Around the Nation (May 20): Wad Phaewchimplee of Kent State shoots 74 in opening round of NCAA Women's Golf Championship

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GOLF

Kent State freshman shoots 74 to open NCAA tourney play

TULSA, Okla. -- Oklahoma took the team lead, while Kent State freshman Wad Phaewchimplee kicked off her NCAA Championship debut with a 4-over 74 performance and sits in a tie for 28th after the first day of competition at the NCAA Women's Golf Championship at Tulsa Country Club on Tuesday.

Phaewchimplee had four birdies on the day, including back-to-back red numbers on holes 15 and 16 after a double-bogey on 14.

Led by a 2-under by freshman Alexandra Kaui of Honolulu, the seventh-ranked Sooners shot 8-over 288 and lead second-ranked UCLA by three.

Winds blew steady at 20 mph and frequently gusted up to 30 mph or more, leading to a struggle for top-ranked and defending champion USC, the heavy favorite which has won eight of 12 tournaments in 2013-14.

The Trojans shot 13-over 293 and finished strong to do so.

The Trojans were 16 over at one point, but Doris Chen tied her career-low round with a 3-under 67 to bring them back.

Defending individual champion Annie Park of USC shot 75.

For the Sooners, Anne Tanquay had an even-par 70 and 2012 NCAA individual champion Chirapat Jao-Javanil had 72.

FOOTBALL

Minneapolis awarded 2018 Super Bowl

ATLANTA -- Build it and the Super Bowl will come.

That message rang loud and clear Tuesday when Minneapolis was awarded the 2018 game after a vote by owners rewarded the city for its new stadium deal.

The owners chose Minneapolis and the $1 billion stadium planned for the site of the old Metrodome to host the championship over New Orleans and Indianapolis.

"In large part, it was due to recognition of the great work they've done on the stadium," Commissioner Roger Goodell noted.

"It's been 10 years and we've always been driving to build a stadium," Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said. "We can rejoice right now for being rewarded this, but the hard work comes now."

New Orleans bid committee members were certain the new Minneapolis stadium, set to open in 2016, swung the vote. The stadium will hold up to 72,000 for the Super Bowl.

The big game will be staged in the Twin Cities for the second time. It was there in 1992, when Washington beat Buffalo.

FSU pair faces discipline board

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State football players Chris Casher and Ronald Darby have met with a university discipline board after being charged with violations of the school's Code of Conduct.

The two faced charges Tuesday after they told police they witnessed sex between quarterback Jameis Winston and a woman who accused him of raping her in December 2012. Casher told police that he video-taped a portion of the incident, but deleted the footage.

Winston's accuser testified at the hearing.

The conduct board has 10 days to make a recommendation to the Dean of Students.

Casher made a statement, apologizing to the accuser and said, "I honestly did not believe that any of us had broken the law or done anything wrong."

Winston was not called to testify Tuesday and was never charged with a crime.

BASEBALL

Arm problems for Phillies ace Lee

MIAMI -- Phillies ace Cliff Lee underwent an MRI exam Tuesday on his sore throwing elbow, raising concerns the left-hander might become the latest major league pitcher to be sidelined by a serious injury.

Lee remained in Philadelphia to undergo the test after pitching 62⁄3 innings in a win over Cincinnati on Sunday. He has experienced mild elbow discomfort for the past three weeks, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

"He has been able to pitch through it," Amaro said. "On Sunday, he felt a little more uncomfortable in his last couple of innings."

The 35-year-old Lee, a former Cleveland Indians star, is 4-4 this season with a 3.18 ERA in 68 innings. As of now, he's still scheduled to start Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Dodgers players fight during AAA game

NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Dodgers minor league teammates Alex Guerrero and Miguel Olivo got into a fight Tuesday during a game with Triple-A Albuquerque.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he was disappointed to hear about the altercation, and the team is looking into it.

"It's something we don't condone and it's something that we don't think is constructive," Colletti said at Citi Field, where Los Angeles opened a three-game series against the New York Mets. "Obviously, people can have disagreements. That happens many times in many places. But when it gets beyond that level, I think it's over the line."

The Los Angeles Times reported that agent Scott Boras said Olivo bit off a part of Guerrero's ear.

White Sox P Sale nears return

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chris Sale threw a bullpen session Tuesday and the Chicago White Sox left-hander could come off the disabled list by the weekend and start against the New York Yankees.

Sale, an American League All-Star selection the past two years, went on the disabled list on April 22 with a left flexor strain. He was 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA in four starts before the injury.

"He threw free and easy," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said after monitoring the bullpen session. "It's another step in the right direction. We'll continue to see how he is."

The White Sox have not listed any probable starter for the four-game series with the Yankees, which begins Thursday. Ventura did not rule out Sale starting one of the four.

Beltran delays elbow surgery

CHICAGO -- Carlos Beltran will take swings early next week before the New York Yankees decide if the right fielder needs surgery on his right elbow, manager Joe Girardi said.

The eight-time All-Star got a second opinion Tuesday from Dr. James Andrews after having a second cortisone shot to ease pain from a bone spur.

Girardi said the veteran will take some dry swings or hit off a tee Monday and again Tuesday, assuming there's no pain. From there, he would continue to work his way back.

If he experiences pain, Girardi said the next step would likely be surgery that would keep him out eight to 10 weeks.

The 37-year-old Beltran was hitting .240 with five homers and 15 RBI in his first season with the Yankees before being placed on the 15-day disabled list last week.

Pitcher CC Sabathia, a former Cleveland Indians ace, was examined last week and had his injured right knee drained last week. He also received a cortisone and stem cell injection Thursday to treat a degenerative cartilage condition, and the team confirmed Monday that the left-hander will remain sidelined through at least the end of June if not longer.

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