Four reach double figures in kills in volleyball's victory
The 22nd-ranked Kentucky volleyball team's offense had 58 kills, and four players had 10 or more, in a 3-1 (25-20, 25-10, 21-25, 25-20) victory over South Carolina on Sunday at Memorial Coliseum.
Lauren Rapp led the way for Kentucky (7-5, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) with 16 kills. Whitney Billings had 12 and Ann Armes and Blaire Hiler added 11 and 10, respectively. Freshman setter Elizabeth Koberstein had a career-high 48 assists.
■ Kentucky's women's soccer team (6-2) got its third straight shutout at home with a 2-0 defeat of South Alabama (2-5-1). The Wildcats are 5-0 at home this season and haven't allowed a goal at the UK Soccer Complex. "We want to defend our turf," UK Coach Jon Lipsitz said. "We want to win all the games, regardless of where we are. Being home is special, and being in front of our crowd and our fans is special." Kelsey Hunyadi and Caitlin Landis scored for the Wildcats. UK goalie Sydney Hiance had three saves for her fourth shutout this season.
■ Matt Lodge netted his first goal of the season to put the Kentucky men's soccer team (2-3-1) up a goal early but Iona scored on an own goal in the 72nd minute and Douglas Stephens finished it in overtime, lifting Iona to a 2-1 win on the final day of the Gamecock Classic on Sunday, hosted by South Carolina.
Court Vision wins Woodbine Mile
Court Vision passed The Usual Q.T. on the outside in the stretch and held on for a 1¼-length victory Sunday in the $1 million Woodbine Mile in Toronto. The 5-year-old Court Vision, ridden by Robby Albarado and trained by Rick Dutrow, finished in 1:34.62 on the firm turf and paid $16.60, $7.60, $5.40. The winner secured a spot next month in the Breeders' Cup Mile and earned $600,000 for IEAH Stables and Resoulte Group Stable.
■ Strike the Bell rallied from eighth to beat Quiet Meadow by 1¼ lengths in the $100,000 Noble Damsel Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park. Ramon Dominguez was aboard for trainer David Donk.
Serbia joins France in Davis Cup finals
Serbia will host France in an all-European Davis Cup finals in December after the Serbs rallied to beat the Czech Republic 3-2 on Sunday. Serbia, which was trailing 2-1 after Saturday's doubles, was able to tie the best-of-five series when Novak Djokovic defeated Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in Sunday's first match. Janko Tipsarevic then secured Serbia's first appearance in a Davis Cup finals by beating Radek Stepanek 6-0, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the deciding match. France had already qualified for the Dec. 3-5 finals by taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in Saturday's doubles. It completed a 5-0 rout on Sunday.
Mardy Fish defeated Santiago Giraldo 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 4-6, 8-6 to give the United States an insurmountable 3-1 lead over host Colombia in the Davis Cup. Winning the playoff match on outdoor red clay means the U.S. will remain in the World Group, the top tier of the Davis Cup. Colombia was trying to qualify for the first time.
Spanish Open the 76th victory for Davies
English star Laura Davies won the Spanish Women's Open on Sunday for her 76th worldwide victory, closing with an even-par 71 in Benahavis, Spain, for a two-stroke victory over American Christina Kim, England's Rebecca Hudson and Australia's Frances Bondad. Davies, also a winner this year on the Ladies European Tour in New Zealand, Germany and Austria, finished at 11 under after opening with rounds of 65 and 66 on the Flamingos course. She overcame a quadruple-bogey 8 on the 13th, rallying with birdies on Nos. 14 and 15 to take a two-stroke lead. At 46 years, 11 months, 14 days, the four-time major champion broke her own record as the oldest winner in Ladies European Tour history.
■ Jose Manuel Lara won his second European Tour title on Sunday, beating David Lynn on the first playoff hole at the Austrian Open. Lara had 10 birdies in an 8-under 64, including a 35-foot putt on No. 18 to finish at 17-under 271 and force the playoff. Lynn, who shared the overnight lead, had seven birdies in a 68.
Castroneves' win keeps title on line
Pole-sitter Helio Castroneves won the Indy Japan 300 on Sunday and Dario Franchitti finished second to set up a two-man race for the IndyCar title going into the final event of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Franchitti, the defending series champion, closed within 12 points of overall leader Will Power of Australia, who placed third.
■ Casey Stoner won Moto GP's Aragon Grand Prix from the pole ahead of Dani Pedrosa in Motegi, Japan. Owensboro native Nicky Hayden passed Jorge Lorenzo on the final lap to finish third.
Messi injures ankle in team's victory
Lionel Messi damaged right ankle ligaments during a challenge from Tomas Ujfalusi in Barcelona's 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid on Sunday, and the reigning FIFA player of the year is set for more tests to determine the severity of the injury. Barcelona said initial tests ruled out a break,
The last word
Think it's tough playing sports in Philadelphia? Try being a mascot there. Dave Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic, told Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO:
"I was charged with entertaining — as a green Muppet — the same fans that booed Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and now puke on people they don't like."