Record crowd sees top-seeded Cards open NCAAs with win
Louisville got two late second-half goals to defeat visiting College of Charleston 3-1 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. The Cardinals, who had a bye in the first round, improved to 17-0-3 this season.
A crowd of 5,197 set a new attendance record for the Cardinals, breaking the old record of 3,853 set on Oct. 5, 2005, against Indiana. It's also the record for a college soccer game in Kentucky.
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Louisville ended a scoreless tie in the 20th minute when Paolo DelPiccolo took a shot that hit the crossbar and bounced the ball to Nick DeLeon, who collected it in a scramble in front of the net and scored his seventh goal of the season. The Cougars tied it when Sean de Silva's corner kick found the Sean Flatley, who headed in the goal in the 25th minute.
In the 84th minute, the Cardinals' Colin Rolfe took a pass from DeLeon and scored from 20 yards out, also his seventh goal this year. Louisville got an insurance goal in the 89th minute when Rolfe played a ball to Dylan Mares, who passed it to an open Charlie Campbell for the goal.
The Cardinals' third-round matchup against Ohio State will also be in Louisville at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Wall misses 4th straight, Wizards lose
Richard Hamilton scored 12 of his 27 points in overtime in the Detroit Pistons' 115-110 home victory over the Washington Wizards. Wizards rookie star John Wall missed his fourth straight game because of a sprained left foot. He was on the Wizards' active list, and Coach Flip Saunders said before the game that he hoped to get a few minutes out of him, but Wall ended up watching in street clothes.
■ David West had 17 points and Trevor Ariza added 16 to help the New Orleans Hornets improve to 11-1 with a 75-71 victory over the host Sacramento Kings. The Hornets have won three straight to match San Antonio for the best record in the NBA. Donte Greene had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento. The Kings have dropped nine of 10 games since opening the season 3-1.
■ Amir Johnson made two free throws with less than 3 seconds to play, Andrea Bargnani scored 29 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat visiting Boston 102-101 to end an eight-game losing streak to the Celtics. Paul Pierce's potential game-winner bounced off the rim as Toronto beat Boston for the first time since a 114-112 road win on Jan. 23, 2008. Boston's Rajon Rondo, who left Friday's game with a strained left hamstring, did not play.
West, Thompson highlight Hall induction
At West Virginia, Jerry West had the pure jump shot. At North Carolina State, David Thompson dazzled with his highwire act above the rim. Different styles, but the same spectacular results.
West and Thompson, who both wore No. 44, highlighted an eight-man contingent inducted Sunday night into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Mo. Joining West and Thompson in the 2010 class were players Christian Laettner of Duke and Sidney Wicks of UCLA; coaches Davey Whitney and Tex Winter and contributors Wayne Duke and Tom Jernstedt.
Thompson revealed he chose No. 44 partially because he had been so inspired by watching West as a player. "That and the fact that I had a 44-inch vertical leap," Thompson said with a laugh.
At a basketball clinic that he attended toward the end of West's career, Thompson recalled that West could not only make shot after shot, but actually predict how the ball would go in. "He might say 'this shot is going to hit the front of the rim and go in' or 'this shot will hit the back of the rim and go in'. After that clinic was over, I decided I had to work on my shooting," Thompson said.
Before his storied career in the NBA with the Lakers, West was a two-time All-America for his home-state Mountaineers and led West Virginia to the 1959 NCAA title game.
Goncalves to miss rest of Churchill meet
Jockey Leandro Goncalves injured his thumb during a training session and will miss the remainder of the Fall Meet at Churchill Downs. Goncalves' agent, Jim McNerney said Goncalves was preparing to work a horse Saturday morning when the mount stumbled and the jockey's thumb was jammed into the horse's neck. McNerney said there's no broken bones, but possible ligament damage to Goncalves, who will be seeing a specialist on Monday. The 28-year-old native of Brazil had ridden four winners through the first 14 days of the meet that concludes Nov. 28.
■ Dyani came from ninth at the head of the stretch to pass Up in Lights at the wire in Churchill Downs' feature allowance race for fillies and mares.
Poulter holds on to win in Hong Kong
Ian Poulter held off a spirited challenge from Italian youngster Matteo Manassero to win the Hong Kong Open by one stroke. The 17-year-old Manassero shot an 8-under 62 at the Fanling course and finished at 21-under 259, but Poulter's 67 was enough to secure his 10th win on the European Tour. Simon Dyson tied Manassero for second after a 65, while American Anthony Kang finished fourth, a stroke further back.
■ John Mallinger won the Pebble Beach (Calif.) Invitational, birdieing four of the last six holes for a 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over Jason Gore. Mallinger made a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to finish at 15-under 273 in the event featuring 76 male and female players. Pat Perez (65) and Champions Tour player Russ Cochran (71), a Paducah native and former University of Kentucky golfer, tied for third at 11 under. Annika Sorenstam, completing her first 72-hole tournament since her LPGA Tour retirement in 2008, shot a 73 to finish at 3 under.
Federer, Murray open ATPs with wins
Roger Federer and Andy Murray won in straight sets on the opening day of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals. Federer beat David Ferrer 6-1, 6-4 on the indoor hard court at the O2 Arena. Murray defeated Robin Soderling 6-2, 6-4. Federer and Murray are in Group B at the round-robin tournament. Group A plays Monday, with top-ranked Rafael Nadal facing Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic facing Tomas Berdych.
In doubles, top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States defeated Jurgen Melzer of Austria and Philipp Petzschner of Germany 6-3, 7-5.
Track and field
Rudisha, Vlasic named athletes of year
Kenyan 800-meter runner David Rudisha and Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlasic won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards.
The 21-year-old Rudisha became the youngest athlete to ever win the award after breaking Wilson Kipketer's 13-year-old world record twice within eight days in August. Rudisha clocked 1 minute, 41.01 seconds in the two-lap race on Aug. 29 at the Rieti meeting, shaving 0.08 seconds off the mark he set in Berlin the week before.
Vlasic won the world indoor championships and was also crowned European champion this year. She won 18 out of 20 competitions and posted a season best of 6 feet, 8¾ inches.
The last word
Talk about the mother of all elbow injuries. Golden State Warriors forward David Lee told the San Francisco Chronicle this about his cut that got infected and required surgery:
"I know, I know, it's an elbow scratch. But I was in the worst pain of my life. Now I know what it feels like to give birth."