In Brief


Couples doesn’t wait, adds
Woods to Presidents Cup team

Fred Couples has told Tiger Woods that he decided to add him to the 12-member Presidents Cup team.

Couples took the drama out of the debate over whether Woods would be on the team, saying Thursday it’s already a done deal.

“I’ve told him that he’s going to be on the team,” Couples said before a practice round for the Champions Tour’s Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash. “There is no reason for me to wait till Sept. 26 to pick Tiger. He’s the best player in the world forever.”

Ten players automatically qualify for the team based on points accumulated in the past two years. Couples is then given two captain’s picks to round out his squad, which will compete against a team of non-European International players at Royal Melbourne in Australia on Nov. 14 through Nov. 20.

Woods, 28th on the Presidents Cup list, had a long summer layoff because of soreness in his left knee and left Achilles’ tendon. He played in two recent tournaments, finishing 37th in the Bridgestone Invitational in early August and missing the cut the following week at the PGA Championship.

Also: Ai Miyazato and Pernilla Lindberg shot 7-under-par 65s in wet conditions to share the first-round lead in the Canadian Women’s Open in Mirabel, Quebec, while Michelle Wie was two strokes back in her title defense.

England’s Mark Foster shot a 6-under 66 to lead the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland, after an incomplete first round of fog and swarming wasps.

UNLV sophomore Blake Biddle and Las Vegas’ John Hahn advanced to the third round of match play at the U.S. Amateur Championship in Erin, Wis.

Biddle defeated Peter Williamson of Hanover, N.H., 2-up after beating Marty Jeppesen of Ypsilanti, Mich., 5 and 3 in his first-round match that had been suspended Wednesday because of darkness.

Hahn, who defeated Hunter Hamrick of Montgomery, Ala., 2 and 1 in the first round, beat Beau Hossler of Mission Viejo, Calif., 2-up in the second round.

UNLV junior Kevin Penner was eliminated after the completion of his first-round match, losing 1-up to Tom Lewis of England.

Green Valley High junior Alex Kaui shot a 4-under 212 to beat teammate Jenny Hahn by one stroke in the American Junior Golf Association’s Genesis Junior Championship at El Cajon, Calif.

Hahn finished second at 213.


Patrick makes it offical: She’s
leaving IndyCar for NASCAR

With the not-so-subtle shape of a stock car under cover just in front of her and spotlights glaring in her face, Danica Patrick feigned drama for an announcement everyone already knew was coming.

“For breaking news that will shock the world …” she said facetiously.

Peeling the lid off the worst-kept secret in auto racing, Patrick officially declared her plans to leave IndyCar in 2012 to race a full Nationwide season for JR Motorsports and a part-time Sprint Cup schedule with Stewart-Haas Racing.

One of racing’s most marketable stars, Patrick had been rumored to be headed to NASCAR even before she ran her first stock race, an ARCA series event in 2010. Even while racing limited Nationwide schedules the past two years for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team, Patrick had deflected talk of her leaving IndyCar for the fenders of NASCAR.

That all changed, at least officially, when she signed a contract with chairman Bob Parsons in front of TV cameras and a few dozen cheering company employees in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Also: Will Power was fined $30,000 for making an obscene gesture during the IndyCar race at New Hampshire.

Power has the option to work off the fine by making appearances for IndyCar. He also was placed on probation for the rest of the season.

Director of competition and operations Brian Barnhart has acknowledged he erred when he restarted the Aug. 14 race on a wet track.

Power, trying to catch Dario Franchitti for the series points lead, was knocked out in a crash but was given fifth place. Before learning that, he flashed two middle fingers at race officials, a scene caught by a TV camera. Power later apologized.

The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will present its annual Formula Drift/Back 2 School Bash this weekend.

The two-day event features Formula Drift, Monster Trucks (Bigfoot, Snakebite, Shocker, Maverik), a special Bigfoot Monster Truck vs. Jet Car drag race, freestyle motocross, Jet Dragsters, PSCA Pro Street drag racing and a car show.

In its eighth season, Formula Drift is recognized as the North American professional drifting championship. Topping the international entry list is Sweden’s Samuel Hubinette, a two-time Formula series champion who has nine event wins this season.

