Sports briefs: Ex-Cat Jared Lorenzen breaks leg

Staff, wire reportsFebruary 10, 2014 

Former University of Kentucky star Jared Lorenzen, who became an Internet sensation this past week after his season debut as a 320-pound quarterback for the Continental Indoor Football League's Northern Kentucky River Monsters, suffered a broken tibia in the team's second game, a 42-30 loss to Erie on Sunday at Northern Kentucky University.

Lorenzen tweeted that he'll have to undergo surgery soon. reported that Lorenzen's injury occurred when a defender dove at his ankles with 11:23 left to play in the second quarter. Lorenzen had to be helped off the field by several team trainers.

Horse Racing

Lea's record time too much for Will Take Charge to overcome

Lea won the $500,000 Donn Handicap on Sunday, breaking the Gulfstream Park record for 11⁄8 miles in a 11/2-length victory over Will Take Charge. The 5-year-old Lea, ridden by Joel Rosario and trained by Bill Mott, finished in 1:46.86 to break the record of 1:47.49 set by Quality Road in the 2010 Donn.

Will Take Charge, the 2013 Eclipse Award winner for 3-year-olds, pulled within 3 lengths entering the stretch, but Lea continued his strong run to the wire. Lea came into the Donn off a win in the mile-long Hal's Hope at Gulfstream on Jan. 11.

"You don't ever want to be too overconfident," Mott said. "I felt he was capable, but of course the competition was stiff. We were in against a champion, and we were good enough to beat him today."

Also, 39-1 shot Lochte beat Imagining by 23/4 lengths in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, and Groupie Doll, a two-time Eclipse Award winner, closed out her racing career with a 7-length win over Five Star Momma in the $200,000 Hurricane Bertie. Groupie Doll set a stakes record of 1:14.44 in the 6½ -furlong dirt race.


Walker hangs on for victory at Pebble Beach

The finish wasn't what Jimmy Walker wanted. The result is what he's come to expect. Walker led by as many as six shots Sunday in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, only for it to be decided by his final putt. He ran his birdie attempt 5 feet by the hole, and had to make that for par to close with a 2-over 74 and a one-shot win over Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner.

"It's drama, man," Walker said on the 18th green. "It was too much for me."

But it was a familiar outcome for Walker, a 35-year-old Texan who only four months ago was regarded as one of the best players to have never won on the PGA Tour. This was his third win of the PGA Tour season, a streak that began in October about an hour away at the Open.

Walker joined some exclusive company. He is only the fourth player in the last 20 years to win three times in his first eight starts to a season. The others are Tiger Woods (who has done it eight times), Phil Mickelson and David Duval.

Allen wins in playoff after opening-round 60

After opening with a Champions Tour record-tying 60 on Friday, Michael Allen didn't want to make the wrong kind of history Sunday in the final round of the Allianz Championship at Boca Raton, Fla.

"I didn't want to be known as the guy who shot the lowest round on the Champions Tour and didn't win," Allen said.

Allen has no such worries after a two-putt birdie on the second hole of a playoff helped him beat Duffy Waldorf and win his sixth Champions Tour title.

After Allen holed out on the par-5 18th, Waldorf had a chance to extend the playoff, but missed an 8-foot birdie putt after finding the front bunker in two. Allen could have won in regulation, but missed a 4-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole.

"You shoot 60, you think you're going to win a little easier," said Allen, who earned $240,000. "I thought I should have won in regulation, but it always feels good to win out here."

Woods' niece gets 1st high-profile win as pro

Cheyenne Woods won the Australian Ladies Masters for her first major professional tour victory, holding off 17-year-old Australian amateur Minjee Lee by two strokes in Gold Coast, Australia. The 23-year-old Woods, Tiger Woods' niece, closed with a 4-under 69 at Royal Pines to finish at 16-under 276.

"This is a huge accomplishment for me," Woods said. "The European Tour has been great to be able to play this past year. I've been able to see all of these great players, play with Solheim Cup members ... to be able to come out here and compete with them and come out on top was huge for me."

Woods turned professional in 2012 after an All-America career at Wake Forest and her only previous pro victory came in 2012 in a SunCoast mini-tour event. In December, she missed the cut in the LPGA Tour's qualifying tournament in a failed bid to earn a spot on the circuit.

"I've been pro for two years and, for the majority of it, people just think of me as Tiger Woods' niece, so now I have a game of my own and I have a title now, a win, which is exciting," she said.

UK sports

Men's tennis defeats Michigan State 4-1

Kentucky's men's tennis team, ranked 17th nationally, used singles comebacks from Tom Jomby and Jerry Lopez to fuel a 4-1 win over Michigan State on Sunday at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center. Jomby's victory was the 75th of his career.


Cal watch's Wall's Wizards get win vs. Kings

With Kentucky Coach John Calipari in attendance, John Wall and the Washington Wizards got a 93-84 victory at home against DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings. It was a relatively quiet night for both ex-Cats. Wall had 12 points and four assists, and Cousins had 14 points and 12 rebounds — his 32nd double-double this season. Cousins and teammate Rudy Gay combined to hit five of 27 shots.

■ Rookie Mason Plumlee scored a season-high 22 points and matched his best with 13 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 93-81. Anthony Davis had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Pelicans, who had won seven of 10. "We just didn't play (well) tonight," Davis said. "We know it. Coaches know it. Everybody knows it."

Rajon Rondo had 15 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in the Boston Celtics' 102-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

■ The Detroit Pistons fired Maurice Cheeks after less than a year as their coach. Detroit is 21-29, and although the Pistons still have a decent chance to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, their new roster has performed erratically. The Pistons haven't made the playoffs since being swept in the first round in 2009 — in Michael Curry's only season as their coach.

The last word

Kentucky Coach John Calipari told CSN Washington that he planned on taking former players John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins out for dinner after watching the Wizards-Kings game Sunday night in Washington. When asked who pays for such dinners, Calipari said:

"Last time I took out those two, they ate like they were going to the electric chair and I paid."

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