In Brief


Garcia, Palmer tied for lead at Nelson; teenager five back

Sergio Garcia and Ryan Palmer shared the second-round lead in the Byron Nelson Championship at Irving, Texas, after a sun-soaked round Friday when winds gusted to 36 mph.

Garcia posted his second consecutive 4-under-par 66, and Palmer shot 67. Palmer had made the cut only once in seven previous appearances at the Nelson, with nine consecutive rounds over par before this week.

Garcia and Palmer are at 8-under 132, three shots ahead of Tim Petrovic and Scott Piercy, who played at Bonanza High School.

Jordan Spieth, a Dallas-area 17-year-old amateur, made the cut for the second straight year and is tied with five others at 3 under. His high school graduation ceremony is today at 4 p.m.; he tees off at 11:21 a.m.

Also: Kiyoshi Murota shot a 5-under 67 to take a four-stroke lead over Nick Price and Hale Irwin in the suspended second round of the Senior PGA Championship at Louisville, Ky. Murota, a 55-year-old touring pro and golf teacher from Japan, had an 11-under 133 total at Valhalla.

Second-ranked Luke Donald of England, Italian teenager Matteo Manassero and Spaniard Alvaro Quiros shared the second-round lead in the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England. They are at 6-under 136, two strokes ahead of three players.


Man connected to Ohio State scandal hit with drug charge

Edward Rife, a tattoo parlor owner who bought Ohio State football memorabilia from players, was charged in federal court with drug trafficking and money laundering, though his attorney said there’s no connection with the scandal unfolding over the sale of the items.

Rife, 31, will plead guilty to the charges and cooperate with authorities, documents filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio, indicated. The charges and Rife’s plea agreement don’t mention the sale of the memorabilia.

Five players, including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, have been suspended for the first five games this fall for accepting improper benefits from Rife totaling $12,000 to $15,000.

Also: The NFL and the Dallas Cowboys have asked a federal court judge to dismiss the class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of Super Bowl ticket holders who wound up with no seats for the game.

About 1,250 temporary seats at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, were deemed unsafe just hours before the Feb. 6 game between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. That forced about 850 ticket holders to move to new seats and 400 others to watch the game from standing-room locations.


Hall of Famer McHale expected to get Rockets’ coaching job

The Houston Rockets are close to hiring Kevin McHale as their coach, a person familiar with the situation said.

McHale, a Hall of Fame player for the Boston Celtics, would take over for Rick Adelman. McHale, 53, spent 15 years in the front office of the Minnesota Timberwolves before being fired in 2009.

Houston has missed the playoffs the last two years as it dealt with injuries that have limited All-Star center Yao Ming to five games since the 2008-09 season. That year, Houston reached the Western Conference semifinals, breaking a streak of seven consecutive first-round exits.

Also: Martial Saugy, the head of Switzerland’s anti-doping laboratory, denied claims that Lance Armstrong tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the 2001 Tour de Suisse and the results were covered up. Saugy said his lab did find suspicious levels of banned blood-booster EPO in four urine samples from the race that Armstrong won, but he didn’t know if any belonged to the seven-time Tour de France winner.

Former teammate Tyler Hamilton alleged in an interview with "60 Minutes" that Armstrong spoke of using EPO to prepare for his third Tour de France win in 2001 and that cycling’s governing body helped him hide a positive test at the Swiss warm-up event.

Animal Kingdom, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up, will run in the Belmont Stakes on June 11 in New York. A decision will be made next week on whether Preakness winner Shackleford will run in the Belmont, horse racing’s final leg of the Triple Crown, trainer Dale Romans said.

Sixth-seeded New Mexico jumped on No. 1 seed Texas Christian for four runs in the first three innings and then held on for a 4-2 victory to capture the Mountain West Conference baseball tournament title in San Diego.

The Horned Frogs eliminated second-seeded Utah with a 14-1 victory earlier in the day to earn the chance to play for the championship.

UNLV’s Amanda Bingson and Chelsea Cassulo finished first and third in the hammer throw at the NCAA Division I outdoor track and field preliminary championship in Eugene, Ore. Bingson’s throw of 222 feet, 10 inches was the top distance in both the East and West preliminary regionals.

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