Kentucky recruiting target Graham chooses N.C. State
Torian Graham, one of UK basketball's top recruiting targets in the class of 2012, committed to N.C. State on Monday.
Graham said UK was his No. 1 school as recently as last month, but new N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried made the Raleigh, N.C., native a top priority from his first day on the job.
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"I wanted to stay close to home," Graham told Rivals.com. "I wanted to play close to my mom and dad. It was real important. I wanted to be around my family, so I could be comfortable."
Graham, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, is ranked No. 25 overall by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. He played last season at Word of God Academy, which is John Wall's alma mater.
Graham is also close friends with top 2012 guard Rodney Purvis, who recently rescinded his commitment to Louisville. Purvis is now considering Louisville, Kentucky, Duke and N.C. State, and has said he would like to play on the same college team as Graham.
"I want to get Rodney Purvis to come to NC State with me, so we have a chance to play for a national championship," Graham said.
■ Mike Krzyzewski is once again Duke's highest-paid employee. The Associated Press obtained the university's most recent IRS documents for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2010. Krzyzewski's total compensation for that year was listed as nearly $4.7 million. That includes a base salary of $2 million, more than $2.2 million in bonuses and incentives and $420,000 in retirement and other deferred compensation.
UK's McCarthy earns national honor
Kentucky junior third baseman Thomas McCarthy, who was 13-for-19 in four games last week was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week. The native of Corvallis, Ore., hit .684 with nine RBI. McCarthy has a club-best seven-game hitting streak and has three or more hits in each of his past five games.
Next up for Kentucky (24-28) is its home finale against Western Kentucky at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Sophomore southpaw Taylor Rogers (3-6, 5.01 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Wildcats. The Hilltoppers (30-21) are projected to start right-hander Taylor Haydel (5-3, 7.06 ERA).
Earlier this season, Western Kentucky rallied from an 8-2 deficit to defeat Kentucky 11-8 in Bowling Green.
■ Freshman lefty Tyler Brown (9-1) pitched a seven-inning perfect game and Spalding defeated Rochester (Mich.) 3-0 in the 2011 United States Collegiate Athletic Association Baseball National Championships. It was the first perfect game in the history of the tournament.
Former head of football officials dies
David Parry, who was the head of football officiating in the Big Ten for 19 years and the NCAA's first national coordinator of officials, died Monday from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 76. Parry was an on-field college football official for 20 years and worked in the NFL from 1975-1990. He was assigned to 14 NFL playoff games, including four conference championship games, and was the side judge for the 1983 Super Bowl. He became coordinator of football officials for the Big Ten in 1990 and helped the league become the first in college football to use instant replay.
He left the Big Ten to become the first national coordinator of officials in 2008. He resigned that position in February.
Tiger says he's aiming to be at U.S. Open
Tiger Woods said he didn't do any more damage to his left leg at The Players Championship and expects to play the U.S. Open next month. Woods made it only nine holes last week at The Players — his shortest tournament ever — when he withdrew because of what he described as a chain reaction of pain from his left knee to left Achilles' tendon and tightening in his calf. He shot 42 on the front nine. The U.S. Open is June 16-19 at Congressional, a course on which Woods won in 2009 at the AT&T National.
"Aggravating my injury is very disappointing," Woods said on his Web site. "I'll do whatever is necessary to play in the U.S. Open, and I'm hopeful I can be there to compete."
■ The WNBA's New York Liberty signed former Western Kentucky and Sacred Heart star Crystal Kelly to a contract. Kelly has averaged 4.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in four years in the league. "Crystal is a tough player that will provide us with additional rebounding strength," Liberty Coach John Whisenant said. "Having coached her in Sacramento, she knows the system we will be playing this season and can quickly step in and make a difference."
The last word
Former Murray State coach Billy Kennedy officially became Texas A&M's basketball coach on Monday. Kennedy succeeds Mark Turgeon, who resigned a week ago to take over at Maryland following Gary Williams' abrupt retirement. Said Kennedy:
"This is a destination job for me. ... I believe in this place and I'm very thankful to be here. This is a dream for me. There is no Maryland, Kansas or Carolina or wherever."