Sports briefs: Feb. 13

February 13, 2013 


Former Bryan Station star Mack ready if Celtics call

Shelvin Mack, a former Bryan Station High School and Butler University standout, hasn't received a call from the undermanned Boston Celtics, but if he does he told Comcast SportsNet that he'd jump at the chance. ACL injuries have sidelined two Boston point guards for the rest of the season — ex-UK star Rajon Rondo and Leandro Barbosa. Mack leads Maine, the Celtics' NBA Development League affiliate, in scoring this season (19.6 points per game) and is also averaging 7.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds.

"I feel like it would be a great opportunity," Mack told the website when asked about the Celtics. He added, "(I haven't been given any indication from the Celtics), I try not to worry about that. That's another thing I've learned throughout this process, just worry about the things you can control. I can't control how they're thinking. All I can control is just going out and playing basketball, trying to be a great basketball player and a great teammate."

Mack started the regular season at Maine, but has spent time with both the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers.

"The NBA is all about finding the right situation and the right fit for you," Mack said in a story on the website. "Some guys get lucky and are able to find that early, and some guys it kind of takes a while. The D-League was the best opportunity I had. If I felt like I wasn't an NBA player, I wouldn't have three call-ups so far this year, I wouldn't be on the radar for the Celtics. It's just finding the right situation that's best for you. ... With the right situation and the right team, I'll be able to show how valuable I really am."

DeMarcus Cousins scored 23 points to go with seven rebounds, five steals and four assists, but the Sacramento Kings lost 108-101 at Memphis. It was the Kings' fifth straight loss on the road. Tayshaun Prince had seven points and four assists for the Grizzlies.

■ Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose said he's "far away" from returning from knee surgery. Rose told USA Today that he's not coming back until he's "110 percent" and added, "Who knows when that will be?" He said it could be any day, within a few weeks or even next year. Asked how close he is to 110 percent, he responded "probably in the high 80s. Far away. Far away."

High school basketball

Lafayette boys roll over Henry Clay

Lafayette, ranked 14th in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, dominated its matchup with No. 7 Henry Clay on Tuesday night. Jackson Davis scored 18 points to lead six Generals in double figures in a 79-54 victory at home. Tranard Chester and Charles Sweat-Washington added 16 and 14 points, respectively, for Lafayette. Jordan Green had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Devils, but teammate Trey Grundy was 1-for-13 from the field and finished with two points and eight rebounds.

EJ Floreal scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead No. 13 Paul Dunbar to a 69-63 victory against visiting West Jessamine. Mike Smith added 17 points and six steals for the Bulldogs. Chase Fain scored 24 points for the Colts.

■ Larry Morton scored 22 points to go with 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots in Bryan Station's 53-51 victory against visiting Lexington Christian. Daquice Allen pitched in with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Jack Whitman was 11-for-13 from the field and finished with 30 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots in Lexington Catholic's 90-76 victory at Lincoln County. Tanner Johnson added 25 points, including five three-pointers, and nine rebounds for the Knights.

■ No. 14 Scott County trailed by two going into the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals rallied for a 46-41 victory against visiting Eastern. Quin Richardson had 19 points and Trent Gilbert had five steals.

Girls' highlights:

■ Barren County freshman center Reanna Poynter scored 14 points and blocked a state-record tying 18 shots in a 51-44 victory at home against visiting Metcalfe County. According to the KHSAA's records entering the season, two Kentucky girls' players had previously blocked 18 shots in a game — Fern Creek's Teonia McCune in 2011 and Clinton County's Michelle Shelton in 1989.

Kayla Rankin scored 21 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and Whitney Back hit four fourth-quarter three-pointers to help Perry County Central knock off No. 24 Southwestern. Perry Central trailed 50-40 going into the fourth quarter. Back finished with 19 points.

Molly Manella had 20 points and 13 rebounds in Sayre's win at home against Country Day. The Spartans also got 15 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots from Gabby Bowie.

Rachel Blake scored 16 points and had six rebounds in Lexington Catholic's 51-29 victory at Lexington Christian.

Laura Szorenyi had 19 points and 11 assists in Scott County's 63-42 victory at home against Shelby County.

UK sports

Softball ranked in both major polls

A pair of wins against top-25 teams — California and Stanford — this past weekend led to Kentucky's softball team moving into the top-25 in both the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Softball polls.

Kentucky (4-2) is 24th in the USA Today/NFCA poll and 22nd in the Softball rankings.

The Cats will play two more ranked teams this weekend when they face No. 1/2 Oklahoma and No. 16/18 Washington during the Campbell/Cartier Classic at San Diego State.

Horse racing

Rachel Alexandra foals Bernardini filly

Stonestreet Farms' Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, produced her second foal early Tuesday morning when she gave birth to a Bernardini filly. The filly was welcomed into the world at 2:30 a.m. according to a post on Stonestreet's Twitter account and weighed in at 140 pounds — the farm's largest foal so far this season.

Rachel Alexandra's first foal born last January was a colt by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who also was campaigned by Stonestreet. The colt, nicknamed "Taco," has since been named Jess's Dream after Stonestreet founder and wine mogul Jess Jackson who died in April 2011.


Wrestling tossed out of 2020 Games

Wrestling, one of the most ancient and traditional Olympic sports, was dropped from the Summer Games in a stunning and widely criticized decision Tuesday by the International Olympic Committee. Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling will be contested at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but they will be excluded from the 2020 Summer Games, for which a host city has not yet been named, the Olympic committee said Tuesday.

The decision to drop wrestling was made by secret ballot by the committee's 15-member executive board at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The exact vote and the reasons for the decision were not given in detail.

There is a chance that the Olympic committee can reverse that decision in May, when it considers a 26th sport to add to the 2020 games. A final decision will be made in September.

The last word

Tennessee (12-10, 4-6 SEC) and Vanderbilt (9-13, 3-7) are usually playing for NCAA Tournament seeding as well as in-state bragging rights this time of year. Not this season. This figures to be the first year since 2005 that neither team reaches the NCAA Tournament. Vanderbilt forward Sheldon Jeter said that won't alter the rivalry's intensity when the teams play on Wednesday:

"When it's Tennessee and Vanderbilt, you throw away the records and it's just the names on the jerseys. That's how we're looking at it. They're a star rival. This is still a very important game, especially to all our fans. We want to go and make them proud of us."

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