- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 14, 2011


MLB considers expanding use of instant replay

NEW YORK | More replay could be coming for Major League Baseball next season. MLB is leaning toward expanding replay for 2012 to include trapped balls and fair-or-foul rulings down the lines, a person with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press.

Commissioner Bud Selig and a group of umpires discussed the extra video review at spring training and were in agreement, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Baseball began using replay late in the 2008 season, though only to check potential home run balls. The NFL, NBA, NHL and the NCAA already had used instant replay.


Na sets PGA Tour mark by carding 15 on a par 4

SAN ANTONIO | Kevin Na will remember the ninth hole at the Texas Open for a long time. The South Korean set a new low Thursday for the worst par-4 hole in the PGA Tour record books, shooting a 15 to plummet to 10-over following a nightmarish sequence of shots.

Na’s problems included an unplayable lie from the tee, a two-stroke penalty after the ball ricocheted off a tree and struck him, and five consecutive strokes from the woods. The worst single-hole score belongs to John Daly, who shot an 18 on the par-5 sixth at Bay Hill in 1998.


Flyers’ Pronger misses Game 1 vs. Sabres

PHILADELPHIA | Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was ruled out for Game 1 against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Pronger, a former NHL MVP, has been sidelined since having hand surgery in March. He also missed time with a foot injury and was limited to just 50 games this season.

He skated and held a stick during practice this week, but he remains day to day. Pronger has said he’s confident he’ll play at some point during the series.


Maloof Money Cup will make stop in Washington

The Maloof Money Cup is back to being the richest event in skateboarding, with a new stop in Washington and a potential total prize purse of more than $2 million for the four contests.

The street skateboarding contest, to be held Labor Day weekend, will follow a stop in New York in June and precede the first international Maloof Money Cup in Kimberley, South Africa. The tour will return to Orange County, Calif., in the fall.

“The skating population has grown tremendously in Washington, D.C., and right now it lacks the number of skate parks needed to support this growth,” Joe Maloof said in a statement. “Our intent is to build a skate park for the community like we did in New York City.”

The Maloof Money Cup was founded by Joe and Gavin Maloof, the brothers who own the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.


Connecticut’s Moore claims Honda Award

NEW YORK | Maya Moore of Connecticut has won the Honda Sports Award as the top woman in college basketball.

The senior led UConn to four straight Final Four appearances and two NCAA titles in her college career. The Huskies had a 150-4 record during her four years. Moore becomes eligible for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year honor, which will be awarded June 27 in New York.


Ex-Mississippi St. coach

Joe Dan Gold dies at 68

STARKVILLE, Miss. | Former Mississippi State basketball player and coach Joe Dan Gold has died after a lengthy illness. He was 68.

Gold, a Benton, Ky., native, averaged 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game from 1961 to ‘63 as the Bulldogs won or shared three Southeastern Conference titles.

During his career, Mississippi State had a 65-13 overall record, including 36-6 in SEC play. Gold also coached at Mississippi State from 1965 to 1970, with a 51-74 record over five seasons.


FINA lashes back

at U.S. organization

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND | Swimming’s governing body responded to criticism that it refused to help a USA Swimming panel that was investigating Fran Crippen’s death in an open-water race in the United Arab Emirates.

FINA’s action Thursday came 24 hours after the American probe was published and report leader Dick Pound attacked the Swiss-based organization for its “inexplicable” lack of cooperation.

FINA insisted that its five-member investigating task force did have authority to share details about the death last October of Crippen, 26, an 11-time All-American at the University of Virginia.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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