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SportShorts for Wednesday, September 5, 2018

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Lambrigsten hired as new Oregon coach

Oregon High School has named Wendy Lambrigsten as the varsity girls basketball head coach.

Lambrigsten replaces Kristy Eckhardt, who resigned in July.

A Mt. Morris grad, Lambrigsten was previously the Oregon head coach from 1995-98. She played college basketball at Rockford College from 1988-92.

GOLF

Furyk adds three more to Ryder Cup team

United States Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk added Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to his team Monday as wild-card selections, along with Bryson DeChambeau.

Furyk still has one more captain’s pick he will announce on Monday after the BMW Championship.

The eight Americans who qualified on their own were Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed.

TENNIS

Williams advances, Stephens bounced

Serena Williams shook off a slow start to grab eight consecutive games and beat 2016 runner-up Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3 for a spot in the U.S. Open semifinals.

Williams delivered 13 aces, part of a 35-12 edge in winners.

Defending champion Sloane Stephens was knocked out in straight sets.

Anastasija Sevastova, the No. 19 seed, dominated Stephens 6-2, 6-3 to reach her first semifinal in Flushing Meadows after making it to the quarterfinals the past 2 years.

Juan Martin del Potro beat John Isner to make a second straight U.S. Open semifinal, and extend the Americans’ drought at their host tournament.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Tigers, Hokies nearly crack AP top 10

No. 11 LSU and No. 12 Virginia Tech made the biggest jumps in the first Associated Press college football poll of the regular season, while No. 4 Ohio State leapfrogged No. 5 Wisconsin.

Alabama remained No. 1, and No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Georgia held their spots. Oklahoma remained No. 6.

Auburn jumped two spots to No. 7 after beating Washington. The Huskies dropped three places to No. 9. No. 8 Notre Dame moved up four spots after beating Michigan, which fell from 14 to No. 21.

NASCAR

Truex Jr. moving to JGR next season

Reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. will move to Joe Gibbs Racing next season.

After the conclusion of the 2018 season, Truex will move to JGR along with his current crew chief, Cole Pearn, and one of the sponsors currently on his Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota team – Bass Pro Shops.

On Tuesday, Furniture Row announced it was ceasing operations at the conclusion of the 2018 season, citing in part the loss of sponsor 5-Hour Energy.

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