Middle Tennessee strikes for six runs in 8th, beats UK 9-4
Middle Tennessee State rallied for six unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning and beat the Kentucky baseball team 9-4 at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Wednesday night.
With the score tied 3-3, the Blue Raiders (3-10) struck for six runs, most coming against UK reliever Trevor Gott, who allowed three hits, walked two and committed an error in the inning.
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Kentucky (6-7) loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Taylor Black's sacrifice fly scored Paul McConkey, but Thomas McCarthy hit into the Cats' fourth double play of the game to end it.
Chad Wright went 2-for-4 for UK, and Black drove in two runs.
Kentucky opens a three-game series with Niagara on Friday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Newton gets AD job at Samford
Martin Newton, the director of operations for men's basketball at Kentucky, was named athletic director at Samford, the school announced Wednesday at a news conference. Newton, who played for Samford from 1979-83, will replace Bob Roller this spring. Newton is expected to stay on staff at Kentucky through the NCAA Tournament. "This is the greatest part of occupying the seat I have at UK, seeing our staff members reach their dreams and further their own careers," Coach John Calipari said.
Georgia admits to recruiting violation
Georgia acknowledged breaking NCAA rules in its recruitment of linebacker Ray Drew. The school sent a letter to the Southeastern Conference saying that two former football players attended a Jan. 28 news conference in which Drew announced his commitment to Georgia, a violation of five NCAA bylaws relating to illegal contract before signing a letter of intent. While the ex-players aren't named in the letter, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other news outlets reported and photographed Randall Godfrey and David Pollack attending Drew's news conference. The 6-foot-5, 243-pound Drew was part of Georgia's highly rated signing class. The self-reported violations will likely be considered minor and handled by the conference.
Union seeks transparency from league
Players' union leader DeMaurice Smith indicated Wednesday that NFL owners have lowered from $1 billion to $800 million the amount of additional revenues they want to take off the top of their $9 billion business. He also was clear he considers the lower figure still too high, because the league is not offering to turn over enough financial information. Leaving the 14th day of mediated talks — and with the labor contract set to expire Friday — Smith called the information the NFL proposed to provide "utterly meaningless." The union rejected what the league offered to give; that financial information doesn't include data requested nearly two years ago by Smith in a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell.
"Has it gotten everything it wants? Evidently not. Have we offered to provide more? Absolutely," NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash said. "And is it a subject that we're prepared to discuss? Absolutely."
The NFL Players Association insists it wants full financial disclosure. "Just to be absolutely clear, the information that was offered wasn't what we asked for," Smith said. "We have requested access to fully audited financial statements since May 2009. We believe that is the appropriate information to analyze the league's request to write a multibillion check to the owners."
■ The Falcons signed General Manager Thomas Dimitroff to a new contract, the team announced Wednesday. Financial terms and length of the deal were not disclosed.
Woods explains limited schedule
When Tiger Woods tees it up Thursday in the Cadillac Championship at Doral, it will be only his 10th competitive round of the year, an unusually low number with the Masters around the corner. Why not play more tournaments? "Because I have a family. I'm divorced," Woods said. "If you've been divorced with kids, then you would understand." There is no cut at this World Golf Championship, so Woods is guaranteed four rounds this week. It starts Thursday on the Blue Monster, a course where he has won three times and never finished out of the top 10 in four other appearances. Because tournament officials relied on the world ranking to determine the groups, Woods will spend the first two days with Phil Mickelson, his fiercest rival, and Graeme McDowell.
Hit fractures Pacioretty's vertebra
Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has a severe concussion and a fractured vertebra from a frightening hit by Boston's Zdeno Chara, a former Kentucky Thoroughblade, that will not draw further discipline from the NHL. Pacioretty is in a hospital under observation, Canadiens Coach Jacques Martin said Wednesday. "There is no other prognosis at this time," Martin said after practice. Martin said Pacioretty will "obviously be out indefinitely."
Pacioretty was wheeled off the ice with 15.8 seconds left in the second period of the Canadiens' 4-1 victory Tuesday night. The 22-year-old player was chasing the puck along the boards in front of the team benches late in the second period when he was checked hard by Chara. His head slammed into the glass partition between the benches. He lay motionless on the ice for several minutes before he was taken to a hospital, where he spent the night.
Williams still treating blood clots
Serena Williams still has blood clots in her lung but hopes to return to tennis this summer after recovering from a pulmonary embolism, which she called the "scariest moment in my life." The 13-time Grand Slam champion spoke on NBC's Today show Wednesday from Los Angeles, saying she hasn't left her house much since going to the hospital nearly three weeks ago.
"I had a lot of swelling in my leg, which really is a telltale sign of an embolism, and I could not breathe," Williams said.
She said doctors couldn't find anything in her leg and then ordered a CAT scan of her lungs. "That's when they found several blood clots," Williams said. Treating the blood clots required Williams to inject herself with a blood thinner, she said.
U.S. women beat Iceland for Algarve Cup
Lauren Cheney tied the score in first-half stoppage time, and Heather O'Reilly got the go-ahead goal in the 55th minute, giving the United States women's soccer team a 4-2 victory over Iceland on Wednesday night and its eighth Algarve Cup title. At the World Cup in Germany, the Americans will open against North Korea on June 28, then play Colombia on July 2 and Sweden on July 6. "We've still got three months preparation, and we're looking good and the confidence is building and that's what you need leading into the World Cup," defender Christine Rampone said.
The last word
Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest, on fans who wanted the team to trade center Andrew Bynum:
"They're crazy. They're stupid. It doesn't make no sense. I don't care what they say. He's only 23. Are you serious?"