Sports briefs: May 20

May 20, 2014 

Auto racing

Busch crashes during Indianapolis 500 practice

Kurt Busch wrecked during Monday's practice at Indianapolis, putting him in a backup car for the open-wheel portion of his historic double this weekend. Busch spun coming out of the second turn on the 2.5-mile oval and slammed hard into the outside wall. It was the biggest crash of the month.

Andretti Autosport said Monday night the car would not be repaired in time for the Indy 500 and Busch will drive teammate Marco Andretti's backup car. Busch will still start 12th.

Debris flew into the air, there was a small fire and one of the tires rolled dangerously down the track as the car rolled to a stop on the infield grass.

But the hardest part for Busch was contemplating all the work that must be done now as he becomes the fourth driver to attempt completing the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. Both races will be held Sunday.

"This created a lot of work for the Andretti guys. I feel bad for that," he said. "As a rookie, there's things you learn and put it up on the edge and get away with and then there's times when it will bite you. It's just tough."

Busch said it wasn't a big deal he had to switch cars because he completed his Indy rookie orientation program earlier this month in a different Andretti Autosport car.

"The ability of the Andretti Autosport team to field the car, it doesn't matter how it starts, or where it comes from, they've been very accurate with everything," Busch said by phone. "I'll get over it quick. I've wrecked cars before."

Initially, officials said Busch would start from the back of the field if he used another car in the race. Series officials later clarified that would not be the case, something that should help Busch. He qualified 12th, the outside of Row 4 on the 33-car starting grid. No driver has won Indy after starting 33rd.

What happened?

"I was starting to feel comfortable," Busch said. "That's when I made the mistake of just letting my guard down or settling into that long run-type mentality whereas with an Indy car you have to be on edge. You have to keep track of where you are at all times and the adjustments in the car."

Other IndyCar drivers thought Busch might have been done in by his NASCAR roots.

"It looked like he just got loose in two and it looked to me like he overcorrected, like you would in NASCAR," Josef Newgarden said. "The thing looked like it almost snapped straight, but then it went in on its side."

Jack Brabham, the three-time Formula One champion who famously pushed his car to the finish line to claim his first season title, died Monday at his home in Brisbane, Australia. He was 88. The Australian driver — known as Sir Jack in racing paddocks around the world after he was knighted in 1979 — won world titles in 1959 and 1960 and became the only F1 driver to win a world championship in a car of his own construction — the rear-engined BT19 — which he drove to the title in 1966.

College football

UK's upcoming non-divisional foes announced

The Southeastern Conference announced Monday the non-division opponents each of its college football teams will face through 2025. Kentucky's slate starts this season with a trip to Louisiana State, then Auburn will be at Commonwealth Stadium in 2015, at Alabama in 2016, Ole Miss in Lexington in 2017, at Texas A&M in 2018, and Arkansas at UK in 2019.

In 2020, UK will play at Auburn, LSU will come to Commonwealth Stadium in 2021. The Cats will head to Ole Miss in 2022 and host Alabama in 2023, with a game at Arkansas in 2024 and against Texas A&M in 2025.

Kentucky's permanent East Division opponents continue through 2025 on a rotating home and away basis, starting this season with home games against Georgia, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State and away games at Florida, Missouri and Tennessee.

High school Lacrosse

Lexington Catholic wins state championship

Lexington Catholic won the Kentucky Lacrosse Association state title by defeating defending champion Henry Clay 6-5 in Saturday night's finals at Bryan Station. Josh Mesmer's three goals and two assists against Henry Clay earned him MVP honors as the Knights won their first state title.

Marty Brown, Andrew Moloney and Trey Queenan each scored a goal for Lexington Catholic. Matt Cervoni had 12 saves, and Stevan Kriss forced six turnovers and eight ground balls.

The Knights finished the season 16-7, including a 10-0 mark in league play.

"The countless hours of hard work paid off and allowed them to achieve their goal of winning a state championship," Knights Coach Matt Campbell said.

NHL playoffs Rangers take 2-0 lead on Canadiens

Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win and a 2-0 lead on the host Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference finals on Monday.

Ryan McDonagh had a goal and an assist for the Rangers and has six points in the series. Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis also scored.

Max Pacioretty scored for the Canadiens.

Dustin Tokarski allowed three goals on 30 shots. Tokarski was making his NHL playoffs debut in place of starter Carey Price, who was injured in Game 1.

Canadiens Coach Michel Therrien looked grim and even angry Monday before the game when he announced that Price, who backstopped Canada to the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics, will miss the rest of the series. He gave no details of the injury, a suspected right knee problem.

"Really disappointed. He's our best player," Therrien said. "We need to rally around Carey. We need to give him a chance to play again this season."

The last word

Former Kentucky star John Wall was asked Monday if there is a better NBA backcourt than the one he occupies with Bradley Beal. He didn't hesitate to accept the honor ahead of Golden State's Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Wall said:

"I don't think we shoot the ball as good as the guys from Golden State but that's all they do better than us to be honest. We play better D, attack the paint. I think we do everything better, except for shooting."

Wall clarified that its his jump shot that needs work:

"I'm the only one not in that shooting category. Brad is right there with them. Other than that, I don't think so."

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