PRESS BOX: RBC leader Mahan withdraws; wife in labor

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GOLF

Hunter Mahan, who held a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the RBC Canadian Open, withdrew minutes before he was scheduled to start the third round when he learned that his wife, Kandi, had gone into labor.

Mahan, who shot 67-64 -- 131, 13-under par for the first two rounds at Glen Abbey Golf Club, immediately headed to the airport to catch a flight home to Dallas to be with his wife, who was not due to give birth for three more weeks.

"I received exciting news a short time ago that my wife Kandi has gone into labor with our first child," Mahan said in a statement released by tournament officials.

"Kandi and I are thrilled about the addition to the Mahan family and we look forward to returning to the RBC Canadian Open in the coming years."

Mahan would have been on the course when he got the news but his starting time was delayed almost an hour and a half because of rain.

Kandi Mahan formerly was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and also was on the dance team of the Dallas Mavericks.

AUTO RACING

Indiana native Ryan Newman saved the best for last on Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The last of 45 drivers to make a qualifying run for Sunday's Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400, Newman stole the pole from Jimmie Johnson with a record-setting lap, touring the iconic 2.5-mile in 47.992 seconds (187.531 mph).

The pole comes at an opportune time for the driver nicknamed "Rocket Man," who acknowledged less than three weeks ago that he would lose his ride at Stewart-Haas Racing next year.

"I'll admit it was emotional, for me, especially, because it was the Brickyard, and I hadn't won a pole here before, and I've won so many poles," Newman said. "It's been so long since I've won a pole -- people ask me if I've run out of fuel for the rockets.

"It's special for me for a lot of reasons, being at home, being in Indiana, being at the Brickyard and being so long not winning a pole. Hopefully, we can turn it into a good day (on Sunday)."

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Larry Bird's legend will be on display this November when Indiana State unveils a statue in his honor.

The 15-foot statue of Bird will welcome fans outside the Hulman Center where Indiana State plays, CBSSports.com reports. The ceremony will take place on Nov. 9 when the Sycamores play Ball State. The school also will inaugurate the Larry Legend Scholarship, a fund that will help athletes from the state of Indiana.

The ceremony to honor the 56-year-old Bird has been six years in the making, according to the Indiana Statesman. Bird, who grew up in French Lick, Ind., led the Sycamores to the NCAA title game in 1979 where they lost to Michigan State and Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

The rivalry between the two carried on to the NBA with Bird playing for the Celtics and Johnson with the Lakers. And in the eyes of some, that rivalry continues today.

Bird is now president of the Indiana Pacers. He briefly attended the University of Indiana, where Bobby Knight was the coach, before opting to transfer to the Sycamores.

NHL

Veteran forward Blake Wheeler and the Winnipeg Jets avoided arbitration as the two sides agreed to a six-year deal worth $33.6 million.

The 26-year-old forward compiled 19 goals and 22 assists while playing in all 48 games last season.

Wheeler was the fifth overall pick by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2004 NHL Draft. He has 93 goals and 139 assists in 372 career games during his career, which includes stops in Boston and Atlanta/Winnipeg.
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