Two Wichitans won a combined three events at the USATF Masters indoor championships in Boston. Bob Lida won the age 70-74 60 meters in 8.53 seconds and 200 in 27.83 seconds. Ken Jansson won the age 50-54 25-pound weight throw with a distance of 64 feet, 10 inches.
Sherron Collins of Kansas, Jon Scheyer of Duke and Da'Sean Butler of West Virginia are among 10 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as men's college basketball player of the year.
Kentucky freshmen John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were also among the finalists announced Thursday.
The other finalists are James Anderson of Oklahoma State, Wesley Johnson of Syracuse, Scottie Reynolds of Villanova, Evan Turner of Ohio State, and Greivis Vasquez of Maryland.
The Wooden Award will be presented April 9 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
* Two Biddy Basketball girls teams won international championships last week.
The 10-year-old team won the tournament in Farmers Branch, Texas. Team members are Taylor Holmes, Mia Hays, Brianna Johnson, Whitney Bockover, Mauri Scales, Kylie Acebedo, Kyla Callins, Whitney Cravens, Jewell Bolden, Destiny Pittman and Krissanda Pollard. Coaches are Antwain Scales, Tobin Acebedo and Drew Holmes. Callins, Scales, Pittman and Cravens were named All-Americans, while Cravens was named tournament MVP.
The 8-year-old team won their tournament in Dallas. Team member are Harper Amend, Alexis Herndon, Zaria Garnes, Dymond McElrath, Tore Alford, Dasia Garland, Sienna Carter, Haley Beard, Aliyah Myers, Brentashia Johnson, Desiray Kernal and Endeyah Donnell. Coaches are Brian Johnson, Dana McElrath and Amanda Beard. All-Americans were Beard, McElrath, Kernal and Alford, and Alford was tournament MVP.
* Kansas guard/forward Danielle McCray has been invited to attend the WNBA Draft next Thursday at Seacaucus, N.J. McCray is one of 14 college players invited to the draft. The first round of the draft will be televised live on ESPNU and NBA TV.
Wichita State (9-17, 0-4 Missouri Valley Conference) will try to end a seven-game losing streak today at Drake (19-8, 2-1). The teams play a doubleheader beginning at noon. The series ends with a noon game on Saturday. The Shockers are hitting .156 during the losing streak.
Venus Williams' longest winning streak since 2004 has advanced her to the final at the Sony Ericsson Open. Williams won her 15th consecutive match by beating Marion Bartoli in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-4 at Key Biscayne, Fla. Her opponent Saturday will be Kim Clijsters, who beat Justine Henin 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3) in the other semifinal.
* The Wichita State women's team will raise money for cancer research during its match against Marquette at 6 p.m., Saturday at the Wichita Country Club. Admission is free. WSU will raffle off racquets, balls, tennis bags, lessons and other items. Fans can sign up to donate $5 per ace for players or matches. Proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen and Karie Schlukebir Pennock foundations.
Jimmy Waters went 3 for 5 with two doubles and four RBIs while T.J. Walz pitched 7 1/3 innings to lead Kansas to a 9-5 win over No. 22 Texas A&M at Lawrence.