MacPherson reaches match play, loses twice

Henderson resident Wendy MacPherson lost her first two matches after becoming the only woman to qualify Thursday for the double-elimination, match-play rounds of the U.S. Bowling Congress Masters.

MacPherson, one of 64 to advance out of 415 entrants, lost to PBA Tour regulars Mike Scroggins (617-502) and Doug Kent (725-516) at Cashman Center.

PBA touring pro John Nolen of Waterford, Mich., who was the top qualifier, won his first two matches to advance to today’s final rounds.

The field of four will be set for Sunday’s 10 a.m. televised finals at Cashman. The tournament winner will earn $60,000 and a two-year exemption on the PBA Tour.


UNLV represented on 10th anniversary teams

Former Rebel Henner Nehles was named to the Mountain West Conference 10th anniversary men’s tennis team.

Nehles was the 2005 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Senior of the Year.

Ex-Rebels Elena Gantcheva and Katarina Malec were chosen for the women’s team.

UNLV women’s golf placed three players on the MWC 10th anniversary team. Sunny Oh, Elena Kurokawa and current UNLV junior Natasha Krishna were honored.

Also: The College of Southern Nevada’s baseball team beat fifth-ranked San Jacinto College 7-3 at Morse Stadium. Robbie Garvey went 4-for-4 for the Coyotes (4-5), and Egan Smith earned the victory.

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has agreed to a new, seven-year contract that includes the same salary and bonus structures as his previous deal.

Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Oliver was reinstated to the team when an Ohio judge tossed out an NCAA rule that prevents college baseball players from hiring advisers who are in contact with big league clubs.

Oliver filed a lawsuit after he was ruled ineligible. The NCAA suspended him last spring because it said advisers he had hired listened in on contract negotiations after he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in June 2006.


Wie shoots 66, trails leader by one stroke

Michelle Wie made her much-anticipated debut as a full-fledged LPGA Tour member, birdieing her final three holes for a 6-under-par 66 in the first round of the season-opening SBS Open in Kahuku, Hawaii.

The 19-year-old Wie was a stroke behind leader Angela Stanford.

Wie was tied with rookie of the year Yani Tseng, who was ranked 133rd a year ago and is now No. 2. South Korea’s Kyeong Bae had a 67, and Japan’s Momoko Ueda shot 68.

Also: Sunshine and tranquil conditions turned the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am into paradise, and it was particularly ideal for big hitters Robert Garrigus and Dustin Johnson.

Garrigus reached the uphill, 529-yard seventh hole at Spyglass Hill with a 5-iron and holed a 50-foot eagle putt, then closed out his first round with consecutive birdies for a 7-under 65. Johnson shot a 65 at Pebble Beach.

Rich Beem (Pebble Beach), Vaughn Taylor (Pebble Beach) and Charley Hoffman (Spyglass) shot 66s. Vijay Singh, in his first tournament since minor knee surgery after the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship, shot 72 at Poppy Hills. Phil Mickelson had a 72 at Spyglass.

Two-time defending champion Karrie Webb shot a 7-under 66 to take a three-shot lead after the first round in the Women’s Australian Open in Melbourne.


Vonn vows to ski on despite sliced thumb

Lindsey Vonn’s sliced thumb has already cost her one race at the world championships and could keep her out of another.

After surgery to fix the damage to her tendon caused when she grabbed a broken champagne bottle while celebrating her win in the downhill Monday, Vonn is struggling to find a way to protect her hand against the gates in Saturday’s slalom.

“The doctor said that the normal procedure for something like this is to not do anything for three months, but obviously I’m not going to stop skiing,” Vonn said.

Also: Peter Forsberg returned to pro hockey, scoring the opening goal in a 4-1 win for hometown club Modo against Skelleftea in the Swedish Elite League in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden.

The 36-year-old forward made a late-season return to the Colorado Avalanche last year, but injuries kept him out of nine of 18 regular-season games and three of four games in the playoffs.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for the April 11 middleweight fight between Winky Wright and Paul Williams at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Tickets will be on sale at the Mandalay Bay box office, all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations and on

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