=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Wednesday, May 6 ===
=== Wells report: Pats intentionally deflated balls ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Ted Wells has completed his investigation
into deflated footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC
Championship Game and concluded that team personnel deliberately tried to
"circumvent the rules."
Wells, the NFL-appointed attorney who conducted the probe, submitted a 243-
page report on Wednesday.
According to the report, quarterback Tom Brady was "generally aware" that two
Patriots employees, locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment
assistant John Jastremski, "participated in a deliberate effort to release
air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee."
The league investigators found no evidence that Patriots ownership, coach Bill
Belichick or head equipment manager Dave Schoenfeld knew of the practice.
"To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any
incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the
AFC Championship game, would be a gross understatement," Patriots chairman and
CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement.
Kraft added, "We will accept the findings of the report and take the
appropriate actions based on those findings as well as any discipline levied
by the league."
The Patriots rolled to a 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC
Championship Game on January 18 at a rain-soaked Gillette Stadium. Reports
began to surface in the hours after the contest that footballs were not
correctly inflated, which would apparently allow for a better grip in
The Colts complained that several footballs were under inflated. As a result,
at halftime, the league tested the air pressure of the balls being used by
The NFL requires balls to be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square
inch. All eleven of the Patriots' game balls tested measured below the
minimum pressure level.
Belichick, Brady and Kraft all denied accusations that the team intentionally
deflated its footballs.
The Patriots went on to beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in the Super Bowl.
=== Ed Reed to retire a Raven ===
(SportsNetwork,com) - Nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed is retiring, and will
do so as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
The Baltimore Sun reports that Reed will announce his retirement Thursday
afternoon at the Ravens' training complex.
Reed, who was drafted 24th overall by the Ravens out of the University of
Miami in 2002, spent his first 11 seasons as a member of the Baltimore
secondary before splitting the 2013 season between the Houston Texans and New
The 36-year-old led the Ravens with five interceptions during his rookie
campaign and finished with 64, ranking sixth all-time in NFL history. He had
the most multi-interception games with 13 and is tied with Charlie Waters,
Bill Simpson and Ronnie Lott for the most in postseason history with nine.
A five-time First Team All-Pro, Reed recorded five tackles and an interception
in Baltimore's 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
In addition to his interceptions, Reed racked up 643 total tackles, six
sacks, 11 forced fumbles and scored 14 defensive touchdowns in 174 career
games. He is also the only player in league history to score off a punt
return, blocked punt, interception and fumble recovery.
=== Bears sign top two picks ===
Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with
first-round draft pick wide receiver Kevin White on a four-year contract with
a fifth-year option and second-round draft pick defensive lineman Eddie
Goldman on a four-year contract Wednesday.
White appeared in 24 games with 22 starts in two seasons (2013-14) at West
Virginia, collecting 144 receptions for 1,954 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a
senior, he ranked fifth in the FBS in receptions (109) and sixth in receiving
yards (1,447) to go along with 10 touchdowns.
He was one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award (given to the nation's
best receiver) and a Maxwell Award Semifinalist (College Player of the Year).
Goldman appeared in 37 games (27 starts) during three seasons (2012-14) at
Florida State, recording 62 tackles, six sacks, 12 tackles for losses, one
forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
In 2014, he led the Seminoles with four sacks and added eight tackles for
losses to go along with 35 defensive tackles, one forced fumble, a fumble
recovery and pass break-up.
The Bears have now agreed to terms with five of their six 2015 draft picks.
=== Cardinals claim CB Dennard ===
Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Cardinals have claimed cornerback
Alfonzo Dennard off waivers from the New England Patriots.
Dennard was waived by the Patriots on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old Dennard started 20 games and logged five interceptions in
three seasons with New England, which selected the former Nebraska standout in
the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was active for only six games in
2014 before landing on injured reserve prior to Week 17.
Dennard will likely compete for playing time behind veterans Patrick Peterson
and Jerraud Powers in Arizona.
