LSWA announces All-Louisiana golf team

LAKE CHARLES — Stewart Jolly and Ben Taylor, two of LSU’s heavy hitters who helped lead the Tigers to third place at the NCAA men’s golf championships, were named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year on Friday.

In addition to those two main awards, McNeese’s Hampus Bergman was named the LSWA Freshman of the Year, and LSU coach Chuck Winstead earned Coach of the Year honors.

Jolly, Taylor and Bergman also received first team honors, along with Smylie Kaufman of LSU and Grady Brame of Southeastern Louisiana.

On the women’s side, Tulane’s Emily Penttila, who finished tied for 26th in the individual rankings at the NCAA Championships, was voted the Player of the Year.

Green Wave coach Lorne Don was named Coach of the Year. LSU’s Caroline Nistrup was voted Freshman of the Year, while Loyola’s Sarah-Anne Smurlick earned Newcomer of the Year.

Others named to the All-Louisiana team were Tulane’s Gemma Dryburgh and Silvia Garces, McNeese’s Sydney Martien of McNeese, LSU’s Madelene Sagstrom and Alison Knowles of Louisiana-Monroe.

Pitcher Sagrera named NAIA All-American

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Spring Hill sophomore pitcher Caroline Sagrera was named to the NAIA All-America first team.

Sagrera, a starting pitcher from Baton Rouge, was also a member of the Southern States Athletic Conference All-Conference and Capital One Academic All-America teams. She closed the season with a 1.01 ERA and a 38-11 record with 435 strikeouts in 339 innings. Opponents hit just .153 against her in 51 appearances with 46 complete games and 17 shutouts.

This her second straight season as an All-American.

Judge denies union link in O’Bannon trial

Plaintiffs in the upcoming NCAA antitrust trial will not be able to introduce as evidence the recent decision that allowed Northwestern football players to vote on whether they wanted to join a union.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled Friday that lawyers for former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and 19 others may cite the decision by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board allowing the vote in their trial brief, but may not introduce the findings as evidence once the trial begins.

The decision was part of a series of rulings covering outstanding motions in the case.

California Chrome visits Belmont starting gate

NEW YORK — Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome has visited the starting gate at Belmont Park before his usual gallop around the track.

The chestnut colt was loaded into a stall in the gate on the backstretch Friday. He stood quietly for several moments with his hind end pressing against the back of the gate.

Assistant trainer Alan Sherman said he wants the gate crew to make sure California Chrome stands squarely instead of spreading his front feet as he usually does. Sherman said he may take the colt to the gate for more practice.

California Chrome will have his only official workout before the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

Texas court denies Armstrong appeal

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court has denied Lance Armstrong’s request to block a Dallas company’s attempts to recover about $12 million in performance bonuses it paid the cyclist during his career.

SCA Promotions wants its money back now that Armstrong has admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times.