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Wynridge winners
finish at 1-under

The threesome of Shirley Hardin, Shelly Stout and Joyce Bell combined to shoot 1-under-par and win the women’s scramble at Wynridge Greens in Troy on Tuesday.
The team of Stephanie Mosley, Debra Forsythe, Diane Pilkenton and Sheri Vaughn finished in second place with a 2-over scorecard.
Wynridge Greens holds its weekly women’s scramble every Tuesday.
For more information, contact the course at 536-4653.

SEC hoops might
call Nashville home

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference’s basketball tournament is ready to settle down.
And Nashville could be home.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive says league athletic directors voted unanimously to “authorize the conference to explore a primary site for the men’s basketball tournament.” Slive stopped short of saying “permanent,” but hinted that could change.
Slive says, “We’ve been very successful with our permanent site in football in Atlanta. We’ve been very successful in our permanent site in Hoover (Ala.) in terms of baseball, so the ADs felt it was time for us to explore the possibility of a primary site for the men’s basketball tournament.”
The basketball tournament has been played in Tampa, Fla., Nashville, Atlanta and New Orleans over the last five years. It is scheduled for Nashville in 2015, 2016 and 2019. Two years, 2017 and 2018, have not been finalized.

Oklahoma pitcher
top softball player

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts has been named the top college softball player in the country for the second straight year.
The Amateur Softball Association of America on Tuesday night announced that Ricketts won the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.
The other finalists were Oklahoma teammate Lauren Chamberlain and Tennessee’s Raven Chavanne.
Ricketts becomes the third player to win the honor multiple times.
Texas pitcher Cat Osterman was the player of the year three times, and Washington’s Danielle Lawrie won it in 2009 and 2010.
Ricketts is 31-1 this season with a 1.22 ERA and 311 strikeouts. She’s also hitting .375 with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs.
Her Sooners are the No. 1 seed in the Women’s College World Series, which starts Thursday.

Published in The Messenger 5.29.13

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