Sports in Brief: Crump tourney underway at Pine Valley
Michael Muehr of Potomac Falls, Va., fired a 2-under-par 68 to take the lead Thursday after the first day of qualifying in the George Crump Memorial Tournament at Pine Valley.
Andrew Biggadike of Belmont, Calif., was second with a 69, a shot ahead of Matt Mattare of Jersey City, N.J. The top Philadelphia-area players were Glenn Smeraglio of Newtown with a 73, and Michael McDermott of Bryn Mawr and Jeff Osberg of West Chester, with 74s. The final round of qualifying is Friday, with match play Saturday and Sunday. The public may view the final match Sunday; gates open about 1 p.m. Parking is at Clementon Lake Amusement Park, 144 Berlin Rd. A $20 fee per car includes parking and a shuttle.
Chip Lutz of Reading, seeking to become the first qualifying medalist in 26 years to win the U.S. Senior Amateur, fell 4-down after nine holes and lost, 3 and 2, to Doug Hanzel of Savannah, Ga., in the semifinals at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C. Hanzel then defeated Pat O'Donnell of Happy Valley, Ore., 3 and 2, for the championship.
Ellen Port of St. Louis successfully defended her Senior Women's Amateur title, beating Susan Cohn of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 3 and 2, at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.
WNBA Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore scored 20 points apiece to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 85-62 win over the Phoenix Mercuty in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in Minneapolis. Diana Taurasi scored 15 and Brittney Griner had 13 points for the Mercury.
Atlanta guard Tiffany Hayes scored a playoff career-high 23 points to lead the Dream to an 84-79 home win over the Indiana Fever for a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
NBA Steve Mills is returning to the New York Knicks as president and general manager, replacing Glen Grunwald.
COLLEGES Penn's football game at Brown on Nov. 2 at 12:30 p.m. will be shown on Fox College Sports.
The NCAA granted a legislative relief waiver for Rutgers senior forward Johnathan "J.J." Moore to play basketball immediately in 2013-14. He transferred from Pittsburgh to be closer to his ailing grandfather.
Logan Thomas overcame an abdominal strain to lead Virginia Tech (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) to a 17-10 win over Georgia Tech (3-1, 2-1) in Atlanta. Thomas completed 19 of 25 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown and had 16 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown.
- Staff and wire reports