Bat Cats outlast Utah in pitchers' duel, 2-1
Kentucky's baseball team (5-6) used seven strong innings from starter Jordan Cooper and the first career save from freshman Trevor Gott to earn a 2-1 victory Sunday against Utah (2-6) on the final day of the Houston College Classic.
Cooper allowed three hits and one run, walking three and striking out a career-best nine. Gott pitched the final two innings and allowed one infield hit, while striking out four without issuing a walk.
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Kentucky junior catcher Michael Williams knocked a single through the left side of the infield to score Braden Kapteyn for the game-winning run in the eighth inning.
Kentucky's next game is at 4 p.m. Tuesday against Eastern Kentucky at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
■ Freshman Lauren Cumbess struck out a career-best 10 batters and hit her first career home run and the 24th-ranked Kentucky softball team defeated Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 2-0 in the final game of the Coach B Classic hosted by Southern Illinois. Brittany Cervantes also hit a home run for the Wildcats, who have won five straight games.
■ Kentucky's women's tennis team earned its first Southeastern Conference victory of the season, 6-1 win against Mississippi State at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center on Sunday.
"It's just a great feeling because we haven't even had an SEC win in over a year," UK Coach Carlos Drada said. "Hopefully from this we'll learn and get confidence for our next match coming up."
■ The No. 12 Kentucky men's tennis team (13-3, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) won the doubles point and five of six singles matches to rout Mississippi State 6-1 in in Starkville, Miss. UK junior Eric Quigley, ranked No. 5 in the nation, defeated George Coupland 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.
High school basketball
9th Region boys, girls champs decided
It took four overtimes before No. 12 Dixie Heights became the first boys team to secure a spot in the Sweet Sixteen by defeating No. 16 Newport Central Catholic 79-76 in the 9th Region finals on Sunday at Northern Kentucky University. The Colonels had also won the only previous meeting between the two teams this season, 51-38 at home on Dec. 9.
Brandon Hatton, a freshman guard, hit four three-pointers and scored 24 points for the Dixie Heights (29-3). Jake Giesler, a senior center, scored 30 points for the Thoroughbreds. He hit a game-tying three-pointer at the end of the third overtime.
■ Newport Central Catholic locked up the last Sweet Sixteen berth when the 12th-ranked Colonels (25-4) knocked off No. 6 Boone County 50-40 in the 9th Region finals. Kiley Bartels led the way with 14 points. Sydney Moss, the daughter of NFL star Randy Moss, scored 18 for the Lady Rebels (26-7). Boone County had won the team's previous matchup 50-42 on Dec. 15.
Sabbatini holds on to win Honda Classic
Rory Sabbatini began the day with a big lead, turned back a challenge on the back nine and shot an even-par 70 Sunday for a one-stroke victory in the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Sabbatini sank a 2-foot par putt on No. 18 to finish at 9-under 271. He earned his first PGA Tour title since the 2009 Byron Nelson Championship and sixth overall.
Y.E. Yang birdied the final hole for a closing 66 to finish 8 under. Jerry Kelly, who played with Sabbatini and Yang in the final threesome, shot a 67 and took third at 7 under.
Sabbatini started the final round ahead by five shots, and was still in front by five when he finished No. 8. But Yang was within one stroke seven holes later, thanks to birdies on Nos. 12 and 14 and two bogeys by Sabbatini.
Lee Westwood, who fell to No. 2 in the rankings behind Martin Kaymer on Feb. 28, shot 70 and tied for 29th. He needed a top-three finish to regain the top ranking.
■ Ted Potter, a two-time Hooters Tour Player of the Year, rolled to a seven-stroke victory in the season-opening event at Killearn Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla. Potter entered the final round up by four strokes and and shot a Sunday-low 67.
■ Brenden Pappas won the Bogota Open on Sunday when lightning wiped out the third round, reducing the Nationwide Tour event to 36 holes. "This was a hollow victory because it's unofficial," Pappas said. "We didn't get to play 72 holes, but it's a victory nonetheless."
Misremembered wins after long layoff
Misremembered returned from a year off Sunday to win the $75,000 Santana Mile at Santa Anita on the first anniversary of his victory in the Santa Anita Handicap, and the day after trainer Bob Baffert's long shot Game On Dude won this year's Big 'Cap. Sidelined with a series of ailments since March, Misremembered was still a heavy favorite in the field of seven older horses. He was fourth in the early going, took the lead on the second turn and pulled away to beat Kensei by three lengths in 1:33.4, a tenth off the track record.
After the dominant win in a race with a tenth of the purse, Baffert expressed regret that Misremembered, a 5-year-old son of Candy Ride partly owned by Baffert's wife Jill, hadn't run alongside Game On Dude a day earlier. "He is so much better than he was last year," Baffert said. "He's filled out. I was sort of upset at myself for not having him ready for the Big 'Cap."
Misremembered is certain to run in deeper and richer company in his next start. Baffert suggested he might send the horse to the $10 million Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates on March 26, but did not commit to anything. "I'm just going to see how he comes out of this," Baffert said. "We were thinking about Dubai in the back of our minds, but we don't know. There are so many options."
Roddick sends U.S. past Chile in Davis Cup
Andy Roddick showed why he's the go-to guy when the United States needs to close out a Davis Cup tie. Roddick defeated Paul Capdeville 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-3 Sunday, giving the United States an insurmountable 3-1 lead in its 4-1 victory over Chile in the first-round Davis Cup World Group series. Roddick improved 12-0 in matches that can clinch a Davis Cup matchup for the U.S. and is 33-11 overall in 24 ties since 2001. John Isner finished off the 4-1 victory with a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5 win over Guillermo Rivera-Aranguiz in the meaningless second reverse singles. It was Isner's first win in four Davis Cup singles matches. He has two wins in doubles.
The Americans advanced to the quarterfinals and will play at home in July against Rafael Nadal and Spain, 4-1 winners over Belgium this weekend. Roddick's hometown of Austin, Texas, is being considered as the host, along with San Antonio and Albany, N.Y.
In the other first-round World Group series Sunday, defending champion Serbia handled India 4-1, Argentina closed out a 4-1 victory over Romania, Russia salvaged two matches in a 3-2 defeat to Sweden, Germany beat Croatia 3-2, France ousted Austria 3-2, and Kazakhstan upset the Czech Republic 3-2.
The last word
NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski took exception to not being interviewed by ESPN following his third-place finish in the Nationwide Series race on Saturday. Keselowski was leading when a flat tire sent his car into the wall, and Mark Martin slid past him to win. Keselowski, the defending Nationwide champion complained on Twitter that he was ignored by ESPN, and that the network focused on Danica Patrick's fourth-place finish. Keselowski said Sunday before the Sprint Cup race:
"I said what I meant and I meant what I said. They just chose to focus on only a few story lines during the race, and when I got out of the car, it was clear I wasn't one of those story lines. They said they tried to find me, but I was hiding in plain sight. Nobody ever showed up to talk to me."