Harvick earns 1st pole since '06
It was easy for Kevin Harvick to remember what transpired the last time he sat on the pole. For one thing, he won the race. For another, he doesn't sit on them very often. Harvick earned his first pole since September 2006 on Friday when he turned the fastest lap at Kansas Speedway. Harvick knocked Ricky Stenhouse Jr. from the top spot and Jimmie Johnson into the second row for the fourth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
"When you win that few poles, you can remember what happened those particular days," Harvick said. "You know, throughout my career for whatever reason, we haven't qualified well, and we always seem to race better than we qualify."
Harvick, who is fourth in points, was fastest in the early practice before turning a lap of 187.526 mph in qualifying.
It's just the sixth time in 460 races that Harvick has led the field to the green flag, and ends a drought of 254 races without a pole. It's also the first pole for Richard Childress Racing since Clint Bowyer sat on the front in September 2007, also at New Hampshire.
"It's never been really something that honestly we put a lot of effort into to try to figure out what we needed to do," Harvick said. "We've always been able to work by not qualifying well and winning races. It's just kind of been that way."
Bills' Manuel sidelined; Johnson OK
Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel has a sprained lateral collateral ligament in his right knee that will not require surgery but will sideline him at least two weeks and potentially longer, Coach Doug Marrone said. Manuel was injured in the third quarter of Buffalo's 37-24 loss at Cleveland on Thursday, when he was hit by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson at the end of a 14-yard run. The Bills' leading receiver, Stevie Johnson, has a strained back muscle that is not expected to keep him out of action, Marrone said. The former Kentucky star left Thursday's game in the second quarter and did not return. He sat out most of spring practices with a back injury.
■ Cleveland QB Brian Hoyer's season is over. A lifelong Browns fan living out his boyhood dream by starting for his hometown team, Hoyer tore a knee ligament while running for a first down Thursday against Buffalo and will miss the remainder of this season.
■ Former Kentucky standout Danny Trevathan was listed as probable for the Denver Broncos' game Sunday at Dallas. The starting linebacker injured his knee in Wednesday's practice but was listed as a full participant on both Thursday and Friday.
Rain interrupts Presidents Cup
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley shot 30 on the front nine in the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Only some sloppy play allowed the match to go 15 holes before a 4-and-3 American win in foursomes over Jason Day and Graham DeLaet.
Right behind them, Brendon de Jonge began to emerge as a star of the International team. He teamed with Ernie Els in a 4-and-3 win over Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas.
Those were the only two of six matches that were completed. For the second straight day, storms interrupted the Presidents Cup and left a bleak outlook for finishing Sunday.
The Americans, still a point ahead, led in two matches, while the Internationals were ahead in the other two.
Highly touted center picks Louisville
The Louisville basketball team picked up a big commitment from the Class of 2014 on Friday. Four-star center Chinanu Onuaku chose the Cardinals over Miami and Georgetown during a ceremony at his high school in Maryland. The 6-foot-10 prospect is considered a top 100 national recruit by Rivals (65th), Scout (69th), ESPN (74th) and 247Sports (64th).
A pair of record runs at the Red Mile
Precocious Beauty, bred and owned by Jim Avritt Sr. of Lebanon, Ky., made it six wins in a row, winning the third and final division of the International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers with a world-record-equaling 1:50.1 mile Friday at The Red Mile. The time equaled the fastest mile ever by a 2-year-old filly pacer, set last season by I Luv The Nitelife.
In the first stakes race, 2-year-old Muscle Network broke Muscle Hill's world record of 1:53.3, trotting his mile in 1:53.2.
Volleyball team cruises past Ole Miss
Kentucky's volleyball team swept Mississippi 25-13, 25-16, 25-8 on Friday in Memorial Coliseum to improve to 11-3 overall and 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference. A season-best 2,400 fans watched as Whitney Billings led the way with a match-high 12 kills and a personal best .600 hitting percentage. Jackie Napper had 18 digs.
■ Brad Doliner scored the golden goal in the 108th minute to give UK's men's soccer team a 2-1 victory against Old Dominion.
■ Caitlin Landis, Kelli Hubly and Cara Ledman scored in the UK women's soccer team's 3-1 win against Mississippi State.
The last word
Sacramento Kings adviser Chris Mullin put on a show in a three-point contest that included former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins. Mullin made 14 of 15 shots. Cousins said:
"We might need to sign him to a little 10-day (contract) or something. Mullin can shoot the cover off of it. He's a Hall of Famer for a reason."