November 17, 2012

Sports Digest

GOLF

Campbell leads at Hong Kong as McIlroy misses the cut

Michael Campbell led a host of 40-somethings atop the leaderboard, while defending champion Rory McIlroy failed to make the cut.

The 43-year-old Campbell holed a 10-foot birdie at the last for a 6-under 64 that gave him a one-stroke lead at 9 under on the Fanling course at Hong Kong Golf Club.

McIlroy, who shot a 72 to finish at 5 over after two rounds, was done in by a double-bogey on his final hole.

LPGA TOUR: Ai Miyazato of Japan overcame a sloppy bogey on the par-5 second hole by making four birdies in a five-hole stretch at Naples, Fla.

She later added four birdies, for a one-shot lead over U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi.

Sun Young Yoo was two shots behind until she was penalized one shot for not raising her arm high enough on a drop at the 14th hole.

SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN: Henrik Stenson opened a four-shot lead with a second-round 65 before play was suspended for the day because of an electrical storm with much of the field yet to finish at Johannesburg.

Stenson's 7-under 65, to go with his opening 66, put him at 13 under, ahead of Swedish compatriot Magnus Carlsson, who shot a 67 to move to second at 9 under.

First-round leader Merrick Bremner of South Africa was also at 9 under but still had four holes to play when they were called in for lightning.

AUSTRALIAN MASTERS: Overnight leader Matthew Guyatt shot a 3-under 69 to maintain his two-shot lead after the second round at Melbourne, Australia.

Michael Hendry of New Zealand also shot a 69 and was in second place.

TENNIS

DAVIS CUP: Tomas Berdych beat Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 to give the Czech Republic a 1-1 tie with Spain after the opening singles matches in the final at Prague.

Earlier, David Ferrer opened Spain's bid for its fourth Davis Cup title in five years with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Radek Stepanek.

SKELETON

WORLD CUP: Reigning world champion Katie Uhlaender put together two solid runs to edge Britain's Elizabeth Yarnold by one-hundredth of a second and win the World Cup skeleton event at Park City, Utah.

Uhlaender finished a disappointing fifth last week in Lake Placid, N.Y., in the season's first World Cup event.

BASKETBALL

JURISPRUDENCE: A judge in Atlanta has set bond at $100,000 for ex-WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw.

Holdsclaw was in court after surrendering to charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

She is accused of firing a shot into a car belonging to 29-year-old Jennifer Lacy, who plays for the Tulsa Shock. Police say the 35-year-old Holdsclaw also used a bat to smash the car's windows.

No one was injured. Lacy told police that Holdsclaw was an ex-girlfriend and they were Atlanta Dream teammates in 2009.

HIGH SCHOOLS: Cheverus senior Kylie Libby of South Portland signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Binghamton University in Vestal, N.Y.

Libby, who will study biology, drew interest from several other colleges including Holy Cross, Fairfield, Albany, Gardner Webb, New Hampshire and Lehigh.

An Arkansas girls high school basketball team was shut out 88-0 earlier this week by a team whose coach pulled her starters in the first few minutes and told her players to "play soft."

Little Rock Hall Coach Selita Farr says she knew A.J. Fair's inexperienced team would have difficulty. Hall has eight seniors, including two being recruited by Division I colleges.

Fair has four freshmen and one senior.

HOCKEY

NHL: The lockout is now in its third month, and there is no obvious path to progress. Now NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has suggested to players' association chief Donald Fehr that they take a two-week break from each other -- perhaps thinking that if talking doesn't work, not talking might.

Brad Richards and several of his New York Rangers teammates participated in a benefit skate to help relief efforts on Staten Island after Superstorm Sandy.

Richards, who signed with the Rangers last offseason, and led them to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last postseason, partnered with a high school team to organize "Skating for Sandy."

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