College athletics: SCF to induct two into hall
MANATEE -- State College of Florida will induct two former baseball players into its Athletic Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Friday at IMG Academy Golf Club.
Here is a capsule look at the players:
Tom Cook, baseball player: The scoop: Cook earned first team All-American honors in 1967 as a catcher for Hall of Fame coach Robert C. Wynn. He also helped the former Manatee Junior College to Suncoast Conference titles in 1966 and 1967. Cook is known as the first player to hit the electronic scoreboard after it was installed behind the right field fence. Upon leaving the Bradenton school, Cook continued his baseball career at Florida State University where he tallied nine home runs, 37 runs batted in and a .384 batting average in 1968. The Oakland athletics drafted Cook, and advanced as high as Triple A when he finished his career in 1972.
Ryan Moore, friend of the program: The scoop: A Bradenton resident, Moore was a batboy for the then Manatee Community College before later becoming a Lancer in 1990 and 1991. Moore was a combined 10-1 as a pitcher for the baseball program, which became a runner-up in the JUCO World Series in 1991. Moore also left to continue his playing career at the University of Central Florida and professionally in independent baseball and with the Montreal Expos and Texas Rangers organizations. Moore, though, is being inducted as a friend of the program for his philanthropic efforts over the years. That includes becoming a key figure in starting the Hall of Fame with former athletic director George Sanders. Moore's vision led to the Robert C. Wynn scholarship and other various baseball program enhancements.
Olympics: James leads USA basketball team
With LeBron James sticking around and some of the NBA's best players joining him, the U.S. basketball team could be better than ever.
"The roster itself is the strongest roster we've ever had," USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said.
USA Basketball selected 28 players Thursday to choose from for the World Cup of Basketball this summer in Spain and the 2016 Rio Olympics. Carmelo Anthony was also chosen, giving him and James a chance to play in a fourth Olympics and win a third gold medal.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is back to lead the Americans, as he has done since 2005.
The other players picked were Chicago's Derrick Rose, Houston's Dwight Howard, the Clippers' Blake Griffin, Indiana's Paul George; Stephen Curry, David Lee and Klay Thompson of Golden State; LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard of Portland; Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, Kyrie Irving of Cleveland; San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard; Washington's Bradley Beal; Atlanta's Kyle Korver; Detroit's Andre Drummond; Denver's Kenneth Faried; and Utah's Gordon Hayward.
ELSEWHERE -- Lindsey Vonn won't be at the Sochi Olympics to ski, and she won't be there working for NBC, either. Jim Bell, executive producer of Olympics coverage for NBC, said that Vonn's knee injury left her unable to travel to Russia. NBC had expressed interest in Vonn after the 2010 Olympic downhill champion announced this month she wouldn't be able to seek gold again.
Golf: Cink, Perez start fast at Farmers
SAN DIEGO -- The best score belonged to Stewart Cink. The best round belonged to Pat Perez. Tiger Woods didn't come close to claiming either in the Farmers Insurance Open, where the seven-time champion failed to break par in the opening round for first time in his career.
Cink ran off three straight birdies late in his round on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines for an 8-under 64. That gave him a one-shot lead over Gary Woodland, who also was on the North, which is more than 600 yards shorter.
Perez was on the South Course, host of the 2008 U.S. Open and with greens so firm this year that it felt like a major. Perez had a 67, the best score on the South by two shots, and even more astounding is that he played bogey-free.
Woods, making his 2014 debut, failed to birdie any of the par 5s and had to settle for a 72.
ELSEWHERE -- Lydia Ko took a share of the lead in her first start as an LPGA Tour member, matching Meena Lee with a 5-under 68 in the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic in Paradise Island, Bahamas. ... Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello birdied four of his last five holes for a 7-under 65 and a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Qatar Masters in Doha, Qatar.
Motorsports: Gurney gets Rolex 24 pole
DAYTONA BEACH -- Alex Gurney put the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing entry on the pole for the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona.
A strong showing in the inaugural event of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship could be exactly what the Corvette team needs. The team is scheduled to run only five events this season because of limited funding.
ELSEWHERE -- NASCAR reinstated Michael Waltrip Racing executive Ty Norris, though he remains on indefinite probation.
-- Herald staff, wire reports