Softball's Bell throws no-hitter, sets pair of strikeout records
Junior right-hander Chanda Bell tossed the second no-hitter of her career and No. 24 Kentucky defeated Colorado State 7-0 to open the Stanford Nike Invitational in Stanford, Calif. Bell's history-making day did not end there — she also posted a single-game school record with 16 strikeouts and broke Keary Camunas' UK career-strikeout record.
Bell, an Indianapolis native who passed Camunas' 550 career strikeouts, had a perfect game until she walked a batter in the sixth inning.
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"Obviously, Chanda was outstanding today," UK Coach Rachel Lawson said. "Any day that you can break two records at the same time is pretty exceptional."
Bell now has 561 strikeouts. Her 16 on Friday surpassed her own single-game record of 15, which she had achieved four times before.
Senior Megan Yocke had a three-run home run and knocked in another run. Senior Annie Rowlands hit her first home run of the season, and junior Brittany Cervantes hit her fourth home run in the last three games with a two-run shot in the sixth.
Kentucky (9-2) will play host Stanford at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, then follows that up with a game against UC Davis at 9 p.m.
Bat Cats blow 6-run lead, lose 10-8
Kentucky's baseball team (2-3) took a six-run lead into the top of the seventh inning before Illinois-Chicago scored four in that inning and four in the ninth to rally for a 10-8 victory at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Illinois-Chicago was still down two runs and down to its last strike before it completed the comeback. With the Cats up 8-6 heading into the top of the ninth, UK closer Braden Kapteyn gave up a two-out, two-RBI single to Andy Leonard. Jason Ganek followed that up with a two-run home run on a 1-1 count against Kapteyn.
UK junior catcher Michael Williams was the star for the Cats, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI. Williams' home runs came in the second and sixth inning. Taylor Rogers, the Cats' starter, pitched 62⁄3 innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out six. Rogers also gave up three unearned runs in the seventh.
Kentucky resumes the series with the Flames at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Nwokey wins SEC title in pentathlon
Kentucky's Precious Nwokey opened the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships with a victory in the pentathlon on Friday in Fayetteville, Ark. Nwokey, who finished third in the event last year, used a personal-best 6.18-meter long jump to push past Arkansas' Makeba Alcide. The Kentucky junior finished with an NCAA-qualifying 4,185 points.
Gymnastics gets SEC win against LSU
Kentucky's gymnastics team turned in a season-best performance on the balance beam (48.6) and earned its first Southeastern Conference victory of the year against No. 20 LSU 195.575-192.95 at Memorial Coliseum on Friday. UK (3-6, 1-5 SEC) defeated the Tigers for the second consecutive season after getting its first win in 31 tries last year in the Lady Luck Invitational in Las Vegas. The victory in an SEC dual meet is the first for Kentucky since it defeated Auburn on Jan. 12, 2008.
Hocutt to become AD at Texas Tech
Calling it "the correct decision" for his family, Kirby Hocutt resigned as Miami's athletics director to take the same job at Texas Tech, barely two months after hiring a new football coach. University President Donna Shalala announced the move in a one-paragraph statement, doing so even before Texas Tech officials or Hocutt himself chose to make the decision public.
"I am deeply disappointed," Shalala said.
Texas Tech said shortly after Shalala released her statement that it has an "agreement in principle" with Hocutt. The 38-year-old Hocutt, a Texas native, was at Miami for 2½ years, and has been considered one of the rising administrators in college athletics.
Shalala's statement did not discuss how the Hurricanes will search for a new athletics director. Possible candidates include Florida Atlantic's Craig Angelos and Western Kentucky's Ross Bjork, who was Miami's associate athletics director for external operations from 2003 through 2005.
Louisville releases football schedule
Louisville's 2011 football schedule features eight games against teams that played in a bowl in 2010. The Cardinals, who went 7-6 in Coach Charlie Strong's first season, open at home against Murray State on Sept. 1. Louisville's non-conference schedule also includes home games against Florida International (Sept. 9) and Marshall (Oct. 1) and road trips to Kentucky (Sept. 17) and North Carolina (Oct. 8).
■ The Southeastern Conference agreed to keep its football championship game at the Georgia Dome through the 2017 season. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced the deal Friday, adding two years to the existing five-year contract.
Bayne still trying to drum up sponsors
Trevor Bayne may have won the Daytona 500 in one of NASCAR's biggest upsets, but that hasn't sent the sponsors knocking down his door. At least not yet. The 20-year-old driver was able to add an 18th Sprint Cup race with his winnings from Daytona, but would like to run a full schedule, including the two races at Talladega. He still doesn't have a sponsor for his Nationwide car, either.
"Maybe these first seven races we can get some momentum and some companies will want to come on board," Bayne said from Phoenix International Raceway on Friday.
Bayne's first post-Daytona weekend didn't start off well.
Feeling the brake pressure wasn't right on the first lap of Friday's practice session, Bayne told his crew that he was about to crash because he couldn't stop. He did when the brakes locked up and sent him careening into the wall off Turn 3, badly damaging the front right. He had to switch to a backup car.
Lorenzen throws 6 TDs for River Monsters
Former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen threw for six touchdowns and 257 yards in his return to professional football, and the Northern Kentucky River Monsters defeated the Canton Cougars 63-41 in their inaugural Ultimate Indoor Football League game Friday. Willie Idlette led the receiving corps with 110 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions.
■ Novak Djokovic will put his unbeaten record in 2011 on the line against Roger Federer in the Dubai Championships finals on Saturday. Federer maintained his dominance over Richard Gasquet with a 6-2, 7-5 victory in the seminals Friday. Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych, whose thigh injury forced him to retire while trailing 6-7 (5), 6-2, 4-2.
■ Second-seeded Vera Zvonareva rallied to defeat Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to set up a finals against top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki in the Qatar Ladies Open. Wozniacki cruised into the finals with a 6-1, 6-1 rout of Marion Bartoli.
The last word
NASCAR's Carl Edwards has no qualms about driving a race car 200 mph in heavy traffic, but when he got to the top of the observation tower at the Stratosphere hotel and casino Thursday in Las Vegas, he didn't feel so bold. Edwards bungee-jumped off the tower as part of a promotion for next weekend's race in Las Vegas. That meant plummeting more than 800 feet straight down.
"When I first said I was going to (do it), I thought it was no big deal. You're strapped in. But I was 50/50. If there weren't all those cameras up there I might have said, 'I'll go back down the slow way. ' "