Rod Perry leads PGA Professional
SUNRIVER, Ore. (AP) — Rod Perry shot an even-par 72 in rainy conditions Monday at Sunriver Resort to take the second-round lead in the PGA Professional National Championship.
Perry, the PGA head pro at Crane Lakes in Port Orange, Fla., had two birdies and two bogeys on the Crosswater Club course, the site of the final two rounds. The 39-year-old left-hander had an 8-under 135 total after opening with a 63 on the Meadows course.
Mark Sheftic and Chip Sullivan, the 2007 winner at Sunriver, were a stroke back after shooting 4-under 67 on the Meadows course. Sheftic is a PGA teaching pro at Merion in Ardmore, Pa., and Sullivan is the PGA director of golf at Hanging Rock in Salem, Va.
The top 20 finishers will earn spots in the PGA Championship in August at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y.
Big Ten, Pac-12 announce new bowl affiliations
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Big Ten and Pac-12 are strengthening their postseason ties with a pair of matchups in California bowl games.
The Holiday Bowl in San Diego and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco announced six-year agreements Monday for teams from each conference to play each other starting in 2014.
The Big Ten replaces the Big 12 in the Holiday Bowl, where the Pac-12 already had an affiliation. The Fight Hunger Bowl will have the Pac-12's fourth selection after the College Football Playoff, of which the Rose Bowl is a part of, the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, and the Holiday Bowl.
The Fight Hunger Bowl had been sixth. The Big Ten is not locking in a selection order with its bowl partners.
Kentucky F Kyle Wiltjer says he is transferring
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to find a "significant" role elsewhere.
The 6-foot-10 Wiltjer played with the Canadian national team this summer, posted a letter on Kentucky's athletic department website Monday afternoon, saying he will seek a situation to help him "compete the way I know I can. ... wherever that may be."
He had announced in April he would return to Kentucky for his junior season. Wiltjer said Monday he has some "new and adjusted goals."
Wildcats coach John Calipari expressed disappointment over Wiltjer's decision but wished him luck on his website.
The Oregon native, whose father is a Canadian, was named the Southeastern Conference's top reserve after averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Kentucky has eight incoming freshmen, including six McDonald's All-Americans.
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Canucks set to introduce Tortorella as new coach
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks are expected to introduce John Tortorella as their new head coach today.
Tortorella, the recently fired coach of the New York Rangers, arrived in Vancouver on Friday amid reports he was the choice to replace the fired Alain Vigneault.
If all goes as expected, Tortorella and Vigneault will end up trading teams. Vigneault was hired last week as Tortorella's replacement with the Rangers.
Vigneault, the Canucks' leader in career coaching wins, was fired in May after Vancouver was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
Tortorella led New York to a 26-18-4 record and sixth-place finish in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by conference champion Boston after beating Washington in the first round.
Blackhawks stage late rally to win Stanley Cup
BOSTON (AP) — Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored 17 seconds apart in the final 1:16 of the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup for the second time in four seasons with a stunning comeback, 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night.