Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart was one of four winners of the Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year award chosen by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics. Barnhart was named along with TCU's Chris Del Conte, Connecticut's Warde Manuel and Baylor's Ian McCaw in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. The honor comes after 18 of the Wildcats' 22 varsity sports helped earn a best-ever 11th-place Directors' Cup finish last year, with seven finishing in the top 10 of their respective sports.
UK's student-athletes also achieved a department-wide GPA of 3.0 or better last academic year to meet one of Barnhart's main objectives. The school also has several building projects in progress, including a $120 million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium expected to be completed by next season.
Bat Cats complete season sweep of NKU
Freshman Brad Schaenzer earned his first career win with three shutout innings in relief and Greg Fettes hit his fifth home run of the season, leading Kentucky to a 5-1 win over Northern Kentucky in the Cats' home finale on Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Kentucky (28-23) swept a three-game series against the Norse in March.
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Northern Kentucky starter Jake Shaw (2-4) worked into the eighth inning, allowing 11 hits and five runs in 71⁄3 innings, walking three and striking out one.
■ UK junior Dorian Hairston, a Tates Creek graduate, was named to the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team. His service projects have included the Bluegrass Miracle League and God's Pantry.
GolfSeven advance in local U.S. Open qualifying
Justin Lower, an Ohio native who competed on the Web.com Tour in 2014, earned the top spot in local qualifying for this summer's U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Washington. He shot a 5-under par 67 at Cherry Blossom Golf Club in Georgetown.
The top seven finishers advanced to sectional qualifying. Lower was followed by David Snyder (Somerset, UK) at 3 under, and Blanton Farmer (Lexington Christian), DJ Vogt (Trinity, Bellarmine) and Ashton Van Horne (Scott County) at 2 under.
Six players tied at 1 under competed in a playoff for the final two spots, which were earned by Scott Porter of Richmond and Joseph Moore of Ohio. Travis Rose (West Jessamine, EKU) and Tyler Gray of Indiana are the alternates.
■ University of Kentucky golfer Will Bishop, a senior out of Paul Laurence Dunbar, was named to the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team. His service projects have included the UK Blanket Project, in which student-athletes made blankets for UK's Children's Hospital patients. He's also been involved with God's Pantry.
Bowden calls Winston 'an embarrassment'
Legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden called Heisman winner Jameis Winston "an embarrassment" during an appearance on the Paul Finebaum Show on Tuesday. Winston, who was drafted No. 1 by Tampa Bay in the NFL Draft, had numerous off-the-field issues while leading the Seminoles to a national title.
"I think it's a consensus among FSU fans and boosters that he was an embarrassment in a lot of ways to the university," Bowden said when asked about Winston's off-the-field behavior. "He won a lot of ball games, probably one of the best football players that ever attended Florida State, but he hurt himself off the field.
"The good news is he's young enough to get over that. But he's got to do that. He just can't make those junior high school decisions that he made when he was in college."
Mayweather-Pacquiao sets PPV mark
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao proved a box office smash, even if their welterweight title fight didn't live up to the hype. The May 2 fight obliterated the pay-per-view record, with 4.4 million buys generating more than $400 million in revenue. With a live gate of nearly $72 million and other revenue, the bout grossed more than $600 million and likely made Mayweather more than $200 million.
Showtime and HBO officials reported the whopping PPV figures Tuesday, saying the fight broke the previous record of 2.48 million buys generated by Mayweather's 2007 fight with Oscar De La Hoya by nearly 2 million buys.
It also nearly tripled the record $150 million in pay-per-view revenue generated by Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez in 2013.
■ Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist and the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-1 victory at home over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. Steven Stamkos scored his third goal of the playoffs for the Lightning, who closed out the second-round series in six games after Montreal fought off elimination in Games 4 and 5. Kucherov finished with six goals in the series.
■ The Class A Lexington Legends committed four errors — two by right fielder Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado — that led to three unearned runs in a 7-3 loss to Kannapolis at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The Legends' bullpen was a bright spot. Jake Newberry and Evan Beal combined to give up no runs on two hits and one walk in four innings of work.
The last word
PGA Tour golfer Kevin Kisner:
"This game is too dad gum hard to get caught up in who's rated where. Just go play your butt off and see what happens."