- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

GOLF

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Brooks Koepka is tuning up quite nicely for the U.S. Open at the event he added at the deadline.

Koepka, who had a share of the lead after the first round, shot a 3-under 67 to lead the St. Jude Classic by a stroke after 36 holes. He turned in a four birdie-one bogey round for a 9-under 131.

Fellow American Austin Cook (64) was at 132.

Steve Alker briefly had the lead at 10 under with two holes to play only to finish bogey-double bogey. He had a 68-133 total.

Chris Smith (67), Russell Knox of Scotland (64) and Greg Owen (70) were among seven tied at 134. Ryan Palmer (71) shared the first-round lead with Koepka and Owen and was tied with four at 134.

HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) - Sei Young Kim of South Korea eagled the 15th hole for a 5-under 68 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the second major of the season.

Kim overtook Hall-of-Famer Karrie Webb, who birdied the 18th for a 71. Two-time defending champion Inbee Park (68) joined Webb a stroke back.

The 22-year-old Kim, a two-time winner this season on the LPGA Tour, shot bogey-free golf to finish at 8-under 138 at the Westchester Country Club.

Suzann Pettersen rallied with seven birdies for the best round of the day at 66 and tied Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson (73) at 6 under. Overnight leader Jenny Shin (75) and third-ranked Stacy Lewis (71) were three shots behind the leader. Top-ranked Lydia Ko (76) missed the cut, which was 2 over, ending her streak of 53 consecutive made cuts. She had a double bogey on No. 2 to start her day.

AUTO RACING

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Kasey Kahne has won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole in nearly 32 months, topping qualifying at Michigan International Speedway on Friday with a lap of 201.992 mph.

It’s the 27th pole of his career, but the first for the 35-year-old driver since October 2012 at Kansas.

Points leader Kevin Harvick was second.

Kahne is eighth in the standings but has yet to win this season. Kahne is the ninth different pole winner in the last nine races at Michigan - a streak that began after he won the pole in August 2010. His lone win at Michigan came in 2006.

Kahne fell well short of the track qualifying record of 206.558 mph, set by Jeff Gordon last August.

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Martin Truex Jr. has plenty of questions about the possibility of midseason rules changes aimed at creating better racing.

Sprint Cup drivers spent time Friday addressing potential rule changes that could occur as early as next month’s race at Kentucky. NASCAR met with key industry leaders at its North Carolina research and development center this week to discuss that possibility, according to a person who attended the meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity because NASCAR requested the details not be made public.

Various rule packages were discussed. It’s not clear if the changes would be limited to Kentucky, a 1.5-mile speedway that can be very dependent on aerodynamics. Kentucky is similar to Charlotte Motor Speedway, which hosted two races last month where passing was difficult.

NCAA TRACK

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Canadian Andre De Grasse of USC swept the sprints with a pair of exceedingly fast, if wind-aided, times and host Oregon won its second straight men’s team title at the revamped NCAA outdoor track and field championships.

In a span of 55 minutes in the meet’s compacted schedule, De Grasse won the 100 in 9.75 seconds and the 200 in 19.58. His 200 time was the fastest ever by a collegiate runner under any conditions.

Marquis Denby of Texas A&M; dominated the triple jump, winning with a wind-aided 58 feet, 1 1/4 inches. He also won the long jump on Wednesday, his second straight victory in the two events.

Oregon entered its final event, the 5,000, needing three points. The Ducks got 22 in a 1-2-4 finish - Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins going first and second, as they did in the 10,000 two days earlier.

Oregon scored 85 points. Florida was a distant second with 56 and Arkansas third with 53.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - NCAA men’s and women’s basketball no longer has any independent institutions now that the New Jersey Institute of Technology agreed to join the Atlantic Sun Conference.

The lone independent among 351 Division I basketball schools over the past two years will be part of the conference in all sports beginning in the fall.

NJIT will be immediately eligible to compete for all Atlantic Sun postseason tournaments, plus have a chance to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The NJIT men’s soccer team already had a commitment to be a working member of the Sun Belt for the 2015 season, but the Highlanders will join the Atlantic Sun for soccer in 2016.

The Atlantic Sun now has eight members after Northern Kentucky left the conference to join the Horizon League, beginning July 1.

Atlantic Sun commissioner Ted Gumbart admitted that the move to secure NJIT as a league member was hastened by the departure of Northern Kentucky.


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