Browns assistant says Bengals missed game-winning field goal
During his weekly news conference, Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said Cincinnati kicker Shayne Graham missed his winning 31-yard field goal in overtime to beat Cleveland last week.
Without being prompted, Ryan, the twin brother of New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan, referred to Graham's kick with four seconds left that gave the Bengals a 23-20 win.
"You can watch the tape," Ryan said. "I'm not saying anything, but man, maybe the posts were crooked. Look at it."
A TV replay from an end zone camera shows Graham's kick crossing the line of scrimmage and heading toward the right upright. Ryan says it sailed outside of the post. Browns cornerbacks Brandon McDonald and Eric Wright both waved that they thought the kick was off the mark, too.
"I don't want to get fined," Ryan said. "I pay enough money already on the house I don't even live in in California. I don't want to make this a big story, but I was disappointed. I thought it missed. Of course, I'm not an expert. That's why I'm saying maybe somebody else should look at it."
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league feels the correct ruling was made. "The field judge standing right underneath the upright called it good, and we have reviewed video from multiple angles and seen nothing to dispute the call," Aiello said in an e-mail.
■ Washington Redskins Coach Jim Zorn said Friday that former University of Kentucky punter Glenn Pakulak will be added to the active roster and will take over Hunter Smith's duties as punter and holder for Sunday's game at Carolina. Smith pulled his groin in last week's win over Tampa Bay and hasn't been able to practice this week. Pakulak was signed to the practice squad on Tuesday. He punted in eight games with New Orleans last year.
■ New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning returned to practice Friday and showed no ill effects of the injured right heel that kept him out the previous two days. Manning is listed as questionable and Coach Tom Coughlin said it will more than likely be a game-time decision whether he will play.
Quigley advances at ITA championships
Kentucky sophomore Eric Quigley swept the final five games of his match against No. 27 Jordan Rux of Baylor to win 6-3, 7-5 in the second round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Quigley, 8-1 this fall, will play No. 9 Sanam Singh of Virginia in the round of 16 Saturday. Earlier in the day, Quigley and doubles partner Brad Cox won their second-round match to advance to the quarterfinals. The No. 24 Wildcats dominated Boston College's Erik Kreutzer and Thomas Nolan 8-1.
Women's soccer upsets No. 13 LSU
The Kentucky's women's soccer team shut out one of the highest scoring teams in the country, defeating visiting No. 13 Louisiana State 1-0 on Friday night. The Wildcats (4-6-3, 1-4-0 SEC) got the only goal of the game from Giuleana Lopez, who scored with 1:26 left in the first half. It was Lopez's third goal of the season. The Tigers' offense, which had averaged four goals per game in conference play, was shut down by UK goalie Sydney Hiance.
■ Kentucky volleyball coach Craig Skinner got the 100th victory of his career when his Wildcats swept Auburn 25-18, 25-20, 25-11 Friday night. The 10th-ranked Wildcats (16-1, 6-0 SEC) were led by juniors Sarah Mendoza and Lauren Rapp, who had 13 and 11 kills, respectively. Senior setter Sarah Rumely had 42 assists.
■ Sophomore Caroline Lilley defeated Louisville's Sarah Miller 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the UK Invitational at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex on Friday. Lilley and doubles partner Minnette Pienaar defeated Louisville's Mandy Brown and Miller 9-8 (4), but lost later 9-8 (5) to Penn State's Petra Januskova and Lauren McCarthy. Pienaar lost her first-round singles match 6-0, 1-6, 6-4 to Abilene Christian's Jaclyn Walker.
■ Led by a match-high 589 in air rifle from senior Ashley Jackson, Kentucky's rifle team opened the season with a 4,626-4,525 win over N.C. State on Friday afternoon in UK's Barker Hall.
■ Kentucky's swimming and diving teams split their season-opener at South Carolina. The women won 168-130; the men lost 160-140.
Golf, rugby added to 2016 Games
Golf will return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 amid the spectacular backdrop of Rio de Janeiro's sand and sea, giving Tiger Woods the chance to do something even the great Jack Nicklaus never did — win Olympic gold.
The vote for golf was expected, following a campaign by the sport's leaders to bring it back for the first time since George Lyon and the United States won gold medals at the Olympics in St. Louis.
Golf was approved 63-27 with two abstentions. Rugby won near unanimous acclaim in an 81-8 vote with one abstention.
Garcia sidelined with broken arm
Sacramento Kings swingman Francisco Garcia will have surgery after breaking his right forearm while lifting weights. The Kings said Garcia, who starred at Louisville, was injured on Friday and will have the surgery on Saturday. They provided no timeline for when he might return. The fifth-year player averaged 12.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 65 games last season.
High school golf
Girls' state tournament postponed
Friday's heavy rain forced the first round of the Leachman/KHSAA Girls' State Golf Tournament to be postponed until Saturday at Bowling Green County Club. There will be a shotgun start Saturday at 1 p.m. If the first round can be completed on Saturday, the final round will be played on Sunday.
Boyd scores new football league's 1st TD
Former UK quarterback Shane Boyd scored the first touchdown in United Football League history Thursday night. His 4-yard TD run with 11:03 left in the second quarter gave the California Redwoods a 7-3 lead on the Las Vegas Locomotives. Former Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman threw two TD passes and former Cincinnati Bengals tailback Dede Dorsey scored twice to help Las Vegas win the first game in UFL history 30-17.
■ Angel McCoughtry scored 17 points to lead five players in double figures and the U.S. women's basketball national team beat ZVVC UKA Prague 100-81 in the opening game of the Ekaterinburg tournament Friday in Russia. McCoughtry, who starred at Louisville and was named WNBA Rookie of the Year this past season, was 7-for-8 from the field and added nine rebounds and three blocks.
■ Henry Clay graduate Josh Teater shot a second-round 5-under 67 and is tied for second at 10-under in the Nationwide Tour's Chattanooga Classic. Todd Dempsey leads at 13-under.
■ The Phoenix Mercury won the WNBA championship for the second time in three seasons, pulling out a 94-86 victory over the Indiana Fever in the deciding Game 5 Friday night in Phoenix. League MVP Diana Taurasi scored 26 points.
■ Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is out for at least four months with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
The last word
Kansas City Chiefs Coach Todd Haley probably sees his team's 0-4 record a bit differently than its fans:
"We're 0-0 as far as I'm concerned. We've got to understand that the second quarter of the season begins (this week). It's all even, and that's the only way we can think."