UK men's tennis advances to SEC championship match
After winning the doubles point behind two key upsets, the 11th-ranked Kentucky men's tennis team won three singles matches in straight sets, including junior Eric Quigley's clinching point in a second-set tiebreaker, to defeat second-seeded and No. 5-ranked Georgia 4-0 in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.
The finals appearance for Kentucky will be its first since 1992 when the Wildcats earned their lone SEC Tournament crown in school history. The win over Georgia gives UK 26 wins in 2011, breaking the school record for wins in a single season.
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UK's victory over the Bulldogs was the first for Kentucky since the 2003 team took down the SEC foe 4-3 in Lexington.
"Obviously, it's a big win for our program," UK Coach Dennis Emery said. "It's only the second time ever that we've been in the finals of the SEC Tournament, so it's a big win for us to beat Georgia."
UK will face host Florida in the finals at noon Sunday. Live scores for the match will be available at Gatorzone.com.
■ Senior Samantha DeMartine became the fifth different Kentucky softball player to hit two home runs in a game in leading the 16th-ranked Wildcats past host South Carolina 3-2 in the second game of a doubleheader. DeMartine's two homers pushed UK's season total to 58 — a single-season school record. Kara Dill extended her hitting streak to 14 games, and Meagan Aull has a hit in 10 straight for UK (35-10, 13-6 Southeastern Conference). In the opener, Aull hit her eighth home run of the season to lead Kentucky to a 5-3 victory.
Morehead golfers win women's OVC title
Morehead State's women's golf team won the Ohio Valley Conference championship Saturday for the first time. Senior Paige Lausier had the best round of the tournament, junior Emma Jonsson was named OVC Player of the Year and Coach Stephanie Barker was named OVC Coach of the Year.
The Eagles shot a 291 on day three to finish with an 890 (292-307-291). The 291 was an OVC championship record for a team score, surpassing Morehead's first-round 292. Murray State was second and was 14 shots back.
Jonsson finished first individually with a 218 (70-73-75). She had two birdies Saturday and nine for the tournament. Lausier shot a third-round 69 and finished one shot behind.
Bullitt East standout Willis picks Purdue
Derek Willis, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Bullitt East, committed to Purdue on Saturday, Scout.com reported. Willis is the fourth player from the 2013 class to pick the Boilermakers.
The sophomore also drew interest from Kentucky, Indiana and Louisville, but Purdue was the first to offer a scholarship.
Willis, who averaged just more than 13 points and nearly nine boards, is ranked 48th overall in his class and is a four-star prospect, according to ESPN's rankings.
Lightning rout Penguins, extend series
Steven Stamkos scored the first two playoff goals of his NHL career and the Tampa Bay Lightning emphatically avoided elimination with a convincing 8-2 victory over the host Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday in Game 5 of the first-round series. Stamkos' 96 goals over the past two seasons led the NHL, but he had only one assist over the first four games of the series. He had three points on Saturday. The Penguins, who lead the series 3-2, will get a second chance to advance Monday night at Tampa Bay.
■ Mike Green, Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin scored, and the Washington Capitals advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 3-1 win over the visiting New York Rangers in Game 5.
Police: Dolphins' Marshall stabbed by wife
The wife of Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall was arrested Friday night for allegedly stabbing him in the gut. Marshall spent Friday and early Saturday morning in the intensive care unit of a South Florida hospital after being stabbed, sources told the Miami Herald. He was discharged Saturday afternoon.
According to a Broward Sheriff's Office report Michi Nogami-Marshall, Marshall's wife, "armed herself with a kitchen knife" and stabbed him in the abdomen. But Marshall, 27, gave police a different version of events, claiming he slipped on broken glass.
"The victim provided sworn testimony advising that he slipped and fell onto a broken glass vase," the report stated. "However, the area where the vase was broken indicated no blood within the immediate area to substantiate his claim."
Nogami-Marshall admitted stabbing her husband of a year and a half, according to the report. "She stated she stabbed the victim out of self defense," the report stated.
Adios Charlie outruns Astrology
Adios Charlie won the closing-day feature at Aqueduct, beating Astrology by 2½ lengths in the $150,000 Jerome Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday in New York. Never worse than second at any point, Adios Charlie surged in the final stages for his second win in three starts. Rajiv Maragh was aboard. Trainer Stanley Hough said the colt might run next in the Preakness. "There are a lot of options for 3-year-olds," he said. "We'll try to make the right decision. Obviously he's got some talent, and hopefully he'll move forward."
Bowling Green pitcher close to no-hitter
C.J. Riefenhauser came within two outs of a no-hitter Saturday as the Bowling Green Hot Rods edged host Lake County 1-0 in the first game of their doubleheader. Riefenhauser's gem came six days after giving up five runs over 52⁄3 innings against the same team. Jason Smit, the Midwest League's leading hitter, lined a single to center in the bottom of the seventh for the Captains' only hit. Hot Rods Manager Brady Williams immediately went to his bullpen, and Chris Rearick finished off the combined one-hitter. Bowling Green lost the second game 14-4 as Jesus Aguilar hit three of Lake County's seven home runs.
River Monsters clinch spot in playoffs
Ricardo Lenhart caught an Ultimate Indoor Football League-record six touchdowns and the Northern Kentucky River Monsters clinched a playoff berth with a 64-56 victory over Saginaw on Saturday at the Bank of Kentucky Center. Former University of Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen finished the game 30-for-40 for 327 yards and seven touchdowns for Northern Kentucky (8-1).
Grimes closes season strong with 818
Eric Grimes ended the winter bowling season with an 818 series at Collins Bowling Centers-Eastland on April 15. Grimes started the Friday Night Fun League series with a 299 game, followed by a 258 and a 261.
■ Carl Edwards claimed his fifth career victory at Nashville Superspeedway, holding off Kyle Busch to win the Nashville 300.
The last word
Here's what New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey had to say about the team's worst-in-the-majors start:
"I think we have to find some kind of way to be honest about what kind of team we are. We can't just keep telling ourselves, 'We're a better team than this.' We may not be."