Sports briefs: May 10

May 10, 2014 

NBA

Pacers rout Wizards 85-63, take 2-1 lead in series

Paul George had his best game of the series with 23 points and eight rebounds, Roy Hibbert was again a factor by scoring 14 points, and the Indiana Pacers held the host Washington Wizards to a franchise-low playoff total Friday in an 85-63 victory.

The Pacers lead the Eastern Conference semifinal 2-1.

Washington made only 24 field goals, another team postseason worst and shot 32.9 percent on 73 attempts. That included four of 16 on threes, and it didn't get much better on free throws, where the Wizards were 11-for-21.

Former Kentucky star John Wall was one of the few Wizards to shoot the ball well, going 6-for-13. He finished with 15 points, six assists and four rebounds, but he also had seven turnovers as he tried in vain to get his team back in the game.

Bradley Beal scored 16 points but shot 6-for-19. Trevor Ariza had 12 points, but zero in the second half.

So much for the bandwagon-hopping in Washington. There were boos on occasion, and most of the crowd started heading to the exits after George's three with 3½ minutes left made it 75-58. Game 4 is Sunday in Washington.

■ The NBA chose Dick Parsons, a former Citigroup chairman and former Time Warner chairman and CEO, as interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers. Parsons will oversee the franchise while the league tries to force owner Donald Sterling to sell it following his lifetime ban for making racist remarks.

With Sterling banned from anything to do with the team or league, and team President Andy Roeser on an indefinite leave of absence, the league and Clippers worked together to find someone to lead the organization along with Coach Doc Rivers.

■ Portland reserve point guard Mo Williams is unlikely to play in Game 3 against San Antonio on Saturday night because of a groin injury.

UK sports Women's tennis wins NCAA tourney opener

Kentucky's women's tennis team edged Columbia 4-2 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday morning at the Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville, Va.

The Cats won the doubles point and got singles victories from Nadia Ravita, Kirsten Lewis and Caitlin McGraw.

"I'm so proud of how everyone fought today," McGraw said. "It was a great feeling to be able to look around and know that all of the girls were out there fighting for every point."

UK will play either Virginia or Youngstown at 3 p.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to the Sweet 16 in Athens, Ga.

■ Kentucky men's basketball guard Dominique Hawkins will travel to the Far East with Sports Reach this month to compete in eight basketball games against local clubs.

The U.S. Sports Reach team will be on a cultural exchange basketball trip May 10-25 in order to learn more about the Far Eastern culture, while sharing its own culture.

"Traveling to the Far East is something I've never dreamed of," Hawkins said. "I look forward to immersing myself in the culture and bettering my skills on the court."

Hawkins, who will be a sophomore in the fall, played in 33 games for UK's national runner-up squad in 2013-14. He scored 25 points and had 23 rebounds and 12 assists in his first season.

Golf

Kaymer takes 1-shot lead into weekend

Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth are having a blast at The Players Championship — one because he's playing good golf again, the other because that's all he's been doing.

Kaymer followed his record-tying 63 on the Stadium Course on the TPC Sawgrass with a 3-under 69, capping off his round by hitting a pitching wedge to 3 feet on an island green with a back pin on the 17th hole at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

He had a one-shot lead going into the weekend as he tries to end more than two years without a victory.

"Everything is coming together nicely," said Kaymer, a former PGA champion and world No. 1.

Spieth, in his first big tournament since his runner-up finish at the Masters, hasn't shown any signs of a letdown. He pieced together another bogey-free round and converted pure swings into tap-in birdies on consecutive holes on the back nine that carried him to a 6-under 66.

"I don't think it's going to be possible to stay bogey-free for two more rounds with the greens firming up," Spieth said, not sounding at all like someone making his Players Championship debut. "That's a nice goal to have, I think. When bogeys come, it's going to be how I rebound."

Auto racing

Harvick sets track mark in Kansas qualifying

Kevin Harvick topped the track record to win the pole at Kansas Speedway. Harvick posted his record time of 194.658 mph Friday in the second round of NASCAR's knockout qualifying format. Harvick then hit 194.252 in the third round to win his second pole of the season.

Joey Logano will join Harvick on the front row Saturday for the first night race in Kansas history. Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five.

Harvick has two wins this season and won from the pole at Darlington, S.C. Teammate Danica Patrick qualified ninth for her second straight top-10 start.

Baseball Ex-Cat Cervantes new coach at Asbury

Manny Cervantes, a former player at the University of Kentucky under long-time coach Keith Madison, was named Asbury's new baseball coach on Friday.

Cervantes played three years at Oklahoma State before transferring to Kentucky for his senior season. He earned second-team All-SEC honors in 1991.

He spent two seasons in the Seattle Mariners' minor-league system before turning to coaching.

■ Former Lexington Legend Delino DeShields Jr. hit home runs in his first two at-bats back for Corpus Christi, the Astros' Double-A affiliate. He missed three weeks after being hit in the face with a fastball.

■ The Asheville Tourists defeated the Lexington Legends 7-4 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Andrew Edwards (Marshall County/WKU) took the loss after giving up four runs — two earned — in 51⁄3 innings. He had six strikeouts.

College basketball Three players won't play for Oregon again

Three Oregon basketball players who were investigated but not charged in an alleged sexual assault were dismissed from the team. Damyean Dotson, 19, Dominic Artis, 19; and Brandon Austin, 18, were suspended after the school received a police report concerning allegations made by a student who said she was assaulted by the players in early March. School officials announced Friday that the players would not return to the Ducks because of conduct that is not befitting of student athletes.

The last word

Golfer Phil Mickelson's slump continued at The Players Championship. He missed his birdie attempt on No. 18 to miss the cut by one. He has now missed the cut in the two biggest events of the year — the Masters and The Players:

"I don't feel bad about the game. But mentally, I'm just really soft right now. I'm having a hard time focusing on the shot. I'm having a hard time seeing the ball go in the hole."

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