Sports shorts: Cats in hunt for golf title; UA runner Lalang honored

2013-01-29T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Cats in hunt for golf title; UA runner Lalang honoredStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Led by Trent Redfern, the host Arizona men's golf team trailed leaders TCU and Arizona State by only five strokes heading into final day of the Arizona Intercollegiate at Vistoso Golf Club.

Redfern fired a 4-under-par 67 in the first round and was at 3-under through 16 holes in the second round, which was suspended Monday because of darkness. Cal's Joel Stalter leads at 8-under through 16 when second-round play resumes this morning. The third round is set to follow.

TCU and ASU were at 4-under, followed by Cal (-2), New Mexico (even) and UA (+1). Redfern was tied for eighth, followed by UA's Dylan Healey (-1, tie 11th) and Juan Pablo Hernandez (even, tie 13th).

• UA junior Lawi Lalang earned national athlete of the week honors Monday from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association. Lalang ran a personal-best time of 7 minutes 42.79 seconds to win the indoor 3,000-meter race at the Razorback Invitational in Arkansas on Saturday. Not only did it break his school record of 7:48.44, it was the fastest 3,000 time in the world so far this year.

NFL

House may ask players to testify

NEW ORLEANS - Chastising the NFL Players Association for blocking testing for human growth hormone, two members of Congress told union head DeMaurice Smith in a letter Monday that they might ask players to testify before their committee.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., asked Smith to turn over documents tied to HGH talks between the NFL and the NFLPA.

• NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he noticed "the improved quality" of Sunday's Pro Bowl compared to last year, when players were booed for not trying. A decision on the game's future may come by April.

• The Dallas Cowboys are looking for ways to improve how the team handles drunken driving after high-profile arrests of players Jay Ratliff and Josh Brent.

• Former San Francisco 49er Kwame Harris was charged with felony domestic violence and assault charges from an August beating involving a former boyfriend.

MISCELLANEOUS

US faces Canada in men's soccer

HOUSTON - With injuries to Steve Cherundolo and Fabian Johnson, the U.S. men's soccer team has defensive worries heading into next week's World Cup qualifier at Honduras. The Americans play an exhibition against Canada tonight in Houston, their only tuneup this year before the Feb. 6 qualifier in San Pedro Sula.

• Asamoah Gyan led Ghana over Niger 3-0 and Mahamadou Samassa's goal gave Mali a 1-1 draw with Congo as the first two quarterfinal lineups were decided at the African Cup of Nations. Ghana will face Cape Verde and Mali will meet South Africa.

• Free agent pitcher Carl Pavano had his spleen removed last week after the ex-Twin, 37, was hurt when he fell in snow in Vermont.

• Ronny Cedeno agreed to a $1.15 million, one-year deal with St. Louis, insurance for shortstop Rafael Furcal (elbow surgery).

• Luke Gregerson's agent says the pitcher has agreed to a $3.2 million, one-year contract with the San Diego Padres.

• Derek Jeter worked out on a baseball field Monday for the first time since breaking his left ankle last October. He expects to start in the Yankees' opener.

• The Dodgers announced the launch of SportsNet LA, their regional sports network with Time Warner Cable for 2014.

• Spain's Operation Puerto went to trial Monday after a delay of seven years, raising the prospect over the coming weeks of new revelations about doping in cycling following the confession of Lance Armstrong.

• Pima College's Jarell Betton finished third in the men's heptathlon at the Paradise Valley College Indoor Invitational.

Includes material from news releases

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