UCLA’s Kevin Chappell shot a 3-under-par 69 on Wednesday and the Bruins were tied with rival Southern California after the first round of the NCAA men’s Division I golf championship.


 UCLA’s Kevin Chappell shot a 3-under-par 69 on Wednesday and the Bruins were tied with rival Southern California after the first round of the NCAA men’s Division I golf championship.
Oklahoma State was one stroke back at 298, and Clemson and Kent State were tied for fourth at 301 on the 7,450-yard Kampen Course at Purdue’s Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.
Defending champion Stanford, which last year won its first title since 1994, was tied for 12th at 309.
USC’s Tim Sluiter and Kent State’s David Markle were both one stroke behind Chappell and they were the only players to break par. Three others were at 72.

Bronchos get new athletic director
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — A Purdue athletic department official with ties to the state of Oklahoma was named Wednesday as the new athletic director at Central Oklahoma.
Joe Muller’s appointment as the seventh athletic director in the Division II school’s 118-year history comes as Central Oklahoma is dealing with NCAA sanctions levied after major rules violations were committed by the Bronchos’ football program.

Former Cowboy sidelined
BOSTON (AP) — Guard Tony Allen was inactive Wednesday night for the Celtics’ playoff game against the Pistons after hurting his Achilles’ tendon during practice.
Forward Brian Scalabrine, who did not play in any of Boston’s previous 18 playoff games, was activated in his place for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Allen, a former Oklahoma State standout who played just 46 minutes in 12 playoff games this year, sustained a mild strain to his right Achilles’ tendon while playing a game of 1-on-1 Tuesday, coach Doc Rivers said. He is averaging one point per game.
In the first four games of the series, which Detroit and Boston split, Allen was scoreless while playing six minutes in three games.

Sale of Cubs has no timeline, says chairman
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs chairman Crane Kenney reiterated Wednesday there is no timetable for the sale of the team and that Tribune Co. continues to explore the possibility of selling Wrigley Field separately or jointly.
The team earlier this month rejected a plan from the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority to purchase Wrigley Field, the second oldest ball park in the majors. The ISFA is headed by former Gov. James Thompson.
“No update on the process. We’re going to keep going forward with our private process. We’ve had proposals back and forth with ISFA,” Kenney said.

Jury still deliberates in federal doping case
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The jury deliberating the fate of track coach Trevor Graham has reached a verdict on one of three counts, but is “hopelessly deadlocked” on the other two.
Graham is charged with lying to investigators probing steroid use in sports.
Jurors wrapped up their first full day of deliberations Wednesday telling the judge they had reached a verdict on the charge relating to Graham telling IRS agents in 2004 he had not talked to admitted steroids dealer Angel Heredia by phone since about 1997.

Crew chief penalized
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Three members of Brad Keselowski’s team, including crew chief Tony Eury Sr., were penalized Wednesday for participating in post-race altercation with Denny Hamlin’s crew on pit road at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Crew members from both teams scuffled after late race contact between the two drivers in Saturday night’s Nationwide Series event. Keselowski ran into the back of Hamlin under caution, and Hamlin retaliated by hitting him back.
The drivers finished second and third in the race, and their crews had to be separated in the impound area.
Eury Sr. was fined $1,000 and placed on probation until June 25.

Smith takes over as SMI CEO
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Marcus Smith, son of billionaire track owner Bruton Smith, was selected as Humpy Wheeler’s successor Wednesday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and Speedway Motorsports Inc.
Marcus Smith takes over as president and CEO of SMI, which owns seven tracks currently on NASCAR’s Cup schedule, and president and general manager of Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
He replaces Wheeler, who stepped down after 33 years of running LMS last week. Bruton Smith endorsed his 35-year-old son for the jobs, but SMI’s board of directors did not make it official until Wednesday afternoon.

Hornets coach extends contract
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NBA coach of the year Byron Scott and the New Orleans Hornets agreed in principle to a contract extension on Wednesday.
“I am very happy to sign an extension to stay here in New Orleans with the Hornets,” Scott said in a statement released by the team. “We, as a team, are a piece of the community of New Orleans. We are really growing into something special and there is no other place I would rather be.”
Citing team policies, the Hornets did not release the terms of the new contract.

MLB stands up to cancer
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Major League Baseball is making a $10 million donation to “Stand Up to Cancer,” a fundraising charity for cancer research, commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday.
“We made a commitment,” Selig said. “And we’re going to do a lot of work in every one of our ballparks.”
In the Los Angeles area to announce that the Angels will host the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim, Selig attended a morning meeting with organizers of the charity.
“Some people might regard this as a responsibility. I regard it as a privilege,” he said of baseball’s becoming involved with the fundraising.
ABC, CBS and NBC each have allotted a prime-time hour on Sept. 5 to simulcast a fundraiser.
Organizers and the American Association for Cancer Research will decide how to distribute the money.

Tiger still recovering
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The Memorial had high hopes of landing all of the top 10 players in the world for the first time until Tiger Woods decided his left knee was not fully recovered from surgery.
Since then, the stars have been falling like rain, which is never a good sign at Muirfield Village.
Adam Scott opted not to play, citing fatigue. Vijay Singh was still smarting from a rib injury and had to pull out. Steve Stricker withdrew with an elbow injury. Even some of the alternates for the 120-man field decided not to come.
Who does that leave at the Memorial?
Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia, both fresh off important victories.