Area duo to play in Shrine Bowl
Fox Creek’s Marty Williams and Silver Bluff’s Cordrea Tankersley were named to the South Carolina team for the Shrine Bowl.
The Shrine Bowl, scheduled Dec. 17 at Wofford College’s Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C., features the best players in South Carolina vs. the best players in North Carolina.
Parel, Poole tie for 12th in finale
In Salisbury, N.C., Augusta’s Scott Parel and Aiken’s Stephen Poole finished strong in the rain-shortened Salisbury Classic, which was shortened from 54 to 36 holes.
Parel and Poole, who both opened with 71, shot final-round 66s to finish in a six-way tie for 12th place. They each earned $2,100.137.
Of the other area players, Mitch Krywulycz closed with 68 to tie for 18th place and Carter Newman had 72 to tie for 72nd.
Corey Nagy won a sudden-death playoff over Brad Hopfinger for the first-place money of $15,000. Nagy shot 65-67 and Hopfinger had 67-65.
This was the final eGolf Tour event of the season. In the final money list, Parel was the top local player (ninth with $58,663.66) followed by Poole (17th with $47,066.95).
Wieber surprised to win the gold
In Tokyo, Jordyn Wieber and coach John Geddert weren’t even looking at the scoreboard, so sure were they that the gold had gone to someone else.
Then the final standings posted.
The American stunned Russia’s Viktoria Komova to win the all-around title at the world gymnastics championships on Thursday night, rallying after making mistakes on both uneven bars and floor exercise.
Wieber is the sixth American to win gymnastics’ biggest prize at worlds, and adds a second gold to the one she won with her U.S. teammates on Tuesday night.
Rooney receives three-game ban
Wayne Rooney will miss the entire group stage of the 2012 European Championship after receiving a three-game ban for kicking a player during England’s final qualifier.
European soccer’s governing body cited him for his actions against Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic during a qualifying game last Friday.
UEFA’s rule book calls for three-game bans in cases judged to be assault, rather than the mandatory one-match ban for a red card.
Rooney, who did not attend the hearing, can appear in his own defense at an appeal hearing.
Mayer pulls off upset of Nadal
In Shanghai, Rafael Nadal was upset by Florian Mayer, 7-6 (5), 6-3 at the Shanghai Masters, the second consecutive year he’s failed to reach the quarterfinals at the tournament.
Andy Roddick advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spain’s Nicolas Almagro.
Roddick will play third-seeded David Ferrer, who saved three match points against Juan Carlos Ferrero in a 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 win.
• Novak Djokovic will finish the year as the top-ranked player in the world.
The ATP says the Serb clinched the year-end top spot after Nadal’s loss.
• In Linz, Austria, Petra Kvitova defeated Patricia Mayr-Archleitner 6-2, 6-3 at the Generali Ladies to reach her second quarterfinal since winning the Wimbledon title.
Kvitova will play former champion Daniela Hantuchova next.