Johnson commits to Zurich Classic
The Zurich Classic of New Orleans picked up a top commitment Thursday when Dustin Johnson added his name to the list of participants for the April 23-26 tournament.
Johnson, who shot a 2-under-par 70 on Thursday in the opening round of the Masters, will play in New Orleans for the first time since his rookie season on the PGA Tour in 2008. He missed the cut that year at TPC Louisiana.
A nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, Johnson is one of the longest hitters in golf and leads the Tour in driving distance this season.
He won the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship earlier this season and ranks sixth in FedEx Cup points.
Lady Tigers post tennis win over UK
Skylar Kuykendall claimed her 11th win in a row and nation-leading 22nd of the season to clinch LSU women’s tennis match against Kentucky on Thursday.
The Lady Tigers improved to 17-8 overall and 7-5 in Southeastern Conference play with the 4-0 win. The seven SEC wins is the most for the program in the last 12 years. It was also the third top-30 win for LSU this season. Kentucky fell to 15-10 and 6-5 in conference.
The Lady Tigers return to action against No. 8 Vanderbilt at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Texas A&M blanks LSU 4-0 in tennis
LSU’s 24th ranked men’s tennis team fell to No. 7 Texas A&M 4-0 on Thursday.
The Tigers (16-6, 6-5 SEC) dropped a close doubles point before falling in straight sets, five and three to give the Aggies (18-3, 11-1 SEC) the win and the regular-season conference championship.
The Tigers will play their final regular-season match on Sunday at Mississippi State.
No. 6 Jankovic out with foot injury
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Past champion and No. 6 seed Jelena Jankovic withdrew from the Family Circle Cup with a right foot injury about two hours before she was scheduled to play for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Instead, Kovinic advanced to face defending champion Andrea Petkovic, who improved to 10-0 at the Family Circle with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over American Madison Brengle.
American Lauren Davis, who ousted Bouchard, advanced into the quarterfinals after Mona Barthel retired while trailing 6-4, 3-0.
Eight-seeded Carolina Garcia lost to qualifier Lucie Hradecka in three sets. Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber also advanced with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Lara Arruabarrena.
Providence wins 4-1 in Frozen Four semis
BOSTON — Noel Acciari and Mark Jankowski scored second-period goals, Jon Gillies made 25 saves and Providence beat Nebraska-Omaha 4-1 on Thursday night in the Frozen Four to advance to the national championship game for the second time in school history.
The Friars (25-13-2) will face Boston University (28-7-5), a 5-3 winner over North Dakota, in the championship game on Saturday night at TD Garden.
Jake Guentzel scored and Ryan Massa made 44 saves for Nebraska-Omaha (20-13-6). The Mavericks were making their first appearance in the Frozen Four.
QB Del Rio to transfer from Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio has decided to leave Oregon State.
Del Rio, the son of Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, threw for 141 yards last season, appearing in three games as backup to senior starter Sean Mannion. He was considered one of Oregon State’s top options at starter now that Mannion has graduated.
Del Rio was a walk-on at Alabama and redshirted in 2013 before transferring to Oregon State for the 2014 season.
Klitschko looking forward to fight at MSG
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Wladimir Klitschko has reached rare territory among heavyweight champions.
Now, in his ninth year as champion, Klitschko is approaching Joe Louis and Larry Holmes in successful defenses.
When Klitschko faces Bryant Jennings April 25 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, he will risk his heavyweight belt for the 18th time.
A win over Jennings will place Klitschko within one successful defense of Holmes.
, but he would still need six additional wins to match Louis’ record of 25.