Sports briefs: March 3

March 3, 2013 

High school basketball

No. 11 Holmes needs overtime, Bolden's three to beat Cooper

James Bolden hit a 25-foot three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in overtime to give No. 11 Holmes' a 40-39 victory against Cooper in the 9th Region boys' semifinals at Northern Kentucky University. Bolden, a sophomore guard, finished with 18 points for the Bulldogs (30-2).

"When the best player is on the floor you have to put it in his hands, not necessarily to hit the shot, but he's hit those shots over and over and over this year," Holmes Coach Jason Booher told the The Kentucky Enquirer. "The good thing is when you're sitting on the sideline you know he's on your team and you're seeing a young star being born. It's fun watching him grow up as a player."

Covington Catholic, No. 23 in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, defeated Newport 63-48 in the other 9th Region semifinal. Nick Fredrick and Nick Ruthsatz scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Colonels (27-6).

Peyton Woods scored 23 points and Corey Stearns had 21 to lead No. 22 Wayne County (27-7) to a 61-48 victory against Somerset in the 12th Region championship at Lincoln County.

Camron Justice scored a game-high 20 points in Knott County Central's 52-32 win against Perry County Central in the 14th Region finals at Letcher County Central.

Taywan Taylor scored 19 points to go with six rebounds and four steals in No. 7 Pleasure Ridge Park's 53-44 victory over No. 16 Butler in the 6th Region finals at Valley High School.

Girls' highlights:

Brianna Fraley scored 22 points and had six rebounds and five assists in Shelby Valley's 53-42 victory against Magoffin County in the 15th Region semifinals in Pikeville.


Major League baseball White Sox shut out Reds in exhibition

Jose Quintana, who started strong and faded late as a rookie last season, tossed three perfect innings for the Chicago White Sox in their 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday at Glendale, Ariz. The left-hander pitched a combined 185 innings between Double-A Birmingham and the majors last year.

"I never had a long season like that," Quintana said. "My arm felt good, but I don't know if it necessarily was good. ... Last year after the season I took a little break. But after that I went to work and was always thinking about durability for this year and strength toward the end of the season."

The Reds didn't fare much better against the next five Chicago pitchers, either, settling for four hits in all.

"We're not hitting now," Reds Manager Dusty Baker said. "We'll get it straight. This is the time of year when you're not ready to hit the breaking ball. If anyone has a breaking ball, he's not going to get hit. ... We're swinging at balls in the dirt and we're fouling off the fastball."

Joey Votto doubled for Cincinnati, but Bronson Arroyo struggled in his first start of the spring. Arroyo, who had the flu when the team reported to camp, gave up five hits and two runs in two innings.

"I feel good now," Arroyo said. "I feel like I'm on track. I'll have five or six outings that should get me to seven innings before we get out of here, which is what we get every year."


Golf

Guthrie, Thompson tied at Honda Classic

PGA Tour rookie Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson survived the chilly, blustery conditions and shared the lead Saturday in the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

With wind making the course play longer and the water look even more daunting, Guthrie held on for a 1-over 71 in his first time playing in the last group on tour. The 22-year-old from Illinois closed with eight pars. Thompson narrowly missed a 20-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole for a 70. They were at 8-under 202, and have to buckle down for what figures to be a wide-open final round.

Lee Westwood chipped for an unlikely birdie on the 14th hole, made a 20-foot birdie on the 17th and salvaged a par despite hitting 3-wood into the water on the final hole for a 70 that left him only two shots behind. Geoff Ogilvy also had to work hard for a 70, starting with three bogeys on the opening four holes. Ogilvy made a 7-foot birdie putt on the 18th to join Westwood at 204.

Tiger Woods had hoped to post a low score to at least get into contention and was headed that way with a 32 on the front nine. But he didn't make another birdie the rest of the way, and took a double bogey on the par-3 17th when his shot plugged into the bank short of the green and he never found the ball. He wound up with a 70, not a bad score under the conditions, but not good enough to make up ground. He was eight shots behind.


UK sports

Softball wins two, improves to 15-3

Kentucky softball freshman Kelsey Nunley threw seven strong innings in a 4-3 win against Loyola Marymount and junior Lauren Cumbess only allowed three hits and one run in a 3-1 win against Central Michigan at the Under Armour Invitational at Tampa, Fla., on Saturday. The Cats have won seven straight games and are 15-3 to tie the mark for the best 18-game start in school history. The 2011 squad began the year 15-3 as well.

For the season, Nunley is 9-0 with a 2.28 ERA. The Tennessee native has 47 strikeouts in a team-high 611⁄3 innings pitched.

■ Kentucky's Keith Hayes ran the fast 60-meter hurdles time in school history (7.73 seconds) while competing at Virginia Tech's Rector Field House on Saturday. The previous school record of 7.74 was held by two-time Olympian Mikel Thomas, set in 2009.

Hayes' time was tied for ninth nationally and inside the top-16 threshold necessary for an NCAA Indoor Championships berth, but not all of Saturday's results were available.

At Notre Dame, Matt Hillenbrand, who ran a personal best time last weekend en route to the SEC mile championship, lowered that mark again with a time of 4:00.23 to take fifth.

■ Kentucky's Lucas Gerotto broke his own school record, swimming the 100 backstroke in 47.19 seconds at the Bulldog Last Chance Meet at Athens, Ga. Also, Christina Bechtel swam UK's second-best time ever in the 100 butterfly (52.62 seconds).


NBA

Spurs' Parker expected to miss a month

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker will be out for about a month with a left ankle sprain. Parker, the team's leading assist man, injured the ankle in the third period of Friday's win over the Sacramento Kings. The 30-year-old Parker closed out February averaging 26.1 points and 8.3 assists and had shot 54 percent from the field.

■ Accustomed to limited minutes off the bench for the Utah Jazz this season, Enes Kanter was stellar in a much bigger role. Kanter had career highs of 23 points and 22 rebounds in a rare start, helping the Jazz beat the Charlotte Bobcats 98-68 late Friday night.

"I wasn't expecting a 20-20 game," Kanter said. "It was my second time in the starting five. The first time, Al (Jefferson) helped me a lot. He just said if you're starting games to go out and be yourself and I did. Today in practice I talked to him and he said he wasn't going to go, so he told me when I catch the ball just go fast, get rebounds, try to be your best and don't be nervous."


The last word

Other golfers may have had better rounds Saturday at the PGA's Honda Classic, but not many had more eventful rounds than Nicholas Thompson. He entered the third round of the Honda Classic at 5 under, but he fell back to 3 under after a crazy 18 holes. The round included three bogeys, three double bogeys, five birdies and an eagle. And on the 13th hole, it took Thompson four putts before he finally knocked it in for one of his double bogeys. He said:

"I'm sure my scorecard looked like they let a 5-year-old loose with Crayola crayons."

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