Sports briefs: Sept. 19

September 19, 2012 

UK SPORTS

Cats' Mathies on watch list for Wade Trophy

Kentucky senior guard A'dia Mathies was one of 25 women's basketball players named Tuesday to the pre-season watch list for The State Farm Wade Trophy. The award is presented annually to the nation's most outstanding NCAA Division I women's basketball player. Mathies was one of 12 finalists last season, when Baylor's Brittney Griner won the award.

Mathies led UK in scoring (15 ppg), assists (2.7 apg), steals (2.6 spg) and three-point field goal percentage (.378) last season and was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.

Two other players with Kentucky ties — Louisville's Shoni Schimmel and DePaul's Anna Martin (Lexington Christian) made the list.

■ Former Kentucky basketball player Derrick Hord will co-host the pre- and post-game UK basketball radio shows on WLXG-AM 1300 this season, LM Communications Radio Group announced Tuesday. Hord will be teamed with Matthew Laurance. The shows air one hour before and immediately after every UK game. Hord played for Kentucky from 1979 to 1983, scoring 1,220 career points.

■ UK's men's and women's golf teams will host the inaugural Wildcat Golf Day on Sept. 28. The fund-raiser will consist of a golf scramble, where each team will be accompanied by a UK player or coach. The attendees will include former UK golfers and current PGA Tour members Steve Flesch and J.B. Holmes. The event begins at 11 a.m. at the University Club of Kentucky. Call (859) 257-3718 for more information.


Horse Racing

Oldest living Triple Crown race winner dies

Deputed Testamony, Maryland-bred winner of the 1983 Preakness Stakes and oldest living winner of a Triple Crown race, died Tuesday at Bonita Farm at age 32, The Aegis newspaper in Maryland reported.

"He was 32 and lived a good life," Billy Boniface, the farm's manager, wrote in an email to The Aegis. "Up until a few days ago his health was fine, but grazing him last night I could tell he was telling me it was time. DT wasn't just a horse ... he was family."

Bred and raised by the Boniface family, Deputed Testamony was trained throughout his career by J. William Boniface, who is Billy Boniface's father. Deputed Testamony did not race in the Kentucky Derby following a sixth-place run in the 1983 Blue Grass Stakes but scored an emotional Preakness triumph when he upset Derby winner Sunny's Halo by 21/2 lengths.

Deputed Testamony was the sire of 20 stakes-winning horses. He was retired from stud duty after 19 years and continued to live at Bonita Farm.


Auto racing

NASCAR reinstates Allmendinger

The first phase of his comeback complete, an optimistic AJ Allmendinger is ready to get on with his life. He's hopeful that includes another job in racing.

Allmendinger on Tuesday was reinstated by NASCAR, which said he successfully completed its rehabilitation program after testing positive for a banned substance. The process took a little over two months, and Allmendinger said he learned a lot about himself while participating in the "Road to Recovery" program.

"I knew I didn't have a problem, I knew it was a one-time mistake," Allmendinger said. "I'm going to use the word 'educated' because I feel like I was educated on a lot of things and a lot of things about myself."

Allmendinger was suspended July 7 after failing a random drug test in June. His backup "B" urine sample also later tested positive.

NASCAR has not revealed the substance, but he has said he tested positive for Adderall, a prescription drug typically used to treat attention deficit disorder. He does not have an ADD diagnosis or prescription, and said he took it a couple of days before the June 30 race at Kentucky Speedway because he was tired.

He was released by Penske Racing after his "B" sample failed, and participating in NASCAR's program was his only hope at reinstatement. Now that he's done it, he hopes to find a job sooner than anyone expected.

"The first thing is, what options are out there for me? I don't know the answer to that," he said. "But I've learned this is life, and everything is an option."


Golf

3 sites named for 2013 PGA qualifying

The road to a PGA Tour card will go through Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio — and a fourth tournament still to be determined.

The PGA Tour announced three new tournaments that will make up the "Web.com Tour Final," a series of four events that effectively replaces the old Q-school and will determine which 50 players get full tour cards for the following season.

The fields will be comprised of the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list, the players who fail to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs (Nos. 126-200 on the points list) and nonmembers who would have earned enough FedEx Cup points to place them between Nos. 126-200.

Each of the four "Finals" events will have a $1 million purse, with the cut made at top 60 and ties.

The Finals will start Aug. 29 with the Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. The next week will be the Chiquita Classic at The Club at Longview outside Charlotte, N.C., followed by the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State.

The original plan was for three tournaments, but the tour added another tournament to the Finals. That event has not been determined, though it would be played Sept. 26-29, giving the players a one-week break before the last tournament.

All players start from scratch in the Finals, though the top 25 from the Web.com Tour regular season will be assured of getting their cards. The next 25 on the list also will get cards. The separate money list from the Finals will determine the pecking order to get into tournaments in the 2013-14 season that begins in October.

The tour said the leading money winner from the Web.com Tour regular season, and the leading money winner from the Finals, will be assured of getting in every regular tournament the following year, including The Players Championship.

As for Q-school? That will continue, though only Web.com Tour cards will be awarded.


Snowboarding

White 'truly sorry for my poor behavior'

Olympic snowboard champion Shaun White apologized Tuesday for "unwise choices," saying he got "carried away" after Nashville police accused him of pulling a hotel fire alarm that forced guests to evacuate. White was charged with public intoxication and vandalism and is due in court Oct. 10.

The 26-year-old snowboard star said on his Facebook page he wants to apologize for "any inconvenience it caused my family, friends, business partners, the hotel and their guests. He added that he was "celebrating a happy occasion with a ton of family and friends and got carried away. I'm truly sorry for my poor behavior."

Police responded to the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel at 2 a.m. Sunday. A drunken man identified as White pulled the fire alarm, forcing an evacuation, police added. An employee also reported seeing White destroy a hotel phone.


The last word

Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander had this to say about the NFL's replacement referees' performance through Week 2:

"You've got a whole crew of rookies. What do you expect? It's just like a team of rookies. If you've got a whole bunch of rookies on an NFL roster, you're going to have a lot of mistakes."

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