Sports briefs: July 21

July 21, 2013 

Basketball

Ex-Boone County star Moss 'likely' headed to Thomas More

Sydney Moss might be headed back to Kentucky. The 2012 Miss Basketball from Boone County High School said it's "most likely" she will transfer from the University of Florida to Thomas More College.

Moss, the daughter of NFL star Randy Moss, was one of three players to announce last month they were leaving the Florida program. Gators Coach Amanda Butler refused to grant Moss a release to transfer to another BCS program, according to the Florida student newspaper, The Alligator.

According to a report in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Moss posted on her Twitter account that she is probably transferring to Division III Thomas More in Crestview Hills, Ky. When asked for confirmation by the The Alligator, Moss sent a text saying Thomas More was "most likely" her destination.

Because she is transferring to a lower division, Moss would be eligible to play this coming season and have three years of eligibility remaining.

Moss, a 5-foot-11 forward/guard, averaged 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists as a freshman as Florida went 22-15 and reached the semifinals of the WNIT.

Thomas More finished 27-2 last season, going 18-0 in the Presidents Athletic Conference. The Saints were upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The team's top two scorers, Allison Long and Katie Kitchen, have graduated.

Harper starts, scores 11 for Team USA

Kentucky signee Linnae Harper had 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists and seven steals Saturday as the United States defeated Mali 103-26 to wrap up preliminary-round play in the U19 World Basketball Championships in Lithuania.

Harper, making her first start for the U.S., played 21 minutes Saturday. She made five of eight shot attempts from the field and one of two free throws. Connecticut's Breanna Stewart led the U.S. with 17 points.

Team USA won its three preliminary-round games by an average of 63 points. The U.S. takes a 3-0 record into second-round play starting Monday against the Netherlands.

Goodwin leads Suns to Vegas semifinals

Former Kentucky standout Archie Goodwin, a first-round pick in the NBA Draft, scored 20 points to help put the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas Summer League semifinals with a 103-98 victory against the Toronto Raptors. Goodwin, who was 5-for-5 from the field with a pair of three-pointers, is 6-for-6 from beyond the arc in his last three games for the Suns, who haven't lost in Vegas.

"I watch (our) games whenever I can just to see what I could have done different on my shot, why I missed a shot," Goodwin said. "When we went to the gym (Friday) and got some shots up, I figured out what it was and I was able to correct it."


Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships

UK's Gomez drops opener in qualifying

Even in defeat, University of Kentucky men's tennis player Alejandro Gomez seemed at ease Saturday after losing to New Zealand's Sebastian Lavie 6-4, 7-6 in the first round of qualifying for the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington.

"It felt good to be out there playing a match," said the rising senior, who only started hitting again recently after fracturing his wrist three months ago. "I felt all things considered, I did well. My serve was nice."

After losing the first set, Gomez, 21, fought back in the second set as the momentum swung back and forth but finally shifted in favor of Lavie in the tiebreaker.

For Gomez, getting a wild card into the tournament meant a lot. "I started watching this tournament when I was 13 and used to follow the players. It was pretty good to be playing in it."

UK rising sophomore Beck Pennington, another wild-card recipient, got a walkover in the first round Saturday. On Sunday, he will play 27-year-old Fritz Wolmarans of South Africa, who is ranked 328 by the ATP.

Women's qualifying starts at 10 a.m. Sunday, with rising UK sophomore Nadia Ravita playing Ann Arbor, Mich., native Elizabeth Vlachakis. Recent UK graduate Jessica Stiles will play Clemson's Yana Koroleva of Russia. Koroleva recently won a $10,000 Pro Circuit event in Hilton Head, S.C.

This year's Kentucky state high school singles champion, Madeline Rolph, will face Jainy Scheepens, the 20-year-old niece of former pro player Brenda Schultz-McCarthy.

Two local last-minute additions to qualifying are UK rising senior Caitlin McGraw, who will play fellow American Kyle McPhillips, and Nicholasville junior player Allison Quammen, who will play France's Sherazad Benamar.


Golf

NBA's Curry leads celebrity tournament

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry had four birdies in a late six-hole stretch Saturday to take a one-point lead after the second round of the American Century Championship at Stateline, Nev. Curry had 25 points in the round and 47 overall in the modified Stableford format that awards graduated points for pars or better. Former NHL player Jeremy Roenick and former NFL quarterback Chris Chandler were tied for second, and former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien was two points back at 45.

"Considering the circumstances, this is the best I have ever played," said Curry, who doesn't play during the NBA season. "That's pretty crazy. I didn't expect that coming in."

Nicholas Thompson and Daniel Summerhays are tied for the lead going into the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, the PGA tournament in Madison, Miss. Summerhays waited out a rain delay of 1 hour, 17 minutes before making his final 19-foot putt for birdie, finishing with a 3 under 69.

Beatriz Recari birdied the two closing par 5s to catch Paula Creamer atop the leader board through 54 holes Saturday in the Marathon Classic at Sylvania, Ohio, setting up a head-to-head battle between LPGA players who are three shots clear of the field.


Baseball

Shepherd, Sturgeon named All-Stars University of Kentucky pitcher Chandler Shepherd and University of Louisville outfielder Cole Sturgeon were named All-Stars in the Cape Cod League, a summer league for collegiate baseball stars. The All-Star game will be played on Saturday, July 27.

Shepherd, a Lawrence County graduate who plays for the Harwich Mariners, is fourth in the league in ERA (0.93). He is 2-2 record with 27 strikeouts in 29 innings.

Sturgeon, who starred at Owensboro Catholic, is batting .253 with five doubles and six RBI for the Wareham Gatemen. He has also pitched three shutout innings with four strikeouts.

■ The Lexington Legends extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-1 victory over the Greenville Drive on Saturday night. Terrance Gore got his 53rd base of the season and Miguel Almonte (4-7) allowed one unearned run in six innings for the win.


The last word Martin Laird was at home in Scotland, closing in on the lead at the British Open when it all went wrong. His mess at Muirfield began with a 2-iron that strayed into nasty, yellow rough right of the fairway. After a couple of hacks — and a couple of penalty shots — he staggered off with a quintuple-bogey 9. And that wasn't even the worst of his forgettable Saturday. Walking up the 16th fairway, he was informed an additional shot was being added to his score for failing to alert all the right people when he moved his ball in the rough on the 10th hole to identify it. Laird, who ended the day with an 81 and 12 shots off the lead, said:

"To say that deflated me, I think would be an understatement. ... Every time I hit a shot that could go one way, it went the other."

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