Sports briefs: Aug. 14

August 14, 2011 

UK basketball

Kentucky starters chosen for exhibition against Dominicans

UK Coach John Calipari, who is also coaching the Dominican Republic's national team in the upcoming FIBA Americas Tournament, announced that fans had chosen the starters for his team's opponent in an exhibition against Kentucky alumni at 7:30 p.m. Monday night at Rupp Arena. Former Wildcats Rajon Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Jodie Meeks and Tayshaun Prince won the fans' vote and Keith Bogans, Nazr Mohammed and Eric Bledsoe will come off the bench. Those who can't make it to the game can hear it on WVLK-FM 101.5.

The teams will face off again at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at the Yum Center in Louisville. The Kentucky squad for that game will include Josh Harrellson, Brandon Knight and DeAndre Liggins in place of Prince, Meeks and Bogans.

Miller grabs eight rebounds in U.S. win

The United States (1-0) fought back from a first-quarter deficit and outscored Mexico (0-1) 65-30 in the second half to win its opening game of the World University Games at the Universiade Main Gym in Shenzhen, China.

Pittsburgh's Ashton Gibbs led the way with 20 points and three assists as every U.S. team member scored and grabbed at least two rebounds. Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota) had a double-double — 12 points and 10 rebounds — and Kentucky's Darius Miller had two points and eight rebounds.

"For the first game, I thought we had some jitters," said USA and Purdue Coach Matt Painter. "Mexico played a little bit harder than we did. Then, once we kind of got into the flow of things, we did a little better in the second quarter. Then, obviously we picked it up in the second half. When they had to sub, I thought our depth really wore them out."

Youth Baseball

Lexington teams win in Ripken Series; LaGrange in Little League World Series

Austin Dick hit a solo home run and pitched 51⁄3 scoreless innings Saturday to help Southeastern Lexington win its opening game in the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series for 12-year-olds at Aberdeen, Md. Dick struck out seven and allowed two hits as Southeastern beat Clifton Park, N.Y., 5-1. Kainen Bibb joined Dick with two hits for Southeastern, which returns to action Sunday at noon against Waite Park, Minn.

■ Southeastern Lexington's 10-year-olds also got off to a good start Saturday, escaping a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the sixth and final inning to beat New Milford, Conn., 4-3 in the Cal Ripken World Series at Winchester, Va. Southeastern takes on Glen Allen, Va., at 7:30 p.m. Sunday as pool play continues.

■ Kentucky will have a representative in the Little League World Series after a team from LaGrange knocked off the Ohio champions 3-0 Saturday to win the Great Lakes Regional at Indianapolis. Griffin McLarty pitched a six-inning one-hitter, striking out 13 for LaGrange, which opens play at Williamsport, Pa., on Friday against the Mid-Atlantic champion at 5 p.m.

INdyCar

Points leader Franchitti wins pole

IndyCar points leader Dario Franchitti won the pole for Sunday's 225-mile race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Franchitti, who won the series championship the past two years, averaged 170.843 mph in his two qualifying runs Saturday. Oriol Servia, fifth in the standings, had the second best average time of 169.831 mph and will start from the outside position on the front row.

IndyCar rookie Pippa Mann will miss the race after hitting a wall during practice run Saturday. She was awake and alert but was taken to Concord Hospital for evaluation and is scheduled for an MRI on Monday.

College football

Irish's QB competition 'neck-and-neck'

Notre Dame's quarterback derby has evolved into a two-man showdown between Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees. Coach Brian Kelly said the two are pretty much even after one week of camp.

"It's very, very competitive between Dayne and Tommy," Kelly said. "Too close to call at this point."

Crist was the starter until sustaining a season-ending knee injury Oct. 30 against Tulsa that required surgery. Rees relieved in that game and led the Irish on a four-game winning streak, including a Sun Bowl victory over Miami, which gave the Irish an 8-5 record in Kelly's first season.

"They both have done very good things. So right now I would say they are neck-and-neck," Kelly said.

Rees got a lot of repetitions with the first team Saturday so he could be more fairly evaluated.

"Dayne has been getting most of the first-team reps, so we wanted to be able to give a balanced evaluation," Kelly said.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Crist has a stronger arm, but the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Rees has a nice touch and a quick release. Both are comfortable in Kelly's spread offense.

It started off as a four-man derby with Andrew Hendrix and freshman Everett Golson also in the mix, but Kelly said Saturday it was too difficult to get practice repetitions for all four.

Michael Palardy kicked three field goals, including a 52-yarder, and Tyler Bray threw for one touchdown and 132 yards in Tennessee's scrimmage Saturday in Knoxville. Bray started the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Da'Rick Rogers. But the Vols' offense wound up settling for five field goals overall with Palardy connecting from 33, 52 and 36 yards, and Chip Rhome kicked a pair himself from 33 and 35 yards. Matt Simms also had a touchdown pass, tossing an 18-yarder to Matt Milton. Simms finished 6-for-13 for 62 yards, and Bray was 12-for-26.

Women's Golf

Defending champ in U.S. Amateur finals

Defending champion Danielle Kang and Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn advanced to the U.S. Women's Amateur finals Saturday at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I.

Kang, the 18-year-old Pepperdine star from Westlake Village, Calif., beat University of Alabama player Brooke Pancake, from Chattanooga, Tenn., 1-up. The 17-year-old Jutanugarn edged LSU's Austin Ernst, the NCAA champion from Seneca, S.C., 1-up.

Kang is trying to become the first player to win two years in a row since Kelli Kuehne in 1995-96.

"If I win, I am pretty convinced that I am ready to go (pro)," Kang said. "It would be three amateur (victories) in a row for me going back to last year's (Women's) Amateur. "

Minor-League baseball

Rain ends Legends' homestand early

The Lexington Legends' game against the Augusta GreenJackets at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Saturday night was canceled because of weather and field conditions. The game was scoreless when play was stopped in the bottom of the first inning.

The last word

Four-time Watkins Glen winner Jeff Gordon was installed as a Legend of The Glen, joining the likes of two-time Cup champion Tony Stewart and Formula One's Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark, among others. But his last NASCAR Cup win at the track came in 2001. Gordon joked Saturday:

"I think they consider me a legend here because it's been so long since I've actually done anything here. Looking back on the history, I guess my name popped up."

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