The Sports Xchange

Press Box: Ex-Auburn TE Lutzenkirchen killed in crash

Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, who played on the 2010 national championship team, died Sunday morning in a car accident. He was 23.

Multiple media outlets reported the death of Lutzenkirchen, who was considered one of the most popular players on the team.

The accident occurred outside LaGrange, Ga., at 3:06 a.m. Police said a 2006 Chevy Tahoe missed a stop sign at a "t-intersection" before heading off the intersection and into a churchyard. The car lost control for about 450 feet, overturned and ejected all four passengers from the vehicle.

Lutzenkirchen, a passenger, was killed at the scene. The driver, Joseph Davis, also died.

Lutzenkirchen made 59 catches for 628 yards with 14 touchdowns at Auburn.

---Texas Tech dismissed freshman cornerback Nigel Bethel II after he punched a woman in the face during an on-campus basketball game on Saturday.

Bethel punched Texas Tech women's basketball player Amber Battle, who is expected to have surgery for a broken bone in her face, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

GOLF

Stacy Lewis, the world's top-ranked female golfer, erased a four-shot deficit in the final round of the NW Arkansas Classic and earned a one-shot win in Rogers, Ark.

The Florida resident fired a 6-under-par 65 Sunday at Pinnacle Country Club to finish at 12-under 201, one stroke ahead of Lydia Ko, Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford. Ko matched Lewis with a 65 on Sunday, while Kerr and Stanford each closed with a 67.

Michelle Wie, who won the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2 the previous week, was in front at Arkansas heading to the final round. However, she shot a 2-over-par 73 to wind up at 205, in a seven-way tie for eighth place.

Lewis made seven birdies and one bogey Sunday en route to her 11th career LPGA title and her third of the season. She also captured the North Texas LPGA Shootout and the ShopRite LPGA Classic this year.

AUTO RACING

Simon Pagenaud and rookie Mikhail Aleshin work for Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports, one of the smaller teams in the IndyCar Series. That made their battle for the win in Sunday's finale of the Grand Prix of Houston weekend all the more satisfying.

Pagenaud won for the fourth time overall, the second time this season. Aleshin delivered his best finish after starting a career-best second, finishing as the runner-up despite ending the race with a flat tire.

Jack Hawksworth wound up in third, Charlie Kimball took fourth and Sebastien Bourdais was fifth.

---IndyCar fined Marco Andretti $2,500 and placed him on probation for three races for failing to heed a blue flag during Race 1 of the Grand Prix of Houston on Saturday.