• Crowne Plaza will not return as Colonial tournament title sponsor

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial will need a new title sponsor at the conclusion of this year’s event, May 18-24 in Fort Worth. Gina LaBarre, vice president of Crowne Plaza brand management, confirmed Monday that the company would not extend its contract to remain as title sponsor of Fort Worth’s annual PGA Tour stop after the existing agreement expires with the 2015 tournament. Crowne Plaza has sponsored the event since 2007, the longest stretch in tournament history. “This is our last year, but it’s been a great run for us. We’ll miss it,” LaBarre said during an exclusive interview with the Star-Telegram. “We’re just kind of evolving our marketing strategy, and with that is going to come a new marke

  • UConn baseball team adopts 5-year-old battling leukemia

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut baseball team welcomed its newest member: 5-year-old Grayson Hand of Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Hand, who is battling leukemia, joins the Huskies with the help of Team IMPACT, an organization that matches children with life-threatening and chronic illness to college sports teams. The Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/1Hdb3NN ) reports seniors Carson Cross and Blake Davey were inspired to get involved with the Boston-based organization after hearing positive stories from the UConn men's hockey team, which also welcomed a youngster to their team. Hand will have his own locker and can attend as many games and practices as he likes. ___ Information from: Har

  • Site changes for Class 6A state golf tournament

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Ongoing course repairs at the University of Texas Golf Club have forced the Class 6A state championships to be shifted to another venue. The high school competition from April 27-28 has been moved to the Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown, a University Interscholastic League spokeswoman said Monday. The UT Golf Club course will be shut down for 10 days, said club general manager Steve Termeer, and it will take up to four weeks to ready the course for a large tournament on the scale of the Class 6A event. Termeer said the club recently re-sodded most of the greens’ perimeters, using sod shipped in from Tifton, Ga. He said about 20 percent of the putting surfaces were infected by a disease called Bermudagrass decline

  • New format means injured drivers no longer must race

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — There was a time in NASCAR when skipping a race because of illness or injury was simply not considered. Rather than sit out with swollen eyes, Ricky Rudd used tape to keep them open. Richard Petty ran three races hiding a broken neck from NASCAR officials. That bravado — foolishness? — in drivers is no more. Denny Hamlin became the fourth Sprint Cup Series driver to require a replacement when he pulled out of Sunday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway with neck spasms. Hamlin felt fine at the start but said he felt something pop around Lap 12. Rain 10 laps later gave him a nearly four-hour delay to work on the pain, but he turned his car over to 18-year-old Erik Jones when the race resumed.

  • Lady 'Cat golf wins 5th tourney title

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    DEMING >> Lady 'Cat golf notched another tournament championship and the Wildcat boys' golf team continues a positive move forward this season. Deming High girls captured the two-day Leroy Gooch Invitational Golf Tournament Championship with a 687 score for the 36 holes played last Monday and Tuesday. The Lady 'Cats competed against eight teams and were 88 strokes better than runner-up Las Cruces High. Lovington placed third at 818, followed by Silver, 836; and Alamogordo, 865. This is the team's fifth tournament title in as many outings. "Monday's weather was brutal," said DHS Head Coach James Williams. "The girls and boys played in cold, rain, sleet, snow and wind. Considering Monday's conditions, I thought the kids handled

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  • Winningest UND men's basketball coach being honored


    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The winningest men's basketball coach in University of North Dakota history is being inducted into the school's Letterwinners Athletics Hall of Fame. Rich Glas amassed a 335-194 record in 18 years as head coach, and led the school to eight NCAA Division II tournament appearances, including two Elite Eight berths. He was named North Central Region Coach of the Year twice. He is currently the coach at Concordia College. Glas' 1990-91 team also is being inducted into the hall. That team set a North Central Conference record with 17 conference wins and also won the league title. Former softball standout Holly (Bonk) Corbin and swimmer Shelly (Ebbighausen) Van Dyne also are being inducted into the

  • Faldo to make final appearance at British Open this year


    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Three-time British Open champion Nick Faldo will make his final appearance at the tournament at St. Andrews this year. The English golfer, who will turn 58 during the tournament in July, will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of his second British Open title at the Old Course in 1990. "The Open and St. Andrews will forever hold a significant place in my heart," Faldo said. "My fondest moments on my journey with this great sport are woven with pictures and emotions in this setting. It all means a huge amount to me." Faldo also won the British Open at Muirfield in 1987 and 1992, in addition to three Masters titles at Augusta National. Five-time champion Tom Watson will also be making

  • David Whitely: Amputee golfers aren’t missing out on life


    There was an alligator and what appeared to be a half-eaten man. The scene had could have been right out of a horror flick, or maybe a comedy of questionable taste. Dave Stevens wasn’t half-eaten, you see. The poor guy was born without legs. The initial reaction from strangers is often pity. They’d certainly never make jokes about an alligator coming out of a Florida swamp and biting Stevens in half. They don’t know Stevens. He’s nobody’s poor guy. “I feel like I’ve lived a Forrest Gimp life,” he said. Stevens may be 3-foot-2, but he’s a titan at destroying perceptions. The biggest is that if you are missing a limb you have to miss out on life’s pleasures.

  • McLaren faces race against time to improve car for Spain


    SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — The last time Fernando Alonso won a race was in front of his home fans at the Spanish Grand Prix two years ago. That race is next on the Formula One calendar and given the ongoing problems at McLaren, he will be happy with a top-10 finish in Barcelona. After four races, McLaren has not scored a point despite boasting world champions in Alonso and Jenson Button. With three weeks until the Spanish GP, things are not looking good. Alonso's 11th-place finish in Sunday's Bahrain GP was McLaren's best performance of the season — hardly much to shout about. But Button did not even make it out of the garage, and even if he had the 2009 F1 champion would have started from the back of the grid.

