Mickelson shoots 68, trails by 2 in return at St. Jude
Returning to work for the first time since disclosing last month that his wife has breast cancer, Phil Mickelson got off to a solid start in the St. Jude Classic with a 2-under-par 68 that left him two shots behind the early leaders Thursday. He wore a pink ribbon stitched into the side of his white cap and at times looked fatigued. Jose Maria Olazabal shot a 66 and was tied for the lead with Mathias Gronberg and Chris Stroud. John Daly played his first PGA Tour event since serving a six-month suspension for off-course activities that brought the game so many unwanted headlines and photos. He played in the afternoon and opened with eight pars until a birdie at No. 9 to make the turn at 1-under 34.
Lopez Award: : Duke's Amanda Blumenherst has won the Nancy Lopez Award for the third straight year. The former Blue Devils standout and reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion was once again named the world's most outstanding female amateur. Blumenherst, the Atlantic Coast Conference's co-Player of the Year this year, led the Blue Devils to team national titles in 2006 and 2007. She is the only player to win the award multiple times.
Bomb threat doesn't stop Roddick from advancing
After the start of the match was delayed by a bomb threat, Andy Roddick defeated Lleyton Hewitt, 7-6, 7-6, to advance to the quarterfinals at Queen's Club in London. Tournament officials, who initially said the match was being delayed because of technical issues, disclosed that a spectator had discovered a bomb threat message pinned to a wall. However, a security sweep found nothing. After trailing 3-1 in the tiebreaker, Roddick closed out the match with his 18th ace to earn a meeting with former finalist Ivo Karlovic. The Croat had 19 aces in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Nicolas Mahut.
ATP Gerry Weber Open: : Novak Djokovic saved five match points, staving off Florent Serra, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1, and advancing to the quarterfinals in Halle, Germany.
WTA Aegon Classic: : Maria Sharapova won twice within hours to advance to the quarterfinals in Birmingham, England. Extending her comeback after a 10-month layoff because of a shoulder injury and surgery, Sharapova needed only two minutes and five points to wrap up a 6-3, 6-4 victory over American Alexa Glatch in a second-round match suspended Wednesday by rain. The unseeded Sharapova required little more than an hour to dispatch seventh-seeded Francesca Schiavone, 6-1, 6-3.
Tickets for 2010 lacrosse championships on sale Tues.
Tickets for the 2010 NCAA Divisions I, II and III men's lacrosse championships at M&T Bank Stadium will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The championships return to Baltimore for the first time since 2007 and will take place Memorial Day weekend (May 29-31). The event includes the semifinals and final of the Division I championship, as well as the title games of the Division II and Division III tournaments. In 2007, a record 123,000 fans attended at M&T Bank Stadium. Fans interested in purchasing three-day, all-session tickets or hospitality packages have the following options: Online: www.ncaa.com/lacrosse2010 or www.ticketmaster.com. By phone: 410-547-SEAT, 202-397-SEAT, 703-573-SEAT or 1-800-551-SEAT. By mail: Ticket brochures can be downloaded at http://www.ncaa.com/lacrosse2010. In person: Fans can visit the Ravens ticket office at M&T Bank Stadium.
Tennessee men's basketball: : Forward Tyler Smith said he will withdraw his name from consideration for the NBA draft and return for his senior season with the Volunteers. In his two seasons at Tennessee, Smith has averaged 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
South Carolina men's basketball: : Forward Dominique Archie said he is removing his name from the NBA draft and returning to school for his senior season. Archie averaged 10.9 points and 6.4 rebounds during his junior season.
Real Madrid pays Manchester United $131M for C. Ronaldo
Manchester United accepted a world-record transfer offer for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, clearing the FIFA Player of the Year to negotiate terms with the Spanish club. The Premier League champion said it received an unconditional offer of 80 million pounds, or $131 million, for the midfielder, 24.
NHL: : Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said the team will recognize right away that new coach Marc Crawford is the "guy in charge." Crawford was introduced as the replacement for Dave Tippett, who was fired Wednesday.