach in Kansas State history, retired after the 2005 season but decided to return last month when Ron Prince was fired after three seasons.

Maryland’s defense finished the season ranked 24th in scoring defense, with an average of 21.5 points per game, and 33rd in pass defense. Cosh coached All-ACC performers Alex Wujciak at linebacker and Jeremy Navarre on the defensive line.

Cosh also coached at South Carolina under Lou Holtz as linebackers coach and defensive coordinator.


A-Rod switching sides

Punta Canta, Dominican Republic — Alex Rodriguez will play for the Dominican Republic in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, he said Saturday.

The New York Yankees star made the announcement while playing at a charity golf tournament hosted by friend David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox.

“I am 100 percent sure that I will play for the Dominican Republic team,” he said. “This time, there will be no doubts, and it is a dream of my mom’s that I intend to fulfill.”

Rodriguez played for the U.S. in the 2006 inaugural Classic and was criticized by fans in the Dominican Republic and across Latin America.


Sampras loses in England

London — The memories all came flooding back to Pete Sampras, even if a title didn’t come with the nostalgia.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion, playing in a seniors tournament at Royal Albert Hall, lost to Cedric Pioline 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5) Saturday. But not reaching today’s final didn’t diminish the enjoyment of his first trip to England since losing at Wimbledon in 2002.

“This place brings back memories ... just being here and seeing the British people,” said the 37-year-old Sampras, who beat Pioline in the 1993 U.S. Open final and the ’97 Wimbledon final.


Notre Dame, UNC to play

Cary, N.C. — Notre Dame and North Carolina will add another chapter to their women’s soccer rivalry today when they meet in the championship game of the NCAA Women’s College Cup.

Two years ago, the Tar Heels defeated Notre Dame, 2-1, here for their 18th NCAA championship. Last season, the Fighting Irish returned the favor by booting North Carolina out of the tournament 3-2 in the third round.


English team waiting

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — England’s cricket team is awaiting word from security experts in India before deciding whether to play there next week.

England postponed its tour of India following the terror attacks in Mumbai last week.


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