Boys' High school basketball
Euton's double-double leads Scott Co. boys' rout of Western
Scott County, ranked No. 3 in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, closed its regular season with a 99-50 victory against Western on Saturday afternoon at Georgetown. The Cardinals outrebounded the Warriors 49-24 and scored 32 points off 29 turnovers.
Dakotah Euton had 22 points and 14 rebounds, both game-highs. Chad Jackson added 17 points, six rebounds and four steals, and Austin Flannery and Tanner Shotwell scored 15 points apiece. The Cardinals were 10-for-17 from three-point range, led by Euton (4-for-6) and Shotwell (3-for-3).
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Henry Clay 72, Bourbon County 47: The Blue Devils scored 27 points off 20 turnovers in a victory at home. Daniel Kiesling scored a game-high 15 points and Tyrelle Johnson had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Henry Clay. Jacob Covey led the Colonels with 12 points.
Bryan Station 68, Marion Co. 52: James Evans scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Defenders' win at home.
Girls' high school basketball
Barnette scores 29 for Lex. Christian
University of Kentucky signee Sarah Beth Barnette scored 29 points to lead Lexington Christian to a 77-59 victory at Danville. Kasey Young, a freshman, scored 29 points for the Lady Admirals.
UK softball wins doubleheader
Kentucky's Rachel Riley earned her second shutout in her last two starts with a 1-0 softball victory over Minnesota on Saturday at Boca Raton, Fla., in Florida Atlantic's Kickoff Classic. The right-hander matched a career-high with six strikeouts while allowing two singles. Kentucky (7-2) earned the No. 1 seed and will play at 1 p.m. Sunday against an opponent to be determined.
Sophomore starter Chanda Bell struck out 13 batters in Kentucky's 2-1 defeat of Pittsburgh in Saturday's opening game.
■ Sophomore Ryan Wright's game-winning RBI double in the 10th inning capped the Louisville baseball team's rally from seven runs down in an 8-7 win against visiting Bowling Green on Saturday.
Louisville also had to rally in the first game of the doubleheader against Bowling Green. With the game tied at 2 in the eighth inning, Ryan Wright hit an RBI single up the middle off Charles Wooten to give the Cardinals their first lead of the day. Louisville finished the scoring when it took a 5-2 lead moments later when Andrew Clark and Wright scored on an RBI single by Jeff Arnold.
Poulter reaches Match Play finals; opponent to be determined
Ian Poulter equaled the shortest match of the tournament to reach the final of the Match Play Championship at Marana, Ariz. He won't know who he plays until Sunday because the longest match didn't finish. Paul Casey and Camilo Villegas, neither of whom had gone the distance all week at Dove Mountain, exchanged a series of great shots and clutch putts through 23 holes Saturday until twilight in the high desert made it too difficult to continue.
They were to return first thing Sunday morning to see who gets to face Poulter and a chance at the $1.4 million prize.
The final stroke of a long day belonged to Villegas, who had a 3-foot par putt on the 14th hole to win the match. He pushed it badly to the right, giving Casey an unlikely reprieve.
"I should have made that putt," Villegas said.
On the previous hole, Villegas hit a remarkable bunker shot from 50 yards that stopped 2 feet from the hole for a conceded birdie, only for Casey to hit a 6-foot birdie to extend the match.
"If I had to get up early, I wanted to be in the final. I didn't want to be continuing a semifinal," said Casey, who reached the championship match last year only to lose to Geoff Ogilvy. "One of us has to be in the final. And both of us want to be there."
Some three hours earlier, Poulter closed out Sergio Garcia on the 12th hole, 7 and 6.
■ Tommy Armour III and Tim Simpson were tied for the lead at 13 under after the second round of the Allianz Championship on Saturday at Boca Raton, Fla. Armour put together a stretch of five straight birdies on the back side to finish with an 8-under 64. Kentuckian Russ Cochran also shot a 64 and is at 10-under overall.
■ Joe Durant remained in position for his first PGA Tour victory since 2006, birdieing the final two holes Saturday for 2-under 69 and a two-stroke lead in the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The 45-year-old Durant, a four-time tour winner, is at 14-under overall.
Haren, not Webb, to start opening day
Brandon Webb said that Dan Haren deserves to be the Arizona Diamondbacks' opening day starter. Webb, an Ashland native and former University of Kentucky standout, has been the team's No. 1 starter each of the past four seasons, but he will enter spring training bouncing back from a shoulder injury.
Manager A.J. Hinch on Friday selected Haren the opening day starter to reward him for last season (14-10 with a 3.14 ERA) and to give Webb extra time to prepare. Webb underwent shoulder surgery in early August after he pitched one game in 2009.
"(Haren) had a great year last year," Webb said Saturday afternoon after the Diamondbacks completed their first pitchers and catchers workout. "If I start Game 3, I'm happy starting anywhere. That means I'm out there playing."
Webb said he felt a little stiffness and normal soreness after he tossed the ball and threw from 90 feet Saturday. He will throw another bullpen session Monday.
Webb said he hopes to be ready for the start of the Cactus League schedule — the Diamondbacks' first game is March 4.
"I feel like I'm getting better and stronger every week, and it's going to be a gradual process," Webb said.
■ The Detroit Tigers and outfielder Johnny Damon reached a preliminary agreement on an $8 million, one-year contract.
A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Saturday night that the contract is subject to a physical, which will be some time next week.
Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Friday he had made a contract offer to Damon, but Dombrowski did not return messages seeking comment on Saturday.
Venus wins second straight Dubai title
Venus Williams successfully defended her Dubai Championships title on Saturday, beating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-3, 7-5 in the finals. Williams broke Azarenka a third time at 5-5 in the second set and served out for her 42nd singles title on the WTA Tour. Unlike last year, Williams didn't lose a set, and in the final she lost her serve only once to Azarenka, ranked No. 6, one spot behind Williams.
■ Sam Querrey advanced to his first finals of the year with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships on Saturday at Memphis. Querrey, ranked 31st, will face sixth-seeded John Isner in an All-American finals Sunday. Isner advanced with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Philipp Petzschner of Germany.
■ Memphis Grizzlies swingman Ronnie Brewer suffered a partially torn right hamstring during Friday's game against Miami. Brewer will be out indefinitely.
The last word
ABC's Jimmy Kimmel:
"How is it that the Olympics can hand out 250 medals in a few weeks? It takes American Idol 58 weeks to pick one karaoke singer."