Wortham, Robinson to vie in semifinals
Local golf veteran Lindsay Wortham will face up-and-coming standout D’yan Robinson, a 15-year-old student at Collegiate, in Thursday’s semifinals of the Richmond Women’s City Amateur at The Golf Club at The Highlands.
In the other semifinal, Maggie Balch will take on Nevia Cashwell.
In Wednesday’s quarterfinals, Wortham defeated Allison Cherry 1 up, Robinson ousted Karla Knight 2 and 1, Balch beat Joanne Kitusky 1 up, and Cashwell eliminated Deb Kelo 6 and 4.
Meanwhile, Anne Gordon Greever, chairwoman of the VSGA Fleming Fund, said the RWGA’s gift to the fund will be used to pay Robinson’s tuition to attend the Kim Lewellen Golf Camp at Wake Forest University later this month. Robinson was nominated by the First Tee of Greater Richmond to receive an advanced camp tuition grant.
Jordan wins VSGA Senior Stroke Play title
Willow Oaks Country Club member David Jordan, who won the Richmond Golf Association senior title last month, continued his run of success by winning the 34th VSGA Senior Stroke Play Championship at Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club in Virginia Beach.
Jordan followed his bogey-free, first-round 65 with a 3-over-par 72 for a 137 total and a three-stroke victory over Martinsville’s Keith Decker and Cavalier members Bill Williard and Jeff Flax.
TRACK AND FIELD
Middle-distance standout dies of cancer
Gabriele Grunewald, one of the country’s top middle-distance runners, has died at her home in Minneapolis after inspiring many with her long and public fight against cancer. She was 32.
Her husband, Justin Grunewald, said she died Tuesday night. Mrs. Grunewald was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma — a rare form of cancer in the saliva glands — in 2009 while running for the University of Minnesota. Following surgery and radiation therapy, she went on to finish second in the 1,500 meters at the 2010 NCAA championships.
She kept on running through three more bouts with the disease, forging a career as a professional athlete and U.S. champion while enduring surgeries, radiation treatments, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. In 2014, she was the U.S. indoor champion in the 3,000 meters.
Gottlieb joins Cavaliers’ staff
The Cleveland Cavaliers have lured away another prominent college coach — this time from the women’s game.
Lindsay Gottlieb, a former Richmond assistant, is leaving California after eight seasons to join John Beilein’s staff in Cleveland and become the seventh female assistant in the NBA. Beilein is a former Richmond and Michigan men’s head coach.
Gottlieb, 41, led the Golden Bears to seven NCAA tournament appearances and their first trip to the Final Four (2013). While she’s not the first female assistant in the NBA, she’s the first to make the jump from head college coach to a pro bench. Gottlieb went 179-89 at Cal.
Gottlieb raises the number of women with on-court roles in the NBA to 10. She joins Becky Hammon (Spurs assistant), Kristi Toliver (Wizards assistant), Karen Stack-Umlauf (Bulls assistant), Natalie Nakase (Clippers player development), Jenny Boucek (Mavericks assistant), Lindsey Harding (Sixers player development) and referees Lauren Holtkamp, Ashley Moyer-Gleich and Natalie Sago.
Chiefs give All-Pro tackle Schwartz extension
The Kansas City Chiefs signed All-Pro offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz to a one-year extension that could keep him with the AFC West champions through the 2021 season.
Schwartz, 30, has not missed a snap in his seven-year career, a streak that began with four seasons in Cleveland and has continued the past three seasons in Kansas City. The streak surpassed 7,000 snaps late last season, when Schwartz was chosen first-team All-Pro.
- The Chicago Bears waived
- Chris Blewitt
- , leaving them with two kickers as they try to replace
- Cody Parkey
- . Blewitt left Pittsburgh as the school’s career scoring leader with 363 points after making 55 of 79 field goal attempts and 198 of 204 extra point tries from 2013 to 2016. But he has not played in the NFL.
- Elliott Fry
- Eddy Pineiro
- remain on the roster. Neither has kicked in an NFL game.
Raonic ousts Tsonga in Stuttgart Open
Milos Raonic edged Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1) to reach the Stuttgart (Germany) Open quarterfinals.
- The sixth-seeded Canadian next faces
- Marton Fucsovics
- , who beat fourth-seeded Georgian
- Nikoloz Basilashvili
- 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-5.
Also Wednesday, Lucas Pouille upset third-seeded Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2.
- Defending champion
- Petra Kvitova
- has withdrawn from next week’s Birmingham (England) Classic because of an arm injury that ruled her out of the French Open, but is still hopeful of playing at Wimbledon. The fifth-ranked Kvitova won the Birmingham tournament the past two years and is hoping to compete for a third Wimbledon title when the grass-court Grand Slam starts next month.
- Baltimore has withdrawn a lawsuit against the owners of the historic city racetrack that hosts the Preakness Stakes, the Triple Crown series’ middle jewel. Earlier this year, Maryland’s biggest city had asked a court to grant ownership of the Pimlico horse track and the Preakness race to Baltimore through condemnation. The antiquated course is owned by the Stronach Group, a Canadian company that owns six other U.S. tracks.
- Chronic knee problems have forced UConn forward
- Mamadou Diarra
- to end his playing career. The school said the 6-foot-8 junior has been granted a medical disqualification. He’ll remain with the basketball program during the upcoming season as a student assistant coach.