Sports briefs: Oct. 10

October 9, 2013 

Timberwolves Raptors Basketball

Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey didn't like something in his team's 101-89 loss to Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA preseason game Wednesday. Casey is a former University of Kentucky player and assistant coach.

NATHAN DENETTE — AP

High School Football

Dunbar-Bryan Station matchup features top quarterbacks

In a matchup of top quarterbacks, Paul Laurence Dunbar (4-2) plays at Bryan Station (3-2) in the first district high school football game of the season for both Lexington schools Thursday.

Dunbar's Emory Thompson and Bryan Station's Ora "Bo" Johnson are both are dual threats, and the game could come down to who can make the most plays.

Thompson has 900 yards and 14 touchdowns running and passing. Johnson has thrown for 1,600 yards and 19 touchdowns and has run for 235 yards and three scores.

The Defenders are ranked 10th in the state.


Baseball

Girardi will return to manage Yanks

Joe Girardi's return as manager of the New York Yankees was all about family. Girardi signed a four-year contract that could be worth up to $20 million Wednesday to stay with New York through 2017.

With the Yankees missing out on the playoffs this season for the second time in 19 years, the 48-year-old Girardi got an early start on determining his future. He went over several possible scenarios with his wife, Kim, and three children that included taking a year off, pursuing a broadcasting job or managing somewhere else. But they quickly came to the conclusion that six years in New York was not enough.

"It wasn't ever a lot of thought that I might not possibly come back. I just had to make sure that everyone was still on board," Girardi said during a conference call.

Girardi was in the final month of his second three-year contract (worth $9 million) with the Yankees since taking over for Joe Torre after the 2007 season, and he asked for a fourth year in the new deal.


Golf

Leach falls in Mid-Amateur

Steffi Markovich, 38, of Canada won the last hole to beat Martha Leach of Hebron, Ky., 1-up in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship in Asheville, N.C., on Wednesday afternoon. Markovich endured a back-and-forth battle with Leach, with the players halving only five of 18 holes. With the match tied on No. 18, Leach sent her tee shot under a tree to the right of the fairway. she reached the green in three but missed her par attempt, and Markovich made a two-putt par for the victory.


Soccer

Wambach marries teammate

U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach married her longtime partner and teammate Sarah Huffman Saturday on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. In a post Wednesday on Twitter, Wambach said, "Sarah and I wanted to thank everyone for all the love and support. We couldn't be happier. What an amazing week it's been. #honeymoon"

Wambach and Huffman play for the Western New York Flash in the National Women's Soccer League. Wambach broke Mia Hamm's international scoring record this summer and now has 161 goals in 208 games. Last summer she led the Americans to their third straight Olympic title.

■ The United States wants further changes to the World Cup bidding process before trying to bring soccer's showpiece event to the country again.

FIFA executive committee member Sunil Gulati, who is also president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, still has deep concerns about the process that led to Qatar beating his country and others to the 2022 World Cup. Gulati said that while the American bid was centered on purely sporting objectives, rivals wanted the World Cup as a platform for their countries to project themselves on the world stage.


Miscellaneous

Agent charged with breaking N.C. law

An agent based in Georgia has been charged with violating North Carolina's sports agent laws by providing gifts to three former Tar Heels football players. Unsealed indictments state that a grand jury indicted Terry Watson on 13 counts of providing cash or travel accommodations valued at nearly $24,000 to Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn in an effort to sign them. Watson also faces one count of obstruction of justice for not providing records sought by authorities.

■ Xavier women's basketball coach Amy Waugh resigned after two difficult seasons trying to rebuild the program. The Musketeers went 21-36 during Waugh's two seasons. She was a point guard for Xavier from 1999-2003, part of its first Elite Eight women's team. She returned in 2009 as an assistant to Kevin McGuff, who helped the Musketeers become a nationally prominent team. But after the 2010-11 season McGuff left for Washington, leaving behind a team short on experience, depth and stars — only one returning starter.

■ Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis poured in 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans past the host Orlando Magic 99-95 in an NBA preseason game.


The last word

Huge drops of rain pelted the field, falling so hard that players had to blink to protect their eyes. The wind made the yellow uprights on the goalposts bob and weave. But with time running out and the game on the line, Bengals punter Kevin Huber boomed a 57-yarder under those conditions, allowing Cincinnati to hold on and beat visiting New England on Sunday. Huber jogged onto the field holding a towel, hoping to keep his hands dry so he didn't fumble the wet ball. He immediately realized that was wishful thinking.

"The second I took the towel away, I just got soaked anyway. I don't even know why I took it out with me."

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