Sports shorts: Kingdon to travel to China as part of Pac-12 team

2013-04-18T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Kingdon to travel to China as part of Pac-12 teamStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

University of Arizona sophomore volleyball player Madi Kingdon will compete on a Pac-12 all-star team that will travel to China this summer.

The team will play at least six matches against Chinese professional club teams over a two-week span in Beijing and Shanghai. USC's Mick Haley will coach the all-star squad.

Kingdon was named to the Pac-12 honorable mention team last season after ranking eighth in the conference with 443 kills.

• Three Arizona gymnasts were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic team Wednesday: junior Shana Sangston, who was named to the first team; and senior Aubree Cristello and junior Barbara Donaldson, who made the second team.

Auto racing

Penske hit with fines, suspensions

FORT WORTH, Texas - NASCAR came down hard with far-reaching penalties against Penske Racing on Wednesday, with six-race suspensions for seven crew members of defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano along with $200,000 in fines for bringing unapproved parts to Texas Motor Speedway for last weekend's race.

Each driver and car owner was docked 25 championship points, dropping Keselowski from second to fourth in the Cup standings and Logano from ninth to 14th.

Along with the steep fines, Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe and Logano crew chief Todd Gordon were suspended for the next six championship points races and placed on probation for the rest of the calendar year. Also suspended and put on probation were Travis Geisler, who serves as team manager for both cars, and the individual car chiefs and team engineers for the two cars.

Soccer

Costa Rica may move U.S. game

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Football Federation is seeking to move its Sept. 6 World Cup qualifier against the Unites States from the National Stadium to the smaller Ricardo Saprissa venue.

The National Stadium in the capital San Jose opened in 2011, while Saprissa is an aging stadium with artificial turf. At Saprissa, the fans are right behind the benches and have previously thrown bags of urine and other projectiles at opponents.

Eduardo Li, president of Costa Rica's football federation, said the venue shift is what the Costa Rican people want.

Golf

Jutanugarn, 17, leads in Hawaii

KAPOLEI, Hawaii - Thai teen Ariya Jutanugarn shot an 8-under 64 on Wednesday at breezy Ko Olina to take a one-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen and Hee Kyung Seo after the first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship.

The 17-year-old Jutanugarn played the front nine in 6-under 30 in her afternoon round, dropped a stroke on the par-4 10th with her lone bogey, then eagled the par-5 14th and birdied the par-4 15th.

Miscellaneous

Packers give Matthews extension

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Packers locked up star linebacker Clay Matthews with a long-term extension Wednesday as the team took care of one of its top two stars in need of new deals. Matthews had 13 sacks last season. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is also in negotiations for an extension.

• Tim Hardaway Jr. announced Wednesday that he'll forgo his senior season at Michigan and enter the NBA draft. He's the second Wolverine to declare early for this year's draft - national player of the year Trey Burke announced his departure Sunday. Hardaway averaged 14.5 points this season.

• College basketball coach Mick Cronin has agreed to a contract extension with Cincinnati that would add at least one year to his deal and run through 2017-18.

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