Watabu advances at U.S. Amateur
U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Casey Watabu of Kapaa beat Canada's James Love 1 up to advance to the second round of the U.S. Amateur Championship yesterday at Caska, Minn.
He was one of 32 golfers who made it through yesterday's first round of match play, which followed Tuesday's stroke-play qualifier.
Among others advancing was Kevin Tway, son of 25-year PGA Tour veteran and former PGA champion Bob Tway, who beat Lloyd Saltman 4 and 3.
Tway moved on in the match play competition at Hazeltine National beating the 20-year-old Saltman, who played in the 2005 British Open and was a member of Great Britain and Ireland's Walker Cup team.
The tournament continues today with second- and third-round matches and concludes Sunday with a 36-hole final.
Penn gets UFC title shot
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced yesterday that Hilo's B.J. Penn will face Matt Hughes for the UFC welterweight championship Sept. 23 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif.
Penn is replacing Canada's Georges St. Pierre, who pulled out of the fight after suffering a groin injury. St. Pierre defeated Penn by split decision in a fight back in March to originally earn the title shot.
The championship fight will be a rematch of a 2004 fight in which Penn (10-3-1) stepped up to the 170-pound weight class for the first time and defeated Hughes (39-4) by submission in the first round to win the title. It's the only loss Hughes has suffered in his last 19 fights.
>» The final fight card for next Saturday's Icon Sport: Mayhem vs. Lawler event at Blaisdell Arena has been announced.
In addition to the main event, which features "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler defending the middleweight title against No. 1 contender Jason "Mayhem" Miller, the 13-bout card will also showcase two state title fights. Kimo Woelfel and Sydney Silva will square off for the 170-pound title, while Chico Cantiberas will fight Kevin Delima for the 145-pound championship.
Also scheduled to compete on the card is Tyson Nam, Kolo Koka, and Nick Ring among others. Tickets for the event are still on sale at all ticketmaster outlets.
Chaminade signs 7
5-foot-11 guard Darrel Birton leads seven new faces that will join the Chaminade basketball team for the upcoming season.
Joining Birton on the Silverswords will be 6-foot-6 forward Sean Caddell, 6-foot-3 guard James Francisco, 6-foot-1 guard Mike Green, 6-foot-2 guard Hayden Heiber, 6-foot-7 forward Dan Wendt, and 6-foot-6 forward Kelly Wesley.
Chaminade opens its season with defending national runner up UCLA in the opener of the EA Sports Maui Invitational in Nov.