National Sports Briefs
Associated PressMORELIA, Mexico ó Lorena Ochoa shot her second straight 7-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the Corona Championship and move a step closer to becoming the youngest player to qualify for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame.
“It was a great day,” Ochoa said. “No bogeys. I enjoyed that very much.”
South Korea’s Inbee Park was second after a 9-under 64 that tied the course record set by Ochoa in 2006 and 2007.
PANTHERSCHARLOTTE ó Carolina Panthers receiver Dwayne Jarrett has pleaded not guilty to driving while impaired.
Jarrett was arrested on March 11 after police say he crossed the center line and ran a red light in the Charlotte suburb of Mint Hill. The police report said Jarrett’s blood-alcohol level was .12, above North Carolina’s legal limit of .08.
Jarrett had a disappointing rookie season with the Panthers in 2007. The second-round pick from Southern California failed to crack the starting lineup and was held to six catches for 73 yards and no touchdowns.
COLLEGE FOOTBALLKNOXVILLE, Tenn. ó For the first time in more than 20 years, University of Tennessee students will have to pay to see the Volunteers play football.
Administrators looking to offset rising costs in the self-supporting athletics department have decided to charge students for football tickets ó just football ó beginning this fall, the university announced Friday.
Prices will be $90 for a season ticket or $15 a game.
With 14,000 student tickets set aside in 100,000-seat Neyland Stadium, that should mean about $1.6 million more a year for the department.
“For a one-year increase, I think that is insanely high,” said John Radar, UT-Knoxville student body president. “I think it is unreasonable and we are deeply concerned as to why students are bearing the burden of an athletic department that is hurting for money.”
– BLACKSBURG, Va. ó Kenny Lewis, counted on to be Virginia Tech’s starting tailback this season after one-time all-ACC tailback Branden Ore was dismissed from the team will be sidelined 4-6 months with a shoulder injury.
AMELIA ISLAND , Fla. ó Lindsay Davenport hopes her next match with Maria Sharapova plays out a little better than her last one.
Davenport and Sharapova set up a semifinal showdown toady in the Bausch & Lomb Championships, winning quarterfinal matches Friday.
“It’s always going to be a challenge against Lindsay,” said Sharapova, who is 5-1 lifetime against Davenport.