USC won the women's golf national championship in Athens, Ga., on Friday, while Arizona placed eighth.

The Wildcats, with four sophomores and one freshman, finished with a 38-over 1,190, 57 shots behind USC. Duke (1,154) was second and Purdue (1,173) placed third.

UA sophomore Andrea Vilarasau tied for 10th place with a 2-over 290 total. Her 2-under 70 Friday was a season best. Wildcat sophomore Manon Gidali was next on the team with a 10-over 298, putting her in a tie for 37th.

• Five Wildcats advanced to the track and field national championships with their performances Friday during the second day of the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas.

In the women's discus, junior Julie Labonte (176-6), sophomore Baillie Gibson (174-2) and senior Alyssa Hasslen (170-0) all qualified.

Senior Georganne Moline advanced to the 400-meter hurdles national semifinals with a time of 54.59 seconds, which was good for second place on the day.

Senior Brigetta Barrett qualified by tying for first in the high jump (5-10 1/2).

The NCAA meet will be June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.

Pima College

Alvarez named All-American

Pima softball player Yvette Alvarez was selected as a NJCAA Division I All-American after leading the Aztecs to a third-place finish nationally.

Alvarez, from Sahuarita High, hit .405 with 19 homers and 92 RBIs, and was 33-14 on the mound with a 2.02 ERA.

Four Pima players were also selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I all-region first team: Alvarez, Aubre Carpenter (Sabino), Cynthia Pelayo (Vision) and Gemma Contreras (Salpointe Catholic).


Bears will retire Ditka's number

CHICAGO - Hall of Famer Mike Ditka will have his No. 89 retired by the Chicago Bears next season.

The Bears said Friday the number will be retired at halftime of their Monday night game against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field on Dec. 9, a fitting tribute for a player who revolutionized the tight end position with his pass-catching ability and later coached the 1985 team to the Super Bowl championship.

Ditka is the only person in the NFL's modern era to win a title with the same team as both a player (1963) and head coach.


Two stages canceled at Giro

PONTE DI LEGNO, Italy - The 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia was canceled Friday because of snow along the route and today's penultimate stage was altered for the same reasons, leaving Vincenzo Nibali with a much milder finish to defend his lead. The race ends Sunday.

• Former Giro d'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca tested positive for EPO in a surprise check at his home before this year's race, organizers said.

If confirmed in a backup B sample, Di Luca risks a lifetime ban since this is his third offense.


Ex-Cat Whyte scores six in debut

SAN ANTONIO - Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous each scored 19 points and the Indiana Fever opened defense of their WNBA title with a resounding 79-64 victory over the depleted San Antonio Silver Stars on Friday night.

Former Arizona Wildcat Davellyn Whyte scored six points in nine minutes in her WNBA debut for San Antonio.

• U.S. Olympic champion Ryan Lochte won the 200-meter backstroke and 200 freestyle Friday night in the Mel Zajac Jr. International Canada Cup in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Lochte finished the backstroke in 1 minute 59.56 seconds and took the freestyle in 1:50.15.

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