COLLEGES

Oklahoma State golfers avenge loss to Alabama

• Oklahoma State avenged its loss to Alabama from four years ago while blasting the Crimson Tide to win the NCAA men’s golf championship on its home course Wednesday.

Vitkor Hovland never trailed in the opening match against Lee Hodges in a 4-and-3 victory. Zach Bouchou won five straight holes, holing out a bunker shot on his way to an 8-and-7 victory over Jonathan Hardee.

Matthew Wolff delivered the clinching point, a 4-and-3 victory over Davis Riley, and the celebration was on at Karsten Creek Golf Club.

• Faced with sitting out at least another year at South Carolina as the federal investigation into college basketball continues, a “devastated” Brian Bowen felt he had no choice but to remain in the NBA Draft.

Bowen announced he’s leaving the school after the NCAA told South Carolina officials he would miss at least all of next season with the Gamecocks. The NCAA based its decision on alleged benefits received by the Bowen family at his former school Louisville and the governing body’s transfer requirement of a year off the court.

While Bowen took part in the NBA’s combine earlier this month, there’s no guarantee he will be selected in next month’s draft.

• The NCAA has placed North Carolina Central on probation for two years because of certification errors that allowed ineligible athletes to compete. N.C. Central disclosed the penalties, saying the NCAA determined the errors involved 22 athletes in seven sports — including football and men’s basketball — from 2012-15.

The school says it must vacate victories in the sports in which ineligible athletes participated. School officials say they plan to appeal.

• Michigan’s Charles Matthews is forgoing the NBA Draft and staying with the Wolverines. Matthews announced he was removing his name from consideration for the draft.

OTHER SPORTS

IndyCar doctor credited with work on barriers dies

• Dr. Henry Bock, a pioneering doctor in racing and a key player in creating the SAFER barrier, has died. He was 81.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials made the announcement. Bock served as the track’s senior director of medical services from 1982-2006. He held the same title with the IndyCar Series from 1996-2006.

Bock may be best known for working on the SAFER barriers that have become a staple at American tracks.

• Three-division world boxing champion Vasyl Lomachenko has undergone surgery to fix a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The two-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine hopes to return to the ring later this year, according to a statement from his promoter.

Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) had arthroscopic surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.

— ABJ/Ohio.com wires