Sports briefs: April 26

April 26, 2013 

APTOPIX Cuba Oldest Ballplayer

Conrado Marrero had an unlit Cuban cigar in his mouth at his 102nd birthday bash at his home in Havana, Thursday.

FRANKLIN REYES — AP

UK SPORTS

Wildcats edge Mississippi with 2 runs in 8th inning

The Kentucky baseball team scored two runs in the eighth inning to edge host Mississippi 3-2 in college baseball Thursday night.

The Cats had lost their last seven games and hadn't won in Oxford since 2007.

A double by Matt Reida, a walk to catcher Greg Fettles and a single by freshman Kyle Barrett, who had been trying to bunt, loaded the bases for UK with no outs in the eighth. Two runs scored on ground balls.

Sophomore relief pitcher Chandler Shepherd threw 2 1/3 innings for the win. Starting pitcher A.J. Reed allowed only four hits and two unearned runs.

The Wildcats (25-6, 8-11 Southeastern Conference) got their first run when Austin Cousino hit a homer in the first inning. It was the sophomore's sixth homer of the year and the 15th of his career.

The Dublin, Ohio, native finished with two of UK's three RBI, going 1-for-4, including driving in the tying run in the eighth.

Ole Miss got two hits, including a double from third baseman Andrew Mistone.

The series continues with a game Friday night at 7:30 and Saturday at 3:15.

 UK's 4x100-meter women's relay team posted its second fastest time of the season to reach the championship final at the 119th Penn Relay Carnival on Thursday in Franklin Field. Tamyah Pipkin, Morganne Phillips, Kayla Parker and Keilah Tyson won their heat with a time of 44.87, which qualified them for the final with the fifth best time. The relay team's performance was fourth-best in school history. The women's 4x100-meter relay Championship of America is scheduled for Friday at 12:50 p.m. ET.

UK's indoor All-America distance medley relay team of Chelsea Oswald, Phillips, Allison Peare and Cally Macumber finished second in the Championship of America final.

This weekend is the last time the Wildcats will compete before theSEC championships at Missouri May 9-12.

 After combining for more than 40 singles wins this season, including upsets of several top-10 players, senior Anthony Rossi and junior Tom Jomby were named First Team All-SEC.

Rossi moved into the top five of the national Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings this week for the first time in his career after compiling a 2-0 record in the SEC Tournament and going 22-5 on the year in singles.

Jomby was 19-6, including a win over No. 4 Peter Kobelt of Ohio State. Jomby played 17 ranked opponents this season, and beat 10 of them, eight of the 10 coming in straight- sets.


GOLF

Barnes leads Zurich at 8-under 64

Ricky Barnes birdied six of the last eight holes Thursday at rain-softened TPC Louisiana to take a one-stroke lead in the Zurich Classic in Avondale, La. Barnes finished the opening round with an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey for an 8-under 64. Boo Weekley and Lucas Glover were a stroke back, and D.A. Points and Morgan Hoffmann shot 66.

Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese amateur playing on a sponsor exemption, opened with an even-par 72, highlighted by a 5-wood that he hit to a foot on the par-3 17th.

He tied for 58th in the Masters after becoming the youngest player to make the cut.

 LPGA Tour rookie Caroline Masson shot a bogey-free 7-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over Carlota Ciganda after the first round of the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout in Irving.

Inbee Park, the No. 1 women's player in the world, was in a group at 67. Taylor Coleman, a 16-year-old high school sophomore from San Antonio, shot 68.

 France's Jean-Baptiste Gonnet, Sweden's Johan Edfors, Australia's Kieran Pratt, South Korea's Kim Gi-whan and England's Matthew Baldwin shot 5-under 67 to share the lead in the suspended first round of the fog-delayed Ballantine's Championship in Seoul, South Korea. The tournament is sanctioned by both the European and Asian tours.


BASEBALL

Majors won't stop for Olympics

Major League Baseball won't change its schedule to boost the sport's chances of getting back into the Olympics. Baseball was in the Games from 1992-2008, then was dropped for last year's London Games. IOC President Jacques Rogge says baseball should make its top athletes available, as they are in basketball and hockey.

"Look, we can't stop our season in August. We just can't," baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said. "You can't say to your fans: 'We'll see you in the next period of time. Your club loses some players but yours doesn't.'"

 Asheville starting pitcher Eddie Butler took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and beat the visiting Lexington Legends 3-0. Butler allowed only one hit in eight innings and first baseman Matt Argyropoulos had two hits and drove in two runs as Asheville completed a sweep of the series.

Lexington pitcher Christian Binford suffered his second loss, allowing only two runs on six hits and striking out eight in seven innings.


COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Creighton star staying in school

 All-America forward Doug McDermott says he'll return to Creighton for his senior year instead of declaring for the NBA draft.Doug McDermott was the second-leading scorer in Division I last season, averaging 23.2 points a game. He led the Bluejays to a sweep of the Missouri Valley regular-season and tournament titles in their last year in the conference.

NBA draft analysts had pegged McDermott, a two-time first team All-American, as a late first-round or early second-round pick.

Sunday is the deadline for underclassmen to enter the draft.

 Injured Penn State point guard Tim Frazier has been granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA for a fifth year of eligibility. Frazier sat out all but four games last season because of a left Achilles injury. He was the second-leading scorer in the Big Ten the previous season at 18.8 points per game.

 ESPN says former Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. The network said Thursday that Phelps has had surgery and will start follow-up treatment next week near his home in South Bend, Ind.

The 71-year-old Phelps has been a college basketball analyst for ESPN since 1993 and says he's preparing for next season. He went 393-197 in 20 seasons coaching the Fighting Irish.

 Guard Allerik Freeman of Charlotte, N.C., one of UCLA's early signees under former coach Ben Howland, asked for and was granted his release from the intent he signed and will choose another school.


The last word

Conrado Marrero, the oldest living major-leaguer, turned 102 Thursday at his apartment in Havana, Cuba. At 5-foot-5 and 158 pounds, Marrero relied on guile to get batters out, compiling a 39-40 record and a 3.67 ERA in five seasons with the Senators from 1950 to 1954. Former major league star and manager Felipe Alou remembers him

"Connie Marrero had a windup that looked like a cross between a windmill gone berserk and a mallard duck trying to fly backwards."

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