=== Cubs activate Grimm from DL ===
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs activated reliever Justin
Grimm from the 15-day on Wednesday.
Grimm has yet to pitch this season because of right forearm inflammation. He
made one rehab appearance for Triple-A Iowa, tossing a scoreless inning with a
walk and two strikeouts on Monday.
The Cubs also recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Iowa, optioned outfielder
Junior Lake to their Triple-A club and designated pitcher Anthony Varvaro for
=== Pirates place Lambo on DL ===
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Pirates placed outfielder
Andrew Lambo on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with plantar fasciitis in
his left foot.
Lambo was just 1-for-25 in 20 games this season.
Pittsburgh selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Steve Lombardozzi
from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace Lambo on the roster.
The switch-hitting Lombardozzi currently ranks second in the International
League in batting (.379) and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games.
=== A's activate Crisp, send down Gentry ===
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics activated Coco
Crisp from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and optioned fellow outfielder
Craig Gentry to Triple-A Nashville.
Crisp began the season on the disabled list after having arthroscopic surgery
last month to remove loose bodies and damaged tissue in his right elbow joint.
The 35-year-old veteran's recovery was expected to take between six and eight
week, but he was back on the field in under five.
He went 2-for-8 during a two-game rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton on
Sunday and Monday.
Gentry was batting just .086 with a .175 on-base percentage in 16 games this
The A's are in Minneapolis for a series against the Twins.
=== Yankees activate Pirela; Petit to DL ===
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees placed infielder
Gregorio Petit on the 15-day disabled list due to a right hand contusion he
sustained in Tuesday's game at Toronto.
Rookie infielder Jose Pirela was reinstated from the 15-day DL in a
corresponding move and will start at second base in Wednesday's game against
the Blue Jays.
Petit was forced to exit New York's 6-3 win over the Blue Jays after being hit
in the hand while swinging at a pitch in the eighth inning. The 30-year-old
journeyman was batting .200 with five RBI in 17 games since being acquired
from Houston shortly prior to Opening Day.
Pirela, who went 8-for-24 with two triples and six runs scored in a September
call-up by the Yankees last season, landed on the DL after suffering a
concussion when running into the outfield wall during a spring training game
on March 22.
The utilityman just completed an eight-game minor league rehab assignment in
which he hit .364 (12-for-33) with a home run, five doubles, four RBI and
seven runs scored.
=== Astros put Springer on concussion DL ===
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Houston Astros outfielder George Springer
was placed on the 7-day concussion list during Wednesday's game against the
Springer went head-first into the right-field wall as he made an outstanding
catch on Adrian Beltre during the seventh inning of Tuesday's 7-1 loss to the
Rangers. He was removed from the game the following inning and did not play in
Wednesday's series finale.
The 25-year-old has gotten off to a slow start at the plate this season,
hitting just .192 with four homers and 12 RBI and striking out 35 times in 99
Outfielder Preston Tucker, who leads the Pacific Coast League in home runs and
RBI, had his contract selected from Triple-A Fresno to take Springer's place
on the active roster.
Tucker has amassed 10 homers and 32 RBI while batting .320 in 25 games for the
=== Hartley, Laviolette, Vigneault named Jack Adams finalists ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Calgary Flames bench boss Bob Hartley,
Nashville Predators leader Peter Laviolette and Alain Vigneault from the New
York Rangers are the three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, given
annually to the league's top coach.
Hartley led the youth-oriented Flames to a 20-point improvement over the
previous regular season and guided the club to their first playoff berth since
2009. Calgary was among the NHL's best late-game teams, tying for first in
overtime wins (9), ranking second in third-period goal differential (plus-31),
and third in wins when trailing after two periods (10).
Laviolette engineered a nine-win and 16-point improvement during his first
season at the helm in the Music City after parts of five seasons in
Philadelphia. The former U.S. Olympian is a second-time finalist, having
finished second to Buffalo's Lindy Ruff in 2006.
