UK sweeps Texas Women's for Excite Night victory
UK's Andrea Mitchell won all-around honors and Kentucky started its season off the right way with a 194.850-187.250 victory over Texas Women's University at the annual Excite Night event in Memorial Coliseum.
Mitchell was the only Wildcat to compete in all four events and finished with an all-around score of 38.800. Hillary Ferguson (vault), Jacque Behrendt (uneven parallel bars), Emily Green (balance beam) and Jasmine Minion (floor exercise) all won individual events for a UK sweep. Kentucky gymnasts finished in the top three in every event.
The Wildcats' next meet will be against Louisiana State and Arizona State in Friday's Lady Luck Invitational in Las Vegas. UK returns home to meet Florida on Jan. 22.
Clijsters holds off Henin in thrilling final
Kim Clijsters hung on to win a momentum-swinging all-Belgian final at the Brisbane International in a vintage finish Saturday to Justine Henin's tour comeback. Clijsters, only five tournaments into her own comeback that has already netted the U.S. Open title, saved two match points and wasted three before winning 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (6) over the seven-time Grand Slam titlist. Henin immediately withdrew from next week's Sydney International, saying she had strained her upper left leg and didn't want to risk further injury ahead of her Grand Slam return at the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 18. Clijsters led by a set and 4-1 before Henin, who struggled early and had two double-faults to open her first service game, staged a dramatic rally. Henin, playing in the top tier for the first time since she quit while holding the No. 1 ranking in May 2008, won the next eight games to take a 3-0 lead in the third. Clijsters rallied to 3-3, then gave up a break and gave Henin match points in the 10th game.
■ Top-seeded Andy Roddick will play defending champion Radek Stepanek in the men's final Sunday before he heads to Melbourne.
Davydenko beats Nadal for Qatar title
Nikolay Davydenko saved two match points Saturday before rallying to upset second-ranked Rafael Nadal 0-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 in the final of the Qatar Open. Davydenko led 4-1 in the second-set tiebreaker but unforced errors allowed Nadal to twice serve for the match. However, the Spaniard sprayed his returns wide, and Davydenko broke two times to Nadal's one in the third set to close it out. The sixth-ranked Russian's third straight victory over Nadal improved his overall record to 5-4.
"I did not come here expecting to win. I am surprised that I have won," Davydenko said. "It is an amazing feeling to have won here. I have played semifinals and finals here but never won."
It was a second consecutive title for Davydenko after winning the London World Tour Finals on Nov. 29. He also beat Nadal and Roger Federer in that event. David Nalbandian of Argentina is the only other player to beat Federer and Nadal in the same tournament on two occasions — at the Madrid Masters and Paris Masters in 2007.
Sports in the Courts
Ex-QB Kosar's assets will be sold off
Former Cleveland Browns and Miami Hurricanes star quarterback Bernie Kosar will have his assets sold off. Court papers show that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Raymond B. Ray in Fort Lauderdale changed Kosar's bankruptcy case to a liquidation, or Chapter 7. The order, issued Wednesday, said a court-appointed trustee will sell Kosar's assets and distribute the proceeds to his creditors. Kosar listed $9.2 million in assets and $18.9 million in debt in court documents filed Sept. 23. He had filed for bankruptcy protection in June. Kosar, who also played for Dallas and Miami, retired from the NFL in 1996.
Report: Togo will stay in African Cup
L'Equipe reported late Saturday that Togo has changed its mind and agreed to stay in the African Cup of Nations despite a call from Togo's government to return home following the deadly attack in Angola. Midfielder Alaixys Romao said the team will play Ghana on Monday, according to a story on L'Equipe's Web site on Sunday. Forward Thomas Dossevi told The Associated Press on Saturday in a phone interview that it will pull out of the tournament and fly out of Angola early Sunday. The attack in Angola, a former Portuguese colony, killed an assistant coach, a team spokesperson and the bus driver, according to the team and the Togolese government. Togo goalie Kossi Agassa told France-Info radio that a second team goalkeeper, Kodjovi "Dodji" Obilale, was badly wounded.
Donovan makes Premier League debut
Landon Donovan debuted for Everton on Saturday, setting up one goal in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal on a day when snow disrupted the Premier League. Donovan is on loan for 10 weeks from the Los Angeles Galaxy. The MLS and United States star sent a corner kick in the 12th minute to Leon Osman, whose header gave Everton an early lead. Everton replaced a cramping Donovan in the 68th minute.
"Obviously, there's more talented players here," Donovan told the BBC. "It's pretty intense here. The thing that I realized today, like playing in full internationals, is that you've got to be tuned in for the whole time you're out there. If you take one play off, a team, especially like Arsenal, can make you pay."
Lightning-Devils make-up date set
The Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils aren't going to have to wait very long to finish their suspended game. The NHL announced Saturday that the teams will play the final period and a half at the Prudential Center in New Jersey, starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The game was suspended on Friday night with 9:12 left in the second period when a lighting problem on one side of the arena could not be fixed. The teams waited almost two hours before the league decided to suspend the game for safety concerns with the Lightning leading 3-0.
The last word
Of the 28 players in the SBS Championship in Maui, 20 of them are going over to Oahu for the Sony Open next week. After doing some homework on his past Sony Open performances, Kenny Perry won't be one of them:
"I've played in it 20 times and my best is like 32nd."