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Non-LPGA member Hee Kyung Seo wins Kia Classic; Wie gets penalized

compiled from staff and wire reports

23-year-old Hee Kyung Seo is the runaway winner of the inaugural Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California. She earned her first LPGA Tour title by shooting a 2-under par 70 for a six-stroke win. Seo is not a member of the LPGA Tour, but received one of the three sponsor’s exemptions to get into the tournament. An 11-time winner on the Korean LPGA Tour, she can chose to become an LPGA Tour member this year or in 2011.  Seo said she’ll probably finish the 2010 season on the KLPGA tour and make a decision in the offseason.

Whether she joins the LPGA Tour now or later doesn’t matter, because she is in the field for the 2010 season’s first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship next week in Rancho Mirage, based on her standing on the KLPGA money list last year.

Golfer Hee Kyung Seo (KLPGA)

After opening with a 70, seo took the tournament lead with a second-round 67 and had a 69 on Saturday leading to a 12-under 276 total.   The only real dent on her round was a double bogey when she hit into the water on the par-3  16th hole.  She had six birdies and two bogeys. She hit 43 fairways, 48 greens, had 105 putts, had 4 sand saves and averaged 243.38 yards of driving distance.

Seo pockets $255,000 as the winner.  “This whole week I had very good swings. I just feel so good and happy,” she said.

South Koreans dominated the top four spots in the final tournament standings, with Inbee Park finished second, Jiyai Shin and Jee Young Lee tying for third at 5 under.

With Hee Kyung Seo being happy with her win, Michelle Wie was was wondering what might’ve been as she had to endure another rules infraction during the final round on Sunday.

Wie was penalized two strokes for grounding her club in a hazard after hitting out of the water near the 11th green at LaCosta, giving her a double-bogey 7. At the time she was five strokes behind Seo. Wie in all probability might not have caught Seo, but the penalty dropped her into a tie for fifth at 4 under par. If the penalty hadn’t been assessed, she would have tied Inbee Park for second place.

Being penalized for rules violations is nothing new to Michelle Wie.

During her first tournament in 2005, the Samsung World Championship, she took a penalty drop for an unplayable lie during her third round. At the end of the tournament, LPGA officials ruled that she made her drop at the wrong place. She should have  taken a two-shot penalty and disqualified her for signing an incorrect card.

Wie was also disqualified from the 2008 State Farm Classic for failing to sign her second-round scorecard.

Martinsville race rained out; NASCAR plans Monday noon start

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

Kevin Harvick on pole at Martinsville (creative commons/wfe photo)

It usually rains at Martinsville Speedway when NASCAR shows at the Virginia facility in the spring. Well, Sunday it did and the Sprint cup race was postponed until Monday with a noon starting time.

This is the second year in a row that rain pushed an event into the work week at the southwest Virginia track. Last spring, the truck series event was pushed into Monday.

Rain also washed out Sprint Cup qualifying for the past three spring races.

Points leader Kevin Harvick will be on the pole for the race. Harvick dominated the truck race on Saturday that was run in sunny conditions and no rain in sight.

Monday’s race will be the first in the Sprint Cup series since last August at Watkins Glen, New York. It will be the first Cup race on a Monday in Martinsville since the fall of 2001.

NASCAR officials waited as long as they could on Sunday to postpone the race.  The start time was 1:00 p.m. and they made the postponement official at 2:30 p.m. because there are no lights at Martinsville.  It usually takes a race at Martinsville 4 hours to complete and NASCAR officials didn’t feel they could complete it entirely before darkness.

Crew opens ‘First Kick 2010′ by shutting out arch-rival Toronto FC, 2-0

Columbus, Ohio– The last three seasons, the Columbus Crew have started their home schedule off with a game against their arch-rival, Toronto FC in a battle for the Trillium Cup.

Crew-Toronto FC (megasportsnews.com)

The home-and-home Trillium Cup competition between the two clubs, refers to the official flower of the province of Ontario and official wildflower of the State of Ohio, is awarded annually to the winner of the season series between the geographic rivals. The Crew, who have won the Cup in its first two years, 2008 and 2009, is unbeaten against Toronto FC since the club’s inception in 2007, compiling a record of 4-0-5 in nine games against the Reds.

Andy Iro (Crew)

Saturday’s game was played during perfect weather conditions for late March, sunny, breezy and 51 degrees before 13, 356 fans at 11-year-old Crew Stadium. The Crew sent everybody home happy with a win over Toronto FC, 2-0.

The Crew went ahead in the 29th minute. Andy Iro was 7 yards in front of the goal when he received a free kick from Guillermo Barros Schelotto that was started from the right sideline. Iro headed the ball toward the left post and the ball bounced once before crossing the goal line.

Will Hesmer (Crew)

The Crew added an insurance goal in the 87th minute when Schelotto put the ball into and open net after goalkeeper Stefan Frei collided with Crew defender Danny O’Rourke on the edge of the penalty area. Toronto defender Nick Garcia tried to clear the ball out of the area, but it went to Schelotto for an uncontested shot.

With the win, Columbus is now 5-0-5 overall against Toronto and 4-0-2 at Crew Stadium.

Crew Stadium (megasportsnews.com)

GAME NOTES

* Toronto FC announced before the game that they had signed defender Dan Gargan.  Gargan was signed after spending much of the pre-season with the team.  As per team and league rules, financial details were not released.