Gates open at 4 p.m. today and Saturday.


Judge still deciding whether to
toss Bonds’ perjury conviction

A federal judge is still mulling whether to toss out Barry Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston gave no hint during a 30-minute hearing in San Francisco to what she will decide. Illston said she would issue a written ruling later.

Bonds’ attorneys argued that the conviction is based on Bonds’ rambling answer about being a “celebrity child” to a question about whether his trainer gave him anything to inject.

Bonds answered “no” when asked the question later.

Prosecutors countered that jurors considered all the evidence during Bonds’ trial in April to conclude that particular answer was purposely and criminally evasive.

Jurors couldn’t unanimously decide on three other perjury charges, and a mistrial was declared. Prosecutors haven’t decided whether to retry Bonds on those charges.

Also: Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been charged in Los Angeles for allegedly exposing himself to women he met on Craigslist.

The city attorney’s office said the 48-year-old former baseball star could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for each indecent exposure count.

Dykstra is accused of finding victims by placing online ads seeking personal assistants or housekeepers. He allegedly exposed himself to women who responded to the ads on several occasions from 2009 to 2011.

Dykstra has been jailed since June on $455,000 bail on car theft and drug possession charges.

Hagen Danner homered and struck out 12, and Huntington Beach, Calif., spoiled the Pennsylvania party at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport with a 2-0 victory over the hometown heroes from Clinton County.

California will face Billings, Mont., in the U.S. final Saturday.

In the international semifinal, Yoshiki Suzuki hit two opposite-field homers to left and Hamamatsu City, Japan, held off Maracay, Venezuela, 9-6.

Japan will play Mexicali, Mexico, in the international final Saturday.

Bruce Pearl said he knows the NCAA made an example out of him, doling out a severe penalty to serve notice to other coaches as to what to expect if they don’t cooperate during an investigation.

The former Tennessee coach will find it nearly impossible to land a college job anytime soon with the three-year show-cause penalty given to him by the NCAA for lying to the enforcement staff during their investigation into recruiting violations.

Pearl said it was a “very, very heavy price for the mistakes that we’ve made,” but doesn’t plan to appeal the sanction.

The show-cause penalty prohibits Pearl from recruiting during the next three years, and any school wanting to hire him would have to talk to the NCAA about removing that penalty.

A former University of Toledo football player pleaded guilty in a sports-bribery investigation, admitting he accepted more than $2,000 from a Detroit-area gambler, including $500 to fumble the ball in a 2005 bowl game.

Quinton Broussard became the fourth former Rocket to plead guilty in the point-shaving probe, which included football and basketball roughly from 2004 through 2006.

Two employees of the bar where Louisiana State quarterback Jordan Jefferson and three teammates are accused of injuring four people in a parking lot brawl say one of the victims “threw the first punch.”

Shady’s Bar general manager John Peak and door manager Jordan Neldare provided versions of the fight that differ from a police report.

The report includes a statement from alleged victim Andrew Lowery, who said he was punched and kicked repeatedly by LSU players after coming to the aid of a man pulled from a pickup truck. Another witness said she saw Jefferson kick Lowery in the face.

The bar employees say Lowery threw the first punch, “that’s one thing we do know.”

No arrests have been made.

Former Oregon and Mississippi quarterback Jeremiah Masoli agreed to terms with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.

Masoli had participated in the team’s minicamp in June before signing with the San Francisco 49ers on July 27. The Niners waived him Monday.

During his time at Oregon, Masoli led the Ducks to a 2008 Holiday Bowl win over Oklahoma, a 2009 Pac-10 title and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Las Vegas’ Diego Magdaleno, the reigning NABF super featherweight champion, signed a three-year contract extension with Top Rank Inc.

The 24-year-old Magdaleno (20-0, seven knockouts) has been promoted by Top Rank since turning professional in 2007. He is scheduled to fight Nov. 11 at Mandalay Bay Events Center against an opponent to be determined.

Local mixed martial arts organization Tuff-N-Uff will host an amateur card at 7 p.m. today at Cox Pavilion.

The 14-fight card is headlined by a 110-pound women’s title bout between Jordan McDonald (4-1) and Liz McCarthy (4-0).

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