Sports shorts: At age 60, Dirtadian rolls to 5th city title

2013-05-06T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: At age 60, Dirtadian rolls to 5th city titleStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Armen Dirtadian won his fifth Tucson City Amateur golf championship Sunday, his first since 2002.

The 60-year-old Dirtadian, who won city titles in 1984, 1985, 2001 and 2002, shot a 2-under-par 68 at Dell Urich Golf Course to beat runner-up Ted Neville by three strokes.

Dirtadian had rounds of 71-69-72-68, or 1 under, in a two-weekend tournament played on city courses Silverbell, El Rio, Randolph and Dell Urich. He ties David McDaniel with five championships. Jeff Kern won nine championships between 1973-1997.

Other winners were Jarrod Thayer (first flight), James Gasmen (second flight), John Kaiama (third flight), John Boucher (net flight) and Justin Galvez (Callaway flight).

• Pima College women's tennis players all advanced to the round of 16 Sunday after the first day of the NJCAA national tournament at Jim Reffkin Tennis Center, including No. 2 Kari Emery (Flowing Wells) and No. 6 Vivian Pierson (Catalina) in singles play and the No. 3 doubles team of Helena Meyer (Nogales) and Julienne Cananea.

• UA diver Samantha Pickens led the United States with a fourth-place finish in the 3-meter event at the FINA Grand Prix Canada Cup in Gatineau, Quebec.

• Keegan Cooke finished seventh in the decathlon Sunday at the Pac-12 championships in Los Angeles, giving the UA men's track and field team two points for the full conference meet May 11. Amber Passalaqua was eighth in the heptathlon, giving the UA women one point.

Miscellaneous

Utah soccer ref punched by teen player dies

MURRAY, Utah - The 46-year-old soccer referee who was punched by a teenage player during a game and later slipped into a coma died late Saturday, police said.

Ricardo Portillo of Salt Lake City passed away at the hospital, where he was being treated following the assault last weekend. Police have accused a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league of punching Portillo after the man called a foul and issued him a yellow card.

• Kentucky Derby winner Orb will run in the Preakness on May 18, giving the colt a shot at the Triple Crown. … Nehro, runner-up in the 2011 Derby, died of colic at age 5.

• In the NFL, a tender ankle kept former UA quarterback Matt Scott out of Jacksonville's rookie minicamp Saturday, but he expects to be ready when the Jaguars begin organized team activities May 13. … Former Pro Bowl tackle Tyson Clabo of Atlanta has signed with Miami.

• In cycling, Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins powered Sky to victory in the team time trial in the second stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday, and Italian teammate Salvatore Puccio took the overall leader's pink jersey.

• In tennis, No. 1 Serena Williams beat Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 7-6 (5), 6-1 to advance to the second round of the Madrid Open; Stanislas Wawrinka won the Portugal Open, beating David Ferrer 6-1, 6-4; and Tommy Haas won the BMW Open in Munich for the first time, beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (3).

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