High school basketball
Lexington Catholic girls upset No. 5 Elizabethtown
Lexington Catholic, which has fallen in several close games against ranked opponents this season, got a big win Tuesday night, knocking off No. 5 Elizabethtown 50-43.
The host Knights, ranked No. 24 in this week's Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, were led by Lexi Mullikin's 12 points, six rebounds and five steals. Alex Botkin added nine points and four rebounds for Catholic, which won its second straight after losing three in a row.
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Catholic (12-13) trailed 36-32 going into the fourth quarter before outscoring the Panthers 18-7. The Knights also outrebounded Elizabethtown 41-28 and forced the Panthers into 26 turnovers, which Catholic turned into 26 points.
Elizabethtown (21-5), which had its three-game win streak snapped, was led by Kaylyn Cecil's 13 points. Panthers star Natalie Greenwell was held to nine points on 2-for-10 shooting.
■ Boys: Elisha Justice scored 16 points to go with 10 assists and six steals in No. 3 Shelby Valley's 91-51 defeat of visiting Lawrence County. Taylor Newsome added 19 points for the Wildcats.
Betty Mabee, three-time Eclipse winning breeder, dies
Betty L. Mabee, who with her late husband John helped build one of the West Coast's major Thoroughbred breeding operations and played a key role in the blossoming of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Del Mar racetrack, died. She was 88.
Her son, Larry, said his mother died Monday after an extended illness at her home in nearby Rancho Santa Fe. Her death was announced Tuesday by track officials.
Betty and John Mabee bought two horses for $6,000 at the Del Mar yearling sale in 1957. That led to the founding of Golden Eagle Farm in Ramona, Calif., which grew from 197 to 568 acres at its height early in the last decade.
The couple won Eclipse Awards in 1991, '97 and '98, and were the leading breeders in California.
Their best known horse was Best Pal, who was bred and foaled at their farm and went on to win more than $5.6 million, including the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar in 1991.
New Jersey judge who opened Little League to girls dies
Sylvia Pressler, a trailblazing judge whose 1973 ruling opened Little League baseball to girls, has died. She was 75.
Pressler died Monday morning at the family's home in Sparta, N.J., according to her husband, David Pressler. She had been battling lymphoma and was scheduled to begin chemotherapy treatments Tuesday, he said.
While serving as a hearing examiner with New Jersey's Division on Civil Rights, Pressler ruled that a 12-year-old northern New Jersey girl should have been allowed to play on a Little League team.
"The institution of Little League is as American as the hot dog and apple pie," Pressler wrote in a sharply worded opinion. "There is no reason why that part of Americana should be withheld from girls."
The ruling was decried by Little League as "conceived in vindictive and prejudicial fashion of the worst kind," but it was upheld on appeal, and New Jersey became the first state to bar sex discrimination in Little League.
By the following year, Little League amended its charter to allow girls and also created a softball division.
Nuggets' Karl has neck, throat cancer
Denver Nuggets Coach George Karl has been diagnosed with neck and throat cancer and likely will miss some games and practices while undergoing a rigorous treatment program of radiation and chemotherapy. His voice breaking at times, Karl revealed the diagnosis Tuesday night with his doctor, Jacques Saari, at his side and surrounded by his team and members of the Nuggets organization.
"My desire is to do whatever I can to stay with my team throughout the treatment that I have to go through," Karl said. "The treatment began today and in general it's about a six-week treatment of radiation therapy and chemotherapy. ... Basically, my belief is this is a championship team and I want to do anything and everything I can to help them continue in their quest that we all want."
Karl, a survivor of prostate cancer, said he expects to miss at least a couple of upcoming games, at Golden State on Feb. 25 and at Minnesota on March 10. He said assistant Adrian Dantley would lead the team when he's absent.
■ The Portland Trail Blazers picked up needed help on the interior, acquiring Marcus Camby from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for guard Steve Blake and forward Travis Outlaw. The Blazers are in the Western Conference playoff picture despite a litany of injuries. Centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla are both out for the season with injuries. All-Star Brandon Roy hasn't played since Jan. 20 with a hamstring injury. Camby will give the Blazers instant help in their depleted middle and is a sign that despite their injury problems the Blazers (31-24) want to make a playoff push this season.
■ If only the Nets could play the Bobcats more, the worst record in NBA history might not be in jeopardy. Courtney Lee scored 21 points, Devin Harris added 17 and host New Jersey never trailed in beating Charlotte 103-94 on Tuesday night for only its fifth win of the season. Two of them have come against the Bobcats, who were the first team to lose to the Nets after their 0-18 start.
■ Derrick Rose made it look easy despite a bruised right hip, hitting his first nine shots and scoring 29 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 118-85 victory over the visiting New York Knicks.
David Lee led New York with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
■ Indiana Pacers center Jeff Foster will miss the rest of the season after undergoing back surgery.
Baseball's Paxton named top senior
Kentucky left-handed pitcher James Paxton has rated as the top senior in college baseball and four other UK players were honored in Baseball America's early draft preview. Paxton was listed as the 21st-best prospect available and was the top senior in the rankings.
Junior left-hander Logan Darnell was rated the 81st-best prospect and junior infielder Chris Bisson was 98th.
In the class-by-class rankings, UK sophomore right-hander Alex Meyer was fifth. Freshman left-hander Taylor Rogers was 22nd.
Kentucky opens its season against Virginia Tech on Friday at the Caravelle Resort Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Janikowski NFL's highest-paid kicker
Sebastian Janikowski and the Oakland Raiders agreed on a $16 million, four-year deal Tuesday that is the richest contract for a kicker in NFL history, the team said. Janikowski will be guaranteed $9 million in the deal, a person familiar with the contract said on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce terms. Janikowski is coming off the best season of his 10-year career. He made 26 of 29 field goals, with his only misses coning from 45, 57 and 66 yards. He made six kicks of at least 50 yards, including a 61-yarder that was the fourth longest in NFL history.
■ New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was scheduled to have surgery Wednesday to repair the patella ligament in his left knee. Sanchez, who led New York to the AFC title game as a rookie, should be completely healthy by the start of training camp in July.
The last word
Golfer John Daly, to the San Francisco Chronicle, on the downside of shedding more than 100 pounds:
"With the putting, I don't have anywhere to put my elbows now."