Sports briefs: Feb. 14

February 14, 2014 

High School basketball

Tisdale leads Henry Clay past Paul Dunbar in overtime

Jeremiah Tisdale hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime and scored with 12 seconds left in the overtime to lift Henry Clay to a 63-62 victory over visiting Paul Dunbar Thursday night. Tisdale led all scorers with 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Darius Williams scored 20 points for Dunbar. Henry Clay hit 51 percent of its shots from the field and from the free-throw line.

 Guards Martin Durmov and Justin Sanders combined for 38 points to lift Sayre past visiting Wolfe County 55-48. Down by one starting the fourth quarter, the Spartans took control down the stretch.

Robert Dence scored 17 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead Lexington Catholic past host Lexington Christian 59-56. The Knights hit 58 percent of their shots from the field and 11 of 12 free throws. Catholic had a nine-point lead early in the fourth quarter and held on, surviving two three-point shot attempts in the closing seconds. Matt Jones had 20 points and Drew Trimble 18 for the Eagles.

Trevor Jones poured in 34 points to lead Estill County past visiting Powell County 63-47. Jones hit seven three-point shots.

 Tates Creek took the lead early in the fourth quarter and held on for 53-50 win over host Bryan Station. Ian Davis led the Commodores with 16 points and Jordan Fucci had 15. Daquice Allen had 16 points for the losers.

In girls games:

 Senior center Brooke Todd had 15 point and 15 rebounds to lead Paul Dunbar past visiting Bryan Station 57-47 for the Bulldogs 21st win of the season. Lakeysha Stennis had 26 points for Bryan Station, now 5-15.

Brianna Littleton stole the ball and passed it to McKenzie Butler who hit a layup with seven seconds left to lift Mason County past visiting Scott 67-66.


Golf

Johnson, Walker lead at sunny Riviera

Dustin Johnson moved down the coast of California and brought his game with him Thursday in the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles. So did Jimmy Walker.

Johnson made six birdies on a warm, sunny day at Riviera for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead when the opening round was suspended by darkness. Walker birdied his last three holes and was in the large group at 67 that included Francesco Molinari of Italy and Torrey Pines winner Scott Stallings.

Four days ago, Johnson closed with a 66 in the gray, cold weather of Pebble Beach to finish one shot behind Walker. In conditions that could not have been any different — and could not have been any better — he made birdie on all of the par 5s at Riviera and only had one bogey, at the long par-3 fourth.

 Norway's Suzann Pettersen shot a 6-under 66 to lead the women's Australian Open by a shot after the first round at the Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne. Pettersen, winner of last year's Evian Championships, had nine birdies and three bogeys, holding off a series of challengers led by Marion Ricordeau of France.

Ricordeau, who had eight birdies, a bogey and double bogey, briefly drew level with Pettersen before finishing among a group of four players with rounds of 67.

Ricardo Santos of Portugal fired a 9-under 62 for a two-shot lead in the first round of the Africa Open in East London, South Africa. Santos had five birdies going out and four birdies coming in for a flawless opening round.


Tennis

Kentucky Bank to sponsor tournament

Kentucky Bank is new title sponsor for Lexington Challenger, Kentucky's only professional tennis event.

The USTA Pro-Circuit Event awards $100,000 in both the men's and women's divisions and has helped launch the careers of many tennis stars, including 2013 Wimbledon women's singles champion Marion Bartoli, James Blake, Lleyton Hewitt, Melanie Oudin, Mardy Fish, and John Isner.

This year's 20th anniversary of the tournament will be held July 21-28 at the University of Kentucky's Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center. With its newly granted non-profit status, the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships' proceeds will be used to benefit several children's tennis programs in Kentucky.

Australian Open champion Li Na was upset by Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-4 in the third round of the Qatar Open. It was the top-seeded Li's first loss of the season having won her two previous tournaments.

Top seeds Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray overcame bumps to reach the ABN Amro quarterfinals in Rotterdam. Del Potro had to save two set-points on serve at 5-6 in the second and went on to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-2, 7-6 (2). Second-seeded Murray outlasted Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in a match that lasted 2 hours, 21 minutes.


Baseball

Fregosi hospitalized after apparent stroke

Former major league manager and All-Star Jim Fregosi is hospitalized in Miami after suffering an apparent stroke while on a cruise for baseball fans. The 71-year-old Fregosi became ill Tuesday as the MSC Divina was headed from Grand Cayman to Mexico. The ship returned to Grand Cayman and Fregosi was later taken to a hospital in Florida. Fregosi currently works as an executive for the Atlanta Braves.


NFL

Rams make Williams coordinator — again

Before hiring Gregg Williams as his defensive coordinator for the second time, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher cleared it with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Williams was part of Fisher's first staff with the Rams in 2012, but only for a few weeks before getting suspended for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.

Fisher said he'd been in contact with Goodell throughout the process two years ago and "I wanted to inform him about the direction I was thinking about going.

"He was very excited, and he endorsed it."

During his suspension, Williams had no contact with the Rams but said he attended all the home games. He was a defensive assistant last year at Tennessee and called it a "good stop."


Soccer

Wambach scores in rout of Russians

Abby Wambach scored her record 165th international goal in the U.S. women 8-0 win over Russia in a friendly match played in Atlanta. The United States has beaten Russia by a 15-0 margin over two friendlies to extend its unbeaten streak to 42 games. The first two scores were own goals. In the 54th minute, Wambach took a pass from Megan Rapinoe from the left side and beat goalie Maria Zhamanakova in the penalty box.


The last word

Danica Patrick spent most of her appearance at the Daytona 500 media day Thursday brushing off criticism from Richard Petty that the only way she could win a Sprint Cup race was "if everybody else stayed home." She refused to fire back at Petty, a seven-time champion, politely stating that he was entitled to his opinion.

"It has nothing to do with where it comes from. The people that matter the most to me are my team, my sponsors and those little 3-year-old kids that run up to you and want a great big hug and say they want to grow up to be like you. That's the stuff I really focus on."

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