Ninth-inning error sends Cats to 3-2 win at Coastal Carolina
Kentucky's baseball team scored the winning run on an error in the top of the ninth inning and sophomore right-hander Braden Kapteyn closed out the 3-2 upset of No. 12 Coastal Carolina at Conway, S.C., on Sunday. Kapteyn pitched the final three innings, giving up no runs and striking out two batters for the victory.
"Kapteyn has grown up a little bit," UK Coach Gary Henderson said. "We will see how he goes next time out but that is an outing that he couldn't have had last year. ... That is the type of performance that you can build a bullpen around."
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The win for Kentucky (3-0) marked the third home loss for the Chanticleers the past two seasons. They were 29-2 at home in 2009.
In the top of the ninth, sophomore leftfielder Chad Wright ripped a one-out single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kapteyn, who started at designated hitter and walked twice, grounded out to second base, enabling Wright to advance to third.
Senior catcher Marcus Nidiffer followed and hit a ground ball to Scott Woodward, a pre-season All-American third baseman. Woodward fielded it cleanly and fired it to Adam Rice at first base, but the throw just scooted under Rice's glove.
Softball wins tournament in Florida
The Kentucky softball team (8-2) won its fifth straight with a 4-1 defeat of host Florida Atlantic in the championship game of the Kickoff Classic at Boca Raton, Fla. Senior Molly Johnson went 1-for-1 with a triple and scored twice. Sophomore pitcher Chanda Bell earned her fourth win of the season and struck out 10 batters.
No. 19 Pitt knocks off No. Villanova
Ashton Gibbs scored 21 points and No. 19 Pittsburgh defeated No. 3 Villanova 70-65 on Sunday. Gilbert Brown added 16 points, including a thunderous dunk off a baseline move with 1:29 left that gave the host Panthers a six-point lead.
No. 14 Wisconsin 70, Northwestern 63: Jon Leuer's blocked shot with 11 seconds remaining helped host Wisconsin escape with a victory over Northwestern on Sunday. With the Badgers leading by three, Leuer went high in the air to block a layup attempt by Northwestern's Michael Thompson — making up for some shaky free-throw shooting down the stretch in his second game back from a broken wrist.
No. 9 Ohio St. 74, No. 11 Michigan St. 67: Evan Turner scored 20 points and Ohio State won at East Lansing, Mich., on Sunday. William Buford had 17 points for the Buckeyes, who pulled into a second-place tie with Michigan State in the Big Ten. Both teams trail Purdue by a half-game in the standings.
Western Kentucky 78, Arkansas State 76 (OT): A.J. Slaughter scored 11 points in the final 1:53 of overtime to lead Western Kentucky to a victory at Arkansas State late Saturday night. Slaughter scored 21 points for the Hilltoppers, 13 in the extra period.
VanDam wins his 3rd Bassmaster Classic
Kevin VanDam won $500,000 for his third Bassmaster Classic title, beating Jeff Kriet by five pounds Sunday at Lay Lake at Birmingham, Ala. VanDam, the Kalamazoo, Mich., pro who won his fifth Bassmaster Angler of the Year award last year, had a catch of 19 pounds, 7 ounces Sunday to finish with a three-day total of 51-6. Kriet, from Ardmore, Okla., finished at 46-6.
"This was a challenging week weather-wise," VanDam said. "I've had a lot of success in Alabama over the years in tournaments, but a win has always eluded me."
Kevin Wirth of Crestwood finished eighth at 34-12.
Magic deal Cavaliers third straight loss
Dwight Howard had 22 points and 16 rebounds in a bruising battle with Shaquille O'Neal, and the Orlando Magic beat Cleveland 101-95 on Sunday to hand the visiting Cavaliers their first three-game losing streak in two years. Cleveland's skid comes on the heels of a 13-game win streak. O'Neal made his first eight shots and finished with 20 points, and LeBron James had 33 points and nine rebounds for the Cavaliers.
Pistons 109, Spurs 101 (OT): Richard Hamilton scored 27 points and Rodney Stuckey added 20 to lead host Detroit to an overtime victory. Manu Ginobili's layup tied the game at 93 with 27.5 seconds left, and the Pistons missed two game-winning shots at the end of regulation. San Antonio started the extra period with a one-point lead because Hamilton was called for a technical foul during the break after regulation. Ginobili made the free throw, but Detroit went on a 8-2 run after the tip and held on for the win.
Thunder 109, Timberwolves 107: Kevin Durant scored 32 points to extend his streak of games with at least 25 points to 28 games and Russell Westbrook had a triple-double to lead surging Oklahoma City past host Minnesota. Westbrook had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists and Jeff Green added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder, who have won nine in a row.
Hornets 102, Rockets 94: David West scored 27 points, including four in the final two minutes, to lift host New Orleans. Darren Collison added 26 points for the Hornets, the fifth straight game he's had 24 or more.
Grizzlies 104, Nets 94: Rudy Gay scored 29 points and Memphis rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit to win at New Jersey.
Miyazato wins LPGA season opener
Japanese star Ai Miyazato rallied to win the season-opening Honda PTT LPGA Thailand, holing a 30-foot birdie chip on the final hole for a 9-under 63 and a one-stroke victory over Norway's Suzann Pettersen. Miyazato, six strokes behind Pettersen after the third round, was 6 under in a six-hole stretch midway through the round, then birdied three of the last six holes.
■ Cameron Beckman won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico for his third PGA Tour title, closing with a 3-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over third-round leader Joe Durant and Brian Stuard.
■ Bernhard Langer holed a 45-foot bunker shot from a plugged lie for eagle to beat John Cook on the first playoff hole in the Champions Tour's Allianz Championship at Boca Raton, Fla.
Federer pulls out of Dubai tournament
Roger Federer withdrew on Sunday from the Dubai Championships because of a lung infection. Organizers said that the top-ranked Swiss star picked up the infection last week and will miss the $2 million event, which starts Monday, for the second straight year.
A four-time winner in Dubai, Federer will rest for two weeks and is expected to return at Indian Wells on March 11.
■ Sam Querrey rallied in the second tiebreaker and took advantage of a faltering John Isner in the third set, winning the Morgan Keegan Championships 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Sunday at Memphis.
■ A fan has died after being hit by a tire from a crashing dragster at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Chandler, Ariz. The woman was watching a first-round run Sunday at Firebird International Raceway when Antron Brown's dragster went out of control on the strip and its left rear tire and wheel came off. Brown wasn't hurt.
The last word
Canadian Olympic fan Dean Pirozzini to The New York Times after yet another of his countrymen got edged out for a bronze medal:
"We always said there should be a fourth medal. Aluminum. We'd clean up in that."