Vigneault presided over a club which reached the Stanley Cup Finals the
previous spring, and guided the Rangers to 53 wins and 113 points along with
the franchise's first Presidents' Trophy since 1994. He's a finalist for the
fourth time -- tying St. Louis' Ken Hitchcock for the most among active head
coaches -- and a winner with Vancouver in 2007.
Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots for the
honor, which goes to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his
team's success," at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three
vote-getters designated as finalists.
The winner will be announced June 24, during the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.
=== Ohio State's Meyer undergoes appendectomy ===
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer
underwent an emergency appendectomy Wednesday morning.
Meyer had the procedure performed at OSU's Wexner Medical Center, according to
The Columbus Dispatch.
The 50-year-old Meyer guided the Buckeyes to the 2014 national championship
and won two titles with Florida in 2006 and 2008.
=== Marshall RB charged in beating, kicked off team ===
Huntington, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Marshall running back Steward Butler was
kicked off the team Wednesday after being arrested and charged in the beating
of two gay men.
Butler turned himself in Wednesday and was charged with two counts of
misdemeanor battery over the April 5 attack, the Herald-Dispatch reported.
He is accused of shouting derogatory words at the men and punching them in the
face moments after seeing them kiss on a street corner in Huntington.
Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he
and head coach Doc Holliday decided to dismiss Butler from the team "in light
of additional information regarding his charges."
Butler, a redshirt junior, was Marshall's second-leading rusher last season
with 798 yards on 107 carries in 12 games. He scored seven touchdowns.
=== Kyrgios stuns Federer; Nadal, Murray win Madrid openers ===
Madrid, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - Rising Aussie star Nick Kyrgios stunned
top-seeded Roger Federer in a marathon second-round match, while two-time
defending and four-time overall champion Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray were
winners Wednesday at the clay-court Madrid Open.
The 20-year-old Aussie Kyrgios saved two match points in the third-set
tiebreak in order to oust the former world No. 1 great Federer 6-7 (2-7),
7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (14-12) in 2 hours, 37 minutes. Federer saved five match points
to make Kyrgios sweat out the victory.
Kyrgios swatted 22 aces in a 38-ace affair that featured only four service
breaks in 39 games at the Magic Box. This marked the second Top-10 victory for
the young gun Kyrgios, the youngest player in the men's Top 50.
The 33-year-old Federer headed to Madrid fresh off his title in Istanbul. The
17-time Grand Slam champion won the Madrid title in 2009 and 2012. He also
prevailed in 2006 when the tournament was played in the fall on hardcourts,
and last played at the Magic Box in 2013, falling to Kei Nishikori in the
round of 16.
Meanwhile, after enjoying an opening-round bye, the second-seeded Murray
outlatsed German Philipp Kohlschreiber in a late-night battle, which ended at
3 a.m. local time, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.
Murray, who won the title here in 2008, also beat Kohlschreiber in Monday's
final at the BMW Open in Munich. It was Murray's first-ever clay-court final
The third-seeded former world No. 1 Nadal eased past American two-time NCAA
singles champion Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-3 at this Masters 1000 event.
"I went out there to do a simple game with no complications," said Nadal. "I
tried to play easily. I know how things work out when you come from losing a
couple of matches. I know that you're a little bit nervous whenever you finish
a game, as I finished the other day with [Fabio] Fognini in Barcelona.
"I tried to start from the bottom and just go up. I think, especially the last
three games, I finished pretty well. I managed to do a couple more things with
Nadal captured a second straight Madrid title last year by beating Nishikori
in the final.
Up next for the nine-time French Open king will be Simone Bolelli, who
overcame qualifier fellow Italian Luca Vanni 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Day 4.
