Sports Briefs July 16, 2009

Miller leads U.S. softball into World Cup action
- Mississippi State softball coach Jay Miller will lead the U.S. national team into the first round of the World Cup of Softball tonight in Oklahoma City.
Team USA takes on the Netherlands at 7.
Miller, in his first stint as the national team’s head coach, will try to lead the Americans to a third straight Cup championship. The U.S. is also hoping to avenge a loss to Japan in the gold medal game of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Playing for Team USA is one of Miller’s MSU players, catcher Chelsea Bramlett.
Ole Miss golfers see mixed results at amateur events
- A trio of Ole Miss golfers find themselves back in the pack after the first round of the 103rd Southern Amateur Championship at Colonial Country Club in Cordova, Tenn. Jonathan Randolph shot a 2-under 70 to tie for 33rd, four strokes back of the leaders. Chris Mullhaupt turned in a 1-over (T-79th), while Billy Brozovich carded a 4-under (T-132nd).
The final round is today.
Women playing too: Former Ole Miss golfer Dori Carter defeated Meridian’s Virginia Grimes 2 and 1 in the first round of the North and South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst, N.C. Carter will play Sara Ovadia (Santa Barbara, Calif.) today at 8:58 local time in the second round of the match play event. Current Rebel golfer Haley Millsap, a rising sophomore, lost 6 and 4 to Lisa McCloskey (Malibu, Calif.)
McNair leaves no will; wife to administer estate
- NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The widow of slain former NFL quarterback Steve McNair says in court documents that her husband left no will and a judge in Nashville has ruled that she will oversee his estate.
Davidson County Probate Judge Randy Kennedy granted Mechelle McNair’s request to administer the estate and gave her 60 days to file an inventory of her late husband’s assets. She says in court documents that she did not know her late husband’s worth, but documents contend it is “of sufficient size to be administered.”
Police say McNair was shot to death on July 4 by a girlfriend who later turned the gun on herself. Nashville police have ruled it a murder-suicide.
Mechelle McNair listed herself and her two sons, Tyler and Trenton McNair, as the heirs to the estate. McNair also has two other sons from a previous relationship.
Big Brown trainer appeals 30-day doping suspension
- The trainer of last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown is appealing a 30-day suspension issued by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for violating doping rules.
Rick Dutrow argues in the appeal that the commission violated his due process rights and that the suspension was “not based on substantial evidence.”
- South Carolina defensive back C.C. Whitlock has been reinstated to the Gamecocks — again. Whitlock had been suspended twice the past four months, the last time in May when he was arrested and accused of trespassing at club in Fairfield County. Last month, a magistrate found Whitlock not guilty of the charge.
- Former NFL player Travis Henry has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for financing a drug trafficking operation that moved cocaine between Denver and Montana.

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