Ole Miss women’s golf
open sNCAA regionals
n Ole Miss’ women’s golf team shot a 307 in the first round of the 54-hole NCAA regional at Gainesville, Fla. The 17-over-par score puts the Rebels tied for 17th place with Florida State. East Carolina (283) has a one-shot lead over Alabama to lead team play. Dori Carter shot a 75, Haley Milsap and Sara Grantham a 76 for Ole Miss. The second round of play is today, with the tournament running through Saturday. … Delta State (38-16) was eliminated at the Gulf South Conference baseball tournament at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn. The Statesmen lost to No. 1 Southern Arkansas 9-0 on Thursday. SAU will play Valdosta State for the Gulf South tournament title at 9:30 a.m. today – what could be one of three games at stadium today. An “if necessary” game would follow if VSU wins the first game; and Southern Mississippi is playing Memphis in a Conference USA game at the stadium (scheduled first pitch at 6:30 p.m.). Delta State awaits word late Sunday night about playing in the Division II South Central Region next week. … Mississippi State softball (26-26) hosts Mississippi Valley State in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. today in Starkville, added games for the Lady Bulldogs to fill out the schedule and attempt to add to their NCAA-tournament resume. SWAC champion MVSU is already in the NCAAs.
Darlington has about
5,000 tickets left for race
n DARLINGTON, S.C. — It could take nice weather and motivated NASCAR fans to continue a string of sellouts at Darlington.
Darlington Raceway spokesman Jake Harris said in an e-mail Thursday there were fewer than 5,000 seats available for Saturday night’s Southern 500. Darlington leaders are hopeful they can sell out their fifth straight Mother’s Day weekend race.
Darlington seats about 62,000.
The track had gone several races without selling out until 2005, when it first began holding a Saturday race under its newly installed lights. Darlington has sold out each season since.
In January, Darlington officials cut prices on some tickets by $10. The track also recently announced price cuts at concessions for the upcoming race.
Ex- driver Kevin Grubb
found dead in Virginia
n RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia police say former NASCAR driver Kevin Grubb died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Henrico County Police spokesman Lt. Doug Perry said Thursday that Grubb’s body was found by personnel at the Richmond-area Alpine Motel on Wednesday.
Perry said they found no indication of any drug use inside the room, but toxicology results may not be available for up to six weeks.
The 31-year-old was suspended from NASCAR indefinitely in 2006 because he refused to submit to a random drug test following the Busch Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
The Mechanicsville native was previously suspended in March 2004 for failing a drug test. But he agreed to random testing as part of his reinstatement. Grubb’s career began with NASCAR’s lower-tier series in 1997.
Ex-Nebraska QB files suit
against NCAA, game maker
n OMAHA, Neb. — Former Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller is suing EA Sports and the NCAA, saying the video-game maker wrongly uses the names and likenesses of college athletes in its products and that the NCAA sanctions the practice.
Keller’s lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco as a class-action, meaning he also sued on behalf of all college athletes depicted in EA’s games.
Keller lawyer Rob Carey contends EA Sports profits from using the names and likenesses of players.
NCAA bylaws prohibit the use of the names and likenesses of athletes for commercial purposes.
The lawsuit would bar EA from using the names and likenesses of players and seeks undetermined pay for athletes who have been portrayed in the games.
Daily Journal, wire reports
n The photo of John Cohen and Mike Bianco that appeared in Thursday’s Journal was taken by David Murray while he worked for Mississippi State.