Sports Briefs May 23, 2009

Britton reaches quarters at NCAA championships
– COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Ole Miss tennis program still has a player active at the NCAA Championships.
Freshman Devin Britton won his third-round match, defeating Rice’s Bruno Rosa 6-3, 6-4, in windy conditions at the George Mitchell Tennis Center.
Britton will meet Stanford sophomore Alex Clayton in this morning’s quarterfinals. Britton is the lone freshman in the final eight – which includes five seniors.
In other Ole Miss tennis news:
n Sophomore Karen Nijssen and freshman Kristi Boxx lost in straight sets to the Baylor team of Csilla Borsayni and Lenka Broosova in the second round of doubles. Nijssen and Box let set point in the tiebreaker get away, and eventually lost 7-6 (6), 6-2.
– In the final team ITA national rankings, the men’s team (27-3) was ranked fourth and the women (15-10) were 21st.
Arizona State, Purdue’s Hernandez win NCAA titles
– OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Purdue’s Maria Hernandez shot a 1-under 71 on Friday for a one-stroke victory in the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, and Arizona State beat UCLA by eight shots for its seventh team title.
Hernandez, a senior from Spain, had a 1-over 289 total on the Caves Valley course. Southern California freshman Jennifier Song (74) finished second, closing with a double bogey on give Hernandez the victory.
Oklahoma State’s Pernilla Lindberg (69) followed at 3 over, and Duke’s Amanda Blumenherst (71) and Arizona State’s Azahara Munoz (72) tied for fourth at 5 over. Munoz won last year.
Arizona State won the national title for the first time since 1998, shooting a 3-over 291 to finish at 30 over. UCLA was second at 38 over, followed by Southern California (39 over), Oklahoma State (47 over), Denver (54 over) and Duke (55 over).
TCPS’ Pierce, Garrett in MPSA All-Star game
– JACKSON – Northeast Mississippi will be well-represented in today’s Class A Mississippi Private School Association All-Star baseball game at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson.
Six players from the area will make up the 18-man roster for the North.
Brett Pierce and Darrius Garrett of Tupelo Christian, Erick Lofton of Calhoun Academy, and Jo Jo Pearson, Justin Jones and Will Watkins of Hebron Christian will be participating in today’s game set for 2 p.m.
Joining the players from Hebron Christian will be their coach, Greg Watkins, who will be a member of the North coaching staff.
The North versus South Class AA/AAA game will open the All-Star weekend in Jackson at 11 a.m.
Hunter Bolden and Chris Gardner will represent Marshall Academy in the morning game. One of their coaches for the North team will be Justin Brewer of Starkville Academy.
Adam Gore, Special to the Journal
Michael Vick has meeting with probation officer
– JNORFOLK, Va. – Michael Vick met with probation officials Friday for the second time in the two days he’s been home from prison, and prepared to begin a $10-an-hour construction job after the holiday weekend.
Vick made no statements to reporters and didn’t acknowledge a few onlookers who shouted encouragement. “Keep your head up, Mike,” one yelled.
The meeting lasted nearly an hour. He later met with attorneys in Surry County, where the dogfighting operation was discovered, before returning to his home in Hampton.
Vick arrived home Thursday after a 1,200-mile car trip from Leavenworth, Kan., and within hours had his first meeting with probation officials, who fitted him with an electronic monitor.

NEMS Daily Journal

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