Sports briefs: Jan. 13

January 13, 2014 

College football

Georgia defensive coordinator Grantham leaves for Louisville

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham accepted a similar position on Bobby Petrino's staff at Louisville.

Georgia Coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday night that Grantham had accepted an offer from the Cardinals. Grantham was Georgia's defensive coordinator for four years.

Grantham, who was given the additional title of associate head coach in 2012, was earning $850,000 per year at Georgia. ESPN reported Grantham will earn $1 million per year in his five-year deal at Louisville.

Grantham produced mixed results at Georgia. In 2011, the Bulldogs ranked fifth in the nation in total defense. His 2012 defense struggled at times despite having seven players selected in the 2013 NFL draft. The Bulldogs then ranked eighth in the Southeastern Conference in total defense and 78th in the nation in scoring defense in 2013. They finished 8-5 while giving up 29 points per game.

NBA 10th straight double-double for Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins found himself in an unusual place Sunday night, sitting on the bench the entire fourth quarter. Sacramento's center liked the feeling of not being needed in a rare lopsided win by the Kings. Cousins scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds — his 10th straight double-double and 23rd overall this season — to lead the Kings to their third straight win, a 124-80 victory over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Kings scored 16 straight points in the third quarter and led by 28 points heading into the fourth. The three-game winning streak is Sacramento's first since December 2012.

Cousins, an All-Star hopeful, also had two blocked shots in just under 30 minutes.

"It felt weird, sitting out the whole fourth. Unless I fouled out, I don't think I've ever been in that situation," Cousins said. "It felt good to see some of the guys play a lot of minutes and get out there and have good games. It was a good win all around."

These are rare times indeed for the Kings. The three-game win streak has been no fluke. Sacramento defeated Portland, then followed with a 20-point victory over Orlando and the victory over Cleveland, their highest point total of the season and easily their most impressive victory.

The Kings allowed Orlando to score 83 points, a season low until Cleveland only scored 80.

"Consistency isn't something we've shown defensively, but the last three games I think the defense has been consistent, the effort has been there, and the communication has been there," Kings Coach Michael Malone said. "We bought in the last three games and protected our home court. That's great."

Australian Open Tennis

Venus Williams knocked out on first day

Venus Williams lost in the first round at the Australian Open for only the second time, with her serve and concentration letting her down in a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 defeat to Ekaterina Makarova.

The seven-time Grand Slam winner breezed through the first set against the No. 22-seeded Makarova, who had an upset win over Serena Williams in the fourth round at the 2012 Australian Open.

She had chances in the second, missing a breakpoint opportunity to go up 4-2, and then serving three consecutive double-faults after leading the ninth game 40-30 to surrender a crucial break.

Williams led 3-0 in the third set but Makarova rallied strongly to advance to the second round.

No. 18-seeded Kirsten Flipkens, a Wimbledon semifinalist last year, was the first woman to advance when she beat Britain's Laura Robson 6-3, 6-0. Robson, who has been battling a wrist injury, was playing in her first major with former University of Kentucky star Jesse Witten as one of her coaches.

High school basketball

Ky. schools go 4-1 in series vs. Indiana

Kentucky schools dominated the Kentucky-Indiana Challenge Cup on Saturday in Freedom Hall with their only loss coming in overtime. Ballard's boys and Elizabethtown's girls, both ranked No. 1 in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, earned victories along with the No. 6-ranked Covington Catholic boys and unranked Elizabethtown boys.

Kelan Martin and Quentin Snider scored 23 and 22 points, respectively, in the Ballard boys' 77-71 win against Guerin Catholic. Martin added eight rebounds and four steals, and Snider had seven assists.

Nick Ruthsatz had 19 points, seven assists and four steals in Covington Catholic's 63-43 win against Corydon Central.

The No. 5 Hopkinsville boys rallied to send their game to overtime before losing to Park Tudor 90-83. Three players had double-doubles — Quan Poindexter (25 points and 14 rebounds), Tra Edwards (24 and 10) and Jaqualis Matlock (12 and 11).

Malerie Martin scored 17 points to go with 11 rebounds and five assists, and Mercy's girls, 20th in the Cantrall ratings, defeated Assumption 65-45 on Sunday.

Baseball

Bosch gives details on dealings with A-Rod

Major League Baseball's key witness in its case against Alex Rodriguez said he designed and administered an elaborate doping program for the 14-time All-Star starting in 2010.

Anthony Bosch, the owner of the now shuttered Florida anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis, said in a "60 Minutes" interview aired on CBS on Sunday night that Rodriguez paid him $12,000 per month to provide him with an assortment of banned drugs that included testosterone and human growth hormone.

Rob Manfred, the chief operating officer of Major League Baseball, said during the program that Bosch chose to cooperate in the investigation because he feared for his life.

MLB's suspension of Rodriguez was reduced on Saturday by an arbitrator from 211 games to 162, plus all playoff games next season.

Commissioner Bud Selig, who did not testify during the slugger's appeal, defended the largest suspension ever handed out under the Joint Drug Agreement.

"In my judgment his actions were beyond comprehension," Selig said on the show. "I think 211 games was a very fair penalty."

Bosch said he began working with Rodriguez five days before the New York Yankees third baseman hit his 600th career home run on Aug. 4, 2010. Bosch said the first words out of Rodriguez's mouth were: "What did Manny Ramirez take in 2008 and 2009?"

Ramirez was suspended 50 games in 2009 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers after testing positive for a banned drug.

Golf

Late surge sends Walker to Sony win

Jimmy Walker pulled away with three straight birdies late in the final round and closed with a 7-under 63 to win the Sony Open in Honolulu. Walker went 187 tournaments and seven years without winning on the PGA Tour. Now he has won twice in his last six starts, and is No. 1 in the Ryder Cup standings.

The last word

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson has been playing some of his best basketball of the season since being traded from the Sacramento Kings to the Toronto Raptors. He is averaging 14.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per 36 minutes in his first 15 games with the team. However, Patterson told the National Post, a Canadian newspaper, that his offensive numbers aren't his biggest concern:

"Every time I go on the floor I want to make sure my defense is great and my energy is perfect and I take the game to another level whether I make shots or whether I don't. I don't want to let that affect my defense."

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