NBA

Grizzlies name Jenkins coach

The Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday filled their coaching vacancy by hiring Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins.

Zachary Kleiman, Memphis’ executive vice president of basketball operations, said Jenkins has an excellent coaching pedigree and elite basketball acumen and is someone they believe will develop the young Grizzlies.

Memphis had been looking for a new coach since firing J.B. Bickerstaff the day after the season ended in April. Jenkins, 34, was Mike Budenholzer’s assistant in Milwaukee this season and in Atlanta for five seasons.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star
  • Paul George
  • has had a procedure to repair a small labrum tear in his left shoulder. His status will be evaluated before the start of the upcoming season.

STATE GOLF

Wortham advances in RWGA

Lindsay Wortham defeated Kim Harrington 3 and 2 in the first round of match play in the championship flight of the Richmond Women’s Golf Association City Amateur at The Golf Club at The Highlands. Other winners were D’yan Robinson (2 up over Cindy Hollingshead), Joanne Kitusky (4 and 3 over Mary Tryer), Maggie Balch (6 and 5 over Peggy Freeman), Deb Kelo (6 and 4 over Cindy Wray), Nevia Cashwell (3 and 2 over Kay Padgett), Allison Cherry (4 and 2 over Helen Im) and Karla Knight (6 and 5 over Brenda Baril).

Jordan takes four-stroke lead

David Jordan, a member of Willow Oaks Country Club, shot his first competitive bogey-free round, posting a 4-under-par 65 to take a four-stroke lead after one round of the VSGA Senior Stroke Play Championship at Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club in Virginia Beach. The final round is set for Wednesday.

Stafford’s Chris Robb was second after a 69, a stroke ahead of Salem’s Jack Allara, Martinsville’s Keith Decker and Williamsburg’s Kent Erdahl.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

WPLL to hold Champions Cup in Midlothian

This weekend, the state will get its first taste of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League at the River City Sports Complex in Midlothian, where the Champions Cup will be played. Friday’s match between the Brave and the Fight marks the first time that the WPLL will play in Virginia. The games (Fight vs. Brave on Friday at 5:30 p.m., Command vs. Pride on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.) are rematches of last season’s semifinals.

Many WPLL players have ties to Virginia. Several UVA graduates play in the WPLL, including the Fire’s Morgan Stephens and Maggie Jackson, the Command’s Kasey Behr, and the Fight’s Daniela Eppler. James Madison graduates, including the Pride’s Haley Warden, Elena Romesburg and Katie Kerrigan, and the Brave’s Kristen Gaudian and Caroline Sdanowich will play in Champions Cup games. The Pride roster also features attacker Alex Aust, a Sterling native who has won NCAA titles with the University of Maryland and World Cup crowns with Team USA. One of the Pride’s two captains, Aust is one of the top players in the WPLL.

Admission to both games is free. In lieu of tickets, attendees are encouraged to donate to the WPLL Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports professional and youth lacrosse players.

HORSE RACING

Dismissal of suit over Derby outcome sought

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission asked a federal judge to toss a lawsuit by Maximum Security’s owners over the disqualification of their horse in the Kentucky Derby.

The motion, filed on behalf of the commission and its members, the stewards who disqualified Maximum Security, and the executive director, said horse racing is a sport with rules and neutral arbiters and disagreement with a call doesn’t mean their constitutional or legal rights have been violated. The state asked U.S. District Judge Karen K. Caldwell to dismiss the suit, which was filed May 14 in Lexington, Ky.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

UCLA’s Garcia wins Honda Award

UCLA pitcher Rachel Garcia won the Honda Award for softball, a week after leading her team to the NCAA title. Garcia hit a walk-off homer in the semifinal win over Washington on June 2, then got the victories in Games 1 and 2 against Oklahoma. She finished 9-0 with a 1.49 ERA, 79 strikeouts and a team-leading 16 RBIs.

LOCAL SWIMMING

Wright joins NOVA as associate head coach

NOVA of Virginia Aquatics said Norm Wright will join the program as associate head coach in September, in advance of assuming the head coach position for the 2020-2021 season. Geoff Brown, founder and head coach of NOVA, led the search that culminated in Wright’s hiring.

Wright previously served as coach of the Shenandoah Marlins and the Northern Kentucky Clippers, a team he guided to USA Swimming Gold Medal status in 2017. Wright also has been a coach for several national junior teams.

ELSEWHERE

  • U.S. midfielder and defender
  • Tyler Adams
  • will miss the CONCACAF Gold Cup because of an injured groin. The U.S. Soccer Federation said Adams will need six to eight weeks of recovery. He was replaced on the roster by Dallas defender
  • Reggie Cannon
  • .
  • Jonquel Jones
  • scored 24 points,
  • Courtney Williams
  • added 23 and the Connecticut Sun beat the visiting Washington Mystics 83-75 in a battle between the top two teams in the WNBA.
  • Ariel Atkins
  • led Washington with 18 points.
  • Former Oregon guard
  • Victor Bailey Jr.
  • has transferred to Tennessee and will play for the Volunteers in the 2020-21 season. Bailey will sit out the 2019-20 season because of NCAA transfer rules. He has two seasons of eligibility left.

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— From staff and wire reports

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