Rains wash out Junior 2nd round

Weather reduced the 56th annual WOGA Oklahoma Girls Junior Championship to a one-day event at Heritage Hills Golf Course.

Tuesday night rains created unplayable conditions prior to Wednesday’s second round.

The 74s turned in by Crystal Reeves of Broken Arrow and Lauren Forbes of Tulsa were the best of Tuesday’s round. Reeves and Forbes shared overall medalist honors for the 12-17-year-old field. They also shared the 14-17 age group win. Kamryn Ruffin of Pryor shot 75, tops in the 14-15 bracket. Ashton Collier of Tulsa won the 12-13 bracket with a 91. June Tigert of Yukon won the 11-under with a nine-hole score of 46.



Sign up for soccer

Claremore Soccer Club will hold individual sign-ups from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, and from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday, at the Claremore soccer fields. Sign-ups can be conducted on-line: www.claremoresoccer.com.



Wie ‘relaxed and lucky’

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Michelle Wie, 16, teed off Thursday in the John Deere Classic, trying again to become the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to make the cut on the PGA Tour. She seems quite comfortable. “I guess being from Hawaii, being very relaxed, I just have a ’whatever’ mentality,” she said. “I just have fun with it. I’m very grateful, and I feel very lucky that people like watching me play.”



Barbaro’s condition takes a turn

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Barbaro’s condition turned “potentially serious” again, a day after the Kentucky Derby winner’s veterinarian gave a more upbeat report, saying the colt was stable and resting comfortably.

Dean Richardson, the chief surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, also said the colt faced “tough odds” and that doctors were looking at all possible treatments to keep the 3-year-old comfortable.

Barbaro, who shattered three bones in his right hind leg at the start of the Preakness on May 20, has undergone three surgical procedures in the past week. On Saturday, Richardson replaced the titanium plate and 27 screws and treated two infections.



Zidane apologizes for actions

PARIS (AP) — French soccer star Zinedine Zidane apologized for head-butting an Italian opponent during the World Cup final, saying that he was provoked by harsh insults about his mother and sister.

In an interview with the Canal-Plus television network, Zidane did not specify exactly what Italian defender Marco Materazzi said that enraged him, but said it was about his family. Materazzi swears he never insulted Zidane’s mother. And FIFA is still investigating.

Zidane repeatedly apologized to fans — especially to children — in several interviews late Wednesday.

The 34-year-old midfielder said he didn’t regret the abrupt, violent outburst Sunday that marked the end of his 18-year professional career. “I tell myself that if things happened this way, it’s because somewhere up there it was decided that way,” he told TF1 television. “And I don’t regret anything that happened, I accept it.”

Zidane sidestepped questions about exactly what Materazzi said. “I would rather have taken a punch in the jaw than have heard that,” he told the Canal Plus channel, stressing that Materazzi’s language was “very harsh,” and that he repeated the insults several times.

Zidane and Materazzi exchanged words after Italy broke up a French attack in extra-time. Seconds later, Zidane lowered his head and rammed Materazzi in the chest, knocking him to the ground. Zidane was ejected and Italy went on to win in a penalty shootout.



Italian coach steps down

ROME (AP) — Italy coach Marcello Lippi resigned, three days after guiding the Azzurri to their fourth World Cup title. Italian soccer federation chief Guido Rossi said Lippi had told him early in the World Cup campaign that he would resign and take six months off regardless of his team’s performance because the job had been an “enormous effort.”



Roethlisberger almost died

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he was told he was “seconds, maybe a minute away from dying” immediately after his motorcycle accident last month.

Roethlisberger, in his first interview since the June 12 accident, told ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that he doesn’t remember much about the accident when he rammed his motorcycle into a car that was making a left turn in front of him on a Pittsburgh street. He did, however, remember what he was told by people at the scene.

Roethlisberger underwent seven hours of surgery to repair a broken jaw and other facial bones.



Astros fire coach Gaetti

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros shook up their slumping offense by firing hitting coach Gary Gaetti. Sean Berry will serve as interim hitting coach.