Wie shares lead in bid to win first LPGA event
Michelle Wie put herself into contention for her first LPGA Tour victory, shooting a 2-under-par 70 in difficult conditions Friday in the second round of the season-opening SBS Open in Kahuku, Hawaii.
Making her debut as an LPGA card-carrying member, Wie used a three-birdie run to surge to the top of the leaderboard and finish with an 8-under 136, where she was tied with Angela Stanford (71) heading into today’s final round.
“It feels good,” Wie said of being in contention again. She will be in the final group for the first time since the 2006 Evian Ladies Masters, where she tied for second and picked up the biggest tour paycheck of her career.
Also: Retief Goosen is sporting a new look at a tournament he never has played. After an 8-under 64 in the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif., he’s hopeful of seeing some old results.
Goosen hit a 3-iron to 8 feet for an eagle on the second hole of the Pebble Beach course and then picked up even more momentum by holing a 70-foot chip on the par-3 fifth green for birdie.
With short birdies on two of the last four holes, he was at 12-under 132 and held a two-shot lead over Dustin Johnson, who played Spyglass Hill.
Old friends Jerry Pate and Bernhard Langer were in the lead at 8-under 64 after the first round of the Allianz Championships in Boca Raton, Fla.
Two-time defending champion Karrie Webb struggled in tough afternoon conditions and shot a 2-over 75 to fall two shots behind Lee Chang-hee of South Korea after the second round of the Women’s Australian Open in Melbourne. Chang-hee is at 7-under 139.
Wronski-led Rebels net win over UC Irvine
Elliot Wronski teamed with Luca Barlocchi to win at No. 1 doubles and then went to a third-set tiebreaker to win at No. 1 singles in leading the UNLV men’s tennis team to a 4-3 victory over UC Irvine at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.
Also: Jessica O’Connor pitched a six-hitter with 10 strikeouts to lead the UNLV softball team to a 6-2 victory over Southern Mississippi in the first game of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic at Eller Media Stadium.
In the Rebels’ second game, Andrea Harrison and Monica Harrison each homered and drove in three runs in UCLA’s 9-7 win. Alyssia De La Torre hit a sixth-inning grand slam for UNLV (4-2).
Robbie Garvey doubled home the winning run with one out in the 11th inning as the College of Southern Nevada beat Chipola (Fla.) College 9-8 in the second game of the Coyote Classic at Morse Stadium in Henderson.
Marvin Campbell drove in four runs in the opener as the Coyotes (6-5) beat St. Petersburg (Fla.) College, 12-4.
AC Milan must return Beckham to Galaxy
David Beckham is coming back to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The English midfielder will return to the MLS team next month as scheduled after his two-month loan agreement with AC Milan ends despite his wish to stay in Italy.
Tim Leiweke, president of Galaxy parent AEG, said the Italian club didn’t make a second offer to the Galaxy to keep Beckham, so the team will adhere to MLS commissioner Don Garber’s Friday deadline to resolve the situation.
The Galaxy earlier had rejected Milan’s only offer.
Also: It was business as usual in state race books after the Nevada Gaming Control Board gave its approval to the deal between the Nevada Pari-Mutuel Association and TrackNet, which controls the signal for Santa Anita, Gulfstream, Golden Gate Fields and 14 other tracks.
The two sides reached a tentative deal Thursday on a two-year contract, ending a 16-day blackout. Once the gaming board approved the deal, the race books had the signal up from Gulfstream, Santa Anita, Golden Gate, Oaklawn and Laurel and were accepting a full menu of wagers.
The opening round of the “Worlds Collide” boxing-mixed martial arts tournament begins at 7 p.m. today at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm with eight bouts in three weight classes.
The boxing portion of the card features three Las Vegans: Herman Scott and Thomas Rittenbaugh at 162 pounds and David Yanez at 132 pounds.
Las Vegas’ Jorge Lopez will compete in a 180-pound bout in the MMA portion of the event.
Nate Campbell lost his three lightweight titles on the scales when he failed to make weight for his fight tonight with Ali Funeka in Sunrise, Fla.
Campbell, who won the IBF, WBA and WBO titles by beating Juan Diaz last year, weighed 138 pounds, three over the lightweight limit, on his first attempt to make weight at BankAtlantic Center.
The fight will go on as scheduled, but only Funeka will be fighting for the titles.
Kevin Harvick won the pole for today’s Nationwide Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, edging Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer for the top starting spot.
Harvick turned a lap at 180.799 mph in a Chevrolet. Kenseth was second in a Ford with a lap at 180.448, and Bowyer was third in a Chevrolet at 180.097.
Charlie Weis will take over offensive coordinator duties for Notre Dame next season, the biggest in a series of changes in coaching responsibilities announced by the coach.
Defensive coordinator Corwin Brown will share the title of defensive coordinator with Jon Tenuta while adding the title of associate head coach. Tenuta, the linebackers coach, will call plays on defense.
New offensive line coach Frank Verducci, a Cleveland Browns assistant the past two seasons, has added the title of running game coordinator, and receivers coach Rob Ianello will be assistant coach for offense.
The four cities vying for the 2016 Olympics released their detailed bid plans in London, touting compact venue layouts, lasting sports legacies and financial security at a time of global economic turmoil.
Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro disclosed their hefty bid documents after having submitted them this week to the International Olympic Committee.
Chicago organizers said they have a safety net of at least $1 billion if costs top the $4.8 billion price tag.
Top-ranked Serena Williams defeated Emilie Loit 6-4, 6-1 to set up a semifinal with Elena Dementieva for the third straight tournament at the Open GDF Suez in Paris.
In today’s other semifinal, second-seeded Jelena Jankovic will meet two-time champion Amelie Mauresmo.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal withstood 26 aces from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 and earn a semifinals berth at the ABN Amro in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Next up for Nadal will be fifth-seeded Gael Monfils, who beat French compatriot Julien Benneteau, 7-6 (4), 6-1.
In today’s other semifinal, second-seeded Andy Murray of Scotland will meet unseeded Mario Ancic of Croatia.
It was three different days for America’s three top skiers at the world championships in Val D’Isere, France:
Lindsey Vonn declared herself ready for today’s slalom with a special splint on her right thumb. She needed surgery after cutting a tendon on a broken champagne bottle.
Ted Ligety won the bronze medal in a giant slalom won by Carlo Janka of Switzerland. Ligety’s medal was the first by U.S. men at these worlds.
Bode Miller crashed out in the second run for the second straight race.