No. 1 women's golf tied for lead at TOPY Cup

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The Arizona State women's golf team concluded day one of the TOPY Cup tied for first with fellow American team Wake Forest. The TOPY Cup is being held at the par 72 Tanagura Country Club in Tanagura, Japan. The reigning NCAA Champion Sun Devils shot a 2-under 286 in the first round to tie with the No. 6 Demon Deacons.

Junior Jaclyn">">Ja... Sweeney is tied for first after carding a 2-under 70 in the first round. The Boston-area native birdied three holes to finish round one tied with Cheyenne Woods of Wake Forest.

Returning All-Americans Juliana">">Ju... Murcia and Carlota">">C... Ciganda each tallied a 1-under 72. Senior Murcia carded three birdies in her first round effort to finish the day tied for third with Ciganda, Michelle Shin of Wake Forest, Tomoka Shiga of Nihon University, Kaori Toki of Nagoya University of Commerce and Maiko Yamaura of Otemae University. Ciganda birdied four holes in the first round, including two consecutive on holes 15 and 16.

Sophomore Giulia">">G... Molinaro finished the first round tied for 12th. Molinaro, who started in four tournaments last season, shot a 2-over 74. Senior Liisa">">Liisa Kelo carded a 8-over 80 in the first round. The Sun Devils will continue to play in the TOPY Cup through Thursday.

Mike Nixon named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week

September 8, 2009

Arizona State University senior linebacker Mike">">Mike Nixon was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced.

Nixon did a little bit of everything for the Sun Devils during their 50-3 win over Idaho State. He intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown, collected four tackles and blocked a punt, recorded half a tackle for loss and broke up a pass for the ASU defense, which limited Idaho State to only 37 yards of total offense. Download Full Image

The Phoenix native, who tied for the Pac-10 lead with five interceptions last season, now has eight career picks, all coming in the last nine games. He went the first 30 games of his career without an interception.