---- — Cardwell defends Women’s Open title
NOBLESVILLE — Kokomo’s Kristi Cardwell successfully defended her title in the Pepsi Indiana Women’s Open golf tournament, shooting a seven-under-par 137 over the two day tournament Wednesday and Thursday at Purgatory G.C.
Cardwell was the only competitor in the tournament to finish under par. Muncie native Jenna Hague finished as the tournament’s runner-up at even-par 144.
Cardwell, who played golf at the University of Iowa, shot a five-under 67 in Wednesday’s opening round. She finished the first round with six birdies and one bogey, shooting birdie on four of the last seven holes.
Thursday, her round included six birdies and four bogies, bogeying two of the last three holes to finish the round. She finished the tournament five-under-par on par fives.
Western product and Iowa freshman-to-be Allison Lindley finished sixth in the tournament at five-over. Lindley finished the opening round at two-under 70 to put her in second place behind Cardwell entering Thursday’s second round. Lindley carded a seven-over 79 Thursday, carding bogies on six of her last seven holes in the round.
Lindley finished fourth among the amateur players in the tournament.
U.S. men are all out at Wimbledon
LONDON (AP) — What a stark statistic for the nation of Bill Tilden and Don Budge, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi: It’s been 101 years since no men from the United States reached Wimbledon’s third round.
And the last time it happened, way back in 1912, no Americans even entered the oldest Grand Slam tournament.
By the end of Thursday, all 11 U.S. men in the 2013 field at the All England Club were gone, with top-seeded Novak Djokovic accounting for the last one by beating 156th-ranked qualifier Bobby Reynolds 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-1. Earlier in the day, former top-five player James Blake lost to Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, while qualifier Denis Kudla was beaten by Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-1, 7-6 (4), 7-5.
That trio joined 18th-seeded John Isner, 21st-seeded Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison, Steve Johnson, Alex Kuznetsov, Wayne Odesnik, Rajeev Ram and Michael Russell on the way home.
“It’s a tough stat to hear, but I still believe, right now, where U.S. tennis is, not too many guys are in their prime. That’s why the numbers are like that. But a lot of guys are, maybe, in the tail end of their careers and a lot of guys are coming up,” said Kudla, a 20-year-old from Arlington, Va., who is ranked 105th.
Raftery leaving ESPN, joining Fox Sports 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Raftery is switching networks to stick with the Big East.
The popular college basketball commentator will call the reshaped conference’s games for new cable network Fox Sports 1. Raftery had worked for ESPN since 1982. He will continue to also call games for CBS.
Fox said Thursday that the former Seton Hall coach will team with play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson for Big East games on FS1, which debuts Aug. 17. Raftery and Johnson previously worked together for CBS.
The old Big East’s breakaway basketball schools are keeping the conference’s name and signed a media rights deal with Fox in March. Butler is one of the league’s additions.