Sports briefs: Oct. 12

October 12, 2012 

High school football

Dunbar rallies past Henry Clay with 22 points in 4th quarter

Trent Bauer threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Emory Thompson and connected on a two-point conversion with Brandyn Duncan to help Paul Laurence Dunbar rally for a 22-19 victory at Henry Clay on Thursday night. The Bulldogs fell behind 13-0 in the first quarter and trailed 19-7 before scoring twice in the fourth quarter.

Henry Clay's Elijah Bell, who ran for 162 yards, got his team on the board first with a 9-yard TD run in the first quarter. Davion Jackson followed less than three minutes later with a 1-yard TD run.

Bauer started the comeback with a 31-yard TD pass to Taylor Smith, and Antwan Williams scored Dunbar's second TD on a 6-yard run.

Jackson, who ended up with 104 rushing yards, also scored a touchdown on a 43-yard run in the fourth quarter.


Obituary

ESPN college football guru Cook dies

Beano Cook, the college football commentator with an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport he dearly loved, died. The 81-year-old Boston native had worked for ESPN since 1986 and was the sports information director at his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, from 1956 to 1966.

Mr. Cook was a diabetic and his health had been failing recently, as he made mention in his most recent blog post at www.bean-cook.com.

"Sorry to say that health issues hit me at the worst time — start of College Football Season," he wrote in a post dated Oct. 1. "Everything except recovery takes a back-burner now. I won't say I'll be back to the blog by a certain date, as some businesses might "promise," but I do hope to return soon. Thanks for your support and encouragement. Enjoy the season! — Beano"

Born Carroll H. Cook, he grew up in Pittsburgh before graduating from the university in 1954, and was known for his love of the college game and, in particular, championing the cause of northeastern teams including Penn State and Pitt before either school was a nationally known power.

"Beano Cook was an American original. His passion, depth and breadth of knowledge, and humor were unique," ESPN host Chris Fowler said. "He was an invaluable early mentor to me and friend. His imprint can still be seen on GameDay each week."

In recent years he was a frequent contributor on ESPN Radio and did a weekly podcast with ESPN college football writer Ivan Maisel.


NBA

Davis' Hornets beat MKG's Bobcats again

Anthony Davis, the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft by the Hornets, had 12 points, nine rebounds and one block in almost 30 minutes of action in New Orleans' 90-87 pre-season victory over the host Bobcats. Davis did not play in the final quarter. The Hornets also defeated the Bobcats 97-92 in New Orleans on Tuesday.

Davis' former Kentucky teammate, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist only took two shots and missed them both for the Bobcats. He ended up with one point and four rebounds. Darius Miller hit a pair of free-throw attempts for his two points in 11 minutes.

LeBron James scored 20 points, and the Heat beat the Clippers 94-80 in a pre-season game in China. Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 19 points and eight rebounds. Josh Harrellson had four points and three rebounds for Miami. Eric Blesoe had four points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Clippers.


Golf

Westwood, Rose in World Golf finals

Justin Rose beat Tiger Woods by a stroke Thursday to set up a title match with Lee Westwood in the World Golf finals in Belek, Turkey. The two Englishmen, who played on the victorious European Ryder Cup team, will meet Saturday, with the winner getting $1.5 million and the runner-up $1 million in the eight-player exhibition.

Rose, who holed a sand wedge shot for an eagle at the 14th, finished with a 2-under 69 while Woods was at 70.

Westwood shot a course-record 61 in the semifinals to beat 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa by six shots. Westwood had two eagles and eight birdies, including a 50-footer at the last on the Sultan Course at Antalya Club. His score would have been even better if not for a double bogey at the fourth hole.

"It was just one of those days I was on a roll. I am just pleased to be swinging the ball well because I've got no hangover from the Ryder Cup, and that's nice," Westwood said. "It seemed the hole just got bigger and bigger with each hole I played, and that hasn't happened for a while.

"It's also a very satisfying feeling to be playing in a tournament like this, and if Justin had not beaten Webb Simpson earlier today I would not have had the opportunity to go out and shoot 61. So a lot of things have to go your way and I have capitalized on a bit of fortune."

Rose tried to pull his cap over his face when his wedge shot at No. 14 took a couple of bounces and disappeared into the hole. Woods also broke out in a smile.

"I was really struggling early on today and to can that shot at 14 was easily the turning point," Rose said. "In proper match play you would only win the hole, but in this format I've picked up two shots on Tiger and it's helped me win the match."

Rose then birdied No. 13, and after his eagle a hole later both birdied No. 16 before ending with two pars apiece.

"When Justin birdied 13 and holed out at 14, it was the turning point in the match," Woods said. "I was 2 up at the time and all of a sudden 1 down with four holes to play."

Nick O'Hern shot a 9-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead over Nicolas Colsaerts, Jhonattan Vegas and Derek Ernst in the Frys.com Open at San Martin, Calif. O'Hern had eight birdies in an 11-hole stretch and capped the bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 ninth hole. He's winless on the PGA Tour.

■ Defending champion Na Yeon Choi shot a 6-under 65 in the LPGA Malaysia for a share of the lead with Hall of Famer Karrie Webb. Webb also had a bogey-free round.

Ross Fisher and Stephen Gallacher shot 6-under 65 to share the first-round lead in the European Tour's Portugal Masters.


Gumm, Sargent named Ky.'s top players

North Hardin senior Lydia Gumm and Scott County junior Bill Tom Sargent were named Ms. & Mr. Golf in Kentucky.

Gumm, who has made the All-State team a record seven times beat out Calloway County sophomore Anna Hack for the top girls' honor. Gumm won six invitational tournaments and was runner-up three times this season. Hack won the individual title at last week's state championships by four shots over Gumm.

Sargent, who was fourth in the boy's state tournament, edged state champion Fred Allen Meyer of West Jessamine for the boys' top honor. Sargent won three invitational tournaments and was runner-up twice.

Also named to the girls' All-State team were Sacred Heart's Katie Page and Maddie Hamilton, South Warren's Jackie Van Meter, Pulaski County's Elsa Moberly, North Laurel's Caroline Moore, Shelby County's Jordan Webb and Madison Thomas, and Grant County's Sarah Kellam.

The rest of the boys' All-State team included Clay County's Tyler McDaniel, St. Xavier's Stephen Stallings, Lexington Catholic's Matthew Mahle, Ashland Blazer's Evan Cox, Louisville Christian's Ben Montgomery, North Hardin's Ryan Daniels, St. Mary's Joey Mayo and Danville's J.B. Williams.


The last word

North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams can't wait to start practice this weekend — and for years to come — after his recent cancer scare:

"You always have people say when you hear that word that it knocks you for a loop. And it does. You're off the charts in every different direction. ... It does change you. Anybody that says it doesn't, they're a lot stronger or more wacko than I am. I really want to coach this team. And you know what's going to happen next year? I'm really going to want to coach that team again, too."

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