LPGA Corning Classic going out of business

The LPGA Corning Classic, the longest-running event on the women’s tour with the same title sponsor and played at the same venue since its inception in 1979, will end in May.

Tournament president Jack Benjamin made the announcement Monday in Corning, N.Y., a day after the board of directors came to the painful conclusion after discussing it for six months.

The tournament had an option for 2010, but Benjamin said the loss of more than $500,000 in sponsorship revenue made it economically unfeasible to sustain it in these depressed economic times. Title sponsor Corning Inc. has done restructuring since January, laying off 13 percent of its global work force (3,500 workers) and letting go of 1,400 contractors.


Mississippi coach pleads guilty in altercation

Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy avoided jail time by pleading guilty in Cincinnati to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct for his altercation with a cabdriver.

Kennedy was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and six months probation by Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Dwane Mallory. The coach faced up to six months in jail on his original assault charge.

Also: Purdue point guard Lewis Jackson will have to complete community service and spend a year under court supervision after pleading guilty in Indianapolis to illegal alcohol consumption and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jackson’s bright future could be in doubt after a freshman season in which he started 30 games. Jackson averaged 5.9 points and a team-leading 3.3 assists as the Boilermakers reached the NCAA regional semifinals.

Rick Pitino’s son, Richard, has accepted an assistant coaching position under Billy Donovan at Florida.

Richard Pitino, 26, spent the last two years working in a similar position under his father at Louisville.


UNLV pitcher lands Mountain West honor

UNLV pitcher Tanner Peters was named Mountain West Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week after throwing a one-hit complete game last week.

Peters led UNLV to a 2-0 home win over Northern Colorado on Friday, finishing with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Also: New Mexico’s athletic department is imposing a 10 percent budget cut on each of its teams, but athletic director Paul Krebs said it shouldn’t affect competitiveness.

Krebs said each team will book travel further in advance and trim convention attendance to hit the goal.

Mike Edwards earned his first win of 2009, outrunning Pro Stock points leader Jeg Coughlin at the rain-delayed Summit Racing NHRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Ga.

Defending champion Scott Dixon and former winners Helio Castroneves, Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti were among the drivers on the initial entry list for the Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced 40 entries for the May 24 race.

Marleen Veldhuis of the Netherlands broke world records in the 50-meter butterfly and 50 freestyle at a meet in Amsterdam.

Veldhuis first lowered Swede Therese Alshammar’s butterfly record from 25.46 seconds to 25.33, then shaved one-hundredth of a second off Australian Libby Trickett’s 50 freestyle record, setting a world mark of 23.96.

Even while on hiatus, the Arena Football League can’t remain intact.

The Los Angeles Avengers dropped out of the indoor league, releasing a statement on their Web site that the team “has terminated its participation in the Arena Football League.” The AFL suspended operations for this season but has said it plans to play next year after a reorganization.

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