Connelly stays tied for 6th at NCAA event; Song leads
Central Florida senior Stephanie Connelly, a native of Pasadena, shot a 3-over-par 75 on Thursday and remains tied for sixth at 5-over 221 after three rounds of the NCAA Division I women's championship at Caves Valley Golf Course in Owings Mills. Southern California freshman Jennifer Song shot a 71 and leads by two strokes at 216.
PGA HP BYRON NELSON CHAMPIONSHIP: : Rookie James Nitties of Australia finished with four consecutive birdies for a 5-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead with Ken Duke in Irving, Texas.
CHAMPIONS SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: : Scott Hoch bogeyed the final two holes in Beachwood, Ohio, for a 4-under 66 and share of the first-round lead in the first major of the year for the over-50 set.
LPGA CORNING CLASSIC: : Hee Young Park matched her career low with an 8-under 64 for a share of the lead with Karine Icher after one round in Corning, N.Y.
Ex-quarterback Leaf indicted on drug, burglary charges
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been indicted by a Randall County, Texas, grand jury on drug and burglary charges. The indictment was handed up Wednesday in Canyon. It charged the 33-year-old former San Diego Chargers quarterback and former West Texas A&M quarterbacks coach with one count of burglary to a habitation, seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and delivery of a simulated controlled substance. Canyon police Lt. Dale Davis said Leaf is suspected of breaking into a Canyon apartment on Oct. 30 and stealing the painkiller Hydrocodone, which had been prescribed to an injured football player.
MICHAEL VICK: : Suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick returned home from prison in Leavenworth, Kan., and was fitted with an electronic monitor. He remains a federal inmate, serving two months of home confinement to complete his 23-month sentence for running a dogfighting ring. He will also be starting his $10-an-hour job as a construction laborer - a condition of his probation.
ET CETERA: : Former Bears defensive lineman William "The Refrigerator" Perry, 46, has been released a hospital in Aiken, S.C., after a monthlong stay for complications of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a nervous system disorder. ... Veteran cornerback Dre' Bly signed a one-year deal with the 49ers. ... Eagles executive Mark Donovan was named vice president and chief operating officer of the Chiefs.
Newman on Coca-Cola pole; Malkin puts Pens up 2-0
Ryan Newman turned a lap at 188.475 mph to grab the top starting spot for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. It was Newman's eighth career pole at the track - the most of any active driver - and the Stewart-Haas Racing driver's 44th overall. Kyle Busch will start second in NASCAR's longest race after a lap of 188.258, and points leader Jeff Gordon qualified third.
MORE AUTO RACING: : Former USAC champion and 1978 Indy 500 co-Rookie of the Year Larry Rice died in Brownsburg, Ind. of lung cancer. He was 63.
NHL: : Evgeni Malkin put Pittsburgh ahead for good by scoring twice in the third period of his first three-goal playoff performance and the host Penguins beat the Hurricanes, 7-4, to open a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. ... The Wild hired Penguins official Chuck Fletcher to take over as general manager, the Associated Press reported, citing an anonymous source. ... Hall of Fame center Clint Smith, a two-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly play while with the Blackhawks and Rangers, died in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was 95.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER: : D.C. United is going from two primary owners to one. Victor MacFarlane said he is selling his stake in the MLS club to partner Will Chang. San Francisco businessmen MacFarlane and Chang paid $33 million for the operating rights to United two years ago. MacFarlane became the first black owner in MLS, and Chang became the first Chinese-American MLS owner.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: : Quarterback Robert Marve will transfer from Miami to Purdue instead of walking on at Tennessee. ... Notre Dame is considering playing a game at the new Yankee Stadium.
COLLEGE TENNIS: : Martin Novak has resigned as Maryland's women's tennis coach to become director of tennis at Trump National Golf Club in Washington.