Sports briefs: Oct. 15

October 15, 2012 

UK Sports

Shooting guard commits to women's basketball for 2014

Jaycee Coe, considered one of the top shooters nationally, has committed to Kentucky, according to a report.

Coe told the Herald-Citizen newspaper that she accepted UK's offer this weekend after attending Big Blue Madness.

"I'm just so blessed to have this opportunity," Coe told her hometown paper in Cookeville, Tenn. "Kentucky has always been my dream school, and to get to play there is 10 times better."

The 6-foot junior from Jackson County (Tenn.) reportedly had offers from Georgia, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Tennessee Tech, Belmont and Vanderbilt.

In a summer scouting report, ESPN's said Coe, who is not ranked nationally yet, is one of the nation's premier shooters. "Coming off the summer, Coe can make a strong case as the best shooter in the class of 2014," the scouting report said in August.

Coe has been voted to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association's All-State Team each of the last two years. She helped lead Jackson County to two straight Class A state tournament appearances.

■ With a career-high 10 saves from Kayla King, an early goal from Arin Gilliland, and stout defense from the back line, the Kentucky women's soccer team knocked off host Georgia 1-0. It was the Cats' first victory against the Bulldogs since 1998.

Sunday, King recorded a career-high 10 saves against the Bulldogs, while also tallying three saves vs. Tennessee Friday night, marking 13 saves on her first-ever 2-0-0 SEC weekend in net.

■ Junior Whitney Billings had her ninth double-double of the season and the Kentucky volleyball team shut down visiting Texas A&M 3-0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-19). Billings had 11 kills and 14 digs.

College football

Alabama, Florida are top two in BCS

Alabama and Florida are at the top of the season's first BCS standings, making it yet another all-SEC top two, with Oregon and Kansas State close behind the Gators.

The Crimson Tide in first was no surprise. Alabama is an overwhelming No. 1 in both polls used in the BCS formula.

Florida in second was less anticipated. The Gators are No. 3 in the polls, but rated best by the computer rankings. That gave them a slight edge over Oregon and Kansas State when the numbers were crunched. Florida's BCS average is .9092. Oregon's is .8993 and Kansas State's is .8963.

Notre Dame is fifth and not too far back at .8774.

Despite the strong showing by the Southeastern Conference, another all-SEC national championship game is still a long shot. Oregon's schedule is backloaded with strong opponents and the Ducks will likely be able to close the gap in the computers if they keep winning.

High school volleyball

Henry Clay struggling, but still favorite

Henry Clay's volleyball team has lost 15 of its last 20 matches, but it still goes into this week's 11th Region tournament at Madison Southern as the team to beat.

The Blue Devils (20-16), No. 6 in the state, have played a brutal schedule. Ten of its losses have been to out-of-state powers.

Against Kentucky competition, Henry Clay's losses have been to No. 4 St. Henry (twice), No. 5 Mercy, No. 9 Paul Laurence Dunbar and No. 16 Lafayette. But Devils Coach Dale Grupe thinks his team is ready to make a run at its third region title in a row.

"We know we played a lot of good teams and that we played a lot of good volleyball," Grupe said. "We took it on the chin over the last part of the season, but I think the kids took every loss out-of-state with a grain of salt.

"The only ones that really hurt were in the city. And I think losing to Dunbar and Lafayette woke us up."

Dunbar (29-7), seeking its first region title since 2009, is riding a 14-game winning streak. No. 14 Tates Creek (28-7) has played well down the stretch.

"I think all three of us (Henry Clay, Dunbar, Tates Creek) are coming in with all kinds of confidence," Grupe said.

Horse racing

Top horses gearing up for Breeders' Cup

Game On Dude headed a parade of heavyweight hopefuls Sunday morning prepping for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 and 3. The early favorite for the $5 million Classic at 1¼ miles, Game On Dude worked 5 furlongs in company under regular rider Rafael Bejarano in 59.60, breezing. Stablemate Blueskiesnrainbows was timed in 1:00.40.

"He said he felt like an airplane," Bob Baffert said of Bejarano's post-work assessment. "This track right now is the best it's been since we've been here. I think the rain (three-quarters of an inch on Thursday) really helped. The track has bounce to it. I should have worked more horses today."

My Miss Aurelia, winner of the Grade I Cotillion Stakes at Parx, worked 5 furlongs for the Ladies' Classic in 59.40.

"She went beautiful," said Steve Asmussen, who was on hand for the drill. "They caught her a little quicker than I did but I thought she went over the track great."

Joshua Tree won the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International on Sunday at Woodbine in Toronto to become only the third two-time winner in race history. The Irish-bred Joshua Tree also gave jockey Frankie Dettori his record-tying third victory in the race.


Blixt wins, locks up PGA card for 2014

Jonas Blixt won the Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, holing a 4-foot par putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory in San Martin, Calif. Blixt became third PGA Tour rookie to win this season. He earned $900,000 and a tour exemption through the 2014 season.

Inbee Park rallied to win the LPGA Malaysia for her second victory of the year, closing with a 4-under 67 to beat fellow South Korean player Na Yeon Choi by two strokes.

Fred Funk won the Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C., for his second Champions Tour title of the year and eighth overall, holing a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Duffy Waldorf by a stroke. The 56-year-old Funk had a bogey-free tournament and has gone 60 holes without a bogey since the 13th hole last week in the final round of the SAS Championship.


Clippers beat the Heat in Shanghai

DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and nine rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the NBA champion Miami Heat 99-89 in an exhibition game Sunday in Shanghai. Jamal Crawford had 15 points, and Blake Griffin added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers.

Rodney Carney led Miami with 15 points. LeBron James had 11 points in 20 minutes, and Josh Harrellson (UK) had nine points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.

Eric Bledsoe (UK) had eight points, three assists, three steals and six turnovers for the Clippers.

Wesley Witherspoon scored 17 points to lead the visiting San Antonio Spurs to a 116-107 win over the Houston Rockets in a pre-season game. Terrence Jones (UK) had 10 points and six rebounds for the Rockets.

■ The Cleveland Cavaliers waived former University of Kentucky star Kelenna Azubuike.

The last word

In the locker room after Sunday's game, Cleveland Browns running back Montario Hardesty was asked what he planned to do with the ball from his first NFL touchdown:

"I left it out there. I'll just have to save the next one."

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