Gargan, 27, was drafted in the 3rd Round (43rd overall) by the Colorado Rapids in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft.  The following season he was awarded the “Rapids Most Improved Player”.  He made a total of 49 appearances for the Rapids before moving on to Chivas USA in April of 2008. Shortly after, he retired from the game citing personal reasons but resurfaced in the USL First Division with the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2009.  With the Islanders he finished with 12 appearances and one goal.

Gargan arrived in Columbus in time for the game.

Media getting ready to cover the game (megasportsnews.com)

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE (to listen to an audio file, click on the number)

44 698 PREKI Toronto FC Coach His overall impressions of the game

44 699 PREKI Toronto FC Coach Personnel changes last 48 hours make any differences

44 701 PREKI Toronto FC Coach Was he happy with his the amount of ball possessions

44 705 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach His team could’ve won 8-0 but didn’t finish chances

44 707 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach On the defense and Andy Iro’s play

44 709 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach Who’s play stood out for the Crew

New York Islanders win a rare road game in Columbus

Columbus, Ohio– The New York Islanders inability to win road games is the real reason they’re in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. New York earned only its second road victory since January 18 with a  4-3 come-from-behind win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime. During that span, the Islanders are 2-10-1 on the road during that span.

The Islanders struck twice in a 62-second span early in the first period to take  the lead, 2-0.

But Columbus started to come back. R.J. Umberger scored in the second period off a deflected 50-foot shot.

The Blue Jackets trailed 2-1 heading into the third period, but Rick Nash and Grant Clitstone scored goals :45 seconds apart early in the period to put Columbus in front.

Dwayne Roloson Islanders (NYI)

Nash put a giveaway by Mark Streit 33 seconds into the net off a pass from Kristian Huselius for his 31st goal. Clitstone followed with a wrist shot from the left circle for his first NHL goal.

Kyle Okposo, Sean Bergenheim and Jon Sim scored in regulation for the Islanders.

Josh Bailey Islanders (NYI)

Josh Bailey scored 2:58 into overtime to give New York their first win at Nationwide Arena in their sixth try. The Columbus, Ohio arena was the only NHL venue in which the Islanders had never won.

On the game-winning goal, Columbus defenseman Mike Commodore got caught pinching deep in the New York zone. The Islanders Mark Streit moved rapidly out of the zone and slid the puck into the slot for John Tavares, who dumped it off to Bailey. The speedy center snapped a low shot past Mathieu Garon from inside the left circle and that was the game.

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME LOCKER ROOM (to listen to an audio file, click on the number)

44 684 John Taveres NY Islanders Hard fought game Islanders fortunate to win in OT

44 685 John Tavares NY Islanders NY had a nice first period up quick at 2-0

44 686 John Tavares NY Islanders Dwayne Roloson came up big in goal in the 3rd period and OT

44 687 John Tavares NY Islanders This time of year its pride for non playoff teams

44 691 Josh Bailey NY Islanders They take some pride in playing hard every game whether in playoff race or not

44 693 Claude Noel Columbus Overall he didn’t like his team’s play in the game at all

44 694 Claude Noel Columbus coach His defense wasn’t there to prevent OT goal

44 695 Claude Noel Columbus coach His team came back from 2-0 deficit to tie

44 697 Claude Noel Columbus coach On rookie Grant Clitsome’s goal in 3rd put CBJ up 3-2

GAME NOTES
* Columbus is 7-1-4 all-time against the New York Islanders, including 5-0-2 at Nationwide Arena.

* John Tavares tied the Islanders club record for points in a game with a five-point game on Tuesday March 23, 2010 against the Vancouver Canucks. Tavares joins Dave Hutson, Mike Bossy, Pat Lafontaine, Mikko Makela and Bryan Trottier as the only other rookies to have recorded five-point games. Hudson’s five-point night ironically came against the Canucks on March 3, 1973.  Bryan Trottier had two five-point games as a rookie.  Tavares’ five-point night is the most by any rookie this season in a sigle game.

* Islanders first year center, John Tavares is ranked second in the NHL in rookie scoring.  Tavares has 21 goals and 23 assists for 44 points in 74 games.  He is tied with Colorado Avalanche forward, Matt Duchene for the league lead in power-play tallies with 10.  Taveras leads all rookies in power-play scoring with 21 points coming on the man-advantage.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: East Regional Finals , Elite 8 Saturday Results

compiled from staff and wire reports

WEST VIRGINIA 73   KENTUCKY 66

At Carrier Dome Syracuse, New York

Bob Huggins has taken his alma mater  to the Final Four for the first time in 51 years. The last time West Virginia was in the Final Four, was when Jerry West played there before going on to the NBA.

Bob Huggins took Cincinnati to the final Four in 1992.

Kentucky, the team with a bunch of future NBA players, were 4 of 32 from 3-point land. They end up at 35-3.

Huggins’ Mountaineers, now 31-6, was led by Joe Mazzulla, making his first start of the season, scored 17 points.

BUTLER 63     KANSAS STATE 56

At EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah

Butler has extended the nation’s current longest winning streak to 24 games in a row. The Bulldogs were led by Gordon Hayward with 20 points and Shelvin Mack with 16.

Butler is a Mid-major school of 4,500 students and will be playing in the Final Four in their city of origin, Indianapolis, Indiana. Butler, who is 32-4, will be playing in Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, which is 5 miles from their campus, just north of the city.

Kansas State, using players that Bob Huggins recruited before he left to go to West Virginia, got outrebounded by Butler, 41-29 and ends the year at 29-8.

Butler coach Brad Stevens (megasportsnews.com)

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