Miller scores 8, U.S. cruises to win against South Korea
Kentucky basketball senior Darius Miller contributed eight points and five rebounds as the United States defeated South Korea 112-68 in a World University Games pool-play game Monday at Shenzhen, China. Miller, who played 21 minutes, made three of his six attempts from the field, including one of two three-point tries.
Outsized and overpowered, South Korea (1-2) was no match for the United States (3-0), which featured six players in double figures and a 61-35 rebounding advantage.
"South Korea gave us a different look," USA Coach Matt Painter said. "They had quickness at every single one of their positions. They were hard to handle. They were in constant movement. It was a good look for our guys to be able to handle that."
Alabama's JaMychal Green was the game's high scorer with 17. Syracuse's Scoop Jardine added 16 points. Trevor Mbakwe of Minnesota had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Draymond Green of Michigan State finished with 12 points, 12 boards and four steals. The United States' other double-figure scorers were Pittsburgh's Ashton Gibbs with 14 and Vanderbilt's John Jenkins with 12.
"We're an unselfish team," Jardine said. "We don't have too many superstars. We have a lot of good players, a lot of older players who have played in college three years and when you have a core like that, everybody knows what it takes to win games. We've all played in big games and that's what it's going to take to win the gold medal."
The United States next plays Finland at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Poythress' final five includes Kentucky
Class of 2012 small forward Alex Poythress narrowed his list of prospective schools, and the list includes Kentucky along with Vanderbilt, Florida, Memphis and Duke.
Poythress, a 6-foot-8 wing from Clarksville, Tenn., who visited UK this past Saturday, told National Recruiting Spotlight that he especially enjoyed his trip.
"It made a good first impression on me," Poythress said. "I've been to Vanderbilt, Georgia, Florida, Memphis, Alabama and Tennessee before. Kentucky was probably my favorite."
Bundy concert to precede UK-WKU game
Country singer Laura Bell Bundy will perform a free concert before Kentucky's football game against Western Kentucky in Nashville on Sept. 1. The concert will be at Riverfront Park, just across the Cumberland River from LP Field where the game will be played at 8:15. Bundy, who grew up in Lexington, has appeared on Broadway in Legally Blonde and won a Tony Award nomination.
SE Lexington Major/70s get a shutout
Southeastern Lexington's CJ Bush and Zach Bryant combined to give up just two hits and shut out Bel Air, Md., 10-0 in pool play at the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series at Aberdeen, Md., on Monday. Southeastern Lexington (2-1) got three hits and three RBI from Kaelen Covington. Bush added two hits and knocked in two runs. The team will finish up pool play against West Raleigh, N.C., at noon Wednesday.
■ South Lexington defeated Buchanan, Calif., 10-5 to stay undefeated in pool play through three games in the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series at Visalia, Calif. Jackson Boggs led off the first with a home run and Martin Gonzalez followed with a two-run shot to get the scoring started for South Lexington. The final game of pool play for South Lexington is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against Benton, Ark.
■ Matt Guilfoil threw a complete game and Blayne Deaton had two hits, including a solo home run, to lead Southeastern Lexington (2-0) to a 6-2 victory in pool play against Glen Allen, Va., in the Cal Ripken 10-year-old World Series at Winchester, Va. Guilfoil had six strikeouts. Southeastern Lexington's next game is at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday against Laguna, Calif.
Winnipeg's Rypien found dead in home
Winnipeg Jets center Rick Rypien was found dead in his home in Coleman, Alberta. An official with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed Rypien's death, and said it wasn't suspicious.
Rypien is the second active NHL player found dead this off-season. Former New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard died in May because of an accidental mix of alcohol and the painkiller oxycodone.
The 27-year-old Rypien signed a $700,000, one-year deal with Winnipeg last month after spending parts of six seasons with Vancouver. He had nine goals and seven assists in 119 career NHL games. Rypien, the cousin of former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, was granted an indefinite leave of absence last season to deal with an undisclosed personal matter.
Union Rags takes Saratoga Special
Union Rags emerged from a four-horse grouping with the lead and drew away in the stretch to win the 106th running of the $150,000 Saratoga Special for 2-year-olds by 71/4 lengths Monday at Saratoga Race Course in New York.
Javier Castellano rode the Michael Matz-trained Union Rags, who ran 6½ furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:18.33, his second win in as many starts. Stat was second, followed by Indian Evening.
Doctors: Beaten Giants fan improving
A San Francisco Giants fan severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium has made "significant improvement" despite a series of ups and downs since his near-fatal attack more than four months ago, his doctor said Monday. Bryan Stow is awake, breathing on his own, can move slightly and has been able to interact with his family, said Dr. Geoff Manley, the chief of neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital. However, Manley said it's still unclear how far Stow's recovery will take him.
The paramedic from Santa Cruz remains in serious condition after suffering a traumatic brain injury when he was attacked on March 31 following the Dodgers' home opener against the Giants in Los Angeles. He underwent a life-saving procedure in Los Angeles and was put in a coma for several weeks.
North Dakota to give up Sioux nickname
North Dakota's Board of Higher Education has voted to retire the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname by the end of the year, a move that assumes lawmakers will repeal a law requiring the school to keep the nickname.
Monday's decision follows last week's meeting with NCAA President Mark Emmert. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and legislative leaders weren't able to persuade Emmert to let the university keep the nickname without any penalty.
Fognini makes Troicki first Cincy upset
Fabio Fognini upset 14th-seeded Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-1 Monday near Cincinnati in the first round of the Western & Southern Open, a U.S. Open tuneup. The 38th-ranked Fognini beat the 16th-ranked Troicki for first time in three matches.
The last word
Jaguars star running back Maurice Jones-Drew on being last on the depth chart because of an injury, even behind undrafted rookies Richard Murphy and DuJuan Harris. But he promised to work his way back to the top before the opener:
"I'm last on the depth chart right now. I was talking to all of the running backs, even those rookie free agents. I'm taking everybody's job one day at a time."