Rob Valli

has resigned after 6 years as Temple's baseball coach.

Valli, a former associate scout with the Colorado Rockies from 2000-05, led the Owls to 112 wins overall, and their first Atlantic 10 Tournament berth in 6 years in 2008. But Temple struggled through a 4-20 year this season.

Valli finishes with the second-most wins in school history. His 2008 team won 27 games, including 16 in the A-10.

No replacement was named.

While at Temple, Valli recruited and developed seven all-Atlantic 10 players and 25 all-Big 5 selections, including two-time Big 5 Player of the Year Sean Barksdale.


* Steve Stricker had a hole-in-one on his 17th hole to help build a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy, Rod Pampling, Ricky Barnes and Jonathan Byrd after two rounds of the PGA Tour's Memorial in Dublin, Ohio.

* Alexander Noren overcame windy conditions in Newport, Wales, to shoot a 4-under-par 67 and lead defending champion Graeme McDowell by one stroke after two rounds of the PGA European Tour's Wales Open.

* Champions Tour rookie Mark Brooks battled through hot, breezy conditions to shoot a 6-under-par 65 for a two-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia and Peter Senior in the Principal Charity Classic in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Horse Racing

* Authorities in Kentucky say jockey Michael Baze, 24, who was found dead in his car at Churchill Downs, died from an accidental overdose of cocaine and a prescription pain medication. At the time of his death on May 10, Baze, who amassed earnings of more than $32 million in a 9-year career, was facing a cocaine possession charge.

* Uncle Mo has been diagnosed with an inflamed liver, although last year's 2-year-old champion could resume training this summer.

* Standout thoroughbred Duke of Magenta, winner of the Preakness, Belmont and Travers in 1878; jockey Shelby "Pike" Barnes, one of the top black jockeys in history; and trainer Matthew Byrnes were been selected for the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Sport Stops

* FIFA hired former FBI director Louis Freeh's investigations agency to gather evidence following allegations that Mohamed bin Hammam and Jack Warner offered $40,000 bribes to voters during the presidential campaign of soccer's world governing body.

* Figure skater Agnes Zawadzki is leaving coach Tom Zakrajsek, who guided her to the 2010 U.S. junior title, to resume training with former coach David Santee. *