Men’s golf team moves up to fourth in regional

Eddie Olson fired a 2-under-par 69 and Ji Moon shot a 1-over 72 on Friday as the No. 21-ranked UNLV golf team moved up from ninth place to fourth after two rounds of the 13-team NCAA Southwest Regional in Austin, Texas.

UNLV shot a 5-over 289 and stood at 17-over 585, nine strokes behind leader Texas (8-over 576). Texas Tech (578) was second and Florida (580) third.

Olson moved up to second in individual play at 1-under 141. Lance Lopez of Texas led at 5-under 137.

The three-round event concludes today, with the top five teams and low individual not on those teams advancing to the NCAA Championships.

Also: The UNLV softball team dropped its first-round game in the four-team NCAA Tournament Los Angeles Regional, falling to Fresno State 2-1 on UCLA’s campus.

The Rebels (31-20) went up 1-0 in the second inning on a double by Laura Briones and an RBI single from Elena Fata. But the Bulldogs came back with single runs in the third and fourth innings.

UNLV will meet Long Beach State in a losers’ bracket game at 4 p.m. today.

The UNLV baseball team jumped to a 4-0 lead after two innings but surrendered nine runs in the top of the third in a 14-0 Mountain West Conference loss to 14th-ranked Texas Christian at Wilson Stadium.

Jesse Wight went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and Anthony Morel was 3-for-6 with two RBIs for UNLV (26-29 overall, 9-14 MWC).

Reliever Trent Appleby (4-1) pitched 4 1/3 innings for the win for TCU (34-14, 14-5).

Amanda Bingson picked up four points for UNLV with a fifth-place hammer throw of 181 feet, 1 inch at the Mountain West Conference Women’s Track and Field Championships in Laramie, Wyo.

The Rebels are ninth in the nine-team field after three days with five points. Brigham Young leads with 64 points.


Lakers-Rockets game draws record ratings

Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets was the most watched basketball game ever on ESPN.

The Rockets’ 95-80 victory on Thursday drew 7.35 million viewers, topping the 6.6 million that watched Miami beat Detroit in Game 6 of the 2006 Eastern Conference finals.

Also: The Philadelphia 76ers interviewed former NBA coach Eddie Jordan for their head coaching job.

Jordan met with team president Ed Stefanski. It was Philadelphia’s first interview with a candidate since Tony DiLeo stepped down as coach Monday and returned to his job as a vice president and assistant general manager.

Jordan was fired by the Washington Wizards in November and interviewed with the Sacramento Kings this week.

UNR signed 6-foot-6-inch Patrick Nyeko, a guard who new coach David Carter said can play several positions.

The London-born Nyeko averaged 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds last season for Seattle (Wash.) Prepatory School.


Favre asks surgeon for advice on healing arm

With the Minnesota Vikings eagerly waiting, Brett Favre has sought the advice of a noted surgeon about his beat-up throwing arm, according to the latest report on the quarterback’s status.

Citing an anonymous source, reported that Favre consulted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews about options for healing the partially torn biceps tendon that has caused pain in his right shoulder. Andrews is one of the most consulted surgeons in sports.

Favre declared his retirement for the second time in February because of the injury, which he blamed for his poor performance in December when the New York Jets missed the playoffs.

Vikings officials were unavailable for comment Friday.

Also: NFL teams will have nearly $12 million more under the salary cap this season, the final year with one in place unless the league and its players’ union can reach a new collective bargaining agreement.

The cap was due to increase $7 million to $123 million this season, but additional adjustments stipulated in the current CBA will increase the total amount that teams can spend on player compensation to about $128 million. The $12 million increase is the largest in three years.

Former NFL star Bruce Smith was charged with drunken driving after a police officer stopped him for speeding, Virginia Beach (Va.) police said.

Police spokesman Jimmy Barnes said Smith, who played for the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins, was released on bond a few hours after being charged with speeding, driving under the influence and refusal to take an alcohol breath test.


Goydos fires 65, leads Texas Open by three

Paul Goydos followed an opening 7-under-par 63 with a 65 to reach 12-under 128 after two rounds of the Texas Open in San Antonio.

Goydos was three strokes ahead of three-time champion Justin Leonard and four others. It’s the biggest lead Goydos has had on the PGA Tour.

Leonard, tied with Goydos after the first round, shot a 68 to join Scott Sterling (63), John Mallinger (64), Mathias Gronberg (65) and Ted Purdy (67) at 9 under.

Also: Brittany Lincicome shot a 3-under 69 to move to 11-under 133 and take a two-shot lead over Suzann Pettersen and Ji Young Oh after two rounds of the LPGA Sybase Classic in Clifton, N.J.

Dan Forsman made three straight birdies on both the front and back nine, shooting 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Keith Fergus, Larry Mize and Hall Sutton after the opening round of the Regions Charity Classic in Hoover, Ala.

Northern Ireland amateur Shane Lowry shot a 10-under 62 to lead by two strokes after the second round of the Irish Open in Baltray. He is at 15-under 129.

Bob Rosburg, who won the 1959 PGA Championship and spent three decades with ABC Sports as the first reporter to call the shots from the golf course, died Thursday at his Palm Springs, Calif., home. He was 82.

Rosburg had been battling cancer, but longtime friend Sal Johnson wrote on his blog that Rosburg died of head injuries after a fall.


Federer, Nadal reach Madrid Open semis

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal reached today’s Madrid Open semifinals, putting them on pace for a clay-court showdown in Sunday’s final.

Federer beat Andy Roddick again, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-1, and Nadal stayed perfect against Fernando Verdasco with a 6-4, 7-5 victory.

Defending champion Andy Murray lost to fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (4), 6-3 for the first time in four meetings. Novak Djokovic will get a fourth shot at beating Nadal this year after dispatching wild card Ivan Ljubicic, 6-4, 6-4.

Top-ranked Dinara Safina advanced to the women’s final four with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Alona Bondarenko and will play Patty Schnyder, who beat fourth-seeded Jelena Jankovic, 7-6 (6), 6-3. Amelie Mauresmo will face Caroline Wozniacki in the other semifinal.

Also: The WTA Tour Board rejected an appeal by organizers of the Dubai Tennis Championships of a record $300,000 fine and other penalties stemming from the United Arab Emirates’ decision to deny a visa to Israeli player Shahar Peer.

The UAE turned down Peer’s visa request a day before she was to arrive for the $2 million tournament in February.

John Isner of the United States and former champion Gaston Gaudio received wild cards for the French Open, which begins May 24.

Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway won the rainy seventh stage of the Giro d’Italia, beating four riders in a sprint finish on a slippery road in Chiavenna.

Danilo Di Luca of Italy kept the overall leader’s pink jersey. Lance Armstrong finished 142nd, 58 seconds behind, and lost another 18 seconds to the overall leaders.

Bill Passmore, a former jockey who rode in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and later became a Maryland racing steward, died Thursday in Annapolis, Md. He was 76.

No cause was given, but Passmore had struggled with the effects of emphysema, according to Mike Gathagan, spokesman for the Maryland Jockey Club.

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