Sports briefs: Oct. 16

October 16, 2012 

UK Basketball

Tickets for exhibitions, first 3 home games going on sale

Tickets for Kentucky's first five home men's basketball games will go on sale at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets will first be available online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Any tickets remaining after Tuesday evening's sale will also be available to purchase through the UK Ticket Office by calling (800) 928-2287 on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets made available are from the unsold student ticket allotment.

Lower level tickets (based upon availability) will be $50 each, and upper level tickets will be $42 each. Kentucky's two exhibition games are against Northwood (Nov. 1) and Transylvania (Nov. 5). The first three regular-season home games are against Lafayette (Nov. 16), Morehead State (Nov. 21) and Long Island (Nov. 23).

■ Tickets for the Blue-White Scrimmage at Rupp Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 24, are still available. Lower level tickets are $10 each, and upper level tickets are $5 each. Scrimmage tickets can be purchased through the UK Ticket Office or Ticketmaster.


NASCAR

Allmendinger to drive for Phoenix again

AJ Allmendinger will get another start with Phoenix Racing this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Phoenix GM Steve Barkdoll said Monday the team was pleased with Allmendinger's performance at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he finished 24th in his first race since his July suspension for failing a random drug test.

"We were extremely happy with the job he did in our car," Barkdoll said.

Allmendinger had three days' notice he was going to race last Saturday night. The team had planned to use Regan Smith in the No. 51 Chevrolet, but Hendrick Motorsports asked for Smith when Dale Earnhardt Jr. was sidelined with a concussion. Earnhardt is also out for Sunday's race at Kansas.

"The first lap in the car, his first in three months, he was seventh out of 31," Barkdoll said. "We had him too loose for qualifying, but in all the practices we were around 20th. He drove it to 19th under all the green flag runs. Our pits let a tire get away, or I think we would have easily had a top-20 finish."

NASCAR, Fox sign extension through 2022

NASCAR and Fox Sports Media Group announced a $2.4 billion, eight-year extension Monday that runs through 2022 and keeps the prestigious Daytona 500 and first third of the Sprint Cup Series on the network. Fox, which has been with NASCAR since 2001, will pay an average of $300 million annually beginning in 2015 in its first fee increase in more than a decade.

Fox gets the first 13 Sprint Cup Series races under the deal, and the entire Camping World Truck Series. Fox also retained the rights to the Sprint All-Star Race and the Daytona 500 qualifying races and the pre-season Shootout race at Daytona.

An additional and important component to the deal for NASCAR is the inclusion of "TV Everywhere" rights, which allow Fox to live stream its races online beginning with the 2013 season-opening Daytona 500. Fox can also stream pre- and post-race coverage, race highlights and in-progress race highlights.

That portion of that deal was made possible by NASCAR reacquiring control of its digital platform, which goes into effect next year.

Fox has not determined if it will charge viewers to watch races online.


Soccer

U.S. won't play for tie against Guatemala

Jurgen Klinsmann promised to bring an attacking style to the U.S. national team when the former Germany striker took the reins of the program more than a year ago. His approach won't change even when a draw would suit the Americans just fine.

The U.S. merely needs to draw with Guatemala on Tuesday night for both teams to advance from Group A in World Cup qualifying, while a result one way or the other would give Jamaica an outside chance of squeaking through to the final round.

"Our approach to the game is clear. We want to win this game. You can only win a game if you attack and go forward, and that's what we're going to do," Klinsmann said. "We're not going to look for a tie."


Colleges

Cards' Perry earns Big East's top honor

Louisville running back Senorise Perry was named the Big East Conference's offensive player of the week after Saturday's four-touchdown performance at Pittsburgh. Perry rushed for 101 yards on 12 carries to help the 16th-ranked Cardinals (6-0) beat the Panthers 45-35 in their conference opener.

Through six games, Perry has rushed for a team-high 559 yards and is averaging a team-best 5.8 yards a carry.

■ Kentucky senior setter Christine Hartmann has been named the Southeastern Conference's player of the week for volleyball. Hartmann directed the UK offense to a wins against Texas A&M and Mississippi State.

■ The Kentucky women's soccer team earned two of the three Southeastern Conference weekly honors. Junior Kayla King was named defensive player of the week and Kelli Hubly was the freshman of the week.


The last word

Jim Harbaugh didn't spend any time wallowing Monday after the most lopsided loss in his two seasons as coach of the San Francisco 49ers. He has only three days to prepare his team for Thursday's key NFC West game against Seattle, which is tied with the 49ers and Arizona Cardinals at 4-2:

"It certainly wouldn't be very human if you didn't hurt today. But there's no time. You've got to dust yourself off and ride. Right now we have no choice. We have to get to Seattle right quick. We've got a football fight coming."

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