National Sports Briefs
MILWAUKEE ó Ryan Briscoe and Danica Patrick actually ended up talking after their much-celebrated run-in at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Briscoe didn’t apologize, and says he and Patrick didn’t really hash out their differences.
About the only thing the two drivers agreed on was that it’s time to move on.
“It probably wasn’t the best time to talk, because it was just a couple of hours after the Indy 500 and we’re all a bit emotional,” Briscoe said Thursday, in an interview with The Associated Press. “And I was really disappointed, because I was having a good race. But I think the one thing we’ve agreed on is, we both want to just move on. And I’m happy we’ve got a race this weekend so we can put that behind us.”
They’ll get that chance in today’s IndyCar race at the Milwaukee Mile.
PARIS ó Robby Ginepri beat Florent Serra of France 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 Saturday but consider this: A week ago, Ginepri owned an 0-5 record at Roland Garros and a 6-24 career mark on clay. He was ranked 171st in January after losing in the first round of qualifying at the Australian Open.
“He is back,” Serra said.
Had Ginepri lost, one day after Venus and Serena Williams were sent home, this French Open would have been only the second Grand Slam event in the 40-year history of the Open era at which zero American men or women reached the fourth round.
There are five Russian women still around, led by No. 1 Maria Sharapova.
DUBLIN, Ohio ó Mathew Goggin kept birdies and mistakes to a minimum on a long Saturday at the Memorial, shooting a 1-under 71 that was good enough to build a three-shot lead as he tries to win his first PGA Tour event.
He was at 8-under 208, the highest 54-hole score at Jack Nicklaus’ event since Greg Norman won a rain-shortened tournament in 1990 at even-par 216.
– MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. ó Sophie Gustafson shot a 67 Saturday to push past a faltering Karrie Webb and take a six-stroke lead into the final round of the Ginn Tribute.
– WEST DES MOINES, Iowa ó Nick Price shot a 5-under 66 Saturday and took a one-shot lead after the second round of the Principal Charity Classic.
– MUNICH, Germany ó Michelle Wie shot a 2-under 70 in the third round of the Ladies German Open on Saturday to fall seven strokes behind leader Amy Wang, who had a course-record 63.
NEW YORK ó A hoof specialist changed the steel sutures in Big Brown’s foot Saturday and said the unbeaten colt remains on target for the Belmont Stakes in a bid for the Triple Crown.
“When you push on it now, he doesn’t even feel it,” hoof specialist Ian McKinlay said from Belmont Park.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will go for thoroughbred racing’s biggest prize June 7 in the 11/2-mile Belmont.
SAN ANTONIO ó “Big Shot Rob” might be done breaking hearts.
San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry said Saturday he’s considering stepping away from the game after winning seven NBA championships in a 16-season career.COLLEGE HOOPS
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ó Indiana University finally got some good news Friday when the NCAA downgraded one of the five major allegations to a secondary violation in the Kelvin Sampson phone-call scandal.
NOTRE DAME AD
SOUTH BEND, Ind. ó Missy Conboy has been named Notre Dame’s interim athletic director following the departure of Kevin White.
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