Michelle Wie squandered a late lead, losing the last three holes and her second-round match to In-Bee Park yesterday at the U.S. Women's Amateur in Erie, Pa.
Wie led 2 up heading to the 16th hole at the Kahkwa Club, but was eliminated in the early round of the championship for the second straight year.
"I knew she was going to come back. . . . I left myself in a really hard position," Wie said.
All square going to the par-4 18th, Wie hit her second shot within 15 feet. Park's second shot landed about 60 feet from the hole.
Park, of Henderson, Nev., hit her putt close, and Wie conceded the putt. Wie knocked her birdie putt several feet past the hole and the match ended when her second putt hit the edge of the cup and rolled away.
* BASKETBALL: The New Jersey Nets signed free agent guard Ron Mercer to a two-year contract worth just over $3 million. . . .
The Orlando Magic re-signed guard DeShawn Stevenson. Terms were not disclosed.
* COURTS: Former Olympic silver medalist Ricardo Williams has been indicted on charges accusing him and two other men of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, federal authorities in Cincinnati said.
Williams, 23, who became a boxing pro after finishing second at 139 pounds at the 2000 Sydney Games, remains a fugitive, authorities said.
Dorian Broadnax, 26, of Cincinnati, and Marshall F. Martinez, 23, a Californian whose home town was not available, were also indicted.
* OBITUARIES: Christopher Quinn, a jockey who rode 151 winners in nearly 2,000 starts, has died of injuries suffered in a fall a year ago at Fairmount Park Race Track. Quinn, 42, died on Tuesday in a Lincoln, Neb., hospital, said his brother-in-law, Darold Bauer.
Quinn was critically injured on July 19, 2003, at the track in Collinsville, Ill., when he was thrown from his mount, Wiley Hunt, and fell into the path of another horse. . . .
Joe Falls, a longtime sportswriter for the Detroit News and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, has died. He was 76. Falls died of heart failure on Wednesday after his diabetes steadily worsened over two years.
* HIGH SCHOOLS: Al Ford, the junior varsity boys' basketball coach at Gar-Field the past five years, has been named varsity coach at Battlefield, a new Prince William County school. Ford replaces Brett Vincent, who accepted the job in March but backed out last month to become an assistant coach at Fairmont State (W.Va.).
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