PGA boss denies reports
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said two British newspaper reports of a bid to take over the European Tour are inaccurate.
The Telegraph and The Daily Mail reported that the PGA Tour made an “audacious” bid to acquire the European Tour.
Finchem said the tours continue to explore “collaborative efforts.”
• BROOKLINE, Mass. — Foreigners dominated the top of the leaderboard at the 113th U.S. Amateur, with Englishman Neil Raymond tied at 6-under par with Australia’s Brady Watt after two rounds of stroke play. They are followed three strokes back by another Australian, another Englishman and a Canadian.
Clowney returns to S.C. practice
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina All-American Jadeveon Clowney returned to practice after missing the past two sessions with a bruised shoulder.
Clowney sat out Saturday’s scrimmage and Monday night’s practice before returning to the field Tuesday. Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward had said that Clowney’s injury was not serious.
• ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Longtime University at Albany football coach Bob Ford is coaching his last season.
Ford announced at the team’s media day that he’ll retire after the season. Hired in 1970, he’s the longest tenured coach in college football. With 264 career victories, Ford ranks second among all active college coaches and first among active Division I coaches.
Police complete Pistorius probe
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African police spokesman said Oscar Pistorius will be served with an indictment now that police have completed an investigation into the shooting death of his girlfriend.
Spokesman Lt. Gen. Solomon Makgale said the investigation team is convinced Pistorius has a charge to answer.
Pistorius will appear in a Pretoria court Monday.
Eaton’s wife adds silver medal
MOSCOW (AP) — The Eatons finished their working honeymoon in Russia ever so close to making it a double-gold celebration at the world championships.
Brianne Theisen Eaton of Canada failed to sufficiently shake Ganna Melnichenko in the final 800-meter race of the heptathlon and finished with a silver medal two days after husband Ashton Eaton won the decathlon.
In other events, LaShawn Merritt of the United States reclaimed the world title in the men’s 400 meters, Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia won the men’s 800-meter and Yelena Isbinayeva won the women’s pole vault.
Sharapova upset in second round
MASON, Ohio (AP) — Maria Sharapova’s return to WTA tournament play after more than a month away was short-lived following an upset loss to 17th-ranked American Sloane Stephens 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the second round of the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday. Fourteenth-seeded Jelena Jankovic, the 2009 champion, advanced to the second round with a 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-2 win over Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki.
In earlier action, second-ranked Victoria Azarenka held off an upset bid by qualifier Vania King to pull out a 6-1, 7-6 (6) win and advance to the third round.