Sports briefs: Feb. 21

February 21, 2013 


Patterson reportedly part of Rockets' trade with Kings

A person familiar with the situation says the Houston Rockets have reached separate agreements on trades that will send ex-UK star Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas to Sacramento and Marcus Morris to Phoenix. Patterson had started 38 games this season and was the Rockets' fourth-leading scorer.

The Rockets will receive former U of L star Francisco Garcia, Thomas Robinson and Tyler Honeycutt from the Kings, according to the person, who spoke anonymously because the deal was still pending league approval. In the other deal, the Rockets will get a future second-round pick from the Suns in exchange for Morris, who will join his twin brother, Markieff, on the Phoenix roster.


Freedom Hall game canceled

The March 3 game in Louisville's Freedom Hall featuring Kentucky basketball commitment Dakari Johnson and top high school recruit Andrew Wiggins has been canceled.

The game's organizer, Clay Dade, said sponsorship couldn't be found and the coaches of both Huntington Prep (W.Va.) and Montverde (Fla.) agreed to call off the game. The Montverde roster features Johnson, Florida signee Kasey Hill and uncommitted junior D'Angelo Russell, a Louisville native who is being recruited by both U of L and Kentucky. Wiggins plays for Huntington Prep and is scheduled to take his official visit to UK on Feb. 27.


Snow suspends first day of Match Play

The opening round of the Match Play Championship was suspended Wednesday when a cold rain that came down sideways quickly gave way to snow from a winter storm that dumped close to 2 inches on Dove Mountain in just more than an hour.

"A little crazy for it to snow in the desert," said Jason Day of Australia, who was 6 up through 10 holes over Zach Johnson.

Ten matches had not even started when players were called off.


Buckeyes keep Tubby's Gophers in slide

Deshaun Thomas overcame a slow start to score 19 points and No. 18 Ohio State used a 16-0 second-half run to beat visiting Minnesota 71-45 on Wednesday night.

Both teams had lost three of their last four, and both were humiliated on the road on Sunday. The Golden Gophers (18-9, 6-8 Big Ten) were pounded at Iowa, 72-51, while Ohio State (19-7, 9-5) was routed 71-49 by Wisconsin. Minnesota had a season-high 24 turnovers Wednesday and shot just 29 percent from the field.

Gene Peterson has been named head football coach at Kentucky Christian after serving as an assistant the past two years.

Former Kentucky offensive line coach Mike Summers, who was headed to Western Kentucky, will instead go to Southern Cal.


Woman who stole 201 bases in '46 dies

Sophie Kurys, who stole 201 bases in 1946 while playing in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, has died in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was 87.

Nicknamed the "Flint Flash," Kurys starred for the Racine Belles in the league featured in the 1992 movie A League of Their Own.

Kurys stole 201 bases in 203 attempts. Cincinnati Reds prospect Billy Hamilton set the minor-league mark last year with 155. Rickey Henderson holds the modern major-league record with 130.

Mike Leake cut his long hair before the start of spring training, and that's not the only major change for the right-hander.

The 25-year-old right-hander is no longer assured a spot in the rotation. That fifth starter's spot is open to competition between Leake and left-hander Aroldis Chapman. Leake went 8-9 with a 4.56 ERA last season and got hit hard in his one playoff appearance.

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has pleaded no contest in Tampa to driving under the influence. Pineda, 24, missed all of 2012 with a shoulder injury and could be out until June.

Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes could be out two weeks because of a bulging disk that will be treated with anti-inflammatories.

Joe Garagiola, the ballplayer-turned-announcer, is ending his broadcast career after nearly six decades. The 87-year-old said Wednesday that he's retiring as a part-time television analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks.


Armstrong won't meet USADA deadline

Lance Armstrong will not do a tell-all interview under oath with the agency that exposed his performance-enhancing drug use and took his seven Tour de France titles. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency had told Armstrong he would have to reveal all he knows about doping in cycling if he wanted to reduce his lifetime ban from sports. Wednesday was the latest deadline for Armstrong to decide on USADA's offer. After negotiating with the agency for two months, he refused.

Rachel Alexandra's appetite is better and the 2009 Horse of the Year is taking several short walks daily while improving from abdominal surgery. The mare remains stable a week after developing foaling complications from delivering a 140-pound filly on Feb. 12.

Kentucky freshman Kevin Lai was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week after a weekend at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's National Indoor Championships in Seattle. Lai, inserted into the singles lineup for the first time against a ranked team, went 3-0 in singles and 2-1 in doubles in team victories against No. 10 Mississippi State and No. 6 Georgia.

Buffalo Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff was fired on Wednesday after the team's latest slow start to the season. Ron Rolston was promoted from the Sabres' minor-league affiliate.

The last word

The catcher in charge of the Los Angeles Dodgers' vaunted pitching staff spent part of his off-season learning how to squat.

Ex-Paul Dunbar star A.J. Ellis worked on the mechanics of his body during recovery from off-season knee surgery:

"Basically, every time I went down before, I was putting stress on my meniscus. I didn't even know about it, so now I'm just letting my knees stay in line with my toes at all times. Once the games start, I'll take it out of my brain, but I try to be conscious of it."

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