Sports briefs: Oct. 9

October 9, 2013 

APTOPIX Philippines NBA Global Games

The Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin was interviewed by a horde of reporters during a break in his team's practice at the Mall of Asia Arena south of Manila on Tuesday. Lin has stolen the spotlight heading into the first NBA pre-season game ever held in the basketball-obsessed Philippines. The Rockets play the Indiana Pacers on Thursday.



Evansville scores twice in 1st half, holds on to beat Cats

Evansville scored twice in the first half to post a 2-1 win over Kentucky at the UK Soccer Complex on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats' only goal was the first of the season for senior forward Tyler Riggs. The 24 goal of his career came in the 47th minute of the game.

Evansville's Landon Souder kicked in a rebound nine minutes into the game, and the visitors scored again in the 22nd minute when Nate Opperman fired a hard shot from 30 feet that sailed past a diving Callum Irving in goal.

UK (3-6) outshot Evansville 18-3 in the second half, and finished with a 26-11 advantage in shots. The Wildcats got a tremendous game in the air from senior pre-season All-America center back Steven Perinovic, who won 16 of 18 contested-header attempts.

Horse racing

Liaison sent to stud at Spendthrift

Liaison was retired from racing and will stand at stud at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington. "Liaison retires as a very sound horse after racing at the highest of levels for three straight years," Ned Toffey, Spendthrift's general manager, said.

Trained by Bob Baffert for owners Arnold and Ellen Zetcher, the 4-year-old colt by Indian Charlie is a multiple graded stakes winner. His biggest win came in the Grade I, $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park as a 2-year-old.

Sports in the courts

At least 19 have settled Sandusky suits

At least 19 young men have settled with Penn State over assertions of abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, according to lawyers for the claimants.

Many, if not all of them, have received checks from the university, the attorneys said over the past two days. The school has set aside some $60 million to pay claims, though several lawyers say the settlements prevent them from disclosing details, including the amounts their clients were paid.

"They're getting the resources they need to navigate hurdles which have been thrown in front of them," said Harrisburg lawyer Ben Andreozzi, part of a group of four lawyers who have resolved nine claims. "Does it wipe out all their problems? No," Andreozzi said. "Does it give them the resources they need to get their lives back on track? Yes."

Sandusky is serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing numerous boys over 15 years.

■ The prosecutor involved in an investigation into whether sports agents broke state law by providing gifts to former North Carolina football players says he expects another grand jury indictment to be unsealed Wednesday. Jim Woodall, district attorney for Orange County, said Tuesday he expects whoever is charged to make their first court appearance in the afternoon.

The Secretary of State's office launched its investigation in summer 2010, shortly after the start of an NCAA probe.

Pro basketball

Minnesota takes 2-0 lead in WNBA Finals

Seimone Augustus scored 20 points and Lindsay Whalen had 14 points and five assists to push the Minnesota Lynx to the brink of their second title in three seasons with an 88-63 victory over the Atlanta Dream in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals.

Angel McCoughtry scored 15 points for the Dream, but the former Louisville star made just five of 18 shots and was in foul trouble for most of the night. The Dream will host Game 3 Thursday night.

Reggie Jackson scored 29 points, Kevin Durant had 21 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Philadelphia 76ers 103-99 in Manchester, England. Durant had 14 points in the third quarter, but stayed on the bench for the fourth quarter of the finale of the NBA teams' preseason tour of Europe.

■ Washington's John Wall had 16 points, five rebounds and eight assists, but Brooklyn beat the Wizards 111-106 in overtime.


Nadal's still doesn't like hard courts

Rafael Nadal said his belief that too many tournaments are played on hard courts hasn't changed with his success on the surface this year — he's simply given up trying to change the system.

The Spaniard, who retook the No. 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic this week, has a 27-1 record on hard courts this year, including capturing his second U.S. Open crown and three Masters titles. His success on the surface has been the most surprising part of his comeback from a seven-month layoff because of an injured left knee, which many believed would limit his action on hard courts.

The 13-time Grand Slam winner has long advocated a shorter tournament schedule and more tournaments on clay courts to lessen the wear on players' bodies and prevent career-threatening injuries like the kind with his knees.


Leach advances to Mid-Am quarterfinals

Martha Leach of Hebron, Ky., defeated Canada's Christina Proteau 2 and 1 on Tuesday to advance to the match play quarterfinals in the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship at Asheville, N.C. Leach beat Lin McMillan of Palm Coast, Fla., 1 up in the round of 32 earlier in the day.

Davis Boland of Louisville, who had defeated top-seeded Matthew Mattare of New Jersey on Monday, lost to Bradley Bastion of Clinton Township, Mich., 4 & 2, in the round of 32 on Tuesday at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in Birmingham, Ala.

The last word

The search for a new athletics director at the University of Texas comes in the midst of a power struggle between President Bill Powers and the Board of Regents. But Chuck Neinas, the former acting commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, said the money behind the Texas program will still draw top candidates. He said:

"Where's a better job? What's the biggest responsibility an athletic director has today? Money. That's not a worry at Texas... It's like going to the University of Heaven."

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