Sports Briefs

Staff and wire reports

Susie Wheldon accepts 500 ring

INDIANAPOLIS – Susie Wheldon has accepted her late husband’s Indy 500 ring and thanked the racing community for its support following his death.

Wheldon’s widow was in Indianapolis on Thursday for the brief ceremony at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Wheldon won his second Indy 500 last year, passing JR Hildebrand after the leader crashed on the last turn of the last lap.

In October, he was killed in a horrific accident at IndyCar’s season-ending race at Las Vegas.

Susie Wheldon did not take questions but did make a public statement saying she was honored to accept the ring on behalf of her family. Two-time Indy winner Dario Franchitti persuaded her to put the ring on.

She is also expected to participate in Saturday’s driver’s meeting.

Giants’ Hicks breaks foot

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is expected to be sidelined up to three months after breaking his right foot at a team organized activity early Thursday.

Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot as he was running a route during individual drills in the Timex Performance Center field house, the team said in a release later in the afternoon.

Nicks is scheduled to have surgery Friday to have a screw inserted into the broken bone. The procedure will be performed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. The expected recovery time for Nicks is approximately 12 weeks.

OSU finds 12 more violations

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says his department is looking into 12 additional secondary or minor NCAA violations.

In an interview with the school newspaper, The Lantern, Smith had made an ambiguous statement about the violations. In a statement released Thursday, he made it clear none of the new infractions was major.

Ohio State said last week it was investigating 46 minor NCAA offenses.

The dozen new violations include providing expenses for an aunt who was thought to be the legal guardian of a prospective football recruit on his official visit; scholarship agreements sent to three athletes without being signed by the financial-aid officer; and a baseball recruit getting a free ticket to a home baseball game during a noncontact period.

I’ll Have Another takes a jog

NEW YORK – Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another jogged around the 1-mile Belmont Park oval for a second day in a row and is scheduled to resume galloping on Friday.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.

The colt’s assistant trainer Jack Sisterson said Thursday “he gets over the track fantastic, he looked super, his energy level is high and he’s doing everything we want to see him doing.”

Sisterson said I’ll Have Another will pick up the pace with a gallop on Friday.

The last horse to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont was Affirmed in 1978. Also, Belmont contender Union Rags worked five furlongs on Thursday in 1:01 at Fair Hill, Md.

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Bowling: Miller keys team to title

NEW MARTINSVILLE – Backyard Auto, paced by Lil Miller’s 529, won the Team Handicap Division at the 44th annual New Martinsville Women’s City Bowling Tournament at Bruce Lanes with a score of 2,226.

Lana White, Duska White and Sara Snyder are also Backyard Auto members.

Budget Finance, led by Donna Craig’s 518, won the eam Actual Division with 1,856. Donna Brown, Sandy Dietrich and Cindy Graham complete the squad.

Lisa Mullett and Aimee Gatian won both the Doubles Handicap and Actual Division with 1,199 (984).

Miller also captured both the Singles and Senior Singles Handicap divisions with a 647 (568 actual), while Darla Craycraft won the Actual Singles Division with a 614.

Miller also captured the All-Events Handicap and Actual divisions.

Marilyn Ensinger, Sharon Hartwell, Flora Huggins, Ellen Lipscomb and Gertrude Shank were inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame.

Paliswat wins first in OVMP

NEW MARTINSVILLE – Justin Paliswat picked up his first Ohio Valley Match Play victory of the season last week at Bruce Lanes by defeating Chet Richmond, 245-174.

The defending champion shot a 299 (7 pin) in his semifinal tussle against Bull Marling.

Paliswat earned $80 compliments of weekly sponsor J&T Paving.

Richmond defeated Lil Miller, 213-195, in the other semifinal.

Richmond was a,so the two-game high qualifier with a 456 total.

Richmond leads the points list with 880. Chuck Fischerkeller (815), Dave Johnson (735), Sean Johnson (675) and John Leek Jr. (640) round out the top 5.

Mickelson will play Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS – Phil Mickelson is returning to The Greenbrier Classic for the second straight year.

Mickelson also announced Tuesday at The Players Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., that he is joining Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice and their wives in hosting a two-day fundraiser later this year to benefit military personnel.

The Birdies for the Brave event will take place Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at TPC Sawgrass. It will include a pro-am, dinner and country music concert.

The Greenbrier Classic will be held July 5-8 in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

3 Bethany SB players selected

WEXFORD, Pa. – Bethany College junior Maria Vallone was named First Team and juniors Emily Jump and Alison Powell were voted Second Team when the All-PAC Softball teams were released Tuesday.

Vallone had a PAC-leading 55 hits, including a conference-best 16 doubles.