In Brief


unlv

Bingson second in hammer at trials, makes Olympic team

Amanda Bingson, a former Silverado High School and UNLV star, made the U.S. Olympic team for the London Games by finishing second in the hammer throw Thursday at the Olympic track and field trials in Beaverton, Ore.

Bingson, who finished third for the Rebels this year in the NCAA outdoor championships, had a throw of 235 feet, 6 inches, the same distance as winner Amber Campbell. But Campbell, who also competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, got the gold medal and meet record because her throw went 71.80 meters to Bingson's 71.78. Jessica Cosby finished third at 232-2.

Bingson, who led after the fourth of six rounds, also had throws of 220-0, 228-4, 233-8 and 233-7, with one foul.

Bingson's finish was the biggest surprise in the event. She did not have the "A" standard required to make the team entering the trials.

"Coming up here, all I wanted to do was get to the finals and do well," Bingson said. "I didn't know I was going to do this well, though. As soon as I threw that 71.22 (meters), I knew that the 'A' standard was in me. I just relaxed, went for it and got it. I was in such disbelief at first, but this has been my best series all year. I'm ready to represent the USA at the Olympics and just live this up to the fullest."

Also: Former UNLV guard-forward Karam Mashour, who was granted his release from the team in April, will transfer to Morehead State, a school in Kentucky that plays in the Ohio Valley Conference. Mashour, from Nazareth, Israel, played in 13 games last season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 3.2 minutes. He played in 12 games as a freshman.

UNLV hired former UCLA player Lisa Dodd as its softball coach. She replaces Pete Manarino, who was fired in May after four seasons as coach. Dodd, a three-time All-Pac-10 Conference selection for the Bruins as a first baseman and pitcher, spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Oregon.

golf

Journeyman Mathis shoots 64, leads Travelers Championship

David Mathis, who missed the cut last week in the U.S. Open, had a hole-in-one and shot 6-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.

The 38-year-old Mathis, who never has finished better than eighth in a PGA Tour event, birdied his first hole, then holed out from 158 yards on the par-3 11th. He knocked in a 49-foot birdie putt on his third and was 6 under after six holes.

Nathan Green, Will Claxton and defending champion Fredrik Jacobson shot 65 on a day that saw temperatures soar into the upper 90s. U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson and Masters winner Bubba Watson played together and finished in a group of 10 at 66.

Former UCLA star Patrick Cantlay made his professional debut with a 75 on the same course where he made headlines last year with a second-round 60 as a 19-year-old amateur.

Also: Sandra Changkija birdied six of her final eight holes for a career-best 8-under 63 and a three-stroke lead during the suspended first round of the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario.

Play was suspended at 4:20 p.m. (EDT) because of the threat of lightning in the area and called off for the rest of the day at 6:30. Seventy-two players were unable to finish the round.

Changkija, making her eighth start in her rookie season, parred her first six holes after beginning play on No. 10, then birdied Nos. 16 and 18. With the wind picking up on the Grey Silo course, she birdied No. 2 and Nos. 4 to 8 for a front-nine 30. Changkija has made only two cuts and earned $6,708 this season.

Marcus Fraser and Fabrizio Zanotti each shot 8-under 64 to share the first-round lead of the European Tour's BMW International Open in Pulheim, Germany. Chris Wood, Danny Willett and Paul McGinley posted 65s.

baseball

Arizona reaches CWS finals, to play Gamecocks or Hogs

Arizona converted three errors into a six-run first inning and advanced to the College World Series finals with a 10-3 win over Florida State in Omaha, Neb.

The Wildcats (46-17) won Bracket 1 and will open the best-of-3 finals Sunday against South Carolina (48-18) or Arkansas (46-21). Arizona will be playing for its fourth national championship but first since 1986.

The Gamecocks, the two-time defending national champions, got a combined three-hitter from Jordan Montgomery and Matt Price to defeat the Razorbacks 2-0 and force a decisive game today in Bracket 2. In the day's first game, South Carolina's Michael Roth threw a two-hitter in a 4-1 victory over Kent State.

Also: Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had surgery on his left groin to remove scar tissue and will miss at least six weeks. He has been sidelined since May 30.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy had successful right elbow ligament-replacement surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews. Beachy faces a recovery period of at least one year.

miscellaneous

Barring work stoppage, NHL to open 2012-13 season Oct. 11

If the NHL can avoid a work stoppage, its schedule for the 2012-13 season is set.

The league announced that the Los Angeles Kings will raise their Stanley Cup championship banner Oct. 12 when they host the New York Rangers. The season will start Oct. 11 with four games.

The collective bargaining agreement expires Sept. 15. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said May 30 he expected negotiations with the players' association on a new CBA to begin in a couple of weeks. If talks have been taking place or scheduled, the league isn't saying.

Also: Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin was back on the field in Eden Prairie, Minn., laughing with teammates and participating fully in the final practice of minicamp. He skipped Wednesday afternoon's practice and requested a trade.

Harvin declined to be interviewed but later tweeted, "I'm really clueless on the crazy reports." Harvin went on to declare Thursday's practice "great" and told his fans he would see them in Mankato, where the Vikings report to training camp July 26. He wasn't specific, but made it sound as if he's not planning to hold out.

A Denver federal judge dismissed a bid by Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams to overturn a six-game drug suspension by the NFL. Williams contended the league violated protocol in collecting urine samples from him in August. His lawyer said Williams would appeal.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored on a powerful header in the 79th minute, sending Portugal to the European Championship semifinals with a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic in Warsaw, Poland.

Portugal will play Spain or France in the semifinals Wednesday in Donetsk, Ukraine. It is one victory from its second European Championship final in eight years.

 

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