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On behalf of UNICEF, McIlroy to visit Haiti before U.S. Open

Rory McIlroy’s road to the U.S. Open goes through Haiti.

McIlroy signed on as one of Ireland’s ambassadors to UNICEF in March, saying he looked forward to working with the charity organization geared toward helping children.

McIlroy chose as his first trip Haiti, a tiny country ravaged last year by an earthquake.

The 22-year-old golfer from Northern Ireland is going to Haiti on Monday and Tuesday for what he said “should be an eye-opening experience.”

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I signed up with UNICEF at the start of the year,” McIlroy said.

McIlroy plans to go to Haiti after the Memorial, then return to the United States for two days of practice at Congressional in Bethesda, Md., for the Open, which begins June 16.

Also: South Africa’s Keith Horne shot a 7-under 64 to take the first-round lead in the Wales Open at Newport, Wales, leaving defending champion Graeme McDowell three strokes back.

Louisiana State senior John Peterson won the individual title at the NCAA Golf Championships in Stillwater, Okla. UCLA topped the eight qualifiers for the team match-play competition title.

sports medicine

New smartphone app expected to help diagnose concussions

The next tool in the campaign against concussions might be your smartphone.

A doctor at the University of North Carolina teamed with other head trauma researchers to develop an application for mobile devices that helps determine whether someone might have suffered a concussion.

Jason Mihalik of UNC’s brain injury research center joined Justin Smith of Psychological Assessment Resources Inc. and the Children’s National Medical Center in developing the program.

Smith says it’s the first observer-based concussion app.

After the user answers a series of questions, the app determines the likelihood of a concussion and can email information to a doctor. Mihalik said that the basis for the app’s question flow comes from materials provided by the Centers for Disease Control.


Leaf might need radiation
if brain tumor gets bigger

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf said he could face radiation treatments if the part of a brain tumor that couldn’t be removed by doctors grows.

Leaf said that the California doctor who performed the surgery couldn’t get all of the benign tumor because parts were wrapped around brain stem nerves that affect swallowing and shoulder movement.

“We’re going to monitor it, and if it starts to grow again then we’re going to have to do a six-week round of radiation,” Leaf said.

Also: The father of Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers has lost his law enforcement job after being charged in North Carolina with felony possession of cocaine.

The state Bureau of Investigation said 50-year-old George Thomas Kurney was arrested after a joint state-local investigation.

Lionel Messi was unharmed when a youngster apparently threw a punch at the soccer star as he was leaving a restaurant in his home city of Rosario, Argentina.

The assailant was among a throng of people looking for autographs from Messi. It was not clear if the punch landed or what the intent was. Messi went on signing autographs. Witnesses said the suspect was dressed in the uniform of a school a few streets away.

Messi tried to play down the incident on his Facebook page.

“To relax all those people that have asked us about the truth of the accident coming out of the restaurant, tell them I did not receive any blow from anyone. I’m perfectly OK,” he wrote.

Michael Baze was battling depression at the time of his death, although the 24-year-old jockey was remembered for his kindness and warmth.

Baze’s wife, Kelly, mentioned her late husband’s depression in a memorial at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., where Baze won the riding title in 2007, becoming, at 20, the youngest to win a title at the track since Bill Shoemaker in 1950.

Baze was found dead in his car near the stables at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on May 10.

UNLV ace Tanner Peters was named to the Collegiate Baseball third-team All-America squad.

The Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year was 9-4 with a 1.50 ERA. The junior right-hander threw eight complete games this season, ranking second in the nation behind UCLA’s Trevor Bauer (nine).

Horse of the Year Zenyatta is pregnant again, two months after suffering a miscarriage.

Tennis Hall of Famer Pauline Betz Addie, the top women’s player in the United States in the 1940s, died Tuesday in Potomac, Md. She was 91.

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