Blumenherst wins third Lopez Award

Ex-Duke star is top female golfer

The Associated PressJune 13, 2009 

Amanda Blumenherst, a recent Duke graduate, has received the Nancy Lopez Award as the world's most outstanding female amateur golfer week for the third consecutive year.

Blumenherst is the reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion. Blumenherst will begin her professional career this summer.

"Winning the Nancy Lopez Award for the third year in a row is an incredible honor. I am so excited to have accomplished this, especially because Nancy Lopez has been my role model since I started playing golf," Blumenherst said in a release. "It is an excellent way to conclude my amateur career."


Florida attorney general wants NCAA response: The NCAA must release copies of its response to Florida State's appeal of penalties stemming from academic violations, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said Friday.

In a letter addressed to NCAA president Myles Brand, the attorney general said failure to release the contents of the letter or provide access to them could result in a $1,000 fine, a year in jail, or both.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said it had received the letter but hadn't had a chance to review it.

Loss of wins roils Tide: The NCAA hit Alabama's football program where it hurts -- the Tide's famed history.

The Crimson Tide will slip a notch in the record books if university officials don't appeal NCAA sanctions that would force the program to vacate 21 wins for misuse of textbooks acquired by student-athletes for free using their scholarships.

Though Alabama escaped sanctions that would keep the team from bowl games or competing for championships, the university is considering lodging an appeal.

Without a successful appeal, the program no longer can boast more bowl wins than any other school after having to vacate a 2006 Cotton Bowl win over Texas Tech. That drops the Tide's bowl win total to 30. Southern California now tops the list after gaining win No. 31 against Penn State in the Rose Bowl.

Alabama had 15 days from Thursday's verdict in which to take its case to the Infractions Appeals Committee to seek restoration of the wins from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons.

ESPN gets Rose Bowl: The Rose Bowl will be televised on ESPN beginning in January 2011, giving the network broadcast rights to all Bowl Championship Series games. ESPN announced the agreement Friday.


Former Kansas AD Frederick dies: Former Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick has died at age 69 from head injuries sustained in a bicycling accident on Thursday near the university campus.

Frederick died at University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., according to family spokeswoman Kelly Hale.

In 1989, as athletic director at Kansas, Frederick passed up dozens of experienced basketball coaches and took a chance on Roy Williams, who was the No. 2 assistant at North Carolina.

Pilgrim loses UK scholarship: The father of Kentucky basketball player Matt Pilgrim says the school has told his son it is not renewing his scholarship this year.

James Pilgrim told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Pilgrim got the news Wednesday to make way for a star-studded freshman recruiting class.


White Sox pick Camels' Hamme: Campbell senior outfielder Ryan Hamme was selected in the 31st round of the Major League Baseball draft on Thursday by the Chicago White Sox. A first-team All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection, Hamme batted .438 this season, fifth-highest in the country and tops in the Atlantic Sun.

All-freshman honors: N.C. Central's Akeem Hood and Duke's Will Piwnica-Worms were named to the Ping!baseball all-freshman third team.

Hood, a former Millbrook High outfielder, hit .322 on the season from the leadoff spot and had 16 stolen bases.

Piwnica-Worms, Duke's center fielder, batted .317 with three home runs for the Blue Devils and ended the season on a 57-game errorless streak.

Friday's results

Track and field

UNC's Davis, Ivy makes finals: North Carolina's Austin Davis and Vanneisha Ivy each qualified for the finals in their respective events at the NCAA outdoor championships at Fayetteville, Ark.

Davis, a sophomore, jumped 53-11/2 in the triple jump to make today's finals.

Ivy, a junior, recorded a time of 13.30 seconds in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles to qualify for today's final in the event.

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