Bat Cats slug their way to road win against Razorbacks
Kentucky's baseball team jumped out to an 8-0 lead and held on for a 12-8 victory against Arkansas Friday night at Fayetteville. The Wildcats had 17 hits, including four home runs — one each by Gunner Glad, Cory Farris, Braden Kapetyn and Andy Burns. Kapetyn led Kentucky with four hits. Glad and Chad Wright added three apiece.
■ Rachel Riley pitched a two-hit, complete-game shutout to lead the Kentucky softball team to its second win of the day against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. It was Riley's eighth win of the season. Megan Yocke knocked in both runs for the Cats.
The Wildcats defeated the Bulldogs 5-4 in the opener. Annie Rowlands hit her second home run of the season. Chanda Bell earned her 12th win of the year and had 10 strikeouts, her 13th game with 10 or more.
Morehead's Flynn earns national honor
Coming off a week where he doubled his season home run and RBI totals, Morehead State sophomore Cameron Flynn was named the national Player of the Week by CollegeBaseballInsider.com. In four games last week, Flynn, a Henry Clay High School graduate, batted .588 (10-for-17) with four home runs and 16 RBI. Flynn also had two doubles and one triple and scored seven runs. Flynn was also named the Ohio Valley Conference's player of the week for his efforts.
■ Thomas More's baseball team set school records for runs (32) and hits (30) in a game in a 32-0 defeat of Geneva College in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game at Crestview Hills. The Saints scored four in the first, 13 in the second, one in the third, six in the fourth, three in the fifth, three in the eighth and two in the ninth. Five Thomas More pitchers shut out the Golden Tornadoes and held them to only three hits. Chris Fishburn was 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double and seven RBI. Nick Ryan, a St. Henry graduate, was 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored.
Gators' Demps runs fastest 100 of year
Florida running back Jeff Demps ran the fastest 100-meter time in the world this year. Demps, running in the Florida Relays in Gainesville on Friday, covered the distance in 10.11 seconds. Nesta Carter of Jamaica had the previous fastest time of 2010. He ran 10.15 in late January. Demps, who had 763 yards rushing and seven touchdowns for the Gators last season, is skipping spring practice to concentrate on track.
Parker signs one-year deal with Redskins
The Washington Redskins have added another veteran running back to the roster, agreeing to terms with Willie Parker for a one-year deal. Parker agreed Friday to a contract that could be worth as much as $3.1 million with incentives. The Redskins already have 28-year-old Clinton Portis returning, and they recently signed 30-year-old Larry Johnson to a three-year, incentive-laden deal.
Parker is 29 and has played six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning two Super Bowl rings. He has three 1,200-yard seasons, but ran for only 389 yards last year as a backup.
Parker's agent, Douglas Hendrickson, said the Redskins have told Parker that "it's an open competition for the starting job."
■ The Dallas Cowboys released five-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Flozell Adams and safety Ken Hamlin two years after both signed long-term contracts. Adams was coming off his 12th season and was the longest-tenured player on the team, having started 178 of his 182 games for Dallas. All of his Pro Bowl selections came between 2003-08. Hamlin was a Pro Bowl pick in 2007, his first season in Dallas after spending the first four years of his career in Seattle.
■ San Diego Chargers running back-kick returner Darren Sproles signed his one-year contract tender worth $7,283,000. Sproles had been a restricted free agent. The Chargers placed the maximum first- and third-round tender on Sproles, meaning that had the five-year veteran signed an offer sheet with another team, the Chargers would have had the right to match the offer or receive first- and third-round draft picks as compensation for losing him.
Mike Cuellar, former Orioles star, dies
Mike Cuellar, a crafty left-hander from Cuba whose darting screwball made him a World Series champion and Cy Young winner with the Baltimore Orioles, died Friday. He was 72. The Orioles confirmed Cuellar's death, but did not release other details.
Cuellar made his major-league debut in 1959 and bounced around Cincinnati, St. Louis and Houston for almost a decade before a trade brought him to Baltimore. He blossomed on one of the most imposing pitching staffs in baseball history — in 1971, he was among the Orioles' four 20-game winners.
A four-time All-Star, Cuellar was 185-130 overall with a 3.14 ERA. He was voted into the Orioles' Hall of Fame.
Cuellar joined the Orioles for the 1969 season and that year became the first Baltimore pitcher to win the AL Cy Young Award, sharing the honor with Detroit's Denny McLain. Cuellar went 23-11 with five shutouts, including a game in which he held Minnesota hitless until Cesar Tovar's soft, leadoff single in the ninth inning.
Cuellar helped pitch Baltimore to three straight World Series from 1969-71. He finished off that run by teaming with Jim Palmer, Dave McNally and Pat Dobson to become the only staff other than the 1920 Chicago White Sox with a quartet of 20-game winners.
Cuellar won a career-high 24 games in 1970 and again excelled in the post-season, this time with his arm and bat. A career .115 hitter, Cuellar highlighted Game 1 of the ALCS with a grand slam. He then closed out the World Series by beating Cincinnati in Game 5 at old Memorial Stadium. After giving up three runs in the first inning, he shut out the Reds on two hits the rest of the way.
Roddick edges Nadal to reach finals
Andy Roddick pressured Rafael Nadal by rushing the net and won their semifinals Friday at the Sony Ericsson Open, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Roddick became more aggressive when he fell behind and began coming in more behind his serve. The match turned when he won the last 11 points of the second set, including a 143 mph serve — fastest of the tournament — for a winner on the final point.
"I took a lot of risks there in the last two sets," he said. "I rolled the dice a lot and came up Yahtzee a couple times."
Seeded sixth, Roddick advanced to the Key Biscayne finals for the first time since winning the championship in 2004. He'll play for the title Sunday against No. 16 Tomas Berdych, who defeated No. 5 Robin Soderling 6-2, 6-2.
■ Venus Williams' longest winning streak since 2004 put her in the women's finals at the Sony Ericsson Open. Williams won her 15th consecutive match Thursday night by beating Marion Bartoli in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-4. In Saturday's finals, Williams will face Kim Clijsters, who edged fellow Belgian Justine Henin 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6).
Kyle Busch wins Nashville trucks race
Kyle Busch raced to his first NASCAR victory as a team owner, dominating the Nashville 200 on Friday night at Nashville Superspeedway for his 17th career Camping World Trucks Series win. Kevin Harvick, the winner of his previous four trucks starts, was second, followed by Ron Hornaday Jr. and Timothy Peters.
The last word
ESPN commentator Buck Showalter, when discussing the now-replaced Minneapolis Metrodome during Friday's Orioles-Yankees telecast, said there weren't separate showers for coaches and players, and then he relayed advice given him by former Yankees manager Billy Martin:
"If you want to keep the respect of your players, never let them see you naked."