Sports briefs: March 4

March 4, 2014 

UK sports

Bat Cats move into top 25; game at Cincinnati rescheduled

Kentucky's baseball team, which is on a seven-game winning streak, moved into the USA Today Coaches' Poll at No. 22. The Cats are also ranked 23rd by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. It's the first time Kentucky has been ranked in those polls this season.

Kentucky leads the SEC in average (.326), slugging percentage (.478), on-base percentage (.439), runs (106), RBI (92), doubles (28) and two-out RBI. Individually, junior left-handed pitcher/first baseman A.J. Reed leads the league in homers (seven), RBI (20), slugging (1.024) and total bases (43), and he's tied for the SEC lead with three wins on the mound.

■ Kentucky's game Tuesday at Cincinnati was postponed and the teams will now play a doubleheader on Wednesday, starting at 1 p.m. at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Cats (9-2) were scheduled to play the Bearcats in a two-game, home-and-home series during the week but inclement weather over the weekend forced the postponement of the regularly scheduled Tuesday game in Cincinnati.

Figure skating Ice dancers Davis and White skipping worlds

Olympic gold medalist ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White will not compete at the world championships later this month. The Americans announced Monday that they would not defend their world title in Saitama, Japan, on March 24-30. As far as their competitive future beyond worlds, White said in a news release that "we will leave our options open."

Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton will take their spot after finishing fifth at U.S. Championships in January. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who were fourth, are sidelined because Hubbell needs surgery on a torn labrum in her left hip.

Madison Chock and Evan Bates and siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani, who both finished in the top 10 at the Sochi Games last month, will also represent the United States in ice dance.

Davis and White became the first Americans to win Olympic gold in ice dance.

"We feel that our incredibly positive Olympic experience is the culmination of and perfect ending to a wonderful four-year cycle," White said in the release.

The silver medalists, Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, also said Monday they wouldn't attend worlds. They are expected to retire after winning gold at their home Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, when their training partners, Davis and White, took silver.

College basketball

Louisville adds 7-footer to its 2014 class

Anas Osama Mahmoud, one of the top remaining basketball prospects in the 2014 class, committed to Louisville on Monday, according to

UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua visited Mahmoud earlier this season at his high school in Florida, but the 7-foot-2 recruit did not have a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

Mahmoud did have offers from Florida, Marquette, Minnesota, Cincinnati, N.C. State, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M, among others. ESPN ranks him as a four-star recruit and the No. 69 overall prospect in the Class of 2014. 247Sports considers him the No. 81 overall player.

Louisville now has six players in what is shaping up to be one of the best recruiting classes in the country. The other five recruits — point guard Quentin Snider, small forward Shaqquan Aaron, power forward Jaylen Johnson and centers Matz Stockman and Chinanu Onuaku — all signed in November.

James Michael McAdoo hit the go-ahead shot in the lane with 3:09 left and Marcus Paige blocked Eric Atkins' driving shot on the final play to seal No. 14 North Carolina's 63-61 victory over Notre Dame at Chapel Hill, N.C.

Joel Embiid will sit out the final two regular-season games for No. 8 Kansas so that he can rest a lower back strain that has already caused him to miss a game.


Prince, Grizzlies end Wizards' win streak

Tayshaun Prince scored a season-high 21 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies withstood a late rally Monday night to snap the host Washington Wizards' winning streak at six with a 110-104 victory. Zach Randolph added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who improved to a season-high nine games above .500 and pulled within one game of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

John Wall scored 23 points to go with nine assists and six rebounds for the Wizards. He was named the Eastern Conference's player of the week on Monday. He averaged 25.0 points, 10.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in leading the Wizards to a 3-0 record last week.

LeBron James scored a career-high 61 points, breaking Glen Rice's franchise record, and the Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107 on Monday night. James made 22 of 33 shots from the field, including his first eight three-point attempts. His career best had been 56 points, on March 20, 2005, for Cleveland against Toronto. Rice scored 56 to set the Heat record on April 15, 1995, against Orlando.

The last word

Peyton Manning was more productive than he's ever been this past season, and the final piece of evidence that he is as good as ever came Monday. Manning passed the exam on his surgically repaired neck that was required by his contract with the Broncos that will pay him $20 million next season. He said:

"I remember at the time, when (older brother) Cooper got injured, they did a test on me and Eli. ... They said our necks weren't picture perfect and didn't look ideal, but they're stable enough to keep playing football. Cooper had to give up playing football. In some ways, when I had my neck problems, I thought maybe I had been on borrowed time this entire time. I was fortunate to have 20 years of health to play football. If that was going to be the end of it because of a neck injury, I really, believe it or not, had a peace about it."

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