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Song-Hee Kim takes over second round lead in LPGA major

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Song-Hee Kim (LPGA)

Song-Hee Kim will be starting the third round of the LPGA’s first major tournament, the Kraft Nabisco Championship on top of the leaderboard followed by several winners of major LPGA tournaments.

The 21-year-old South Korean native at number 14 in the world, is the highest ranking LPGA Tour member without a victory.

Kim has top-10-finishes in all three events this season as she chases her first victory. Her two-round total of 7-under 137 in the season’s first major gave her a 0ne-shot lead over majors winners Cristie Kerr (67), Karen Stupples (69) and top-ranked Lorena Ochoa (70).

Karrie Webb (70), a two-time winner at Mission Hills golf course in Rancho Mirage, California, and a seven-time major winner overall, was two strokes back along with Stacy Lewis (68), Yani Tseng (71), the 2008 LPGA Championship winner, and first-round leader Suzann Petterson (73) were  4 under par.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim named AP Coach of the Year

compiled from staff, internet reports and Syracuse Athletics

Jim Boeheim Syracuse (SU)

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was selected as the Associated Press’ coach of the year, receiving 39 votes, while Kansas State’s Frank Martin was next with eight. Boeheim just completed his 34th season at the helm of the Orange. The ceremony was at the Final Four in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Coach Boeheim took Syracuse from an unranked team in the preseason to number 1 in the poll and a number 1 seeding in the NCAA tournament.

The Orange, who lost their top three scorers from last season, finished 30-5, giving the Hall of Fame coach 829 wins, sixth-best all-time and second to Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski among active coaches.

The Orange reached number 1 in the polls this season for the first time since 1990.

Boeheim, who led the Orange to the national championship in 2003, had never won the award before.

Says Boeheim, “Syracuse led the nation in assists and we were one of the top defensive teams all season. We had low expectations which can help a team win these awards.”

The awards keep piling up; Turner named AP Player of the Year

compiled from staff, wire, internet and Ohio State Athletics

Evan Turner (OSU)

Ohio State star Evan Turner has won another trophy. This time he has been selected as the Associated Press Player of the Year.

Turner, a 6-foot-7 junior swingman who averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists, received 54 votes from the 65-member national media panel. Kentucky freshman John Wall was second with nine votes.

The awards ceremony was in Indianapolis, Indiana, home of this year’s Final Four. Coach Thad Matta was there, but Evan Turner didn’t expect two of his teammates, David Lighty and Dallas Lauderdale  to make the 175-mile, 3-hour trip across interstate 70 to be in attendance.

Turner said of the gesture by his teammate, “They are really family and this shows it.”

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers agree to a 3-year extension through 2014

compiled from staff, NBA and LA Lakers reports

Lakers star Kobe Bryant (LAL/NBA)

Kobe Bryant will be the leader of the Los Angeles Lakers through 2014.

The deal was announced Friday and will begin after the 2010-2011 season. Bryant currently makes $23 million this year and is due to be paid $24.8 in 2010-2011.

Bryant would earn $27.4 million in 2011-2012, $30.2 million the following season and more than $32 million in his final year, when he would be 35.

The deal means that the Lakers and general manager Mitch Kupchak accomplished the two main objectives going into this season, signing both Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant to contract extensions. Gasol signed earlier this season.

The 31-year-old Bryant is averaging 27.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists this season. He’s helped the Lakers win four NBA titles, including last year when he was the Finals MVP against the Orlando Magic.

Cavaliers reach 60 wins again; beat Atlanta, 93-88

compiled by staff

LeBron James scored 27 points, Mo Williams added 24 points and J.J. Hickson grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, as the Cavaliers added their name to an elite fraternity of teams with win number 60 by scoring 14 points in a row in the fourth quarter to put away the Atlanta Hawks, 93-88, Friday night in Cleveland.

Mike Brown 60 wins again (creative commons/wfe photo)

Cleveland became the ninth team to post back-to-back 60-win seasons and moved to on-win or a loss by the Los Angeles Lakers, of clinching the league’s best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Cavaliers, with Orlando’s loss to San Antonio clinched the Eastern Conference’s best record.

LeBron and Company didn’t wrap up Friday’s game until the later stages. The Cavs’ 14-0 run during a six-minute stretch finally allowed the Cavs to beat the Hawks for the third straight time this season and ninth in a row overall.

Cleveland trailed 76-74 when LeBron and Mo Williams took over the game and scored nine and a 3-pointer respectively during the decisive run at the end of the game. Cleveland enjoyed a 55-36 rebounding advantage.

Josh Smith with 20, Jamal Crawford with 17 and Marvin Williams with 15 led Hawks in scoring.

The Cavs won their 10th straight at home and improved to 34-4 this season at Quicken Loans Arena. Since the start of the 2008-2009 season, Cleveland is 73-6 at home.

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