Sports briefs: Nov. 26

November 26, 2012 

NBA

Hornets' Davis likely to miss 2 more weeks with ankle injury

It could be another two weeks before New Orleans Hornets rookie forward Anthony Davis recovers sufficiently from a stress reaction in his left ankle to resume playing, The Times-Picayune reported. Davis told the newspaper Sunday after the team's shootaround that a precautionary MRI following three ankle sprains in as many days revealed the problem, which is a precursor to a more serious stress fracture that would likely manifest itself without rest and rehabilitation.

"The fact I sprained my ankle three times in that one week, that was odd," Davis told The Times-Picayune. "So they found that inside my foot. And you know the whole Grant Hill story, so they wanted to be very cautious with the way I handled things."

Hill's early career was marked by chronic ankle injuries.

"I just hate sitting around and not being able to be on the floor with my team," Davis said. "Hopefully they'll give me the OK pretty soon. ... We don't want to rush anything and then have to have surgery. I know the doctors are going to steer me right and tell me the truth. I've just got to find out more when we get back."

Davis hasn't played since Nov. 17 at Milwaukee, the night after he rolled his ankle in a home loss to the Thunder.

Andre Iguodala scored 23 points, former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried had his eighth double-double of the season and the Nuggets beat the struggling Hornets 102-84 on Sunday night. Faried had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Denver, winners of four straight.

Former Kentucky standout Darius Miller played 26 minutes for visiting New Orleans. He had seven points and eight rebounds.

Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Paul Pierce added 23 points and Rajon Rondo was one rebound shy of a triple double with 15 points and 16 assists as the Celtics outlasted the Magic 116-110 in overtime at Orlando. Rondo has had at least 10 assists in 37 consecutive games.

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points in just 32 minutes, and the Knicks ended a two-game losing streak with a 121-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. Steve Novak added a season-high 18 and JR Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the host Knicks. Brandon Knight scored 21 points to lead the Pistons.

Jrue Holiday had a career-high 33 points and 13 assists, leading the host 76ers over the Suns 104-101.

Rockets coach McHale's daughter dies

The daughter of Houston Rockets Coach Kevin McHale died at 23. Alexandra "Sasha" McHale died Saturday, and the team disclosed no other details Sunday.

Kevin McHale has been on leave since Nov. 10 to deal with what the team called a personal family matter. During his absence, Kelvin Sampson has been the interim coach. There is no timetable for Kevin McHale's return.


Volleyball

UK, Louisville and WKU get NCAA bids

The Kentucky volleyball team earned its eighth consecutive bid into the NCAA Tournament and claimed the No. 16 national seed. The Wildcats will host first- and second-round matches in Memorial Coliseum on Friday and Saturday.

UK (20-10) will host East Tennessee State at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with Ohio State and Notre Dame playing at 5 p.m. Saturday's second-round matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m..

"You never know what to expect," Kentucky Coach Craig Skinner said of the Cats' bid. "Literally every year I've been coaching you never really know exactly what you're going to get and this is no exception. You know, of course our team is excited and we're looking forward to playing Friday night. We're certainly glad we earned enough respect to get seeded and have the opportunity to host. ...We like playing in our gym. We have great fans and a great environment for volleyball. We love the opportunity to play at home."

■ No. 9-ranked Louisville is seeded 10th and will host Belmont in the first round at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tennessee will play Michigan at 5 p.m.

The Cardinals defeated Belmont in three sets just this past Friday. Henry Clay graduate Gwen Rucker celebrated Senior Night with 15 kills, hitting .833 and adding two blocks.

"It is very rare to play a team you just played going into the tournament," said Louisville Coach Anne Kordes. "It means everything to host for us."

■ No. 17 Western Kentucky (32-3) will go on the road to face Loyola Marymount at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Palo Alto, Calif.

"This is not what we were expecting," WKU Coach Travis Hudson said of the Toppers' playing at a site hosted by second-seeded Stanford. "There are two teams playing in the state of Kentucky. Kentucky was a surprise host for the first and second round and then Louisville is hosting as well. For us to end up in Palo Alto, Calif., is a bit of a surprise as is our first-round opponent, but we are looking forward to the trip."

Stanford (27-3) will play Jackson State in the other matchup.


Golf

McIlroy wins by two strokes in Dubai

Rory McIlroy made five straight birdies down the stretch to overtake Justin Rose and win the Dubai World Championship on Sunday, ending a historic year in which the 23-year-old Northern Irishman won the PGA Championship and the European and PGA tour money titles.

The top-ranked McIlroy recovered from early putting woes to finish at 6-under 66 for a total 23-under 265 at the season-ending tournament. Rose, who was tied for seventh after three rounds, surged down the stretch into contention after shooting a course-record 62 that included an eagle and eight birdies.

"I just wanted to finish the season the way I thought I deserved to finish the season," McIlroy said after holing a birdie on 18 and raising his arms in the air in celebration. "You know, I played so well throughout the year and I didn't want to just let it tail off sort of timidly. I wanted to come here and finish in style."


Horse racing

Mena guides longshot to River City win

Jockey Miguel Mena capped a big weekend at Churchill Downs by guiding 30-1 shot Keep Up to a half-length win over 4-5 favorite Boisterous in the Grade III, $115,700 River City Handicap on the closing day of Churchill Down's Fall Meet.

On Saturday, Mena swept Churchill Downs' juvenile stakes aboard longshot filly Seanean Girl in the Grade II Golden Rod Uncaptured in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club.

Keep Up, owned and co-bred by John and Alice Chandler's Mill Ridge Farm, rallied from far back and finished in hand while clocking 11⁄8 miles over firm turf in 1:48.05. The victory was the first official stakes win for 63-year-old trainer Alex Clarkson, who has assisted in the preparation of training horses for decades.

Corey Lanerie winning the Fall Meet's riding title with 29 wins, five more than runner-up Shaun Bridgmohan. Ken McPeek and Dale Romans tied for leading trainer with 14 wins apiece. And there was a four-way tie for leading owner honors with four wins between Brad Kelley's Bluegrass Hall LLC; Seth Hancock's Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider; Susan McPeek and partner Magdalena Racing; and Gary and Mary West.

It was Lanerie's second Churchill Downs riding title after winning 71 races during the Spring Meet earlier this year.


The last word

Baltimore's Ray Rice describing the playcall on his fourth-and-29 run for a first down in the fourth quarter that helped lead the Ravens to a 16-13 overtime win at San Diego:

"Check down, Hey Diddle Diddle, Ray Rice up the middle."

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