Some Tide rolls out: Lacy, Milliner and Fluker to NFL
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama tailback Eddie Lacy, cornerback Dee Milliner and right tackle D.J. Fluker are entering the NFL draft.
Lacy and Milliner announced their plans to skip their senior seasons Friday at a news conference. Coach Nick Saban said Fluker couldn’t be there but made the same decision.
Milliner is considered a potentially early first-round pick. He had two interceptions and 22 pass deflections.
Lacy was MVP of the national championship game after rushing for 140 yards and scoring two touchdowns.
The 6-6, 335-pound Fluker started 35 games for the Tide and was a second-team Associated Press All-American.
Rookie turns record-holder at Hawaii’s Sony Open
HONOLULU – Two days into his PGA Tour career, Russell Henley was in the record book.
Henley putted for birdie on every hole Friday on his way to a second consecutive round of a 7-under 63, giving him a two-shot lead over fellow rookie Scott Langley and Scott Piercy in the Sony Open.
He was at 14-under 126, breaking the 36-hole tournament scoring record by two shots.
“It’s pretty surreal,” Henley said.
In the first full-field event of the season, the rookies were leading the way.
Ryo Ishiwaka gets special treatment from Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Ryo Ishikawa of Japan is headed back to the Masters with another special invitation.
Augusta National said Ishikawa and Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand have accepted invitations, which are reserved for international players. It will be the fifth consecutive year for Ishikawa playing the Masters.
Wiratchant won the Asian Tour money title last year and holds the Asian Tour record for most career victories. He won the Hero India Open last year for his 15th title.
Ishikawa has dropped out of the top 50 in the world. Masters chairman Billy Payne said Ishikawa finished strong last year, including his 10th career win on the Japan Golf Tour late in the year.
Swiss lab chief holds strong he didn’t help Armstrong
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The director of Switzerland’s anti-doping lab has disputed claims by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart that he helped Lance Armstrong avoid being caught for doping.
Lab director Martial Saugy called a news conference Friday to challenge accusations that he provided Armstrong with information on how to avoid detection for use of EPO.
Tygart told the television program “60 Minutes Sports” on Wednesday that Saugy acknowledged to him that he gave Armstrong and team manager Johan Bruyneel, “the keys to beating EPO tests” before the 2002 Tour de France.
Saugy said he and Tygart have “different memories” of their discussion in 2010 soon after U.S. federal investigators opened a probe into Armstrong.
French motorcyclist is third Dakar Rally death this week
SANTIAGO, Chile – French motorcyclist Thomas Bourgin has been killed in the Dakar Rally when he collided with a Chilean police car.
Race officials said the incident occurred as Bourgin was travelling from Calama on the Chilean side of the Andes to the start of the seventh stage in Argentina on Friday. They said the police car was going in the opposite direction. He was 25.
Bourgin was in 68th place in his first Dakar Rally.
He’s the third person to be killed this week in connection with the rally, after two people died when their taxi collided with a Dakar Rally support vehicle late Wednesday in Peru, near the border with Chile.