Nishikori, the No. 4 seed, snuck past David Goffin 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
In other action involving Top-10 seeds, No. 6 Czech and 2012 runner-up Tomas
Berdych topped last week's Estoril champion Richard Gasquet of France 7-6
(7-3), 7-5; No. 7 David Ferrer took care of qualifier fellow Spaniard Albert
Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-0; Spain's Fernando Verdasco ousted No. 9 U.S. Open champ
Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3; and No. 10 Bulgarian Grigor
Dimitrov came from behind to defeat Italian Fabio Fognini 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Also on Wednesday, Argentine Leonardo Mayer erased 11th-seeded Spaniard
Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6); 12th-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
outlasted game American Jack Sock 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4); Spanish wild card
Marcel Granollers took out 13th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-6 (8-6), 6-7
(7-9), 6-4; 14th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut dismissed American Sam
Querrey 7-5, 6-4; and 16th-seeded American John Isner held off Brazilian
qualifier Thomaz Bellucci 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (11-13), 6-1.
=== Serena, Sharapova sneak into Madrid quarters ===
Madrid, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - Two-time champion Serena Williams and
reigning titlist Maria Sharapova were a pair of hard fought, three-set third-
round winners Wednesday at the Madrid Open tennis event.
The world No. 1 Williams survived triple match point down before escaping with
a 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-6 (7-1) victory over unseeded former top-ranked star and
two-time Madrid runner-up Victoria Azarenka in 2 hours, 43 minutes on the red
clay at the Magic Box.
Azarenka served for the match at 6-5 in a dramatic 69-minute third and
deciding set, even bringing up 40-0 and triple match point in that game.
But she fell to pieces with three double faults in a dramatic collapse, before
losing the game and the resulting tiebreak.
"I think overall it was a great match," Azarenka said. "I think the one
negative part I can take about today is the result -- overall I felt like I
played a pretty high level, I was there on every point.
"It just didn't go my way in the end, but overall I should take more positives
out of today."
Williams eased through her first two matches but had a much tougher test
against the hard-hitting 31st-ranked Azarenka, who is rediscovering her form
after an injury-plagued 2014.
"She's absolutely on her way back," Williams said of the two-time Australian
Open champ Azarenka.
"It's so good to see a Grand Slam champion like her playing so well. I'm
always rooting for her when she plays. Yeah, so it's good to see her on her
way back -- she's clearly doing great."
Williams is now 15-3 lifetime against the Belarusian Azarenka, including a
win in the 2012 Madrid final.
The 33-year-old Williams, who captured back-to-back Madrid titles in 2012 and
2013, still has yet to lose this year, going 23-0, and the powerful
American has won her last 26 matches overall dating back to November.
This is the second-longest winning streak of Williams' career. She won 34 in a
row in 2013.
Williams' quarterfinal opponent on Thursday will be nifty Spaniard Carla
Meanwhile, the third-seeded former world No. 1 Sharapova held off rising
Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in 2 hours, 34 minutes on Day 5.
Four years ago, Garcia produced a brilliant -- albeit losing -- performance
against Sharapova in the second round at the French Open, leading to favorable
reviews from many experts, most famously Andy Murray, who earmarked her as a
future No. 1. The path to the top since has been occasionally rocky, but the
destination has rarely been in doubt.
"I've played against her a few times and she's been young and up-and-coming
for a few years," Sharapova said of Garcia. "She's already done a great job of
getting in a good position. She's winning titles and beating top players."
The French Open champion Sharapova topped Romanian Simona Halep in last
year's Madrid final and was the 2013 runner-up here to Williams.
Up next for Sharapova will be fifth-seeded fellow former No. 1 Caroline
Wozniacki, who waltzed past ninth-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-2.
Wozniacki was a Madrid runner-up back in 2009.
Fourth-seeded 2011 Madrid titlist Petra Kvitova reached the quarterfinals by
handling Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-4.
In other action involving seeds, the No. 10 Suarez Navarro upset No. 7 and
former top-ranked star Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 and No. 13 Czech Lucie
Safarova got past Italian Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-0.
Next up for Safarova is Svetlana Kuznetsova, who outlasted Samantha Stosur
5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).
