Sports briefs: April 22

April 22, 2013 

UK sports

Cats' Harris finishes second in SEC women's golf tourney

Kentucky's Sarah Harris saved the best finish of her freshman season for the women's Southeastern Conference Championships, finishing second at 9-over par at Birmingham, Ala.

Teammate Liz Breed, a junior, tied for sixth at 11 over and the Cats finished fifth in the team standings. Harris, a Hermitage, Tenn., native, had a team-high 12 pars Sunday to go with one birdie.

Alabama won the team title. The Tide was 14 shots better than second-place Georgia. Alabama's Stephanie Meadow finished at even par for the individual championship.

LSU's Lindsay Gahm, a Sacred Heart graduate, tied for 11th. Alabama's Emma Talley (Caldwell County) tied for 19th.

■ Junior Ben Stow gave Kentucky's men's golf team its best individual finish (12th at 17 over) in the men's Southeastern Conference Championships at St. Simons Island, Ga. The Cats finished 13th in the 14-team tournament.

Alabama won the team title with St. Xavier graduate Justin Thomas, the defending tournament champion, finishing tied for 12th at 5 over. Arkansas' Sebastian Cappelen shot 8-under par for the title. Vanderbilt's Hunter Stewart (Lexington Christian) tied for 23rd.

Lauren Cumbess hit a two-run home run and pitched four innings in the 17th-ranked Kentucky softball team's 5-3 victory at Arkansas. Nikki Sagermann added a three-run homer.


NFL

Jets trade Revis to Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a bold move to fix the NFL's worst pass defense Sunday, acquiring star cornerback Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets in exchange for the 13th overall pick in this year's draft and another selection next year.

"We're thrilled. It's rare that you get a chance to add a player of this caliber to your football team. That's what motivated us," General Manager Mark Dominik said.

The Bucs announced the deal Sunday, saying Revis agreed to a new six-year contract. Revis' agents confirmed the deal is worth $96 million, with no guaranteed money, but makes him one of the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL.

The Jets also receive a conditional fourth-round pick in next year's draft that will become a third-rounder if Revis is on the Buccaneers' roster on the third day of the 2014 league year.


Golf

McDowell wins in playoff at RBC Heritage

Graeme McDowell defeated fellow U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson in a playoff to win the RBC Heritage on Sunday at Hilton Head Island, S.C., for his second career victory on the PGA Tour. McDowell was four shots behind when the round started, but rallied with a closing 69 over wind-blown Harbour Town Golf Links. The 2010 U.S. Open champ had his only bogey of the day on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Simpson, the reigning U.S. Open titleholder.

McDowell struck his approach on the extra hole about 15 feet away and two-putted for par. Simpson could not answer, missing a 10-footer for par.

Bernhard Langer added to his impressive Champions Tour season by shooting a 67 to win the inaugural Greater Gwinnett Championship by three strokes at Duluth, Ga. The 55-year-old Langer, who finished 10 under, took control with a long chip-in for birdie on No. 10. He had six birdies for his fifth top-three finish in six events. He also won the Ace Group Classic in Naples, Fla.

"I've had very good starts before but this is exceptional so far," Langer said. "I don't think I've ever had anything like this."


Minor-League baseball Legends complete sweep of Greenville

The Lexington Legends rallied for a 6-3 victory over Greenville on Sunday, completing a four-game sweep of the Drive.

A pair of errors helped Greenville jump out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Lexington's Bubba Starling got the first run back with a solo homer in the bottom of the first.

The Legends tied the game in the fifth on Fred Ford's sacrifice fly and Terrance Gore's RBI single.

Nic Cuckovich scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the sixth and Raul Mondesi's two-run single in the eighth closed out the scoring. Mondesi has 13 RBI in his last 11 games.


Tennis

Djokovic ends Nadal's run at Monte Carlo

Perhaps the tightest grip on an event in professional sports ended Sunday when Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-6 (1), in the finals of the Monte Carlo Masters, ending Nadal's streak of eight straight titles and 46 consecutive victories at the event. It was only the third time in 17 matches that Djokovic had beaten Nadal on clay, Nadal's favored surface.

Djokovic's participation in Monte Carlo was in doubt after he injured his ankle in a Davis Cup match. "I made a decision to play, and it was, right now, the best decision I've made in my life," he said.


Auto racing

Sato 1st Japanese driver with IndyCar win

Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win an IndyCar race on Sunday in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in California. The win came in Sato's 52nd career start, and was the first for A.J. Foyt Racing since Airton Dare won Kansas in 2002. Only Foyt wasn't on hand to make his first-ever trip to Long Beach's Victory Lane — a sciatic nerve that will require surgery forced him to watch the race on television at home.

The last word

Lakers Coach Mike D'Antonio said he was OK with Kobe Bryant's tweeting during Sunday's playoffs game because "he's a fan right now." Bryant's response on Twiter:

"On to game 2. I will be watching from the crib again in a pau jersey and laker face paint ha! All jk aside We will be fine on wed"

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