National Sports Briefs
Associated PressDUBLIN, Ohio ó Mathew Goggin birdied four of the first five holes Friday before strapping in for a wild ride of birdies and bogeys that ultimately added up to an even-par 72 at the Memorial that tied him for the lead with two-time champion Kenny Perry, who recovered from a rugged start for a 71.
They were at 7-under 137, one shot clear of Jerry Kelly.
– MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.ó Karrie Webb continued to show off her Hall of Fame style Friday at the Ginn Tribute ó and just in time, Annika Sorenstam did, too.
Webb shot a 66 and shared the lead at 13-under with Sophie Gustafson (65) after two rounds of the LPGA tournament.
Sorenstam also had a 66, her lowest score in six career rounds at RiverTowne Country Club, and moved from a tie for 60th Thursday into a tie for eighth.
– WEST DES MOINES, Iowaó R.W. Eaks and Lonnie Nielsen shot 5-under 66s to share the first-round lead at the Principal Charity Classic on Friday.
– MUNICH, Germany ó Michelle Wie shot a 3-under 69 Friday to keep pace at the Ladies German Open, where she was tied for sixth three shots off the lead after the rain-delayed second round.
DENVER ó A letter purportedly written by a gang member says he fired shots into a limousine where the Denver Broncos’ Darrent Williams was killed on New Year’s Day of 2007.
The Rocky Mountain News said Friday it obtained the letter, which carries the signature of Willie D. Clark. Denver police have called him a person of interest in Williams’ slaying.
The newspaper published a redacted excerpt of the letter reading, “(Blank) might say somethin stupd talk to law enforcements about the death of D-Will (Williams). (Blank) seen me withe gun + shoot out the whip (car).”
Williams, a 24-year-old cornerback and former Oklahoma State standout, was killed when his rented limousine was sprayed with bullets minutes after leaving a New Year’s party at a downtown Denver club.
– CHARLOTTE ó The man who is perhaps the Carolina Panthers’ biggest draft gamble remains sidelined at the team’s offseason workouts.Offensive tackle Jeff Otah is still recovering from a lingering high ankle sprain he suffered almost a year ago.
Otah has yet to practice with his new team. He spent Friday morning doing conditioning and rehabilitation drills on an adjacent field as the Panthers worked out.
– LAKE FOREST, Ill. ó Despite apparent dissatisfaction with his contract, linebacker Brian Urlacher showed up for the start of the Chicago Bears’ mandatory minicamp Friday.
“When it says mandatory, you’re supposed to be at those things, so that’s why I’m here,” Urlacher said. “I’m supposed to be here. I’m not trying to send any message. It’s a mandatory team function and we’re supposed to be here.”
MINNEAPOLIS ó Joba Chamberlain received his long-awaited promotion, and the rookie right-hander will make his first start for the Yankees at home in the Bronx.
Manager Joe Girardi said the 22-year-old will take the mound at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night against Toronto and be limited to 65 or 70 pitches.
– CINCINNATI ó Right-hander Jim Brower was traded Friday from the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago Cubs for cash.
STORRS, Conn. ó Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun says he is being treated for his second bout of skin cancer in a year, and he wants to keep coaching.
The 66-year-old Hall of Famer says a lump removed from his neck on May 6 was malignant. He is to undergo six weeks of radiation treatments next month.
RALEIGH ó Duke University asked a federal court Friday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by more than three dozen lacrosse players and their family members.
NEW YORK ó The NBA reportedly will begin fining players guilty of flopping beginning next season.
The clubs have been informed of the new rule.
“What was clearly expressed to the committee is that we would begin imposing fines next season for the most egregious type of flops,” NBA vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson told ESPN.com.
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