Another third-round result saw Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu douse Czech Barbora
Strycova 6-4, 6-4. Begu is rewarded with a quarterfinal against the reigning
Wimbledon champ Kvitova.
=== RCR's tire penalty upheld in final appeal ===
Concord, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Richard Childress Racing lost its final
appeal of penalties assessed by NASCAR to Ryan Newman's No. 31 team for
altered tires used on Newman's car in the March 22 race at Auto Club Speedway
in Fontana, California.
RCR presented its position to National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer Bryan
Moss on Wednesday. The hearing, held at NASCAR's Research and Development
Center, lasted roughly nine hours. Moss, the former president of Gulfstream
Aerospace Corp., noted in his decision that "Based on a preponderance of
evidence, the Appellants (RCR's No. 31 team) violated the Rules," and "Based
on a preponderance of evidence, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer
upholds the penalty as amended by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel."
On March 31, NASCAR handed down the severe penalties to the 31 team following
a tire audit conducted after the race in Fontana. The infractions resulted in
a P5 level penalty on NASCAR's six-level penalty scale.
Luke Lambert, the crew chief for the No. 31, received a six-race suspension
and was placed on probation until Dec. 31 as well as fined $125,000. James
Bender, the team's tire technician, and Philip Surgen, the team engineer, were
also suspended for six races and put on probation for the remainder of the
Newman had been penalized with a loss of 75 points in the driver championship
standings, while Richard Childress was docked the same number of points in the
The National Motorsports Appeal Panel heard RCR's initial appeal and upheld
the penalties on April 16, but the panel reduced the loss of points from 75 to
50 for both driver Newman and car owner Childress and lowered crew chief
Lambert's fine from $125,000 to $75,000.
The suspension period for Lambert, Bender and Surgen includes: Kansas (May 9),
Charlotte (May 24), Dover (May 31), Pocono (June 7), Michigan (June 14) and
Sonoma (June 28) as well as the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte (May
16). They are eligible to return on the first weekend of July at Daytona.
Todd Parrott will fill-in for Lambert as Newman's crew chief, beginning with
this weekend's race at Kansas.
"We do not agree with the final appeal ruling," Richard Childress Racing said
in a statement. "We feel we had a compelling case and still feel we were in
the right and the facts presented today would have proved that. We do
appreciate the opportunity to be heard.
"We stand behind our suspended team members and look forward to their return.
We will now move on and continue or goals of winning races and making the
Chase for the Champion."
Newman is currently 14th in the Sprint Cup Series point standings.
=== Uchiyama retains title with TKO ===
Tokyo, Japan (SportsNetwork.com) - Takashi Uchiyama defended his WBA super
featherweight title with a second-round technical knockout of Jomthong
Chuwatana on Wednesday.
Uchiyama improved to 23-0 with one draw and registered his 19th win by
knockout. Chuwatana suffered his first loss in 10 professional fights.
Also, Ryoichi Taguchi (22-2) retained his WBA light flyweight title with an
eighth-round TKO of Kwanthai Sithmorseng (49-4).
=== Belmont Stakes attendance to be limited ===
Elmont, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Attendance for this year's $1.5 million
Belmont Stakes will be limited to 90,000 people.
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced Wednesday that attendance for
1 1/2-mile final jewel in racing's Triple Crown will be capped at 90,000 on
Saturday, June 6.
"This step is similar to the policies and practices of professional sports
teams," the NYRA said in a statement, "and will not only result in an enhanced
experience for Belmont guests, but will further improve access to and from the
Belmont property on Saturday."
The 2004 Belmont Stakes has the record for attendance at 120,139, breaking the
old mark of 103,222 set two years earlier. The 2014 attendance was 102,199,
the third highest in Belmont Stakes history.
=== Jockey and horse added to 2015 Hall of Fame class ===
Saratoga Springs, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Historic Review Committee of
the National Museum of Racing has announced that a pair of early 20th century
racing figures have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of
Fame. The committee selected jockey Vincent Powers and racehorse Billy Kelly
to be inducted.
