Women's pro bowling title will be decided outdoors

March 7, 2012 12:00 am

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If NHL hockey games can be staged outdoors in a baseball stadium and college basketball games on the deck of an aircraft carrier, why not throw bowling balls down the middle of the street in Reno, Nev.?

While gamblers try to strike it rich at blackjack tables indoors, the U.S. Women's Open Championship finals are moving outdoors this summer along the main casino drag in a bid to boost interest, sponsors said.

The title will be determined June 27 on temporary lanes beneath the arch that proclaims Reno the "Biggest Little City in the World," said Steve Johnson, executive director of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America.

The National Bowling Stadium in Reno will host the qualifying rounds for the 300-plus competitors beginning June 21. Five finalists will qualify for the outdoor championship round June 27, scheduled to air July 3 on ESPN2. A party zone will be set up and there will be fireworks, flyovers and a variety of other special attractions, he said.

College basketball

Former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall was announced as part of the 10-member class that will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November. The rest of the class includes a trio of future New York Knicks: Patrick Ewing of Georgetown, Earl Monroe from Winston-Salem State and Willis Reed of Grambling. Kansas star Clyde Lovellette was selected along with North Carolina's Phil Ford and Wyoming's Kenny Sailors. Dave Robbins, who won more than 700 games at Virginia Union, joins Hall as the two coaches to be inducted. Businessmen Jim Host and Joe Dean will go in as contributors.

Auto racing

A fire inside Will Power's race car ended his first day of IndyCar testing at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, and the Australian grabbed an extinguisher to battle the blaze himself. Although he was not in danger, Power had a sense of urgency about the fire because he was trying to protect his Chevrolet engine. A small leak started the fire, but the damage ruined the engine in his Penske Dallara DW12.

Golf

Ryo Ishikawa no longer has to worry about trying to qualify for the Masters. The 20-year-old from Japan received a special invitation for the second time. Ishikawa has won nine times on the Japan Golf Tour. He also received an invitation in 2009 when he was 17. He was the second-youngest player to compete in the Masters.

College football

Alabama coach Nick Saban said that top tailback Eddie Lacy will miss the spring while recovering from surgery for turf toe that plagued him much of last season. He said wide receiver Duron Carter remains suspended going into practices which start Friday before the defending national champions leave for spring break.


First Published 2012-03-06 23:05:37

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