Sports briefs: May 8

May 8, 2013 

UK SPORTS

Grundy, Barrett lead Bat Cats past Wright State 4-1

Senior pitcher Jerad Grundy (6-5) gave up one run and had five strikeouts in five run innings in his first career mid-week start, and Kentucky's baseball team defeated Wright State 4-1 on Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The Cats (28-19) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning, adding single runs in the sixth and seventh inning. Freshman outfielder Kyle Barrett had a career-high three hits.

Junior right-hander Trevor Gott retired all three hitters he faced in the ninth inning to pick up his 11th save of the season.

Up next for UK is a series against No. 1 Vanderbilt. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

■ UK women's basketball signee Linnae Harper was invited to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team trials. The 12-member squad will be chosen after the trials on May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs, Colo. Harper, a 5-foot-8 guard from Chicago, is ranked as the nation's No. 5 prospect and No. 2 guard according to ESPN.com. Former Boone County standout Sydney Moss, who plays for Florida, was also invited.

■ Kentucky volleyball's Whitney Billings was one of 48 collegiate players named to the U.S. Women's National A2 Team Program. The players will train in Dallas this summer. Billings, a right-side hitter, was a second-team All-America selection as a junior.

■ Kentucky women's soccer junior Arin Gilliland will participate in the U-23 National Team camp that starts Saturday in Chula Vista, Calif. Gilliland led the Cats in scoring last season with seven goals and seven assists for 21 total points.


NBA

Spurs surprised they won Game 1, too

Even a day later, the San Antonio Spurs still found it difficult to explain how they won the opener of their second-round series against Golden State. The Spurs overcame Stephen Curry's 44 points and became the first team in post-season history to rally from a 16-point deficit with 4 minutes remaining and earned a 129-127 victory in double overtime on Monday.

"I don't know how we managed to tie the game," Manu Ginobili said Tuesday. "We had some really big shots before regulation, in the first overtime and second overtime. It got us the win, but not sure if we deserved it."

After missing seven straight shots, Ginobili hit a game-winning three-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining to hand Golden State its 30th straight loss in San Antonio going back to Feb. 14, 1997.

It was a thrilling game, but one the Spurs are eager to push aside.

"Forget about it; it is over," San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich said. "You can enjoy it for a short period of time, but now all that matters is the next game."

Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points, 16 during a 30-2 New York onslaught in the second half, the Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 105-79 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game. Iman Shumpert added 15 points and Raymond Felton scored 14 as the Knicks turned a close game into a blowout over the final 15 minutes.

Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich are likely to miss Game 2 against the Heat on Wednesday, leaving the Bulls in the familiar position of being short-handed. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Deng, who is recovering in Chicago from serious complications from a spinal tap, is "feeling better" after he talked to the All-Star forward early Tuesday.

"We'll make a decision (Wednesday) as to whether it's better for him to come in or wait another day," Thibodeau said. "We're trying to weigh whether it's better for him to start doing activity back home."

Hinrich on Tuesday tested his severely bruised left calf, which has internal bleeding that has caused discoloring in his lower leg, but he still isn't moving well.


BASEBALL

Newport Catholic takes All 'A' title

Michael Bueter threw a complete-game two-hitter to lead Newport Central Catholic to an 8-1 victory over Danville in the finals of the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic baseball tournament at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Tuesday night.

Bueter gave up a run in the first inning. Danville's Mason Stamm was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on J.B. Williams' single.

Newport Catholic's bats came alive in the fourth when the Thoroughbreds scored three times. They added four in the sixth and another in the seventh. Dom Pangallo and Zack Pangallo had two hits apiece for Newport Catholic.

The Thoroughbreds beat Hazard 4-1 in Tuesday afternoon's semifinals, and Danville got by Bethlehem 9-7.

Lakewood ends Legends' win streak at 6

Chace Numata's seventh-inning double drove home the only run of the game as the Lakewood BlueClaws stopped the Lexington Legends' winning streak at six games with a 1-0 victory Tuesday night in New Jersey. Legends starter Miguel Almonte (1-4) worked 62⁄3 innings and gave up five hits.


NASCAR

Partial win for Penske in penalties appeal

Penske Racing celebrated a small victory Tuesday when NASCAR's chief appellate officer issued a mixed ruling on penalties levied against the team. Although most everything was upheld, suspensions for seven key employees were reduced from six points races to two. Team owner Roger Penske said he was "very happy with the outcome" following John Middlebrook's decision.

NASCAR inspectors confiscated parts from the rear suspensions of the cars of defending champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano before the April 13 race at Texas. NASCAR alleged the parts were not approved, while Penske maintained the parts had been approved but the organization was applying them in a way that fell in a gray area of the rule book.

Penske still felt that way Tuesday: "I don't think we were confused. As we interpreted the rules, these are undefined areas. ... This sport has been built on innovation. All of us have tried to innovate in areas not defined in the rulebook. We were in that area."

■ NASCAR said Tuesday that Ryan Newman will not be fined for his rebuke of the series on live television following a late accident at Talladega, Ala. Newman's race ended Sunday in a 12-car accident when Kurt Busch's car barrel-rolled on top of his car.


NFL

Underwood to sing 'Sunday Night' theme

Carrie Underwood will take over the theme song for "Sunday Night Football," with NBC sticking to the formula of a female country music star for its intro. Underwood steps in for Faith Hill, who announced last month that she would not be back for a seventh season. Underwood will sing a new version of Waiting All Day for Sunday Night, the network said Tuesday.

■ The Lions claimed offensive guard Derek Hardman off waivers. Hardman, who starred at Eastern Kentucky, started in four games for the Buccaneers in 2010 and played in three games for them in each of the last two years.

■ The Bengals invited several unsigned players to participate on a tryout basis during this weekend's minicamp for rookies and eligible first-year players. Two of those are former Kentucky standout Taylor Wyndham (DE/LB) and Louisville center Mario Benavides.


The last word

San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich on the Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry:

"We'd like to figure out how to hold Curry below 40. I've got like 10 phone calls out for people asking for suggestions. He's unbelievable, unbelievable. He's something to watch."

Lexington Herald-Leader is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service