Sports briefs: April 21

April 21, 2013 

Basketball

Wiggins, World Select team win 2nd straight Hoop Summit

Kentucky basketball recruit Andrew Wiggins helped lead the World Select team to a victory in the Nike Hoop Summit for the second consecutive year Saturday at Portland, Ore. Wiggins scored 17 points to go with nine rebounds and four assists for the World squad, which won 112-98 over a Team USA squad that included UK signees Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison.

UK commitment Karl Towns — whose mother is from the Dominican Republic — had seven points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench for the World team.

Wiggins, a native of Canada, scored 20 points to lead the World to a win over Team USA in last year's game.

Randle and Andrew Harrison each scored 19 for the U.S., which was led by Duke commitment Jabari Parker's 22 points. Randle had a team-high eight rebounds and Harrison dished out a team-high five assists. Aaron Harrison was scoreless in 12-plus minutes off the bench. He was 0-for-3 from the field.

Livio Jean-Charles of France led all players with 27 points and 13 rebounds for the World team. The 19-year-old power forward is projected by DraftExpress.com to be an early second-round pick in this year's NBA Draft.

Wiggins and Towns have been roommates all week at the Hoop Summit, and they showed some chemistry early in Saturday's game.

The two World players were running the fast break together when Wiggins threw a lob to the 7-footer, who grabbed the ball in midair and made a layup while getting fouled.

Towns, a top-10 prospect in the class of 2014, won't get to UK for more than a year.

Wiggins' destination remains an unknown.

He was interviewed by ESPN2 during the first quarter but was not asked about his recruitment. The 6-foot-8 forward is still considering Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida State and Kansas.

UK Coach John Calipari made a trip to Wiggins' high school in Huntington, W.Va., late last month to meet with the top recruit. The head coaches from the other three schools on Wiggins' list have scheduled visits for this week.

There is no scheduled date for Wiggins' college decision, but Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford told the Herald-Leader earlier this month that an announcement would come no later than May 15, which is the final day of the regular signing period.


Horse racing

Departing rolls to Illinois Derby victory

Race favorite Departing came on strong at the head of the stretch to win the Grade III $750,000 Illinois Derby by 3¼ lengths Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Ill. Ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Departing raced the 11⁄8-mile distance in 1:50.78 on the fast track. Fordubai edged Siete de Oros by a neck for second place, and Abraham finished fourth.

"Once he got down the backside, I thought I was on the best horse," Hernandez said. "He was just kind of cruising and going really easy today. He looks like he's getting better with distance."

Trained by Albert M. Stall Jr., and owned by Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider, Departing looms as a possible entrant for the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown.

"There's no use talking about the Preakness until we see what happens in the Kentucky Derby," Stall said. "There are some good horses there. If they do their thing and scare everybody off, we might do something differently."


Minor-League baseball

Stumpf, Mills combine on shutout

Daniel Stumpf and Alec Mills combined to deliver the Lexington Legends' second straight dominating pitching performance in a 1-0 victory against Greenville on Saturday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

Stumpf pitched 51⁄3 innings, giving up two hits and striking out five. He improved to 2-0 in three starts and has yet to give up an earned run this season.

Mills went the rest of the way, pitching 32⁄3 innings. Mills struck out six and only gave up one hit.

The Legends, who have won three straight games to improve to 7-10, scored their only run on Raul Mondesi's double in the third.

Rodgers off to fast start for Legends

Being from Louisiana, Legends pitcher Colin Rodgers isn't used to cold spring nights. When he took the mound amid 44-degree temperatures at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Friday night he only had one goal in mind. "I was just trying to work really quickly," Rodgers told MILB.com. "I wanted to get through each inning as quick as I could so that the guys and I could get back in the dugout as soon as possible. ... I'm from the South. I don't really like the cold."

The 19-year-old left-hander allowed two hits and a walk while striking out six over seven innings to lead Lexington to an 8-0 victory against Greenville that took just over two hours to complete.

It was Rodgers' first win in his third start for the Legends. He has not allowed an earned run in two of those starts and has a 1.72 ERA with 12 strikeouts and a 0.96 WHIP through 152⁄3 innings.

"I'm really focusing on getting ahead of hitters the best I can and making quality pitches when guys get on base," Rodgers told MILB.com. "I'm trying to work my changeup both in and outside of the plate. It's a pitch I've really tried to focus on."


Golf

Pettersen wins LPGA tourney in Hawaii

Suzann Pettersen won the LPGA Lotte Championship on Saturday, beating Lizette Salas with a par on the first hole of a playoff after Salas chunked her approach shot into the water at Kapolei, Hawaii. Pettersen, the leader after the second and third rounds, bogeyed the final hole of regulation to set up the playoff.

Charley Hoffman's quick start gave him a two-shot lead over U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson after three rounds of the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Hoffman had four birdies on his first five holes to shoot a bogey-free 5-under 66.

Esteban Toledo, looking for his first win on the Champions Tour, took a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and three others in the Greater Gwinnett Championship at Duluth, Ga.


NASCAR

Hamlin could be back for Richmond race

Denny Hamlin could return to the Sprint Cup series next weekend at Richmond for the first time since a crash March 24 at California left him with a compound fracture in his back.

Doctors told Hamlin he would miss at least five races when he suffered the injury in a last-lap accident. But he told reporters on Saturday at Kansas Speedway that there's a chance he could return at his home track, where he's a two-time winner.


College softball

Arkansas pitchers combine to no-hit UK

Arkansas' Hope McLemore and Chelsea Cohen combined on a no-hitter in a 4-0 victory against the No. 17 Kentucky softball team on Saturday at Fayetteville, Ark. McLemore threw 61⁄3 innings with 10 strikeouts. Cohen came on in the seventh with the bases loaded and got a strikeout and a line-out to end the game.


The last word

NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, who burst onto the scene in the mid-90s and immediately challenged the status quo by feuding with drivers who had been around for years, would do things differently now:

"I made a comment about Michael Waltrip my rookie year, and he wrecked me at Darlington, and I wish I could have taken it back. Looking back on the situation, he didn't deserve some of the comments. It's little instances like that where you should just, less is more."

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