Sports briefs: UK softball earns record-tying win

April 20, 2014 

Kentucky softball's Kelsey Nunley came on in relief to throw six strong innings for the win, while Krystal Smith and Nikki Sagermann homered to send Kentucky to a historic 7-5 series-clinching win over Arkansas at home.

The win was the ninth consecutive for Kentucky (38-8, 12-5 Southeastern Conference), the second longest streak in school history. Kentucky's 38 regular-season wins this season tie the school record for most wins in a regular season. The 2013 team posted a school-best 41 wins overall, including 38 in regular-season play.

Nunley allowed two runs — one earned — on seven hits with four strikeouts.

Senior Lauren Cumbess started in the circle, allowing three earned runs on three hits in one inning of work. The senior answered with her bat in the bottom of the frame, however, hitting a two-out, two-RBI single up the middle to cut into the Razorbacks' lead. Smith went 1-for-3 in the game with her second home run of the season, while Sagermann continued her impressive hitting with a 2-for-3 night with two RBI and a home run.

Griffin Joiner and Ansley Smith each got singles.

• No. 2 seeded Texas A&M used the doubles point and three singles wins to advance past Kentucky's men's tennis team into Sunday's SEC Tournament championship match in Nashville. Kevin Lai earned a singles win for the Cats while Nils Ellefsen and Ryuji Hirooka won in doubles.

• The UK women's golf team posted an 8-over 296 during Saturday's second round of the SEC Championship at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Hoover, Ala. UK will enter the final round in 12th place.

Golf

Wie earns first LPGA Tour win since 2010

Michelle Wie rallied from four strokes back entering the day to shoot a 5-under 67 on Saturday and win the LPGA LOTTE Championship.

The 24-year-old American finished at 14-under 274 after coming into the final round trailing third-round leader Angela Stanford by four shots after Friday's play. It was Wie's third career victory on the LPGA Tour, and first since taking the CN Canadian Women's Open in 2010.

Stanford had her worst round of the tournament, shooting a 1-over 73 that put her at 12-under 276 and two shots behind Wie. Top-ranked Inbee Park finished third with an 11-under 277.

Luke Donald shot a 66 to take a two-stroke lead over John Huh after three rounds of the RBC Heritage on Saturday.

Donald has done just about everything on Harbour Town Golf Links the past five years — except win. He lost in a playoff to Brandt Snedeker here in 2011, part of a run of four top-three finishes since 2009. Donald had an eagle and six birdies to finish at 8-under 205 and carry the lead into Sunday here for the second time in that stretch.

Huh shot a 68 and was at 6 under.

Major champions Charl Schwartzel (68) and Jim Furyk (71) headed a group tied for third at 5 under.

Matt Kuchar, ranked sixth in the world, shot 70 as part of a group another shot back at 4 under.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, extending his impressive Champions Tour debut, shot 2-under 70 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Bernhard Langer into the final round of the Greater Gwinnett Championship.

Jimenez and Langer were tied at 8 under entering the final hole. Jimenez reclaimed sole possession of the lead with a birdie. Langer missed putts for eagle and birdie before settling for par and his second straight 68.

Fred Couples, who shot 68, is in third place, two shots behind Jimenez.

Lee Westwood saw his four-shot lead trimmed to just one on Saturday after a bogey at the final hole of the third round of the Malaysian Open.

Westwood shot a 1-under 71 for a three-round total of 14-under 202 but is only one shot ahead of English compatriot Andy Sullivan, who had a 66 as he chases his first tour title. Frenchman Julien Quesne is another three shots back in third place after a 69.

NHL

Blues top Blackhawks again in OT

Defenseman Barret Jackman scored on a drive through traffic, giving the St. Louis Blues their second straight 4-3 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday for a 2-0 series lead against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

St. Louis rallied after Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty for a vicious elbow to the head on Blues captain David Backes, who had to be helped off the ice, went straight to the locker room and did not return for the extra period.

Vladimir Tarasenko forced overtime with his second goal of the series, beating Chicago's Corey Crawford with a wrist shot that banged off the right post and in with 6.4 seconds to go. Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who also got a goal from Chris Porter.

Duncan Keith, Seabrook and Michael Rozsival scored in a span of five shots to put the Blackhawks up 3-2 early in the third. But Seabrook's penalty proved costly, and he could be suspended for Game 3 in Chicago on Monday night.

The Blues took the opener in triple-overtime and fought off a Chicago rally in a game that began less than 39 hours later.

College football

Auburn spent $3.13 million for BCS trip

Auburn's trip to the BCS championship game cost $3.13 million, mostly for transportation and meals.

The university released a breakdown of expenses Saturday in response to open records requests. The Tigers lost 34-31 to Florida State at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Auburn spent $1.68 million on transportation costs for 848 people, including the band and cheerleaders.

It cost Auburn $382,917 for transportation and meals for its 39-member official party — including faculty members and athletic department staffers. Names weren't released.

The school also spent $58,315 to absorb the cost of 211 unsold tickets.

Southeastern Conference teams get $1.975 million for participating in the BCS championship game. The league and each member school get a share of the remainder of the $18 million payout.

Minor league baseball Legends never lead in loss to GreenJackets

The Augusta GreenJackets built an early lead and never trailed on their way to a 5-2 win over the host Lexington Legends Saturday night.

The Legends scored their first run in the bottom of the second. Fred Ford's line drive to center was mishandled for an error, and Ford reached third. He scored on Mauricio Ramos' one-out double. Ford also doubled and later scored in the fourth inning as Dominique Taylor grounded into a force play.

The last word

The Buffalo Sabres parted ways last week with Jim Corsi, their goaltending coach since 2001 and the man who began the current revolution in advanced hockey statistics. He began tracking what came to be known as Corsi numbers, which gauge all shot attempts for and against while a skater is on ice. The man himself finds it funny to hear people talk about a player's Corsi.

"It makes me feel like an inanimate object."

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