Sports briefs: UK baseball team outslugs nation's top scoring team

April 23, 2014 

The University of Kentucky baseball team got what it should have expected from visiting Tennessee Tech, the nation's leader in runs scored, but the Wildcats got enough hitting of their own and battled to a 15-13 college baseball victory at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Cats, ranked 17th in the nation, got their 27th win, banging out 16 hits, including three homers. Shortstop Matt Reida had four hits, knocked in four runs and hit his first homer in two years. Javon Shelby, a freshman from Tates Creek, hit a homer, knocked in three runs and scored twice. Catcher Michael Thomas hit a two-run homer in the eighth to break a 12-12 tie.

Tennessee Tech had 15 hits, including seven homers, two each from Dylan Bosheers, Daniel Miles and Zach Stephens.

• Shortstop Christian Stokes had four hits, including a home run, and scored three runs to lead the UK softball team past host Western Kentucky 11-8. Nikki Sagerman hit her 11th homer of the season for the Cats. Pitcher Kelsey Nunley got her 20th win, allowing four runs in six innings.

Minor-league baseball Legends hold off Hickory 4-3

The Lexington Legends held on for a 4-3 victory over the Hickory Crawdads. Matt Tenuta got the win, pitching seven shutout innings before Hickory rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Catcher Chad Johnson homered and scored twice for Lexington and second baseman Ramon Torres had two hits.

NFL

Playoff game to be shown on ESPN

An NFL playoff game will air on cable for the first time this season. The league said Tuesday that a wild-card matchup will be broadcast on ESPN in January. As with Monday Night Football, the game will be simulcast on local channels in the teams' home markets. In the NFL's new TV deals that start with the 2014 season, NBC exchanged one of its wild-card matchups for one in the divisional round. It hasn't been determined yet whether NBC will show an AFC or NFC game in January.

• Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen will retire after suffering a concussion and a stroke in a game last December. Allen told MMQB.si.com that he has a dead spot — no bigger than a dime — on his cerebellum. The cerebellum controls motor movement and coordination. The Jaguars released Allen last week after his personal physician consulted with Jacksonville's medical staff before a scheduled physical.

• A person with knowledge of the situation said that Giants safety Will Hill is facing a possible third suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Hill could face a suspension of six games to a year depending on what the tests showed.

College basketball

Louisville signs 7-footer from Egypt

Louisville has signed 7-foot-1 forward-center Anas Osama Mahmoud to a national letter of intent to play for the Cardinals. Mahmoud played last season for West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla., averaging 13.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots. The Cairo, Egypt, native has also played for his country's national teams.

Cards Coach Rick Pitino called the 205-pound Mahmoud "an extremely versatile 7-footer," but added that he might be redshirted. U of L previously signed 7-1 Matz Stockman from Norway.

Steve Masiello of Manhattan, who is currently on leave while he finishes his undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky, was selected coach of the year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the second time. He led the Jaspers to a 28-5 record and the conference tournament title. Masiello had been hired to coach at South Florida, but the school withdrew the offer when it was revealed the former UK player did not have a college degree. Manhattan agreed to retain and reinstate him, if he finished his degree. He is reportedly about 10 credits short.

• Auburn won't ask the NCAA to lift the show-cause penalty against new basketball coach Bruce Pearl, who is barred from recruiting by the NCAA until Aug. 24, stemming from his tenure at Tennessee. He was fired in 2011 and placed under a three-year show-cause penalty after lying to investigators about violations involving a cookout at his home for junior prospects and their families. Auburn could have contested the sanctions before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions but decided not to.

K.J. McDaniels is leaving Clemson for the NBA Draft. The high-flying 6-foot-6 junior is projected to be a middle-to-late selection in the first round. He averaged 17.1 points and seven rebounds last season and was the Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of the year.

Golf Florida golf coach retiring after 27 years

University of Florida men's golf coach Buddy Alexander is retiring after 27 seasons. The 61-year-old Alexander will leave June 30, calling it quits after two national championships (1993, 2001) and eight Southeastern Conference titles.

Since arriving at Florida in 1988, Alexander has coached an NCAA individual champion, a U.S. Amateur champion, 57 All-Americans, 10 SEC individual champions and a Ben Hogan Award winner. He coached 31 members of the PGA Tour, including winners Billy Horschel, Matt Every, Chris DiMarco, Dudley Hart and Camilo Villegas.

Soccer

Collapse gets Man United manager fired

David Moyes was fired as Manchester United manager, paying the price for the club's spectacular and sudden decline in his 10 months since replacing Alex Ferguson. United, defending champs of the English Premier League, is in seventh place.

Ryan Giggs, a club great who was on Moyes' coaching staff, will take temporary control of the team until a permanent replacement is found. Giggs is likely to be interim manager until the end of the season, with United having four games left.

Cycling Armstrong's coach banned for 10 years

Lance Armstrong's longtime coach Johan Bruyneel has been banned for 10 years for helping organize widespread doping by the former seven-time Tour de France winner's teams. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says the Belgian "was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the (U.S. Postal Service) and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders." Team doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose "Pepe" Marti were banned for eight years. The three faced charges including trafficking and administering doping products and methods, including EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, human growth hormone and cortisone. The ruling says Bruyneel had encouraged riders to cheat.

The last words

Apolo Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in history, plans to compete in the Ironman triathlon world championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in October. Competitors swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and then run a marathon (26.2 miles). After six weeks of training, he said:

"I'm still not entirely sure I can grasp the difficulty of this."

Sometimes when he runs with one of his coaches, eight-time Ironman world champion Paula Newby-Fraser, he's ready to stop after about an hour, but, he said:

"Paula's just getting warmed up."

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