Book by ESPN ranks Kentucky No. 1 all-time hoops program
A book created by the editors of ESPN — "ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia" — includes rankings that put the University of Kentucky at the top of its list of all-time men's basketball programs.
Computer guru Jeff Sagarin's ratings of 330 schools, which focused wins and losses and, scoring margin, had UK No. 1, two percentage points ahead of UCLA.
"To be a part of this program, with this storied history, it humbles you," UK Coach John Calipari told ESPN when asked about his school's top ranking. "Once I traveled the state, I understood the importance to all of Kentucky."
When broken down by decade, Kentucky was No. 1 in the 1990s, when it won two national titles. It still ranked in the top 10 in the 2000s under Tubby Smith and Billy Gillispie.
The focus on wins helped Kentucky offset UCLA having won four more national titles, 11-7. While NCAA Tournament wins counted double in Sagarin's formula, championships received no additional bonus.
"Overall, over 72 years, having us No. 2, that's high up there on the list — especially when you're not taking into account the national championships or times to the Final Four, which is more than anybody but Carolina," UCLA Coach Ben Howland told ESPN. "We've won more national championships, and that's what all these teams are shooting for — Final Fours and championships."
UCLA was the top-rated program in the 1960s and '70s. Kentucky was No. 1 in the 1950s to go along with the 1990s.
Other Kentucky schools' ratings were Louisville at 11th, Western Kentucky 44th, Murray State 99th, Eastern Kentucky 136th and Morehead State 159th.
High school football
Police investigating brawl during game
Police were reviewing video of a brawl that broke out during the Calloway County-Fulton County high school football game Friday night in Hickman. Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy John Amberg told WYVY-FM in Union City, Tenn., that the brawl erupted with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Amberg said some fans from both schools came onto the field after players began fighting.
Calloway County Coach Josh McKeel said he was to meet with a Kentucky High School Athletic Association official on Monday to discuss the fight, The Murray Ledger & Times reported.
"No punches or kicks were thrown by any Calloway County player," McKeel told the paper. "We're going to let the KHSAA decide what they see. If we were in the wrong, we'll face the consequences."
The newspaper reported that the fight near the end of the game started when the helmet of Calloway County player Hunter Seay was ripped from his head. Seay was restrained by Calloway County coaches and players as players from both teams rushed onto the field, the newspaper reported.
Officials ejected Seay and Calloway running back Tyrrell Willis, meaning they could be suspended from playing in this Friday's game against Lone Oak. After the game was stopped, McKeel led his team into the locker room with a police escort. Calloway County was credited with a 24-8 win.
Sea The Stars no lock for Breeders' Cup
Sea The Stars' trainer John Oxx dubbed the 3-year-old colt 'the Usain Bolt of the equine world' Monday and said he might enter the Breeders' Cup Classic. Trained by Oxx in Dublin, Ireland, the colt became the first in history to win the English 2000 Guineas, Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, making it six wins in six major European races when he romped to victory in Paris on Sunday.
"The Breeders' Cup was an option as a fallback in case the ground went wrong at Longchamp," Oxx said. "My gut instinct is that after the hard season the horse has had, with six races in six months, America is probably a step too far, but we haven't ruled it out.
"It's two weeks before we have to make an entry for him, and a decision will be made around that time," Oxx said. I would have no fears about the surface there. He has plenty of Polytrack experience on the Curragh, and I think he would love the surface and bounce off it."
The trainer initially said he would only consider Sea The Stars for the Nov. 7 Breeders' Cup Classic had he been forced to pull the colt out of Sunday's race at Longchamp. Conditions were ideal, however, and Sea The Stars recovered from a shaky first half to burst through a gap and leave some top quality rivals behind.
"He's got a great pedigree, temperament and looks," Oxx said of the Thoroughbred. "As a physical specimen, he is the Usain Bolt of the equine world. You couldn't hope to breed a better horse."
Kuchar overcomes nerves to win playoff
It had been so long since Matt Kuchar had won on the PGA Tour that a huge case of nerves was a given, especially when faced with a sudden-death playoff.
"I had a hard time falling asleep (Sunday night). My mind was racing," Kuchar said Monday after defeating Vaughn Taylor on the sixth extra hole of the Turning Stone Resort Championship in Verona, N.Y. "I was extremely nervous. It's a feeling that you don't feel very often. It's exciting to feel it. It really makes you feel alive."
Kuchar rolled in an 18-inch putt for par for the victory, just his second on tour and first in seven years.
■ Simon Dyson of England won the Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland, by three strokes Monday after shooting a 6-under 66 that included birdies on six of the first seven holes.Dyson finished at 20-under 268. England's Oliver Wilson shot a 65 and shared second place with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who birdied the last hole for a 69.
Former Campbellsville football coach dies
Former Campbellsville football coach Ron Finley has died. He was 76. The university said on its Web site that Finley died Monday at a Greensburg rehabilitation center while being treated for various health problems. The university stadium was named in 2006 for Finley, who got football started at the school in 1988 and left in 2002 with a 77-81-1 record.
Cox, Quigley win singles matches
Kentucky junior Brad Cox and sophomore Eric Quigley posted straight-set victories on the first day of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships' qualifying singles tournament in Tulsa, Okla. Cox defeated Louisiana-Lafayette's Javier Pulgar 7-5, 6-3. Quigley defeated Oregon's Marcos Verdasco 6-4, 6-3.
Prince scores 8 in pre-season opener
Former Kentucky star Tayshaun Prince had eight points, three assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes in the Detroit Pistons' pre-season opening 87-83 victory against the Miami Heat.
The last word
St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols, who hasn't hit a home run in his last 79 at-bats, the longest drought of his storied career said he's not injured and not concerned heading into the playoffs:
"Believe me, if I wanted to go out there and hit home runs, I would probably drop about 25 points over the last three weeks. That wasn't my goal. My goal was to try to drive the ball into the gaps and try to finish strong."