Sports briefs (Oct. 15)
10/15/2011 12:00 AM
10/19/2011 9:47 AM
The Newman and Wichita State bowling teams will play host to the 52nd Mid-States Tournament today and Sunday at Northrock Lanes, 3232 N. Rock Road. Admission is free. It's the season-opening tournament for both teams, and as many as 46 teams are expected to compete. Play begins at 12:30 p.m. today and goes until about 9. Sunday's bowling begins at 8 a.m. and concludes around 3:30 p.m.
The NCAA has publicly reprimanded Florida coach Tim Walton, a former Wichita State coach, and former player Kelsey Bruder for violating the governing body's sportsmanship policy. The NCAA said Walton and Bruder made disparaging comments about the home-plate umpire after a 14-4 loss to Arizona State in Game 1 of the Women's College World Series on June 6.
Kansas State women's coach Deb Patterson is one of three people who will be inducted into the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions class this year. The honor recognizes athletes or coaches who have demonstrated their commitment to Jesus Christ through FCA, the organization said.
track and field
Wichita State opens the season with the Herm Wilson Invitational on Jan. 11-12 at the Heskett Center. WSU will also hold home meets on Feb. 3-4 at Heskett Center and the K.T. Woodman Classic outdoor meet at Cessna Stadium on April 11-14. WSU will also hold the Missouri Valley Conference outdoor at Cessna Stadium May 11-13.
Webb Simpson, in a chase to try to win the PGA Tour money title, made a pair of late birdies for a 3-under 67 in the McGladrey Classic at St. Simons Island, Ga. That left him two shots behind Billy Horschel, who picked up four shots over his last four holes on the Seaside course for a 64.
After finishing his second round, Simpson said he would play the PGA Tour's final tournament next week at Disney in his bid to capture the money title. Donald, currently atop the money list by $68,971 over Simpson, had said earlier Friday that he would add Disney to his schedule.
* England's Simon Khan shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura, Portugal.
Khan opened with three birdies in the first four holes at the Oceanico Victoria course. He also birdied the last two to finish at 13-under 131.
The 39-year-old Englishman leads Rhys Davies (67), Felipe Aguilar (66) and first-round leader James Kingston (68) by a shot heading into the weekend.
* Americans Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lang shared the lead Friday after the second round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
Lewis shot a 6-under 65 and Lang finished with a 67 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Lewis dropped two strokes at the par-4 ninth, but made eight birdies for a 9-under 133 total.
Sprint Cup points leader Carl Edwards moved in front on a late restart and held off Kyle Busch on the final lap to win his eighth Nationwide race of the season at Charlotte, N.C.
Edwards' right side was badly damaged after hitting the wall 32 laps into the race and he fell to 27th in the Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But he steadily moved up during the race and took the lead for the first time with five laps left.
Busch was second and Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne third. Elliott Sadler finished fourth to earn a $100,000 bonus in the series' Dash 4 Cash.
* Cruz Pedregon took the provisional top spot in Funny Car at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
Larry Dixon, Mike Edwards and Eddie Krawiec topped their divisions at Phoenix International Raceway, the fourth stop in the six-race Countdown to the Championship.
Pedregon drove his Toyota Camry to a 4.215-second pass at 296.37 mph in his final run. Points leader Matt Hagan was fifth and second-place driver Mike Neff was third.
Dixon led the Top Fuel field with a 3.919 at 303.84. Points leader Spencer Massey was 16th and second-placed Antron Brown fourth.
In Pro Stock, Edwards powered his Pontiac GXP to a run of 6.642 at 209.10. Krawiec rode his Harley-Davidson to the front of the Pro Stock Motorcycle field with a run of 6.939 at 193.63.