Sports briefs: Oct. 8

October 8, 2012 

College football

Fans egg, toilet paper Georgia players' house after loss

Georgia linebacker Christian Robinson said on his Twitter account he returned from the Bulldogs' lopsided loss at South Carolina on Saturday night to find a house he shares with quarterback Aaron Murray "egged and rolled."

Georgia was No. 5 before the 35-7 loss to South Carolina. The Bulldogs fell to No. 14 in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday.

Robinson, a senior, concluded the toilet paper and eggs on the house were a result of the loss. He posted on his Twitter account "Came to a house that was egged and rolled. Seems that people turn on you when you're not perfect. Thought we were in this together."

Georgia (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) has a week off before playing at Kentucky on Oct. 20.

"Still get to be a hero this morning to little kids at Athens Church," Robinson tweeted. "There are more important things in life than wins and losses."

• South Carolina, Florida and West Virginia moved into the top five of The Associated Press college football poll after a Saturday during which nine top-25 teams lost. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon hold their spots at the top of the rankings. Alabama is a unanimous No. 1 again. The rest of top 25 got a makeover.

No. 3 South Carolina, off a 35-7 victory against Georgia, moved up three spots. No. 4 Florida jumps six after beating LSU 14-6. No. 5 West Virginia moved up three with a 48-45 victory at Texas. No. 6 Kansas State, No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 8 Ohio State also moved up. LSU dropped to No. 9 and unbeaten Oregon State is No. 10.


Golf

Americans win world amateur title

U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox and Chris Williams each shot 2-under 69 on Sunday to help the United States win the rain-shortened World Amateur Team Championship with a record score.

Fox, from Hendersonville, Tenn.; Williams, from Moscow, Idaho; and Justin Thomas of Goshen, combined for a 54-hole total of 24-under 404. Thomas shot a non-counting 70 on Sunday.

They teamed to beat Mexico by five strokes in Antalya, Turkey, to give the United States it 14th Eisenhower Trophy title.

The Americans also broke the records for 18 and 36 holes.

• Former UNLV player Ryan Moore won the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open for his second PGA Tour title, birdieing the 16th hole to take the outright lead and finishing with a 5-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Brendon de Jonge. Tied with de Jonge and Jonas Blixt after the third round, Moore finished at 24-under 260 at TPC Summerlin.

• Bernhard Langer rallied to win the Champions Tour's SAS Championship to take the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points race, shooting a 9-under 63 to beat Jay Don Blake by two strokes. Four shots back entering the final round, Langer birdied the final two holes at Prestonwood Country Club.

Branden Grace won his fourth European Tour event of the season by shooting a 2-under 70 to protect his lead and win the Dunhill Links Championship by two shots. The South African led from the first round and finished with a 22-under total of 266 to hold off Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark, who finished second after a 68.

• Dawn Woodard topped the 64 match-play qualifiers in the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, following her opening 3-under 69 with a 1-over 73 in cool, windy conditions in San Antonio. Lexington's Lucy Nunn was four shots back in third. Hebron's Martha Leach, tied for sixth, was six shots behind Woodard.


UK sports

Florida volleyball rallies past Cats

Despite a career-high 18 kills from Kentucky sophomore Lauren O'Conner, No. 11 Florida overcame a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-8) over visiting Kentucky on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, Kentucky fell to 10-7 overall and 4-3 in Southeastern Conference play.

O'Conner led the way for UK with a career-high tying 18 kills. Junior Whitney Billings logged her fourth double-double in the last five matches with 12 kills and 12 digs.

• Mississippi scored goals in the 41st and 67th minutes to defeat the Kentucky women's soccer team 2-0 at Oxford, Miss. The Rebels dictated much of the run of play in the first half, outshooting Kentucky 5-4 and earning three corner kicks.


Running

Ethiopia sweeps Chicago Marathon

Tsegaye Kebede had plenty to celebrate in his course-record win Sunday in the Chicago Marathon. He pulled away late and was all alone, smiling to fans as he neared the finish at Grant Park and crossing the line in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds. That easily eclipsed the previous mark of 2:05:37 set by Kenya's Moses Mosop last year and was more than enough to beat countrymen Feyisa Lilesa (2:04:52) and Tilahun Regassa (2:05:28). Former University of Louisville standout Wesley Korir was fifth.

Atsede Baysa made it a sweep for the country with a thrilling win in the women's race, edging Kenya's Rita Jeptoo by about a step. The two traded leads down the stretch, with Jeptoo briefly grabbing it as they turned into Grant Park and Baysa quickly regaining it.


High school

Volleyball post-season starts today

Volleyball's post-season begins this week with district tournament play.

Lexington's 43rd District at Lafayette has three top 20 teams: No. 9 Paul Laurence Dunbar, No. 14 Tates Creek and No. 16 Lafayette.

The 42nd District at Bryan Station includes No. 6 Henry Clay. The Blue Devils are assured of a spot in the district finals in the three-team competition.

District winners and runners-up advance to the 11th Region tournament next week.


Horse racing

My MVP wins Ky. Futurity at Red Mile

My MVP, a close third in the Hambletonian finals in early August at the Meadowlands, scored a decisive straight-heat victory in Sunday afternoon's $508,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old colt trotters at The Red Mile. Driven by Mike Lachance, My MVP defeated Appomattox by one length in the second heat.

"I didn't expect that, but I should have for sure expected it," said Lachance, who won his third Kentucky Futurity, joining Whiteland Janice in 1991 and Self Possessed in 1999. "In the backstretch I was just sitting on him. In the stretch he was super."

Javier Castellano rode four winners at Belmont Park, including Munnings Sister in the $78,400 Dream Supreme Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Munnings Sister held off a late run from Hearts of Red for a half-length victory, her fourth in seven starts. Trained by Barclay Tagg, Munnings Sister ran the 7 furlongs in 1:24.93.

• Long-shot Solemia came through with a dramatic finish and edged tiring favorite Orfevre in the final strides to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday. Orfevre, Japan's 2011 Horse of the Year, looked to be a sure winner when he took the lead with about 300 yards to go. But Solemia, urged on by jockey Olivier Peslier, kept the pressure on in the stretch, moved past Orfevre on the outside two strides from the finish line and gave the French rider his fourth win in the Arc.

The last word

The Titans' Chris Johnson managed 24 yards on 15 carries in Tennessee's 30-7 loss to Minnesota. Once again, the Titans couldn't keep handing their franchise runner the ball because they fell too far behind, and most gains came near the end of the game with the outcome no longer in doubt. Said Johnson:

"It's kind of disappointing to be going down the same road every Sunday."

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