UK's Miller gets six points, eight boards in rout of Finland
University of Kentucky senior Darius Miller and the United States cruised past Finland 124-64 Wednesday to earn a berth in the quarterfinals of the World University Games basketball tournament at Shenzhen, China.
Miller contributed six points, eight rebounds, two assists and four steals as the United States improved to 4-0 and clinched the No. 1 seed in Pool D. The top two teams from each of the four pools advance to the quarterfinals. Finland dropped to 2-2.
The United States has one remaining pool-play game against Israel, to be played at 3:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday.
The U.S. was led by 21 points from Alabama's JaMychal Green, who grabbed five offensive boards and shot 6-for-7 from the field and 8-for-10 from the free-throw line.
Junior Siva among Cardinals' captains
Senior Kyle Kuric, senior Chris Smith and junior Peyton Siva were named tri-captains for the 2011-12 season, Louisville Coach Rick Pitino announced Wednesday. "We usually have seniors be our captain or captains, but Peyton is the exception to the rule," Pitino said. Also Wednesday, Louisville announced that its Dec. 23 home game against Western Kentucky will be televised by ESPN2 at 7 p.m.
Southeastern 12's win series pool
Southeastern Lexington advanced to the quarterfinals of the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series for 12-year-olds with a 3-1 victory over West Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday at Aberdeen, Md. Austin Dick tossed a five-hitter, striking out five. At the plate, Dick doubled twice and scored twice. Kainen Bibb scored Southeastern's other run on a steal of home. After winning its pool with a 3-1 record, Southeastern opens play in the single-elimination quarterfinals on Friday, with a 2:30 p.m. game against Charles County of Maryland.
10-year-olds advance: Southeastern Lexington's 10-year-old all-stars also won their pool and advanced Wednesday in the Cal Ripken World Series at Winchester, Va. Southeastern broke open a 1-1 game with six runs in the fifth inning to beat West Raleigh, N.C., 9-4. Southeastern (4-0) earned a bye through Thursday's quarterfinals into Friday's semifinals, where it will play at 5:30 p.m.
South Lexington in semis: Lexington's third team playing in a World Series had the day off Wednesday. South Lexington returns to action at 8:30 p.m. EDT Thursday in the semifinals of the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series for 12-year-olds at Visalia, Calif.
Suh fined $20,000 for hit on Dalton
Detroit Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh was fined $20,000 by the NFL for a hit on Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. Suh responded on his Twitter account before Wednesday's practice: "$20,000 REALLY???!!!" The reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year grabbed the Bengals quarterback and threw Dalton to the turf after he had gotten rid of the ball late in the first quarter of Friday's pre-season game. Suh was flagged for unnecessary roughness.
Ponzi schemer Barton convicted
A former CEO of an Austin, Texas-based investment firm has been convicted of using former NFL stars — including Lexington native David Akers — and church contacts to fraudulently raise more than $50 million from investors. U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy said a federal jury on Wednesday convicted 44-year-old Kurt Branham Barton in a Ponzi scheme that cheated hundreds of individuals nationwide. Barton — the founder, president and CEO of Triton Financial — faces up to life in prison. Akers says he lost $3.7 million as a victim of the Ponzi scheme.
Green's injury not serious, Lewis says
Bengals rookie receiver A.J. Green missed most of practice Wednesday after he injured his right leg running a pass route. The first-round draft pick was hurt early in practice and had a bag of ice applied to the back of the leg. He went to the locker room and returned with a wrap on the right knee. Coach Marvin Lewis said Green was kicked near the knee, but the injury isn't considered serious. Lewis expected Green to return to practice Thursday.
■ Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has been cleared to return to the team after a cancer scare, trainer Rick Burkholder said Wednesday. Barring a setback, Maclin will return to practice within 10 days and should be able to play in the Sept. 11 opener at St. Louis. Burkholder said Maclin began experiencing symptoms — night sweats, fever, loss of weight, loss of appetite — in March, symptoms of lymphoma, a form of cancer. But five months of testing to determine the cause were inconclusive.
■ Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said rookie quarterback Cam Newton will start Friday night's pre-season game against the Dolphins. Jimmy Clausen also will get reps with the first-team offense. The coach said he hasn't made a decision on which quarterback will start the Sept. 11 opener against the Cardinals.
Serena pulls out of Cincinnati tourney
Serena Williams woke up with a sore and swollen right big toe on Wednesday, prompting her to withdraw from the Western & Southern Open — the latest in her long streak of foot problems and setbacks. The Cincinnati-area tournament also lost top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday. Wozniacki dropped her opening match for the second consecutive week, falling to American Christina McHale 6-4, 7-5 in the second round.
Quigley to compete in Open playoffs
Kentucky's Eric Quigley will compete in the U.S. Open national playoffs Thursday in New Haven, Conn., where the winner receives a wild card into the U.S. Open qualifying tournament in New York. Quigley will face former doubles specialist Nathan Healey of Wyomissing, Pa., in the first round. Quigley, a three-time All-American, lost in the opening round of last year's playoffs.
Valhalla to be renovated for '14 PGA
Valhalla Golf Club, the PGA of America-owned course in Louisville, announced that all 18 greens will be rebuilt this year in time for the 2014 PGA Championship. Club members were informed Tuesday by the PGA, which will pick up the tab from its reserve fund, Chief Executive Officer Joe Steranka said. Flooding in the past two years has done irreparable damage to the greens, which must be rebuilt to modern specifications and re-grassed, Steranka said.
Report: Jacksons fire trainer Matz
Five years after winning the Kentucky Derby with Barbaro, owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson fired trainer Michael Matz, Bloodhorse reported Wednesday. Matz was fired in July, both parties said. "I was totally surprised. I have no idea what their reason was," Matz told Bloodhorse. "Obviously I did something wrong or they lost confidence in me. I really don't know."
The last word
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, rehabbing a right knee injury in the minor leagues, when asked if he physically felt 100 percent:
"A hundred percent? No, I'm about 15 years from being 100 percent."