Sports briefs: July 15

July 15, 2014 


Lexington championshipsdraw world talent

Entries for next week's ATP Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center were announced on Monday for the men's and women's draws, including a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Ashland native Julie Ditty is entered into the event as a wild card. She last competed in major pro tennis in 2011 and was ranked as high as No. 89 in the world in 2008. A three-time state singles champion as a high school player, Ditty was inducted into the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009 and was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

Other notable entries include Allie Kiick, the highest seeded American in the draw and the daughter of former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick; current UK tennis player Beck Pennington; and American Melanie Oudin, who reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon and the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open as a 17-year-old in 2009. Oudin defeated Maria Sharapova in the third round.

Last year's men's champion, Great Britain's James Ward, is also entered into the event, which begins on July 21 with 32 players in each draw and concludes with the championship matches on July 27.

Tickets are $10 a day and are available at the gate. The qualifying rounds, July 19-20, are free.

College basketball

Mudiay, once UK target, to play overseas

Prized SMU recruit Emmanuel Mudiay will pursue professional basketball opportunities overseas instead of playing for the Mustangs.

Coach Larry Brown said Monday that the decision by the 6-foot-5 McDonald's All-American point guard was based on a "hardship issue" and not any academic issues for the incoming freshman.

The coach says Mudiay had already been admitted into SMU.

In a statement, Brown said Mudiay "really wants to alleviate some of the challenges his family faces and recognizes he has an opportunity to help them now."

Mudiay averaged 16 points, six rebounds and four assists a game as a senior last season at Dallas Prime Prep Academy. He was considered by most as the nation's top high-school point guard in the class of 2014.

Tour de France

Contador out, Nibali coming on strong

After just 10 stages, the two pre-race favorites have crashed out of the Tour de France. And Vincenzo Nibali is wasting little time in showing that he's now the man to beat.

On Monday, the Italian narrowly dodged a spill by Alberto Contador that left the two-time Tour champion with a fractured shin. Nibali went on to barrel past a panting breakaway rider to win a fog-and-rain coated, up-and-down Stage 10 and recover the yellow jersey that he had lost only a day earlier.

Contador's mishap has given this 101st edition of cycling's greatest event a dubious distinction of being the first in recent memory to force out its two top stars to crash injuries. Five stages earlier, reigning champ Chris Froome quit with a broken wrist and hand sustained in a string of spills.

Olympics Cousins, Davis, Faried on U.S. roster

Coach Mike Krzyzewski hopes Derrick Rose's NBA comeback begins in a USA uniform.

Even if Rose isn't ready, the Americans have plenty of talent for another run at a world championship. London holdover Anthony Davis (New Orleans) will be joined by fellow ex-Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento) and former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried (Denver).

Other returnees from the 2012 Olympic men's basketball were Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and James Harden.

The rest of the roster: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (Golden State), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Paul George (Indiana), Damian Lillard (Portland), Gordon Hayward (Utah), Bradley Beal (Washington), Andre Drummond (Detroit) and Kyle Korver (Atlanta).


First black female gold medalist dies

The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, died early Monday in south Georgia. She was 90.

Davis' death was confirmed by her daughter, Evelyn Jones.

Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London with an American and Olympic record of 1.68 meters (5.51 feet), according to USA Track and Field, the American governing body of the sport. Davis was inducted to the USA Track and Field Hall of fame in 1975, and was inducted to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.

"Going into the USOC Hall of Fame is as good as it gets," she told The Associated Press in a 2004 interview. "It's like Cooperstown, Springfield and Canton," she said, referring to the sites of other prominent Halls of Fame.

Davis was the only American woman to win a gold medal at the 1948 games. According to Olympic historian David Wallechinsky, Coachman was honored with a 175-mile motorcade in Georgia when she returned from London. However, the black and white audiences were segregated at her official ceremony in Albany.

Recollecting her career in the 2004 interview, Davis speculated that she could have won even more Olympic medals, but the Olympics weren't held in 1940 or 1944 because of World War II. She retired at age 25 after winning the gold medal in London.

"I know I would have won in 1944, at least," said Davis. "I was starting to peak then. It really feels good when Old Glory is raised and the National Anthem is played."

The last word

Germany coach Joachim Loew ushered Mario Goetze onto the field late in Sunday afternoon's World Cup final with a powerful pep talk. Goetze, a sub, went on to score the game-winner. Loew told him:

"Show to the world that you're better than Lionel Messi, show that you can decide the World Cup."

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