High school basketball
Frankfort teen who died had heart abnormalities
A 15-year-old who collapsed while trying out for Western Hills' high school basketball team had heart abnormalities that led to a fatal cardiac arrest, a deputy coroner said Tuesday.
Franklin County Deputy Coroner Kelly T. Adams said preliminary autopsy results show Waseeq Shahid had "several abnormalities to the heart." Shahid was a freshman at Western Hills.
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He was about six minutes into his first practice when he collapsed Monday afternoon, Franklin County Public Schools spokeswoman Wayne Dominick said. He was pronounced dead a short time later. Dominick said Shahid had cleared a standard physical examination last week.
He was running sprints when he collapsed. Coaches administered CPR until paramedics arrived and took him to the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.
Western Hills basketball coach Enoch Welch told The State-Journal of Frankfort that Shahid was a kind young man and said he didn't notice anything out of the ordinary about the boy's health.
"It's kind of surreal," Welch said. "We're just concerned for his family and our school. It's a tremendous loss."
Volleyball team's match on ESPNU
The Kentucky volleyball team's match Wednesday against Tennessee at Memorial Coliseum will be aired on ESPNU. The Wildcats (19-1, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) are the only undefeated team in league play. Tennessee is 14-5 overall and 7-2 in the SEC.
■ Kentucky announced that the student-only men's basketball practice will be on Friday, Oct. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. A UK student ID and a special wristband are required for admittance.
Two opportunities to obtain the wristbands remain. The first 2,000 students at the volleyball team's match Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum (doors open at 5:30) and the first 500 students at the women's soccer match Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the UK Soccer Complex (gates open at 6) will receive a wristband.
■ After securing the third-best recruiting class in college baseball a year ago, Baseball America has ranked Kentucky's 2010 class No. 15 in the nation. UK's recruiting class was ranked No. 6 in the NCAA by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Sept. 17. Covington Catholic's Luke Maile, one of the top players in the nation, highlights the class along with Jordan Cooper, a highly touted pitcher from Tennessee. Louisville was 25th in Baseball America's rankings.
■ Former Kentucky tailback Rafael Little was signed to the practice squad by the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Women's college basketball
Three Toppers earn pre-season honors
Western Kentucky senior Arnika Brown, a former Miss Basketball from Christian County, was named to the Sun Belt Conference's pre-season All-Conference first team. Dominique Duck and Monroe County's Kenzie Rich, both seniors, made the second and third teams, respectively. The Lady Hilltoppers were picked by league coaches to finish second behind Middle Tennessee State in the East Division. MTSU's Alysha Clark was named pre-season player of the year, and Chelsia Lymon, a senior from Scott County, is on the second team.
Glover leads PGA Grand Slam
Lucas Glover shot a course record Tuesday to dominate the first round of the PGA Grand Slam in Southampton, Bermuda. Glover hit six birdies and an eagle to finish at 6-under 65 at the newly renovated Port Royal Golf Course, but bogeys at Nos. 13 and 16 stopped him from taking total control of the tournament. The U.S. Open champion has a two-shot lead over Stewart Cink.
"I played well," Glover said. "I'm really pleased with my round. I didn't know what to expect. I think, truthfully, not seeing the course might have helped, because we might not have known where some of the trouble was."
While Glover and Cink had good rounds, Angel Cabrera and Y.E. Yang struggled. Cabrera finished five shots behind Glover, with four bogeys on the back nine. Yang, still recovering from the long flight from South Korea, finished with an even-par 71.
■ Eastern Kentucky rallied to win the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate in Hopkinsville on Tuesday. The Colonels began the day tied for second and one shot off the lead, but a final-round, five-under 283 propelled the team to the title. All nine Ohio Valley Conference teams were competing at the 17-team event. Eastern (859) finished three shots better than Towson (862). Morehead State ran away with the women's title, 316-304—620, 13 strokes better than second-place Houston Baptist.
Hingis rules out comeback to tennis
Martina Hingis won't make a comeback to competitive tennis. The 29-year-old, who retired after getting a two-year ban in 2007 for testing positive for cocaine, said Tuesday in an interview with L'Equipe that she is happy with her new life. "I've got a nice house, my four horses," Hingis said. "On the tour, I had no life."
Hingis added that even without being tested positive, she probably would have retired. "If I had won the four Grand Slam tournaments, maybe I would have continued," she said. "But I was on a downslope. And I was suspended for two years, and that was it."
Hingis tested positive for cocaine after a third-round exit at Wimbledon in 2007. She denied using the drug.
■ Former Kentucky star Nazr Mohammed had 12 points and four rebounds in the Charlotte Bobcats' 94-87 pre-season victory against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. Jodie Meeks (UK) had three points and an assists in just less than 101/2 minutes for the Bucks. Also, Bobcats starting shooting guard Raja Bell has a partially torn ligament in his left wrist that could require surgery and sideline him for most of the season. It's possible Bell could get treatment without surgery and return sooner.
■ Former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo had 20 points and seven assists in the Boston Celtics' 108-103 pre-season loss to New York. Joe Crawford (UK) did not play for the Knicks.
■ Chris Chelios, the 47-year-old defenseman who spent 25 years in the NHL, signed Tuesday with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Chelios, who played last season with the Detroit Red Wings, has played in 1,644 NHL games with 185 goals and 763 assists during a career with Montreal, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Red Wings. Chelios won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman three times, played in 11 NHL All-Star games and was on three Stanley Cup winners.
■ Landon Donovan won the Honda Player of the Year Award as the best player on the U.S. national soccer team for a record-breaking sixth time. Goalkeeper Tim Howard finished second.
■ Russian police say gymnast Yury Ryazanov was killed in a car crash near his home, just days after taking the bronze medal in the individual all-around competition at the world championships.
■ The NHL's Nashville Predators placed captain Jason Arnott on injured reserve. Arnott, who hurt his left arm Saturday night in a shootout loss at Washington, could be out up to two weeks.
■ The three-time WNBA champion Detroit Shock are moving to Tulsa. Former Tulsa and Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson already has been named as the Tulsa team's coach and general manager.
The last word
Ever the jokester, Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno toyed with a reporter who asked how he was holding up seven games into the season — several of which have been played in bad weather:
"Now that you mention it, what was that question?" Paterno quipped before taking out a handkerchief to blow his nose. "I'm kidding you! ... I think I've been doing well. I feel pretty good."