Friday, June 6, 2003 | 9:33 a.m.
Las Vegas' Riegger challenges Sorenstam
Taking exception to recent remarks by Annika Sorenstam, PGA Tour golfer John Riegger of Las Vegas said Thursday he has backing for a $1 million one-on-one challenge against the world's top female golfer.
"We'll have the cash on the tee if she wants to play," Riegger said after the first round of the Capital Open.
Two weeks ago, Sorenstam became the first woman in 58 years to play a PGA Tour event. She shot rounds of 71 and 74 and missed the cut at the Colonial, finishing tied for 96th and ahead of 11 other players.
Riegger said the challenge would be stroke play over 18 holes with both players using the same tees. He said Sorenstam could choose the time and place.
Riegger said he has people in Las Vegas ready to put up the money, but he wouldn't say who they are.
Wendy Ward and Joanne Mills shot 68s, and Rachel Teske and Grace Park opened with 69s. Defending champion Se Ri Pak had three bogeys over her final five holes for a 72.
Rebels' Luca selected Freshman All-American
UNLV pitcher Matt Luca has been named a 2003 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Luca was a first team Mountain West selection, posting a 5-0 record and a 4.17 ERA. He struck out 49 batters and walked 25. He highlighted the season with a nine-inning no-hitter against San Diego State on March 28.
Luca is the seventh freshman All-America selection in UNLV history, joining Ryan Hankins (1995), Kevin Eberwein (1996), Ryan Ludwick (1997), Ryan Hamill (1998), Brent Johnson (2001) and Joe Wickman (2002).
Tarkanians to conduct local camps for kids
Danny and George Tarkanian are conducting a series of basketball camps and clinics this summer, beginning with one today and Saturday at Christ the King Church at 4925 S. Torrey Pines. Nine other camps or clinics are scheduled, including a week-long camp, a one-hour specialized clinic and two all-girls clinics. Fees range from $25 to $145. To register or for more information, phone 610-3853.
Neuheisel in hot water over NCAA betting pool
Washington coach Rick Neuheisel told coaches and players he would fight to keep his job, a day after he acknowledged breaking NCAA rules by betting on the NCAA basketball tournament.
The Seattle Times reported that Neuheisel participated in informal NCAA basketball pools the past two years. Two NCAA investigators and one from the Pac-10 questioned him Wednesday after receiving a tip that he put up $5,000 and won about $20,000 by picking Maryland in 2002.