BJ Penn to fight for UFC title
BJ Penn will return to the octagon Jan. 19 to fight Joe "Daddy" Stevenson for the interim UFC lightweight title, a source revealed to the Star Bulletin late Friday night.
Current lightweight champion Sean Sherk was suspended one year by the California State Athletic Commission following his title defense against Hermes Franca in July for testing positive for steroids.
He has a hearing scheduled later this month to try to reduce the suspension and has maintained his innocence all along. If upheld, Sherk (33-3) would not be eligible to fight until July of next year.
Prior to the positive test, Sherk and Penn were scheduled to meet for the title later this month.
Now Penn (11-4-1) will fight Stevenson (28-7) on the UFC 80 card in England.
Stevenson has won 13 of his last 14 fights, while Penn is coming off a submission victory over Jens Pulver in June on the Ultimate Fighter Finale show.
McLachlin 6 behind leaders
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. » Parker McLachlin didn't make up any ground on the leaders at the Children's Miracle Network Classic yesterday after he shot an even-par 72 for a three-round total of 209.
Scott Verplank and Stephen Ames share the top spot at 203 going into today's final round.
McLachlin, who is No. 136 on the money list, is battling to keep his Tour card. The Punahou alumnus has to end the year in the top 125 to have full playing status in 2008.
Triple play highlights Sharks' win
The Honolulu Sharks pulled a triple play on their way to a 9-3 win over the West Oahu CaneFires in Hawaii Winter Baseball last night at Wong Stadium in Hilo.
Honolulu's Austin Jackson grabbed K.C. Herren's fly ball in center field with a pair of runners on in the bottom of the eighth inning, then threw to second base to double up Chad Tracy. Alert Sharks second baseman Miguel Abreu then threw to first base to get West Oahu's Jamie Hoffman out at first base.
Takumi Kobe provided the offense for the Sharks with a pair of hits and four RBIs.
» Shintaro Yoshida scored on a wild pitch by David Patton in the top of the ninth inning to help the North Shore Honu beat the Waikiki BeachBoys 8-7 at Hans L'Orange Field in Waipahu.
Omar Aquilar pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Honu to get the save.
Hawaii swim team wins shootout
The Hawaii men's and women's swimming and diving teams won the two-day Lincoln Aquatics Shootout at the Anteater Aquatics Complex yesterday.
During the two-day event the Warriors posted an 8-0 mark while the Wahine were 7-0.
The teams will see action again on Nov. 29, with the diving team at the Ohio State Invitational and the swimming team at the Husky Invitational.
» The Hawaii diving team won three out of five events during the USC Trojan Diving Invitational yesterday.
Magnus Frick won the 1-meter springboard with a score of 365.55 and came in second to Hawaii's Mats Wiktorsson, who had a 380.80 in the 3-meter springboard.
Emma Friesen won the 1-meter springboard with a score of 275.95 and finished third in the 3-meter springboard.
June Jones at QB Club luncheon
The Honolulu Quarterback Club will feature Hawaii head football coach June Jones tomorrow during their weekly luncheon at the Pagoda Hotel.
Also speaking at the luncheon will be head football coach Wendell Look and boys cross country coach Jim Rubasch, both of Iolani High School.
Kamehameha has new softball coach
Kamehameha has named Randall Tamura its new head coach for varsity softball.
Tamura is taking over for Ty Sing Chow, who has coached at the school since 2001. Tamura has been an assistant for Kamehameha and has coached softball at Punahou as well as St. Francis.
Takata wins bronze in Mexico
Taylor Takata, a former Iolani High student, won a bronze medal at the USA Judo Senior D-Level Point Tournament in Merida, Mexico. Takata a former Pan Am Champion, won the bronze despite being upset by a Mexican opponent due to shido (penalty).
BYU-Hawaii beats Fiji National team
The Brigham Young-Hawaii women's basketball team was defeated by Huazhong University of China 74-44 during the American Money Group Classic.
Huan Zhai of Huazhong led with 31 points, shooting 12-for-23 from the field. Latoya Wily led the Seasiders with 17 points and seven rebounds.
UH-Hilo helps out BYU-Hawaii
UH-Hilo's women's soccer team defeated Dixie State 1-0 to make Brigham Young-Hawaii the conference champions.
The only score of the game came from Megan Pachecano.
BYU-Hawaii men's soccer loses
Brigham Young-Hawaii's men's team lost to Notre Dame de Namur 2-1 in Laie yesterday.
The Seasiders were able to tie the game with a penalty kick from Mike Akinaka. Andres Caballero put in the winner in the second overtime.
The Seasiders end their season 10-9-1 overall and 5-5 in the PacWest Conference.
PacWest schools at D-II West Regional
Brigham Young-Hawaii men's cross country team finished ninth overall at the NCAA Division II Cross Country West Regional at Eagle Island in Boise, Idaho, yesterday.
On the men's side HPU finished 12th, followed by UH-Hilo at 15th and Chaminade at 18th. Golden Harper of BYU-Hawaii ran a 31:04 10K to finish 13th.
» Amanda Whitford of BYU-Hawaii finished 30th in the women's race with a 21:54 6K to lead the Hawaii schools.
BYU-Hawaii women's team finished 17th to lead the Hawaii schools with HPU finishing 20th, UH-Hilo 21st and Chaminade 23rd.