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East


    In the Middle East this week, Iraq's embattled Yazidi people marked their New Year in a candlelit ceremony despite being on the front lines of the war against the Islamic State group. The extremists view the Yazidis, an ancient sect of northern Iraq, as apostates. The militants enslaved many Yazidi women during their offensive last summer that saw them capture about a third of Iraq, as well as killed many men. But despite the hardships of the last year, the Yazidis marked their New Year with smiles and celebration holiest shrine in Lalish, some 60 kilometers (35 miles) north of the Islamic State-held city of Mosul.

  • Jim Furyk tops Kevin Kisner in playoff to win RBC Heritage


    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Jim Furyk had gone 100 starts without winning, a stretch that gnawed at his psyche and challenged his confidence. That all disappeared in uncharacteristic fashion Sunday when he won his first PGA Tour title in five years with birdies on both playoff holes to outlast Kevin Kisner at the RBC Heritage. When the winning putt fell on the par-3 17th, the typically reserved Furyk dropped his putter and punched the air. "I think getting excited on 17 there was a lot of pent-up frustrations," he said. Furyk won for the second time at RBC Heritage, the other coming in 2010 in what turned out to be the best year of his career. He won two other events, including the Tour Championship, and captured

  • Matt Kenseth ends 51-race drought with win at rainy Bristol

    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — After four rain delays and 11 extra laps, Matt Kenseth finally drove to victory lane. It took him nine hours to get there Sunday at a water-logged Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth snapped a 51-race losing streak by holding off Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson on one final restart in NASCAR's determined effort to stage a complete race. Kenseth, a seven-race winner in his 2013 debut season with Joe Gibbs Racing, was winless all last year. "It feels good to be back here. Not winning for as long as we did ... it wears on you a little bit," Kenseth said. "We had such a good 2013, and last year there were some races we had some chances to win and just things wouldn't line up for us. "We just c

  • Paralyzed owner Schmidt drives modified car at Long Beach

    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Sam Schmidt took a spin around Indianapolis Motor Speedway last spring, his first time behind the wheel since being paralyzed in a racing accident in 2000. He had a tougher challenge Sunday: Navigating the twists and turns of the street course in Long Beach. "An unbelievable experience. Coming here for 25 years with my parents, I always wanted to race here, but never had the opportunity so it's a really, really special day," he said. "It's a totally different experience sitting here. There's bumps you don't see from the TV and video games don't do it justice." Schmidt took to the track about an hour before the Grand Prix of Long Beach and did nearly two laps around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn cir

  • Scott Dixon wins Grand Prix of Long Beach

    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Scott Dixon, like nearly every IndyCar driver, loves racing the streets of downtown Long Beach. But whether it was bad luck or an inability to close out a race, the New Zealander always found victory well beyond his reach. That changed with a dominating Sunday under the warm California sun. Dixon passed Helio Castroneves during a mid-race pit stop and stayed out front over the final 47 laps to win the Grand Prix of Long Beach for the first time. "I guess I finally got it right," Dixon said. A three-time IndyCar Series champion, Dixon has not had much luck on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit, finishing fourth in 2010 for his only previous top 10.

  • Canada's Augusta James wins first Symetra Tour title

    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Canada's Augusta James won the Chico's Patty Berg Memorial on Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title, and Laurie Rinker took The Legends Tour competition. The 22-year-old James, a former North Carolina State player making her fourth start on the tour, closed with a 5-under 67 for a four-stroke victory over Laura Kueny and Brianna Do. "It's a fantastic feeling," said James, named Augusta after being born on the first day of the 1993 Masters. "I'm really happy and really excited that my hard work is paying off." James finished at 10-under 278 at Cypress Lake Country Club. She earned $22,500 to jump from 58th to first on the money list with $23,684. The final top 10 will earn 2016 LPGA Tour cards

  • Denny Hamlin pulls out of Bristol race with neck injury

    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Denny Hamlin pulled out of Sunday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway with a neck injury he says occurred before rain halted the event. Hamlin told The Associated Press he felt something strain in his neck 12 laps into the race. The event was stopped after 22 laps for rain, and when drivers were told to return to their cars, Hamlin turned his seat over to Erik Jones. Hamlin says the pain is so extreme, he would not have been competitive. He also felt the best move for Joe Gibbs Racing was to allow Jones, one of their development drivers, to get some seat time. Jones has never competed in the Sprint Cup Series before. The 18-year-old raced to his first career Xfinity Series victory last week at Texas

  • Furyk wins 2nd RBC Heritage title, topping Kisner in playoff

    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Jim Furyk fired an 8-under-par 63 — the lowest score ever by a winner of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing — then topped Kevin Kisner with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff to capture his second tartan jacket and his first PGA Tour title since 2010. Kisner, seeking his first PGA Tour win, closed with a 7-under-par 64. He also would have been the first South Carolinian to win the Palmetto State’s only tour event. Instead, Furyk became the ninth player to win multiple titles at Harbour Town Golf Links, the first since Boo Weekley repeated as champ in 2008. Furyk’s surpassed the closing rounds of Brandt Snedeker (2011), Brian Gay (2009) and Stewart Cink (2004), who each closed wins

  • RBC Heritage Par Scores

    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Furyk won on second playoff hole

  • RBC Heritage Scores

    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Furyk won on second playoff hole