Sports briefs: April 3

April 3, 2013 

UK sports

Bat Cats score run in 10th to edge Cardinals 5-4

Freshman Kyle Barrett sent a sacrifice fly to center to score J.T. Riddle with the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning and Trevor Gott got three quick outs in the bottom of the inning to clinch a 5-4 win for No. 7 Kentucky over No. 9 Louisville on Tuesday night in front of a Louisville-record 4,733 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium. It was the schools' first meeting as top-10 teams in a series that dates to 1925.

"Glad to win a really good ball game," UK Coach Gary Henderson said. "Fans got their money's worth. ... It was a tight game the entire way. It was fun."

Kentucky (22-6) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on A.J. Reed's two-run homer. Louisville (22-6) took a 3-2 lead with a run in the first and two more in the third. The Cats' Max Kuhn evened the score with a solo homer in the sixth. Errors helped lead to runs for both teams in the ninth.

Kentucky freshman starter Kyle Cody worked a career-long 61⁄3 innings, allowing four hits and three runs.

"This is the most people I've ever pitched in front of before," said Cody, who is from Chippewa Falls, Wis. "Coming from a small town, I've never been to a stadium this big before. I had to calm myself down before the game. The main thing when I was on the mound: I had to breathe. That was the biggest thing. When you start getting base runners on, you just gotta breathe and relax and throw the ball where you want it."

■ Kentucky's 20th-ranked softball team will play at No. 11 Louisville at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ulmer Stadium. The Cats (24-9, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) have won four of their last five games. The Cardinals (28-6, 2-1 Big East) lead the all-time series against Kentucky 17-13, including an 8-7 edge in the series in Louisville.


NBA

Wall close to triple-double vs. Bulls

John Wall had 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Emeka Okafor scored the go-ahead dunk in the final minute and the Washington Wizards won their eighth straight home game Tuesday night, beating the Chicago Bulls 90-86.

Wall was 8-for-17 from the field and 11-for-13 at the free throw line as the Wizards maintained pursuit of their goal of becoming the best team not to make the playoffs. They want to pass the Philadelphia 76ers and finish ninth in the Eastern Conference — not bad for a team that started 4-28 — and Tuesday's win left them 2½ games back with eight to play. Wall is averaging 23.7 points and 8.6 assists during the home winning streak.

Nazr Mohammed had 12 points, 12 rebounds and three assists for the Bulls.

Ex-player indicted on murder charges

Former NBA player and Atlanta native Javaris Crittenton was indicted Tuesday on charges of murder and gang activity. The Fulton County District Attorney's office said Crittenton, 25, and his cousin, Douglas Gamble, were charged in a 12-count indictment in the death of an Atlanta woman and the attempted murder of another man. Julian Jones — a mother of two — was shot and killed in southwest Atlanta while walking with a group of people in August 2011. Authorities say that incident and a second shooting were gang-related.

Crittenton, a former Georgia Tech guard, was drafted by the Lakers in 2007 and has also played for the Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies. He was suspended for 38 games during the 2009-10 season for pulling a gun in the Wizards' locker room.

While nursing an injury, he and Gilbert Arenas were involved in a dispute stemming from a card game on a team flight. Arenas brought four guns to the locker room and set them in front of Crittenton's locker with a sign telling him to "PICK 1." Crittenton then took out his own gun.

Crittenton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge on Jan. 25, 2010, and received probation.


Football

Cardinals trade for ex-Bengal Palmer

Carson Palmer landed with the third team of his NFL career. First Cincinnati, then Oakland and now Arizona, it's not exactly a "Who's Who" of NFL powerhouses. But Palmer and his new coach insist that he's coming to a Cardinals team built to win now, despite the fact it lost 11 of its last 12 a season ago. The Cardinals acquired Palmer from the Raiders, then agreed to a two-year contract that could pay him up to $20 million with $10 million guaranteed.

"I've got a lot of tread left on my tires," the 33-year-old quarterback promised.

Ever since Bruce Arians was hired to replace the fired Ken Whisenhunt, quarterback was the No. 1 topic of conversation.

"I'm here to introduce our starting quarterback and put it to bed," Arians said, "and I'm really happy about it."

The Cardinals gave up a conditional seventh-round 2014 draft pick and swapped the second of their two sixth-round picks this year for Oakland's seventh-round selection.

"I've only got a couple of shots left," Palmer said. "I've been in this league for a long time. It's nothing personal, it's not statistical, it's about trying to win a championship."

■ Free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha reached agreement on a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that could pay him as much as $3 million this year. The contract has no guaranteed money. "It's not about the money for him," Asomugha's representative, Ben Dogra, said. "He wants to play for a winner. ... He thinks they have a great chance to win a Super Bowl and he wants to be part of it. He has a chip on his shoulder, in a good way."

Fulmer helps restart ETSU football

Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer is returning to college football to help restart the program at East Tennessee State. Fulmer, 62, will serve as a consultant and special assistant to Athletics Director Richard Sander as East Tennessee State relaunches a football program it had shut down for financial reasons in 2003.


Boxing

1st black champ's family wants pardon

Relatives and hometown supporters of the nation's first black heavyweight boxing champion are turning to YouTube to persuade President Barack Obama to posthumously pardon him of a 1913 conviction for accompanying a white woman across state lines.

Jack Johnson, nicknamed the "Galveston Giant" after his Texas hometown, was at the center of racial tensions after winning the title in 1908. When he defended his title by defeating white boxer Jim Jeffries in 1910, dubbed the "Fight of the Century," the victory sparked deadly race riots across the county.

Three years later, Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury for violating a Jim Crow-era law that made it illegal to transport white women across state lines for "immoral purposes." He was sentenced to a year in prison.

His family and other supporters say he did nothing wrong and that the century-old conviction continues to tarnish Johnson's image. Lawmakers have asked for a pardon three times in the past decade, most recently in March, though none has been successful. The Justice Department has said its general policy is not to process posthumous pardon requests, and the White House declined to comment on the most recent congressional resolution.


The last word

In his first opportunity as an Opening Day starter, Baltimore Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel allowed three hits and three runs in six innings. And yet afterward he was far from happy. Hammel, who walked one, struck out two and retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced Tuesday, said:

"Overall, I was pretty bad today. Just uncharacteristically wild with the fastball. Seventy-five pitches after six innings. On a good day, when I'm commanding, I'm going to finish the game. ... I honestly don't feel like I did anything today. It was a battle."

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