Sports Briefs: July 4

July 4, 2013 

Cycling Tour de France

About 12 riders went down in a crash in the last kilometers of the fifth stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday near Marseille. No one seemed seriously hurt. British rider Mark Cavendish won the 142-mile stage, while Australian Simon Gerrans retained the overall lead.

JEROME PREVOST — AP

Running

3,269 runners entered in today's Bluegrass 10,000

Official entries for Thursday's annual Bluegrass 10,000 footrace total 3,269. Of those, 1,681 are male and 1,588 female.

The Bluegrass record for entries, 3,782, came in 2009. A record 3,705 finished that year's race. Thursday's race will begin and finish on Main Street in downtown Lexington.

The crank wheelchair division will start Thursday morning at 7:20, followed by push wheelchairs at 7:25. The 10K runners and walkers will go off at 7:30, and a mile "fun run" is set for 8:15.


Golf

North to assist Watson in Ryder Cup

Andy North has been named a vice captain for U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson at next year's matches.

The television analyst and two-time U.S. Open champion jumped at Watson's invite over dinner earlier this year.

"I was absolutely giddy over the opportunity not only hopefully to have a role to get the Cup back but also to be able to help a dear friend," North said Wednesday.

The Ryder Cup will be held in September 2014 in Gleneagles, Scotland. The Europeans have won seven of the last nine Ryder Cups, including the last two.

North won the 1978 and 1985 U.S. Opens and played on the U.S. Ryder Cup team that lost to Europe in 1985.

"When you win a couple of U.S. Opens, he knows what it takes to close the deal, and that's what we need on the Ryder Cup team," Watson said. "We need players who can close the deal."


Sports in the courts

Police search Hernandez 'flop house'

Investigators who searched a "flop house" leased to Aaron Hernandez found a white hooded sweatshirt consistent to one the football player was seen wearing in a surveillance video on the night prosecutors allege he orchestrated the killing of an acquaintance, according to search warrants.

Law enforcement officials searching a third-floor condo unit rented by Hernandez in Franklin, Mass., also found boxes of .22, .45, and 7.62 caliber ammunition, according to the warrants executed June 26. Documents filed in district court provide some of the first glimpses into the ongoing homicide investigation that has ensnared the $40 million NFL player.

Hernandez had signed an agreement to lease the apartment for $1,200 a month beginning in May. The apartment is about 10 miles from Hernandez's North Attleboro home.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and firearms charges. The body of Odin Lloyd, 27, was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home on June 17.

Two other men have been held by police in connection to Lloyd's murder: Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz. Ortiz was questioned on June 25 in Bristol, Conn., and told police that Hernandez maintained a residence that "not many people know about," Massachusetts State Trooper Michael B. Bates said in the affidavit, and confirmed that he was with Hernandez on June 17.


College basketball

Digger Phelps reports he's cancer free

Former Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps says his doctors have told him he's cancer free after months of treatment for bladder cancer.

Phelps was told the good news on Monday following tests he underwent last week. Phelps turns 72 on Thursday and says he feels a lot of relief from the diagnosis.

Phelps was diagnosed with bladder cancer in April and previously had prostate cancer. He says after the twin bouts of cancer he wants to "lay low for a while and just live a healthy life."

Phelps has been a college basketball analyst for ESPN since 1993 and says he'll be back for next season. He went 393-197 in 20 seasons coaching the Fighting Irish.

Leonard Hamilton reached an agreement with Florida State on a contract extension that will keep him as the coach of the Seminoles through the end of the 2016-17 season, the school announced Wednesday.

Hamilton has been at the helm since 2002, leading Florida State to four NCAA Tournaments and six seasons of at least 20 wins. Hamilton was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2012.


High school

Lewis Co.'s Kidwell makes national hall

Two longtime Kentucky sports figures were honored during last week's annual meeting of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in Des Moines, Iowa.

Longtime Lewis County coach and administrator Gary Kidwell was named the 12th Kentucky inductee to the NHSACA Hall of Fame.

North Laurel High School basketball assistant coach Roscoe Denney was honored as Assistant Boys Coach of the Year.

Matthew Taylor has been named the new head boys' basketball coach at Maysville St. Patrick. Taylor was most recently a graduate assistant at UTEP under Coach Tim Floyd. Taylor played in the 10th region under Coach Mike Reitz at Harrison County, helping the team reach the Sweet Sixteen twice in the 1990s. Taylor comes from a basketball family. His father, Gary, coached Bath County to the Sweet Sixteen in 1977. His brother, Jeff, was an all-state player at Montgomery County in the 1980s. Both Gary and Jeff are in the 10th Region Hall of Fame.

Baseball

Royals reel in top European prospect

The Kansas City Royals opened the international signing season with a bang Tuesday by reaching a $1.3 million deal with Marten Gasparini, a 16-year-old Italian shortstop often cited as the best European prospect in history. "(Gasparini) has excellent speed ... with a lot of scouts projecting him as a center fielder," Baseball America reported. "He's a switch-hitter who performed well at the 15U World Championship last August in Mexico."


The last word

Roger Clemens, a special instructor in the Houston Astros' system, told Homer Bailey he was going to show his young pitchers a video of Bailey's no-hit performance Tuesday. Said Bailey:

"I said, 'Go ahead. They're not in our division anymore.'"

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