Sports briefs

LSU’s Gahm wins Ky. golf tournament

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — LSU senior-to-be golfer Lindsay Gahm fired a 2-under 70 to take a one-stroke victory in the Lexmark Kentucky Women’s Open at Oxmoor Country Club on Wednesday.

Playing in her hometown, the Lady Tigers golfer became the second player in the event to win back-to-back titles, winning last year at Champion Trace in Nicholasville, Ky.

Gahm finished with a 36-hole total of 142 (72-70).

3 LSU golfers in Europe tournament

Three LSU golfers are competing in the European Women’s Amateur Team Championships at the Fulford Golf Course in York, England.

The Austrian team, with LSU sophomore Nadine Dreher on the squad, upset top-seeded Denmark on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

Austria won the match, made up of two foursome matches and five singles matches, over Denmark, the top qualifier by 31 strokes, 4-3. LSU’s freshman to be Caroline Nistrup of Denmark was a 5&4 winner over Fanny Wolte in a singles match.

Austria will face Finland in one semifinal after Finland was a 4-3 winner over Sweden. LSU junior Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden split her two matches against Finland. Sagstrom teamed with Johanna Tillstrom for a 2 up win over Oona Vartiainen and Annika Nykanen. Vartiainen and Sagstrom finished at the top of the individual competition at 8-under par for 36 holes in the team qualifying. Sagstrom lost her singles match, 1 up to Krista Bakker.

In a singles semifinal Friday, Dreher will face Vartiainen. In the consolation match between Denmark and Sweden, Nistrup and Sagstrom will meet.

Belize players reject offer to fix game

SALT LAKE CITY — CONCACAF officials said they have identified a man who allegedly offered Belize players large sums of money to fix a Gold Cup match against the United States.

Ian Gaynair and Woodrow West said they were approached Sunday by a man who offered them money to “sell” their game Tuesday against the Americans. When they reported the bribery attempt, Belize coach Ian Mork said, a CONCACAF official showed them a photo of a man already being monitored for trying to fix matches in other countries. The players confirmed it was the same man who’d offered them money, Mork said.

CONCACAF said Thursday it is investigating the bribery attempt with FIFA, the world’s governing body.

Belize lost to the U.S. 6-1 on Tuesday night.

Russell advances
at Hall of Fame

NEWPORT, R.I. — Michael Russell let a lead slip away in the second set and fell behind early in the deciding tiebreaker. That didn’t matter when he had the crowd cheering behind him.

Russell advanced to the semifinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Thursday by outlasting No. 3 seed Igor Sijsling of The Netherlands 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5).

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C in the highlight match of the week so far.

The 35-year old Russell lost the first three points of the third-set tiebreaker before rallying to reach his second career ATP semifinal. He raised both arms in triumph when Sijsling hit a backhand return long and wide.

“It feels awesome. I feel like I’m saving the best part of my tennis for the last couple of years, sort of the twilight,” said Russell, who reached the semifinals in Houston last year.

In the other quarterfinal match Thursday, Nicolas Mahut, a wild card entrant, from France beat Michal Przysiezny of Poland 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Russell had won the final four points of the first tiebreak, but blew a 5-3 lead in the second set.