Stein, Anderson shinein U of L's spring game
Will Stein passed for two touchdowns, while Vic Anderson ran for two more scores as the Red beat the White 31-14 Friday night in the University of Louisville's spring football game. Anderson provided the biggest and most electrifying play of the game, a 58-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. He took a handoff from Stein and started to his right before cutting back to his left and finding a huge hole. Stein was 10-for-17 for 123 yards. He tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Josh Chichester 90 seconds before halftime for the Red, then tossed an 11-yarder to Josh Bellamy a minute later for the White's first score. Roy Philon, a tackle out of Bryan Station, was the leading tackler with eight.
■ The most sweeping change approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Thursday is the 10-second runoff for penalties called in the final minute of each half, something the NFL has used for years. College teams will now have the option of taking yardage and time, yardage only or declining the penalty. The committee also approved a change in how intentional grounding will be called. Previously, the penalty was called if the intended receiver did not have a "reasonable opportunity" to catch the pass. Now, the penalty will be called only if a receiver is not in the area of the pass.
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■ South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier will earn $2.8 million next season, an increase of $800,000 from last year. A revamped contract was approved by the school's board of trustees Friday. Spurrier, who turns 66 on Wednesday, did not ask for a contract extension in a deal that runs through 2013.
■ Washington County (Ark.) Jail records show that Arkansas linebacker Ross Rasner has been arrested on drug and alcohol charges. According to the records, Rasner, 19, was arrested early Friday morning by University of Arkansas police and booked into the county jail at 1:22 a.m.
Meanwhile, Arkansas running back Broderick Green is expected to miss the upcoming season after tearing a knee ligament — the anterior cruciate in his left knee — during spring drills Wednesday. He has appeared in 26 games the last two seasons for the Razorbacks and finished last season with 265 yards rushing, including three rushing touchdowns.
■ Florida Coach Will Muschamp says receivers Chris Dunkley and Javares McRoy plan to transfer. Dunkley, a 6-foot-2, 172-pound freshman, did not play last season and was suspended during the spring for academic issues. McRoy, a 5-9, 159-pounder, enrolled in January. He wants to play with his brother, Ben, at Texas Tech.
■ Tennessee defensive end Jacques Smith has suffered a fractured metatarsal in his right foot and will have surgery next week. Smith, who had 24 tackles last season as a freshman when he played in all 13 games, is expected to be ready for summer workouts in June.
Tar Heels add 6-9 forward
North Carolina has signed 6-foot-9 forward Desmond Hubert to a letter of intent. Hubert averaged 16 points, nine rebounds and six blocks as a senior. He'll join a frontcourt that includes Tyler Zeller and John Henson — who both decided to return to school instead of declaring for the NBA Draft — and touted freshman James McAdoo. Hubert is a three-star prospect and the nation's No. 13 center, according to Scout.com.
■ Maya Moore of Connecticut has won the Honda Sports Award as the top woman in college basketball. The senior led UConn to four straight Final Four appearances, two NCAA titles and a 150-4 record in her college career.
Wildcat men in 8th; women tied for 10th
The University of Kentucky men's golf team received top-15 performances from freshman Stephen Powers and sophomore Chase Parker en route to finishing eighth after the first of three rounds in the Southeastern Conference Championships at Sea Island (Ga.) Golf Club on Friday. The Wildcats scored a 13-over-par 293, a stroke behind Auburn, LSU and defending champion Georgia. Florida led at 5-over 285, while Tennessee and Arkansas tied for second at 6-over. LSU's John Peterson led individuals at 2-under 68. Powers tied for eighth with a 1-over-par 71. Parker tied for 15th at 2-over 72.
■ The UK women are tied for 10th place after the first 18 of 54 holes in the SEC Championships at the Auburn University Club. Auburn grabbed the early lead with a 5-under-par 283, two strokes better than Tennessee. UK and Mississippi State are tied at 27-over 315, 13 strokes behind ninth-place South Carolina. Tennessee's Erica Popson is the individual leader at 6-under 66, followed by Auburn's Cydney Clanton and Arkansas' Emily Tubert at 69. UK's best scores came from Ashleigh Albrecht and Betsie Johnson, who were tied for 36th place with 5-over 77s.
LSU athletic director gets extension
The LSU Board of Supervisors approved a recommendation to extend Athletic Director Joe Alleva's contract from June 2013 to June 2016. Other terms of his contract, including his minimum $550,000 annual salary, weren't changed.
■ Storms that roared across the South led to the postponement of an ARCA race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and cut short practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup event. The track was pounded by heavy rains and wind, and the area was twice under a tornado warning, but there were no reports of serious damage. Officials rescheduled the ARCA race for 9 a.m. EDT Saturday, hoping to get it in before qualifying for Sunday's Aaron's 499.
■ Elliott Sadler landed the pole for Saturday's Nationwide race at Talladega with a speed of 179.558 mph. Teammate Clint Bowyer joined Sadler on the front row with a speed of 179.373..
■ UCLA grabbed the last qualifying spot in Friday morning's preliminary round of the NCAA women's gymnastics championships at Cleveland, keeping alive its quest for a second straight national title. Oklahoma (196.775) and Michigan (196.7) were in the top two positions following the morning session, and UCLA (196.5) was third. Alabama (197.05), Nebraska (196.85) and Utah (196.2) led the night qualifying round. Michigan senior Kylee Botterman (39.525) won the all-around championship. Alabama senior Kayla Hoffman (39.5) was second, while Crimson Tide junior Geralen Stack-Eaton and Georgia senior Cassidy McComb tied for third at 39.4.
■ Jason Chimera and Jason Arnott scored in a 1:57 span in the second period, Michal Neuvirth made 22 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the visiting New York Rangers 2-0 to take a 2-0 lead in their NHL Eastern Conference playoff series.
■ At Pittsburgh, Martin St. Louis had a goal and assist to lead Tampa Bay's 5-1 victory over the Penguins, evening that playoff series at a game each.
■ Vancouver forward Mikael Samuelsson, a former Kentucky Thoroughblade, was a surprise late scratch after falling ill before Game 2 of the Canucks' first-round playoff series against Chicago on Friday night.
■ Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll has been suspended for Saturday night's NHL playoff game at San Jose. Stoll hit Sharks defenseman Ian White from behind in Thursday's opener Joe Pavelski scored 14:44 into overtime to give the Sharks a 3-2 victory.
The last word
With eight trophies in the last three seasons, a 29-game Spanish league unbeaten streak heading into this weekend and the world's greatest player in Lionel Messi, it's no stretch to argue that Barcelona is the best soccer team in the world. Said Emmanuel Petit, a member of the 1998 World Cup-champion team from France:
"A lot of teams are technically gifted, but having the ability to smother an opponent's game with a great tactical intelligence demands a shared intelligence. In most teams you also have four or five people who are good enough technically, and four or five others who lag behind. But Barcelona is a well-oiled collective unit."