June 29, 2013 in Sports

Park seeks third major win of season

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Inbee Park shot a 68 Friday and leads the U.S. Women’s Open.
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Golf: Inbee Park led the U.S. Women’s Open with the second round suspended by fog.

The top-ranked Park shot a 4-under 68 Friday in Southampton, N.Y., for a 9-under total to lead fellow South Korean I.K. Kim by two strokes. The horn sounded with Park on the 18th fairway, and the group finished the hole. She calmly sank a birdie putt to move closer to history.

Park is seeking to win the year’s first three majors; no one has accomplished that feat in a season with at least four. She has five victories this season.

• Spieth, Castro lead AT&T National: Jordan Spieth gave himself another chance to win going into the weekend at the AT&T National in Bethesda, Md. Spieth hit every green in regulation and extended his streak to 29 holes without a bogey on a tough Congressional course, giving him a 5-under 66 and a share of the lead with Roberto Castro (69) before storms halted the second round. They were at 7-under 135, with the round to be completed this morning. Chris Williams (Moscow, Idaho) shot a 69 and is 5 over.

• Weather slows down Couples: Fred Couples roared through his first 11 holes in the second round of the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh, ripping off seven birdies at Fox Chapel to take the lead at 11 under.

Then the weather managed to do what the defenseless course could not, stopping the Hall of Famer with a sudden downpour that suspended play for the day with most of the field still on the course. Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett is at 3-under.

• Uihlein, Rock share Irish Open lead: American Peter Uihlein and England’s Robert Rock shared the second-round lead in the Irish Open in Maynooth, Ireland, while Rory McIlroy missed the cut in his final tournament before the British Open.

Uihlein, the former Oklahoma State player who won the Madeira Islands Open last month, had a 4-under 68 to match Rock (66) at 9-under 135 at Carton House.

The second-ranked McIlroy, from Northern Ireland, shot a 72 to finish at 2 over, missing the cut by two shots.

Allen returning to Heat next season

NBA: Ray Allen is returning to the Miami Heat next season.

Allen exercised his $3.2 million player option, barely a week after the Heat finished off the San Antonio Spurs to win the NBA Finals in seven games.

Allen turns 38 next month, yet still played in 102 games during the regular season and playoffs for Miami.

• Frank returns to Nets as assistant to Kidd: Former Nets coach Lawrence Frank will return to the team as an assistant under new coach Jason Kidd.

The Nets also agreed to terms with assistants Roy Rogers, Eric Hughes and holdover Doug Overton.

• Cavaliers add Bickerstaff as assistant: Former NBA coach Bernie Bickerstaff will be an assistant on Mike Brown’s new staff with Cleveland.

• Bobcats extend qualifying offer to Henderson: The Charlotte Bobcats extended a qualifying offer to guard Gerald Henderson, making him a restricted free agent, but not to center Byron Mullens. The Bobcats didn’t extend Mullens a $3.2 million qualifying offer, making him a free agent.

Franklin, Ledecky win titles at U.S. nationals

Swimming: Missy Franklin won the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. national championships in Indianapolis, and 16-year-old Katie Ledecky the 400 freestyle.

Franklin finished in 58.67 seconds, setting a U.S. Open record. Ledecky, America’s top distance swimmer on the women’s side finished the 400 freestyle in a personal best of 4 minutes, 4.05 seconds.

Pondexter scores 23; Liberty beat Storm

WNBA: Cappie Pondexter scored 23 points to help the New York Liberty beat the Seattle Storm 67-62 in Seattle for their first road win of the season. The Liberty (5-4) also snapped an eight-game losing streak at Seattle, with their first road win against the Storm since 2002.

Temeka Johnson had a season-high 22 points to lead Seattle (4-5), which lost its second straight.

Rogers charged in Clemson rock case

Miscellany: Clemson University Police arrested an 18-year-old North Carolina man, charging him with vandalizing the school’s beloved Howard’s Rock.

Police said Micah Rogers, of Pisgah Forest, was charged with felony malicious injury to animals and other personal property and misdemeanor trespassing.

Clemson Police Capt. Eric Hendricks said Rogers was identified after video was released of a pickup outside the stadium when the rock was vandalized June 2. Other people were on the video. Hendricks said the investigation is ongoing.

Weekend Hideaway wins at Belmont

Horse racing: Weekend Hideaway drew off to a 4 3/4-length victory over Bernie the Jet in the $100,000 Gone Fishin Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park in New York.

Taking charge shortly after the start, Weekend Hideaway, the 7-5 favorite, clearly loved the grass in his turf debut. The chestnut colt finished the firm six-furlong course in 1:08.23.


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