These two join two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Lava Man, filly Xtra Heat,
trainer King Leatherbury and late jockey Chris Antley as the newest members of
the Racing Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is to be held on Friday, Aug.
7 in Saratoga Springs.
Powers, born June 6, 1891 in Westfield, New York, is the only jockey in North
American history to top the national standings as both a flat and steeplechase
jockey. He was North America's champion jockey in 1908 (324 wins) and 1909
(173 wins) and champion steeplechase rider in 1917 (15 wins). He later became
the champion steeplechase trainer of 1927 (19 wins). Powers trained until 1946
and died Oct. 19, 1966.
Billy Kelly raced from 1918, as a 2-year-old, until his 7-year-old season of
1923. He won 39 of 69 career starts with 14 seconds and seven thirds, winning
a total of 19 stakes. The gelding was purchased as a 2-year-old for $25,000 by
J. K. L. Ross and trained for the majority of his career by H. Guy Bedwell.
Billy Kelly was a stablemate of Hall of Fame racehorse Sir Barton, the first
Triple Crown winner in 1919. Billy Kelly got the best of his champion
stablemate in eight of 12 races.
The Historic Review Committee considers candidates whose careers were
completed more than 25 years ago.
=== Canada rallies past Sweden at Worlds ===
Prague, Czech Republic (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Ennis netted the deciding
power-play goal with 6 1/2 minutes remaining, as Team Canada rallied from a
3-0 deficit to down Sweden, 6-4, in a matchup between the top two nations in
Group A on Wednesday at the World Championships
Tyler Seguin put the clincher into the empty net for the Canadians, who moved
to 4-0 and have pumped home a tourney-high 28 goals in the process.
Aaron Ekblad, Taylor Hall, Sean Couturier and Patrick Wiercioch also lit the
lamp and Mike Smith made 28 saves.
Anton Lander, Victor Rask and Filip Forsberg tallied in the strong opening
frame for the Swedes, who also received offense from Oscar Moller.
Anders Nilsson was dented for five goals on 38 shots in the setback, Sweden's
first in regulation.
Norway flipped the script on Slovakia, rallying from a two-goal deficit to win
its first of the tournament by a 3-2 count.
Tomas Surovy and Marek Daloga tallied to give their nation a 2-0 lead less
than 22 minutes in. Mattias Norstebo scored twice, including the winner less
than two minutes into the third period. Mats Rosseli Olsen provided the other
marker for the victors.
Earlier in the day, Russia continued its strong play with a 5-2 victory over
Denmark in Group B action. Sergei Mozyakin picked up a pair of goals, while
Evgeny Dadonov added a goal and assist and Evgeni Malkin contributed a pair of
Latvia also picked up its first win of the tournament, toppling Switzerland by
a 2-1 count in overtime. Kaspars Daugavins netted the winner 2:19 into the
extra session and Edgars Masalskis backed it up with a 35-save effort.
=== Smith, White cruise to Four-Ball title ===
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Nathan Smith and Todd White cruised to
a 7 & 5 win over Sherrill Britt and Greg Earnhardt on Wednesday to win the
inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball championship,
Smith, a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, and White lost just one hole in
the title match and never trailed in either their semifinal or final match.
The pair took out Austin Connelly and Sam Burns 2 & 1 earlier in the day.
Smith and White won the first four holes with a birdie and three pars. Britt
and Earnhardt birdied the fifth to get one back, but White answered with a 9-
foot birdie putt on No. 6 to regain their 4-up advantage.
The teams halved the next four holes, but pars at 11 and 12 were enough to
stretch Smith and White's cushion to 6-up with six to play. A birdie on the
13th closed out the resounding victory.
Britt and Earnhardt birdied the 19th hole of their semifinal match with
reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Scott Harvey and Todd Mitchell to reach the
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