Compiled from wire reports

COLLEGE

SEC leader warns?of potential move

•?The Southeastern Conference sent a strong message to the NCAA on Friday: provide the Big Five conferences some autonomy or they will form their own division.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said if the Big Five conferences — which also include the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 — don’t get flexibility to create their own bylaws, the next step is to move to “Division IV.”

“It’s not something we want to do,” Slive said on the final day of the SEC meetings in Destin, Fla. “We want to the ability to have autonomy in areas that has a nexus to the well-being of student athletes. I am somewhat optimistic it will pass, but if it doesn’t, our league would certainly want to move to a Division IV.”

•?Oklahoma State running back Devon Thomas was charged with armed robbery and shooting with intent to kill as police determined whether he fired a gun in a heist Tuesday, narrowly missing a man’s head in Broken Arrow, Okla. Police allege Thomas and three accomplices robbed a drug dealer after luring him to a meeting.

•?SMU has added quarterback Matt Davis and linebacker Cameron Nwosu, two transfers who will be eligible this season. Davis will be a sophomore out of Tyler Junior College after originally signing with Texas A&M. Nwosu has one year of eligibility after graduating from Rice.

CYCLING

Lance Armstrong?may have to testify

•?The Texas Supreme Court denied Lance Armstrong’s bid to block a Dallas company’s efforts to recover $12 million in bonuses it paid him during his career, setting the ex-cyclist on course to give sworn testimony in June about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

•?Retired two-time Giro d’Italia champion Paolo Savoldelli has been banned for six months for visiting with a banned physician in a doping scandal.

•?Colombia’s Nairo Quintana increased his lead in the Giro d’Italia with a victory in the 19th stage, a mountain time trial. Quintana clocked one hour, five minutes, 37 seconds over the 26.8-kilometer (16.7-mile) route.

OTHER SPORTS

LPGA classic leader?ties course record

•?Jennifer Johnson tied a course record with a 9-under 62 to take the first-round lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway Township, N.J. Johnson had 10 birdies — five straight on Nos. 9-13 — and a bogey on the Bay Course.

•?Spain’s Alvaro Quiros shot a 5-under 67 to top the Nordea Masters leaderboard in Malmo, Sweden, along with Frenchman Victor Dubuisson and Eddie Pepperell of England. All three were 6 under after two rounds.

•?Winnipeg Jets center Jim Slater had hip surgery in New York and is expected back for training camp in September.

— From wire reports

Correction

Information in the high school roundup and statistics in Friday’s Beacon Journal incorrectly reported that track athletes had advanced to the state meet. They had advanced to the finals at the regional meet.