Cats bring their best, but Georgia still has their number
Kentucky's gymnastics team posted its highest team score of the season behind an incredible individual performance from senior Phylicia Reshard, who took the all-around crown, but the Wildcats came up short against No. 3 Georgia 195.550-195.000 in Memorial Coliseum on Friday night. The Bulldogs remained undefeated at 67-0 in the all-time series with the Wildcats.
Reshard excelled for Kentucky (2-3, 0-3 Southeastern Conference) on all four events, posting career highs in uneven bars (9.775) and beam (9.825). She is the first Wildcat to win an all-around title in an SEC dual-meet since 2007.
"I almost cried," Reshard said when asked what she did when she saw she had won the all-around title. "My main focus tonight was to have confidence in not only what I could do, but what my teammates could do and that really helped me have a good meet."
Kentucky scored season highs in both beam and floor.
"It was a very good meet for us," assistant coach Heather Hite said. "We are happy to be in the 195 score. We told the girls that they have to look at the score they posted and use this as some momentum going forward. Tonight they went out there with confidence in their gymnastics and that is what we have been working on. There is still work to do, but for tonight we are pleased."
LSU expects return of its top scorer
The LSU men's basketball team, reeling after three straight blowouts, is in line to have leading scorer Ralston Turner back for Saturday's game at Alabama. Turner, a 6-foot-6 freshman, suffered a stress reaction in his right foot Jan. 2 at Virginia. He has not played in any of LSU's five Southeastern Conference games. Turner averaged 13.7 points in pre-conference action.
LSU (10-10, 2-3 SEC) started 2-0 in the SEC without him, but the Tigers have lost their past three games by an average of 29 points.
■ Montgomery County graduate Maggie Prewitt scored 26 points and hit four of six three-point attempts to lead Centre's women to an 80-57 rout of visiting Austin College. Lauren Huter (Assumption) added 11 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.
Sports in the courts
Ex-U of L players charged with assault
Two former University of Louisville football players face first-degree assault charges stemming from a locker room fight last fall. University of Louisville police said twin brothers Isaac and Jacob Geffrad were issued a criminal complaint last November after fighting with sophomore defensive lineman Patrick Grant in the locker room at Cardinal Stadium after practice. WAVE-TV in Louisville reported both players were charged with assault and are scheduled to make a court appearance on Feb. 3. Louisville spokesman Rocco Gasparro said the 19-year-old brothers from Oakland Park, Fla., who were both redshirted last fall, were dismissed from the team following the incident. Grant is from Sunrise, Fla.
■ The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education is investigating a Title IX sexual harassment complaint filed by a former Syracuse University women's basketball player against women's coach Quentin Hillsman. In her complaint, Lynnae Lampkins accuses Hillsman of inappropriate texting and touching and says she left the team because she felt uncomfortable. Lampkins alleges that one text sent during the summer said: "I love you, I miss you, I can't wait to see you." In a statement released by the university, Hillsman called the allegations "untrue." He said he uses text messaging to communicate with players and the text in question was sent to multiple players and "reflects my sentiments about the team, not a specific player."
Dominguez rides 4 winners at Aqueduct
Flat Bold, the 3-2 favorite, beat Be Bullish by one length Friday in the $48,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct. A 5-year-old gelding trained by Tom Albertrani, Flat Bold improved to 4-for-15. He ran the six furlongs in 1:09.92 on the track rated good with Ramon Dominguez aboard. It was the third of four wins on the day for Dominguez, who triggered a $41.80 early Daily Double by guiding Gentle Edwin ($7.10) and Crafty N P ($11.60) to front-running victories in the first two races. He completed a $128.50 Pick 3 on Flat Bold in the third race. Dominguez's other victory came in the fifth race aboard Five Grand Girl.
A goalie goes first in NHL All-Star draft
Eric Staal stayed at home with the first pick in the inaugural NHL All-Star draft by taking goalie Cam Ward, his teammate on the host Carolina Hurricanes. With Sidney Crosby sidelined by a concussion, the first pick in Friday night's draft for the All-Star game on Sunday was a complete mystery. The odds-on favorites were two-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos. But Staal went away from the script and grabbed Ward, citing the fact they won the Stanley Cup together in 2006. Nicklas Lidstrom, the captain of Team Lidstrom, grabbed Stamkos with the second pick. Ovechkin then went third to Team Staal.
The first Mr. Irrelevant is Toronto's Phil Kessel. Kessel went to Team Lidstrom with the final pick. Kessel and Colorado's Paul Stastny were the last two players remaining. Don't feel too bad for Kessel: He will receive a car, and a donation will be made in his name to a charity of his choice.
Nagasu in front after short program
Mirai Nagasu, the 2008 champion, edged out fellow previous winners Alissa Czisny and Rachael Flatt in the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Thursday night with a beguiling routine to Witches of Eastwick. But with the margin among the three so small — just 1.03 points — Saturday night's free skate in Greensboro, N.C., will dictate who gets the two spots available on the team for the world championships.
■ Three months after deciding to put retirement on hold at the request of fans, Ryan Bradley won the men's short program on Friday night. Bradley's flawless program to Bugle Boy from Company B earned him 80.39 points, putting him two points ahead of two-time defending champion Jeremy Abbott. Brandon Mroz is a distant third going into Sunday afternoon's free skate.
■ Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White have taken a huge step toward their third straight title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships by easily winning the short dance. Davis and White's waltz to music from La Boheme and La Traviata earned 76.04 points and was almost six points ahead of junior world champions Maia and Alex Shibutani. The free dance is Saturday.
ESPN's roster has Garciaparra, Boone
Former Boston Red Sox star Nomar Garciaparra will become the analyst for ESPN's Wednesday night baseball telecasts this season. Dave O'Brien will join him as the play-by-play voice. Aaron Boone and Rick Sutcliffe will be the analysts for the network's Monday night broadcasts. Sean McDonough will do the play-by-play. Dan Shulman was on the Monday telecasts last season. He shifts to Sunday and will be paired with Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine.
The last word
Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty, who through a series of mergers had lost control of the team that bears his name, told NASCAR.com he is happy to once again have a voice in the decisions being made at Richard Petty Motorsports after the team almost went broke last season:
"If you're going to be involved, you want to be heard. The last couple of years, a lot of suggestions I threw out there were strictly suggestions. ... I want to be involved. It's the kind of deal where the Petty name has always been involved with NASCAR, but now we'll have a little bit more of a say-so about what's going on."