Sports briefs: Oct. 29

October 29, 2012 

Golf

Watney wins tournament, but falls short of round of 59

Nick Watney missed a chance for a 59 on Sunday in his CIMB Classic victory in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, closing with a course-record 10-under 61 at The Mines despite a bogey at the 18th.

Needing a birdie on the par-4 18th for a 59, Watney drove into the left rough, failed to reach the green with his approach and left his long birdie pitch just short of the putting surface.

The American finished at 22-under 262 and earned $1.3 million in the unofficial PGA Tour event, finishing one stroke ahead of 2011 champion Bo Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus and three ahead of Tiger Woods. The tournament will become a full-fledged PGA Tour event next year when the tour begins its new season in October after the FedEx Cup.

Watney needed his wife, Amber, to carry his bag for the last hole of the first round Thursday when caddie Chad Reynolds needed treatment for heat-stroke. He used a local caddie on Friday before Reynolds came back for the weekend.

David Frost won the AT&T Championship in San Antonio, beating Bernhard Langer with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff after overcoming a six-stroke deficit in the final round.

Frost and Langer each shot 6-under 66 to finish at 8-under 208 on TPC San Antonio's Canyons Course.

Second-round leader Mark Calcavecchia had a 74 to finish two strokes back. He bogeyed four of the first 11 holes.

Sweden's Peter Hanson won the BMW Masters in Shanghai for his second European Tour victory of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 to hold off Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy by a stroke. Hanson finished at 21-under 267 on The Masters Course at Lake Malaren and won $1,166,600 in the European Tour's richest regular event.

Suzann Pettersen won the Taiwan Championship for her second straight LPGA Tour victory, rallying to beat Inbee Park by three strokes. Pettersen closed with a 3-under 69 in wind and drizzle on the Sunrise course in Yang Mei. The Norwegian finished with a 19-under 269 and won $300,000 for her 10th LPGA Tour title.

Tiger Woods is expected to get a $2 million appearance fee and Rory McIlroy $1 million for their one-day exhibition match Monday in Zhengzhou, China. The top-ranked McIlroy and Woods, a 14-time major winner, will play their first head-to-head match at Lake Jinsha International Golf Club.


UK Sports

Volleyball team outlasts Georgia

The Kentucky volleyball team outlasted the host Georgia Bulldogs 3-2 (25-13, 24-26, 25-19, 23-25, 15-12) in a thrilling match for its second straight five-set victory of the weekend. UK was led by senior setter Christine Hartmann who directed the offense to 72 kills while contributing a career-high 19 digs.

Kentucky, which beat host Tennessee Friday, is now 15-8 and 9-4 in the Southeastern Conference. UK will return to action at home against Mississippi on Friday at 7 p.m.

The UK women's golf team was tied for eighth with a 4-over-par 292 after the first round of the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio. The Wildcats, who were only six shots out of second place, were led by senior Heather Lott, who shot a career-best 2-under-par 70 that included four birdies. The tournament resumes Monday and ends Tuesday.

The UK women's tennis team wrapped up the fall season at the Tennessee Fall Invite in Knoxville by winning all three doubles matches against North Carolina State and three singles matches against host Tennessee.

Freshman Nadia Ravita teamed up with experienced junior Caitlin McGraw to win their first match together, 8-4. Senior Jessica Stiles teamed up with junior Khristina Blajkevitch and sophomore Stephanie Fox and freshman Kirsten Lewis also won their matches.

Following doubles play, Kentucky squared off against Tennessee for singles competition.Stiles won her third singles match of the weekend to finish 3-0 for the weekend and in second place with 15 points. Blajkevitch finished off a perfect singles weekend with a 6-1, 6-1 win. Fox also won singles to finish 2-1.

The UK rifle team, ranked second in the nation, took down No. 15 Tennessee-Martin, shooting a 4656 to UT-Martin's 4577. Freshman Connor Davis led the Wildcats with an aggregate score of 1170.

Junior Aaron Holsopple led the Wildcats in smallbore, shooting a 582, while Davis led the team in air rifle with a 592. Senior Ed Ryznar and sophomore Cody Manning delivered solid performances in air rifle, both shooting a 589.


College football

Lattimore might not be finished

Marcus Lattimore had his right knee dislocated and sustained ligament damage Saturday against Tennessee, yet South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier believes the junior could eventually return to football.

Spurrier visited Lattimore on Sunday and said the running back displayed a good attitude about his condition. Spurrier said team doctor Jeffrey Guy was able to put Lattimore's knee back in place soon after he was taken from the field to the hospital.

Guy said in a statement that Lattimore's knee was hyperextended and resulted in injuries to several ligaments. There were no fractures, broken bones or other injuries and Lattimore's surgically repaired left knee was not affected.

"Marcus has already begun the process of prehabilitation prior to surgery and to his eventual return to football," the statement said.

Spurrier said the injury was significant, but discounted speculation Lattimore would never play football again. Lattimore has not used a redshirt season so he could take as long as necessary to recover and still return to the Gamecocks for the 2014 season.

"We're optimistic his football days are ahead of him," Spurrier said.


Auto racing

Vettel wins Indian Grand Prix

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Indian Grand Prix in Greater Noida to extend his Formula One championship lead, though rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari kept up the pressure with a second-place finish.

Vettel won a fourth straight race for the first time in his career and now leads the drivers' championship by 13 points with three races to go, chasing a third successive F1 title.

Red Bull's Mark Webber clung on to third place, under pressure from McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who was fourth.


Horse racing

Game On Dude works at Santa Anita

Likely Breeders' Cup Classic favorite Game On Dude worked seven furlongs under regular rider Rafael Bejarano on Santa Anita's dirt track in 1:25 preparing for next Saturday's $5 million World Championship race.

Others in their final major drills for their Breeders' Cup engagements next Friday and Saturday included Sprint contenders Coil and Capital Account, one-two finishers in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship, four furlongs in 48.20 and 48.60, respectively; Fast Bullet (Sprint), four furlongs in 48.20; Power Broker (Juvenile), ridden by Bejarano, in company with Title Contender (Juvenile), each a bullet 59 flat for five furlongs.


The last word

San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean was not too surprised that the Giants were on the brink of sweeping the World Series after winning Game 3 Saturday night.

"Of course I believe it — we've done it before with basically the same guys (in 2010)."

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