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UNLV ATHLETICS

Rebels men's golf ends season after finishing 12th at regional

The UNLV men's golf team saw its season end Saturday when it finished 12th in the 13-team NCAA San Diego Regional at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

The Rebels shot a final-round 17-over-par 305 to finish the 54-hole event at 33-over 897. Only the top five teams from the regional advanced to the NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Okla., set for May 31 through June 5.

UCLA shot 6-under 282 in the final round to capture the regional title at 10-under 854. Southern California finished second at 7 under, UC San Diego was third at par, Ohio State was fourth at 1 over and Texas fifth at 9 over.

UCLA's Patrick Cantlay shot a final-round 5-under 67 to claim medalist honors by six shots at 13-under 203.

Freshman Blake Biddle tied for eighth to lead all UNLV individuals at 1-under 215 after posting a final-round 72.

Other Rebel players: Derek Ernst and Kevin Penner tied for 34th at 5-over 221, Nicholas Maruri finished 71st at 25-over 241, and Colby Smith finished 73rd at 34-over 250.

Also: UNLV was held to three hits -- two by Cash Thomas -- as San Diego State beat the Rebels 6-0 in a regular season-ending Mountain West Conference baseball game at Wilson Stadium.

TJ Kendzora worked the first eight innings to get the win for the Aztecs (21-34, 11-13 MWC), who took two of three games in the series.

Cash had a double and a single for UNLV (33-23, 10-13 MWC) -- the only two hits surrendered by Kendzora. Trent Cook had a ninth-inning single for the Rebels.

The Rebels will get a rematch with the Aztecs in a first-round game of the conference tournament in San Diego on Tuesday. Fifth-seeded UNLV meets No. 4 seed San Diego State at 7 p.m.

UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice and Arizona coach Sean Miller have agreed on a four-year series beginning with the 2013-14 season.

Rice also said this year's Louisville game has been moved back two years and the Rebels will play a game at Hawaii this season.

GOLF

Long birdie putt kick-starts Wi to one-shot Crowne Plaza lead

Charlie Wi made a 32-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th hole soon after a weather delay at Colonial, taking the third-round lead of the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas, after playing partner David Toms blew a seven-stroke advantage.

After Wi holed the birdie putt, Toms' 16-foot par chance just missed for a two-stroke swing.

Wi finished with a 4-under 66 to get to 13-under 197, one stroke better than Toms (74) and four ahead of John Senden (70).

Also: Angela Stanford birdied four of the final five holes to beat Paula Creamer 2-up and set up an all-America semifinal with Cristie Kerr in the Sybase Match Play Championship in Gladstone, N.J.

Top-seeded Na Yeon Choi of South Korea will face No. 3 Suzann Pettersen of Norway in the other semifinal today at Hamilton Farm Golf Club.

Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer won their quarterfinal matches at the World Match Play Championship in Casares, Spain.

Top-ranked Lee Westwood's loss to Ian Poulter in the last 16 left the door open for Donald or Kaymer to take over as No. 1 if either wins the tournament.

Second-ranked Donald reached the semifinals by defeating Masters champion Charl Schwartzel by two holes, after he needed a playoff to beat Johan Edfors in the last 16.

Kaymer, the former top-ranked player who has slipped to third, followed a 3-and-2 victory over Soren Kjeldsen by eliminating local favorite Alvaro Quiros by two in the quarterfinals.

Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey shot a 5-under 67 for a share of the third-round lead with England's Jamie Elson at the Madeira Islands Open in Porto Santo. Elson had a 68 to match Hoey at 9-under 207.

UCLA fought off a last-round surge by defending champion Purdue to win the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship by four strokes in Bryan, Texas.

Taylor Montgomery shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead in the gross division of the two-day Southern Nevada Amateur at Legacy Golf Club.

Craig Erickson and Kelly Knievel were tied for second after shooting 69s.

In net division play, Charles Lucero and Jim Massey were tied with first-round 68s. Dennis Moore trailed the co-leaders by two shots.

MISCELLANEOUS

'The Boogeyman' remembered as 'big man with a soft heart'

Derek Boogaard might have been "The Boogeyman" during his rough life as an NHL enforcer, but he was remembered at his funeral in Regina, Saskatchewan, as a gentle giant off the ice.

Rain fell as family, friends and hockey players filed into a chapel at the RCMP training academy to pay tribute to Boogaard, 28, who was found dead May 13 at his home in Minneapolis.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner announced Friday that Boogaard's death was an accident, due to a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful pain killer oxycodone.

The 6-foot-7-inch Boogaard was one of the most feared fighters during his six-year NHL career with the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers.

"Derek had a way of attracting people," former Minnesota Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said. "He had a way of comforting people. A big man with a soft heart. On the ice, players were trying to get away from him. Off the ice, the people were trying to be around him."

Also: The Alaska Aces beat the Kalamazoo Wings 5-3 in Kalamazoo, Mich., to capture the best-of-7 ECHL Kelly Cup Finals in five games.

Forty-six-year-old Bernard Hopkins became the oldest boxer to win a major world championship, taking the WBC light heavyweight title from Jean Pascal in Montreal.

Hopkins (52-5-2) won a unanimous decision against the Canadian Pascal (26-2-1) in a rematch of their Dec. 18 draw in Quebec City. Hopkins, who turned 46 on Jan. 15, broke the mark set by 45-year-old George Foreman in 1994 when he knocked out Michael Moorer for the heavyweight title.

In a light heavyweight elimination bout that headlined the undercard, Chad Dawson (30-1) scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Romania's Adrian Diaconu (27-3).

Russia's Denis Lebedev knocked out Roy Jones Jr. in the final round of their nontitle cruiserweight fight in Moscow, handing the American his third consecutive defeat.

With seconds remaining in the 10th round, Lebedev (22-1) landed four fierce lefts with the 42-year-old Jones (54-8) on the ropes, where he had been for much of the bout. Jones, once the world's top pound-for-pound fighter, bowed and shook his head before taking one last right hook from Lebedev and falling deadweight to the canvas.

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark overcame a thigh injury to defeat China's Peng Shuai 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 and win the inaugural Brussels Open.

Wozniacki won her fourth tournament this year, the most on the WTA Tour, and her first win on red clay ahead of the French Open.

Andrea Petkovic of Germany won her second career title after Marion Bartoli of Italy retired while trailing 6-4, 1-0 in the final of the Strasbourg International in Strasbourg, France.

The top-seeded Bartoli asked for a medical timeout at 5-4 to have her left thigh taped, but a few games later she decided to stop.

Nicolas Almagro of Spain rallied past Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3 in the Open de Nice final in Nice, France, to earn his 10th career title.

 

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