Lexington Christian finished off a fun weekend at Whitaker Bank Ballpark by beating Ballard Memorial 4-3 Sunday afternoon to win the All "A" Classic baseball title.
"This kind of sets a precedent for what we're hoping to do at the end of the season," said Robbie Stephens, the Eagles' senior shortstop and tournament MVP. "It'd be nice to be playing here again this June."
The Rawlings/KHSAA State Tournament is at Whitaker Bank Ballpark next month.
LCA beat Hancock County 5-4, Beechwood 7-1 and Ballard Memorial in less than 24 hours to win the All "A" for the fourth time since 2009.
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Pitching carried the Eagles to to the championship.
Aaron Miley went six strong innings against Hancock County in Saturday's quarterfinals. Drew Schacht threw a complete game against Beechwood in Sunday's semifinals. Dima Ballard overcame a shaky start and went the distance against Ballard Memorial.
Ballard, a senior left-hander who committed to Kentucky a couple weeks ago, had control problems early and Ballard Memorial scratched out a 3-0 lead.
Ballard helped himself out by picking off a Ballard Memorial base-runner in each of the first four innings. He also escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, and he got a strikeout and flyout to strand a runner at second to end the game.
Mayweather purse richest ever; Pacquiao injury disclosed
The pressure of a $180 million payday never got to Floyd Mayweather Jr., even if the richest fight ever wasn't the best.
Using his reach and his jab Saturday night, Mayweather frustrated Manny Pacquiao, piling up enough points to win a unanimous decision in their welterweight title bout. Mayweather remained unbeaten in 48 fights, cementing his legacy as the best of his generation.
After the fight, it was disclosed that Pacquiao injured his right shoulder in training and that Nevada boxing commissioners denied his request to take an anti-inflammatory shot in his dressing room before the fight.
Pacquiao chased Mayweather around the ring most of the fight. But he was never able to land a sustained volume of punches, as Mayweather worked his defensive wizardry again.
Two ringside judges scored the fight 116-112, while the third had it 118-110. The Associated Press had Mayweather ahead 115-113.
The bout wasn't an artistic triumph for either fighter, with long periods where both men fought cautiously. Ringside punch stats showed Mayweather landing 148 punches of 435, while Pacquiao landed 81 of 429. The volume for Pacquiao was a lot lower than the 700 or more he usually throws.
That was largely because Pacquiao didn't throw his right hand often. Promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao injured his shoulder sometime after March 11.
Arum said Pacquiao's camp thought he would be allowed the anti-inflammatory shot because he had gotten them during training and they had been approved by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. But he said paperwork filed with the commission didn't check the injury box, and the Nevada commission ruled against the request for a shot.
NASCARJunior earns emotional win at Talladega
At a track that has always been good to his family, in front of an adoring crowd that so clearly favors him over everyone else in the field, Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruised to an emotional first win of the season.
NASCAR's most popular driver won Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, where he received a thunderous ovation as he pumped his fist outside the car window during a slow victory lap.
It is Earnhardt's sixth victory at Talladega — but first since 2004 — and he choked back tears after he climbed from his No. 88 Chevrolet. Jimmie Johnson finished second as Hendrick Motorsports dominated the race.
Beal leads Wizards to win despite injury
Bradley Beal shook off a sprained ankle to score 28 points and the Washington Wizards remained unbeaten in the postseason, knocking off the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 104-98 Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Former Kentucky star John Wall, who appeared to jam his wrist during the second quarter but didn't leave the game, turned in a performance worthy of the two-time All-Star: 18 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds and three blocks.
■ Stephen Curry had 22 points and seven assists, and the Golden State Warriors wore down the undermanned Memphis Grizzlies in a 101-86 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Sunday.
GolfMcIlroy rallies to reach Match Play final
Needing another comeback, Rory McIlroy delivered another great finish Sunday to reach the final of the Match Play Championship.
Trailing late for the third time in his last four matches, and with Jim Furyk applying enormous pressure, McIlroy went birdie-birdie-eagle for a 1-up victory that put the world's No. 1 player in the championship match for the second time in four years.
■ Ian Woosnam made a 30-foot birdie putt in a playoff Sunday to win the Insperity Invitational for his first Champions Tour title. Woosnam, the 57-year-old Welshman playing on a sponsor exemption, beat Kentuckian Kenny Perry and Tom Lehman on the first extra hole at The Woodlands Country Club.
■ Inbee Park won the LPGA Tour's North Texas Shootout for the second time in three years Sunday, closing with a bogey-free 6-under 65 for a three stroke victory.
Tennessee tops softball with walk-off homer
Senior catcher Griffin Joiner hit her 11th home run of the season in the first inning, but No. 12 Tennessee hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to post a 4-1 victory Sunday in Kentucky's regular-season finale at Lee Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.
Junior pitcher Kelsey Nunley tossed four innings in the circle with only one run allowed on four hits with seven strikeouts, but Kentucky stranded two of its 10 total base runners in the top of the seventh inning before Tennessee started its game-winning rally.
Minor league baseball
Legends rack up hits in second straight win
Brandon Downes hit his third home run in two games, and he and Ryan O'Hearn each had three hits as the Lexington Legends won their second straight game over the Asheville Tourists 6-3 Sunday afternoon in Asheville.
Randy Reyes also homered for the Legends, who had 15 hits in the game. That made 31 over the last two games after they had only two ninth-inning hits in the series opener Friday.
The last word
Grizzlies guard Tony Allen became a target of boos after unknowingly walking through the Warriors' Jr. Jam Squad during a timeout in the second quarter, but Golden State's Stephen Curry applauded the dance team's focus.
"I don't think it messed with their choreography either. They were killing it."