Pitino, Payton, King, 9 others enter Hall
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Rick Pitino remembers the “training meals” at the local pizza place where his Boston University teams ate more than 30 years ago.
Even Hall of Famers have to start somewhere.
Pitino was inducted along with 11 others into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday. The ceremony was held five months after he led Louisville to the NCAA title. He is the only coach to take three schools to the Final Four.
Two former college coaches were inducted as part of the second straight 12-member class, the largest in the Hall’s history — Jerry Tarkanian, 83, who led UNLV to the 1990 NCAA championship, and Guy Lewis, 91, who took Houston to five Final Fours.
Also inducted were Gary Payton, the only NBA player with 20,000 points, 8,000 assists, 5,000 rebounds and 2,000 steals; Bernard King, who averaged 22.5 points in 15 NBA seasons; North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell; five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley; former Knicks guard Richie Guerin; former NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik; and Oscar Schmidt, who played in five Olympics for Brazil.
LSU soccer team upsets No. 13 USC
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Senior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman turned in one of the top performances of her career, while making seven saves in goal and burying the deciding penalty kick in the 65th minute of play, as LSU (3-2-1) snapped a two-game losing skid by upsetting unbeaten and 13th-ranked Southern Cal (3-1-1) 1-0 in the Minnesota Gold Classic.
“It’s a big win for our team, but it really came from a great effort collectively to fight for 90 minutes and work for a result,” LSU coach Brian Lee said following the match.
Kinneman trotted out from her own goal to take the penalty kick and buried the 12-yard strike past USC goalkeeper Carolina Stanley for her third career goal to give the Tigers a narrow 1-0 lead at the 64:03 mark of the second half.
“I always come into a game with a plan and know which way I’m going to shoot in case I get that chance,” Kinneman said.
LSU’s Jeremiah, Scott in preseason rankings
SKILLMAN, N.J, — The LSU women’s tennis pair of Mary Jeremiah and Noel Scott notched the No. 44 doubles spot on the International Tennis Association preseason rankings.
Junior transfer Noel Scott will join the Lady Tigers this season after an impressive performance at Texas.
U.S. posts convincing Walker Cup victory
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Nathan Smith won the deciding point in the United States’ 17-9 victory over Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup on Sunday, beating England’s Nathan Kimsey 4 and 3 in the fifth singles match at historic National Golf Links of America.
The United States, ahead 8-4 entering the final day in the biennial amateur event, split the four morning foursomes matches and won seven of the 10 afternoon singles matches.
The 35-year-old Smith, a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion from Pittsburgh, won the par-3 13th and par-4 14th with pars and ended the match with a halve for bogey on the par-4 15th.
Alabama teammates Bobby Wyatt and Justin Thomas, 45-year-old Todd White, California’s Michael Kim, Oklahoma State’s Jordan Niebrugge and Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers also won singles matches.
Svoboda wins crown in Web.Com tourney
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Andrew Svoboda won the Chiquita Classic, beating Will MacKenzie with a par on the first hole of a playoff in the second tournament in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals series.
Svoboda tapped in for par on the par-5 18th, and won when MacKenzie — who eagled the hole in regulation — missed a 5-footer. Svoboda shot a 2-under 70 to match MacKenzie at 12 under. MacKenzie finished with a 67.
Svoboda has already wrapped up a PGA Tour card by finishing 25th on the Web.com Tour money list.
Ben Martin and John Peterson, a former LSU standout, tied for third, a stroke back, Martin shot 68, and Peterson had a 71.
Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press
cOracle wins Race 4 of America’s Cup
SAN FRANCISCO — Oracle Team USA came flying out of the fog around Mark 4 and outraced challenger Emirates Team Zealand in a heart-stopping sprint to the finish to win Race 4 of the America’s Cup by 8 seconds Sunday.
It was the first victory of the regatta for Oracle. Owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp., Oracle Team USA was docked two points by an international jury in the biggest cheating scandal in the regatta’s 162-year history. That meant the Americans started at minus-2 and need to win 11 races to retain the oldest trophy in international sports.
Skippered by Jimmy Spithill, Oracle overcame a big mistake at the downwind gate, when someone released a daggerboard while all the weight of the boat was on it, dropping the hulls into the water and slowing the boat dramatically.
Team New Zealand won Race 3 earlier Sunday.
Toledo wins playoff for Champions title
SAINTE-JULIE, Quebec — Esteban Toledo won the Montreal Championship for his second Champions Tour victory of the season, chipping in for birdie to beat Kenny Perry on the third extra hole.
Toledo shot a 3-under 69 to match Perry at 5-under 211 on La Vallee du Richelieu’s Rouville Course. Perry, the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open winner in consecutive tour starts this summer, had a 70.
They each parred the par-4 18th twice in the playoff, and Toledo won on the par-3 10th.
Duffy Waldorf was a stroke back after a 70.
Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press