UK women's soccer
Novak scores first career goal in Cats' shutout of Ohio
Kentucky's women's soccer team, ranked 22nd in the nation, shut out Ohio 3-0 on Sunday at the Bell Soccer Complex in Lexington. The Cats got a first-half goal from junior Zoe Swift in the ninth minute, and then tacked on two more in the second by Cara Ledman and Kelly Novak.
Novak's goal was the first of the sophomore's career. Katelyn Jensen, a freshman keeper, recorded her fifth shutout in six matches this season to help run the Cats' record to 5-1-0.
Up next is Kentucky's Southeastern Conference opener at 7 p.m. ET Friday against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. The game will air nationally on the SEC Network.
College footballMarshall holds on to knock off Purdue
Tiquan Lang returned two interceptions for touchdowns and Michael Birdsong threw two scoring passes in his Marshall debut as the Thundering Herd beat Purdue 41-31 on Sunday in Huntington, W.Va. Marshall, the 2014 Conference USA champion, finally beat a team from a major conference at home after going 0-5 since 2005. But the Thundering Herd needed some late help.
After Devon Johnson put Marshall ahead 34-31 with a 6-yard scoring run with 2:50 remaining, Purdue had plenty of time left. But Lang intercepted Austin Appleby in the middle of the field and returned it 55 yards for a score with 1:20 left.
Lang was a nice bookend for Marshall. He also returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. It marked the first time in school history that a Marshall player returned two interceptions for scores.
■ South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier said reserve offensive lineman Cody Waldrop broke a bone in his right ankle and might be back late in the season. Spurrier said starting quarterback Connor Mitch hurt a hip, but is expected to play against Kentucky on Saturday.
■ No. 11 Notre Dame's big victory over Texas came with a big loss. Running back Tarean Folston, who led the Irish in rushing last season, is out for the season after tearing a right knee ligament in Saturday night's 38-3 win.
TennisU.S. Open matchup with Venus next for Serena
Playing the best she has in the U.S. Open as she chases a calendar-year Grand Slam, Serena Williams set up a quarterfinal against older sister Venus by making only six unforced errors in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over 19th-seeded Madison Keys on Sunday in New York. Looking ahead, No. 1 Serena described No. 23 Venus this way: "It's like playing a mirror."
Serena took only 68 minutes to dismiss Keys, a 20-year-old American with formidable serves and forehands who simply was outplayed. Already a winner of the past four major tournaments, including last year's U.S. Open, Serena is trying to become the first tennis player to win all four in the same season since Steffi Graf in 1988.
Asked why it's been so long since anyone else pulled off a true Grand Slam, Serena paused for effect, smiled and answered: "I don't know why it took me so long."
Standing in the way at the moment is Venus. This will be the 27th all-Williams match over their long and successful careers, and Serena leads 15-11, including 8-5 at majors. Each has beaten the other twice at the U.S. Open, with Venus winning the 2001 final and Serena the 2002 final.
Venus, at 35 the oldest woman in the tournament, was on court even less time than her sibling on Sunday, overwhelming 19-year-old qualifier Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-1 in 50 minutes.
Venus, of course, knows full well the challenge that awaits Tuesday. "What else can you do, except try to win the point and hope she doesn't hit an ace?" said Venus, who lost in the third round or earlier at each of the past four U.S. Opens.
In men's action, 32nd-seeded Fabio Fognini — who stunned Rafael Nadal in the third round — had his back and neck adjusted by a trainer and also tried using an inhaler during a 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-1 loss to 18th-seeded Feliciano Lopez. Lopez now meets No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who defeated No. 23 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday night.
Stenson's 65 puts him in front at TPC Boston
One 3-wood quickly put Henrik Stenson into the mix at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass. Another one helped to give him the lead. Stenson drilled a 3-wood on the 298-yard fourth hole at the TPC Boston that hit into the bank and rolled up to 20 feet for an eagle that allowed him to bolt up the leaderboard. The Swede showed off his supreme strength on the par-5 closing hole with a 3-wood off the tee that left him only a 6-iron into the green for a two-putt birdie that gave him a 6-under 65 and a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler.
Five shots behind going into the third round Sunday, Stenson made up that deficit in just seven holes. He can only hope to make up that kind of ground on a winless season during the final month of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
"It's a good time to start playing well," said Stenson, who was at 13-under 200. "It's a big event and lots to play for. I'm happy with the progress I made and it gave me a little bit of a confidence boost last week that I had a nice tournament. I hope I can have another one here tomorrow."
Fowler had a 67, missing out on a chance to share the lead when his 5-iron into the 18th was too strong and he had to scramble to salvage a par.
Jordan Spieth was headed for a return to No. 1, and he's not even here after missing his second straight cut.
PGA champion Jason Day would have to win the Deutsche Bank to go to No. 1 in the world, and the Australian finally hit the wall. Day made a double bogey on the reachable par-4 fourth hole and never quite recovered. He had a 73, his first round over par since closing with a 74 at the U.S. Open in June.
"There's no excuse for poor playing," said Day, who was nine shots out of the lead. "I just wish I had a little bit more energy."
Rory McIlroy needs to finish 10th alone to remain No. 1, but he had to birdie his last two holes for a 71. He was 15 shots out of the lead. McIlroy, playing for only the second time since the U.S. Open because of an ankle injury, had made only nine birdies in 54 holes.
Ex-UK, Station star Miller back with Browns
Former University of Kentucky and Bryan Station offensive lineman Darrian Miller was one of eight players named to the Cleveland Browns' practice squad on Sunday. Miller, an undrafted rookie free agent, had been waived by the team on Saturday when the deadline came for teams to trim their active rosters to 53 players.
■ Alexis Rivera drove in four runs, Austin Bailey had three hits and three RBI, and Anderson Miller homered as the Class A Lexington Legends defeated the Hagerstown Suns 14-8 on Sunday afternoon at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Miller, a former Lafayette and Western Kentucky star, is batting .263 with two home runs and 21 RBI for the Legends. Their season finale against the Suns is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. Monday.
The last word
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke for the first time on Sunday since the "Deflategate" court ruling, noting that he's ready to move on and focus on Thursday's season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers:
"It's time for me to do my job. Anything that's happened over the last seven months wasn't really my job."