Sports Briefs: Nov. 17

November 17, 2012 

UK Sports

Women's soccer eliminated

With a strike on goal late in the opening half and four goals in the second, the UCLA Bruins ended the Kentucky women's soccer team's (14-7-1, 8-5-1 SEC) run in the 2012 NCAA Championship in the second round, knocking off the Wildcats 5-0 in San Diego, Calif. UCLA (17-2-2, 8-2-1 PAC-12) opened the scoring in the 39th minute when Ally Courtnall punched it past Kayla King. UCLA outshot Kentucky 22-4.

■ UK's Cally Macumber, Chelsea Oswald and Luis Orta will compete in the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships at Louisville's E.P. Tom Sawyer Park on Saturday. Macumber, Oswald and Orta will be the first Wildcats to participate in the meet since Kentucky qualified as a team in 2008. The women's race begins at noon, followed by the men at 1:15 p.m. Also, the Eastern Kentucky men's team will be making its second consecutive appearance in the national championship meet.


Auto racing

Logano on pole for Sunday's Cup race

Joey Logano won the pole Friday for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with championship contenders Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson not far behind.

Keselowski will start third Sunday in the 400-mile race. He takes a 20-point lead into the finale over five-time champion Johnson. Keselowski only needs to finish 15th or better — or 16th or better if he leads at least one lap, and 17th or better if he leads the most laps — to win a first Cup championship for himself and team owner Roger Penske. Johnson will start 10th.


Golf

Cochran shares lead at Pebble Beach

Kentuckian Russ Cochran shot a 7-under 65 on Friday at Del Monte for a share of the Pebble Beach Invitational lead with fellow Champions Tour player Kirk Triplett. Triplett had a 69 at Del Monte to match Cochran at 9-under 135 in the tournament that features 81 players from the PGA, LPGA, Champions and Web.com tours. John Mallinger, the 2010 winner, was a stroke back after a 69 at Spyglass Hill.

Michael Campbell led a host of 40-somethings atop the leader board at a Hong Kong Open that lost defending champion Rory McIlroy when he failed to make the cut on Friday. The 43-year-old Campbell holed a 10-foot birdie at the last for a 6-under 64 that gave him a one-stroke lead at 9 under on the Fanling course at Hong Kong Golf Club. McIlroy shot a 72 to finish at 5 over after two rounds.

Ai Miyazato of Japan felt as if she couldn't miss Friday until her final putt dropped for an 8-under 64 and a one-shot lead in the season-ending Titleholders. Miyazato, who already has won twice this year, overcame a sloppy bogey on the par-5 second hole by making four birdies in a five-hole stretch to close out the front nine. She added four birdies on the back nine for the low round of the tournament, giving her a one-shot lead over U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi.

Henrik Stenson opened a four-shot lead at the South African Open with a second-round 65 before play was suspended for the day because of an electrical storm with much of the field yet to finish. Stenson's 7-under 65, to go with his opening 66, put him at 13 under.

 Overnight leader Matthew Guyatt shot a 3-under 69 Friday to maintain his two-shot lead after the second round of the Australian Masters. The Australian was at 10-under 134 on the Kingston Heath sand-belt course in south Melbourne.


Tennis

Czech Republic, Spain tied in Davis Cup

Tomas Berdych beat Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 to give the Czech Republic a 1-1 tie with Spain after the opening singles matches Friday in the Davis Cup final. Earlier, Spain's David Ferrer topped Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. The fifth-ranked Ferrer has won a tour-best seven titles this season.

The Czech Republic is trying to win its first Davis Cup title as an independent nation since the former Czechoslovakia split in 1993. Spain, playing without injured star Rafael Nadal, is bidding to win its fourth title in five years.


NFL

Bears' Cutler to miss 49ers game

The Chicago Bears were bracing for an injury to Jay Cutler long before the season started. Now, they'll see just how prepared they are. Cutler will miss Monday's game at San Francisco because of a concussion, leaving the Bears without their starting quarterback. The team announced the decision Friday, meaning Jason Campbell is the likely starter against the 49ers.

 Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will miss Sunday's game vs. the Washington Redskins because of the effects of a concussion. Rookie Nick Foles, who replaced Vick during the 38-23 loss to Dallas on Sunday, and who practiced with the first team all week, will get his first NFL start.

 Referee Tony Corrente has been fined one game check by the NFL for uttering some obscenities with his microphone on during a Nov. 4 game in Indianapolis between the Colts and Miami Dolphins. A referee of Corrente's experience — 18 seasons — earns approximately $9,000 a game.

 Former Bears coach and Hall of Fame player Mike Ditka was hospitalized Friday after suffering what he said doctors told him was a "very minor stroke." Ditka, 73, was at a suburban country club playing cards Friday when he noticed his hands "weren't working quite right," and then he had a problem speaking.

Bills 19, Dolphins 14: It took 11 weeks for Mario Williams and Buffalo's oft-maligned defense to finally flex its muscle and show it's capable of playing up to its high-priced potential. Williams had one of three sacks and safety Jairus Byrd had a hand in forcing two of three turnovers in a stifling victory over visiting Miami on Thursday night.


Horse racing

Goldencents Delta Downs favorite

Goldencents is the early 5-2 favorite for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot for 2-year-olds on Saturday. Trained by Doug O'Neill, Goldencents will break from the outside post in the field of nine under Kevin Krigger. O'Neill trained I'll Have Another to wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness this year. O'Neill will also saddle Best Pal winner Know More, who will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez and is owned by J. Paul Reddam. Know More is 4-1.

The winner will earn $600,000 and 10 points toward a possible starting position in next year's Kentucky Derby.


Etc.

New high school rushing record set

Derrick Henry has broken one of the most coveted and long-standing records in the history of high school football. Henry broke Ken Hall's career rushing record Friday night. Hall ran for 11,232 yards in four years (1950-53) at Sugar Land (Texas). Henry, a star at Yulee (Fla.) High, has verbally committed to play for Alabama next fall.

 A judge in Atlanta on Friday set bond at $100,000 for ex-WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw, who was in jail on assault and weapons charges. She is accused of firing a shot into a car belonging to 29-year-old Jennifer Lacy, who plays for the Tulsa Shock. Police say the 35-year-old Holdsclaw also used a bat to smash the car's windows.


The last word

After finding out San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh was OK after a heart procedure, his players had a little fun at his expense. Said linebacker NaVorro Bowman:

"He gets fined $500. He missed meetings."

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