Sports briefs: Sept. 5

September 5, 2012 

Golf

Snedeker, Furyk, Stricker and Johnson added to Ryder Cup

Davis Love III became the third straight U.S. captain to pick a Ryder Cup rookie, and the first captain since 1997 who had to spend a pick on Jim Furyk. Love filled out his 12-man team Tuesday by selecting Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker, one of four Ryder Cup rookies who will be playing in a team competition for the first time as a pro.

Johnson and Snedeker, in effect, played their way on to the team the last two weeks as the only Americans to finish among the top six in both FedEx Cup playoff events. It was a performance that made it difficult for Love to ignore.

"I think we're extremely deep this time, deeper than we've ever been. ... There was a lot of guys that played a lot of really good golf," Love said. "You can analyze the numbers up and down and back and forth. It was tough to leave really anybody off."

The Ryder Cup is Sept. 28-30 at Medinah outside Chicago. Even though Europe has dominated this competition since 1995 — it has won six of the last eight times — it has won on U.S. soil only twice in the last 20 years.

The eight Americans who qualified three weeks ago were Tiger Woods, Masters champion Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson.


Basketball

Charities named for UK alumni game

The University of Kentucky announced four charities that will benefit from proceeds generated by a UK Alumni Charity Game planned for Sept. 15. The four charities are Samaritan's Feet (samaritansfeet.org), 4 Paws for Ability (4pawsforability.org), West Liberty Recovery Fund (WestLibertyRecovery.com) and Everfi Financial Literacy (everfi.com).

UK Coach John Calipari said Tuesday that the charity work shows how his position can be used for the public good. "You have a chance to move people for good or bad," he said.

UK hopes to stage such a game each off-season, he said.

The West Liberty Recovery Fund is intended to help victims of the tornado that struck the town earlier this year. The 4 Paws for Ability charity provides dogs to wounded veterans. Samaritan's Feet and Everfi Financial Literacy provide shoes and financial advice, respectively.

Tickets are available at Rupp Arena and Ticketmaster locations.

Ex-Xavier star transferring to Maryland

Dez Wells tweeted Tuesday morning that he's transferring to Maryland. The former Xavier basketball star was on Kentucky's campus for two days last week, but Wells and UK couldn't make a transfer to Lexington work. Wells averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds as a freshman for the Musketeers last season.

ESPN's Andy Katz tweeted shortly after the announcement that Maryland will seek a waiver from the NCAA that would allow Wells to play this season without sitting out a transfer year.

Kentucky is scheduled to open the regular season against Maryland on Nov. 9 in Brooklyn.

Perry Central adds Sheldon Clark star

Perry County Central didn't just get its new boys' basketball coach from Sheldon Clark, it's also getting one of the state's top players from the Cardinals. Justin Johnson, a 6-foot-7 junior standout who averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds for Sheldon Clark last season, transferred to Perry Central. Kevin Spurlock, who left Sheldon Clark last week to take over as coach of the Commodores, confirmed that Johnson has transferred to Perry Central.

Perry Central already had a talented point guard in Braxton Beverly, a solid big man in 6-6 Dalton Cornett and a pretty good supporting cast. Add Johnson to that lineup and the Commodores will be a power in the 14th Region, if not the state.

"It makes us really strong," Spurlock said of the addition of Johnson. "We've got a really good point guard and a couple of big guys who can play. If we can find some shooters on the wings, we'll feel real good about our team."

The KHSAA still has to rule on Johnson's eligibility.


Horse racing

Churchill's online wagering site hacked

Churchill Downs Inc. said its online wagering site, TwinSpires.com, had some customers' account information hacked last month. Company spokeswoman Courtney Yopp Norris told The Courier-Journal the only information compromised was account holders' names, birthdate, email address and an encrypted Social Security number. Norris said a hacker would have to know the code before being able to convert the Social Security number.

The incident happened Aug. 3. Norris said less than 20 percent of customers were affected. The company doesn't disclose how many customers it has. Information will be sent to customers detailing the situation and notifying them of credit protection services being made available to them.

Grade I winner Paynter has laminitis

The health of Grade I Haskell Invitational winner Paynter has taken another turn for the worse with owner Ahmed Zayat reporting Tuesday that the colt developed laminitis in three of his four feet. Paynter has been at Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, N.Y., since Aug. 26 after spiking a fever and was subsequently diagnosed with colitis.


Football

Tide pass up Southern Cal in AP poll

Alabama is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, moving past Southern California after its resounding victory against Michigan. The Crimson Tide swayed more than enough voters with its 41-14 win Saturday night in Texas to overtake the pre-season No. 1 Trojans, who beat Hawaii 49-10. USC entered that game a 40-point favorite at home.

■ The Cincinnati Bengals placed center Kyle Cook on the injured reserve list while giving him a chance to return later this season if his right ankle heals. Cook got hurt in the final pre-season game. Under a new league rule, a team can designate one injured player to return midway through the season if he heals. Other players put on the injured reserve list are done for the season.


NASCAR

Kenseth, Logano make moves official

Matt Kenseth opened this season with a second victory in the Daytona 500, and it didn't take him long to establish himself as a legitimate championship contender. But before the midpoint of the season, Kenseth had decided he no longer wanted to drive for Roush Fenway Racing. On Tuesday, nearly two months after RFR said Kenseth was leaving, the driver finally confirmed he's moving to Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the season.

It was Joe Gibbs Racing's decision to wait to announce Kenseth had signed to drive the No. 20 Toyota next year. Behind the scenes, Gibbs officials were trying to figure out how to also keep Joey Logano but Penske Racing made it formal Tuesday and hired him to drive the No. 22 Ford in the Sprint Cup Series.


The last word

The Minnesota Twins' Jamey Carroll, who hadn't homered since Aug. 9, 2009 — 1,348 at-bats and 1,540 plate appearances ago, finally hit one against the White Sox on Monday night. It was his 13th home run in his 10-year career. Carroll said:

"I was just hoping it stayed fair more than anything. You never know. I don't hit them enough; 13 over 10 years is not enough to know that you got it. I was just hoping it stayed fair."

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