Golf: IMG's Liu, Mitsunaga win U.S. title
BANDON, Ore. -- IMG Academy's Mika Liu and Rinko Mitsunaga won the inaugural U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball title Wednesday at Bandon Dunes, beating fellow teens Hannah O'Sullivan and Robynn Ree 4 and 3.
The 16-year-old Liu, from Beverly Hills, Calif., and 18-year-old Mitsunaga, from Roswell, Ga., were 8 under par for 15 holes on the Pacific Dunes course. Liu had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch on the front nine, and Mitsunaga holed out for eagle from the fairway on the par-5 12th.
Liu plans to play at Stanford, and Mitsunaga is headed to Georgia.
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Prep sports: BCS holds signing ceremony
BRADENTON -- Bradenton Christian held a ceremony to honor 11 student-athletes who signed to play college sports next season.
The student-athletes were Philip Knowles (University of North Florida, golf), Kyle Brown (Geneva College, football), Zane Zarris (Southeastern University, football), Kevyn Rametta (Southeastern University, football), Brett Hiskes (Dordt College, football), Dusty Peebles (Southeastern, football), David Hinkel (Southeastern, baseball), Hunter McGarry (State College of Florida, baseball), Tyler Lyke (Southeastern, baseball), Wade Carter (SCF, baseball) and Grant Goldin (Belmont Abbey, tennis).
Horse racing: American Pharoah 4-5 favorite
BALTIMORE -- Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah has been made the 4-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Preakness and will attempt to win it from the unfavorable No. 1 post to set up a Triple Crown attempt in the Belmont Stakes.
A field of eight 3-year-olds was entered, the smallest since 2000, when Red Bullet upset Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus.
Trainer Bob Baffert is looking for his sixth Preakness win with American Pharoah and Dortmund. Third in the Derby, Dortmund was the 7-2 second choice, with Derby runner-up Firing Line next at 4-1.
NFL: Bowlen selected for Broncos' ring of fame
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, who stepped down from daily duties last summer as he battled Alzheimer's disease, has been selected for the team's ring of fame that he created in 1984.
Team president and CEO Joe Ellis said he visited Bowlen with the news Wednesday.
Bowlen is the only owner in NFL history to win 300 games, counting playoffs, in a 30-year span.
ELSEWHERE -- The Detroit Lions signed running back Ameer Abdullah, their second-round pick out of Nebraska, to a four-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.
College basketball: Challenge features Heels-Terps
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Maryland will visit an old ACC rival in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Terrapins -- who recently completed their first season in the Big Ten after leaving the ACC -- will visit North Carolina in a matchup of teams that figure to enter the season as favorites to win their leagues. Additionally, the Terps have added Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon to their roster.
Maryland played Virginia at home in last year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge, its first in its new league.
Among the other high-profile matchups: Indiana visits reigning national champion Duke, Louisville plays at Michigan State and Virginia travels to Ohio State.
Tennis: Murray wins opener at Italian Open
ROME -- Andy Murray improved his record on clay this year to 10-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over 38th-ranked Jeremy Chardy at the Italian Open.
Seven-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal was also sharp in a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Turkish qualifier Marsel Ilhan; and Roger Federer began his pursuit of an elusive crown with a 7-6 (3), 6-4 win over 24th-ranked Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay.
Also, fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori, a Manatee County resident, advanced with a 7-6 (3), 7-5 win over Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.
In women's play, former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka eliminated fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-6 (2); and sixth-seeded Eugenie Bouchard ended a six-match losing streak with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.
MLS: D.C. United sneak past Orlando City
WASHINGTON -- Kofi Opare and Chris Rolfe scored second-half goals and D.C. United rallied to beat Orlando City 2-1 on Wednesday night to extend their undefeated streak to eight games
It's D.C. United's longest unbeaten stretch since 2007.
Rookie Cyle Larin gave Orlando City a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute with his third goal of the season.
-- Herald staff, wire reports