Cal’s Homa wins individual golf title
•?California’s Max Homa shot a 4-under 66 to win the individual title at the NCAA golf championship Thursday, and his steady play carried the Bears to the top seed heading into team match play. The Bears’ senior leader birdied three of the first five holes, surging past second-round leader Jon Rahm of Arizona State, and didn’t make a bogey on the Capital City Club’s Crabapple course north of Atlanta.
Homa won the title by 3 strokes over Rahm and five others. Cal teammate Brandon Hagy was in the mix until a double-bogey at the par-3 15th. The nation’s top-ranked team, the Bears lived up to their billing with a 16-under total. Host Georgia Tech was 6 strokes back as the top eight teams advanced to match play today.
• Melissa Brown had a two-run double in Tennessee’s three-run first inning, and Ellen Renfroe limited Florida to four hits and struck out nine to help the Vols beat the Gators 9-2 in the second game of the Women’s College World Series. Tennessee (50-10) advanced to face Washington today.
• Kim Bruins hit a two-run home run in a four-run fifth inning to help Texas beat Arizona State 6-3 in their opening game in the Women’s College World Series.
• The Southeastern Conference is negotiating with St. Louis, Tampa, Fla., and Atlanta to host future men’s basketball tournaments. Commissioner Mike Slive said the league is in talks with those cities to fill upcoming vacancies in the rotation. The SEC wants to narrow its locations down to a primary spot. Nashville, Tenn., is hosting the event in 2015, 2016 and 2019. St. Louis (2017), Tampa (2018) and Atlanta (2020) are expected to fill the holes.
• The Southwestern Athletic Conference’s football championship games and basketball tournaments will be held in Houston the next three years. The league announced that the Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to relocate the championship events. The football championship game will be held at Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Texans, from 2013-15.
Former Wales player Hughes to manage
• Mark Hughes returned to management after being hired by Premier League club Stoke. The 49-year-old Hughes, a former Manchester United and Chelsea striker, was fired by Queens Park Rangers in November. Now he is replacing fellow Welshman Tony Pulis, who left Stoke earlier this month after seven seasons following a 13th-place finish. Hughes, who also played for Barcelona and Bayern Munich, will be hoping to revive his managerial fortunes, which have been spotty since making his debut with Wales. After playing 72 matches for Wales, Hughes took charge of his country in 1999.
•?FIFA bought a $1.5 million mansion for Mozambique’s soccer headquarters and paid almost $500,000 for a plot of Caribbean land to build a playing field, according to data released by the sport’s ruling body. The Zurich-based not-for-profit organization released information about more than 500 development grants paid out during President Sepp Blatter’s 14-year presidency. FIFA is trying to increase transparency following the ousting or resignation since 2011 of at least four officials amid ethics investigations.
• Sacha van der Most will be Chivas USA’s interim coach for Saturday’s match against the Seattle Sounders. Chivas USA announced van der Most’s one-game appointment as its interim coach, one day after firing coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola. Van der Most is the director of soccer at Chivas USA’s youth academy. The Dutch coach returned to the organization in January. Jose Luis Real Casillas will take over Chivas USA next week.
Kings’ Regehr signs two-year extension
•?Defenseman Robyn Regehr agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings, passing up free agency this summer to stick with the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Kings announced the deal while the team traveled to Chicago for the start of the Western Conference finals on Saturday. Regehr has appeared in just 12 regular-season games and 13 playoff contests with the Kings, who acquired him from the Buffalo Sabres on April 1 in a trade for two second-round draft picks. Regehr has said he’s grateful to be with a championship contender after missing the playoffs in Calgary and Buffalo.
-From wire reports