Track and field
Ex-UK standout Phillips wins men's long jump at worlds
When he was handed bib No. 1111, Dwight Phillips was sure he would defend his title in the long jump at the world championships. The three-time world champion from the United States finished first four the fourth time Friday with a leap of 27 feet, 8¾ inches on his second attempt.
"From the moment I saw (the bib number), I said this championship is mine," said Phillips, who competed in college at Kentucky and Arizona State. "It belongs to me and I claimed it tonight."
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The favorite, Australia's Mitchell Watt, took silver with a jump of 27-4 and Zimbabwe's Ngonidzashe Makusha was third with 27-2½ , giving the African country its first medal at the worlds.
With four world titles, the 2004 Olympic champion now has twice as many as Carl Lewis and world-record holder Mike Powell.
Despite his long-running dominance in the sport, it didn't seem like Phillips would be a factor at the worlds just a few months ago. He had struggled with an Achilles' tendon injury and used his wild-card exemption to defend his title.
The American had done no better than 26-5¾ this year.
"I had a shadow of doubt early in season. I was so injury prone. My Achilles was killing me," Phillips said. "My coach said, 'Right, we are going to win. We have nine weeks to prepare. We are going to win it.'"
Now, Phillips is looking ahead to the 2012 London Olympics and one more gold. "I won the Olympics once," Phillips said, "and it would be a storybook ending for me to win the Olympics a second time."
Men's soccer stifles Wright State
The 21st-ranked Kentucky men's soccer team got an early goal from senior Brad Walker and a standout offensive performance from junior Matt Lodge, posting a 2-1 win over Wright State in the 10th annual UK Invitational Friday at the UK Soccer Complex.
Lodge's first goal of the year was the game-winner in the 81st minute of the second half. He also assisted on Walker's score.
Kentucky (3-0-0) dominated from the outset, taking 24 shots in the game, led by eight from Lodge. The Cats allowed just four shots on goal. However, Wright State (2-1-0) cut the lead in half in the 89th minute when Bayahtah Roberts capitalized on a penalty kick.
UK next plays at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, hosting IUPUI in the second game of the event.
Women's soccer gets overtime win
The UK women's soccer team (4-0-0) kicked off the Courtyard by Marriott Airport Cardinal Classic in Louisville with a 2-1 overtime win over Central Michigan (3-1-0). Stuart Pope headed in the game-winning goal in overtime off the corner kick of senior captain Kelsey Hunyadi who served it perfectly into the box.
"We had worked on our corners in practice this week," said UK head coach Jon Lipsitz, who got his first OT win at UK. "We weren't really happy with our service on set pieces, and so we made some changes."
Kentucky opened the scoring on an unassisted goal in the 19th minute by Taylor Parker. Central Michigan tied it in the 49th minute to eventually send the game into overtime.
UK's next match in the event is against Baylor at noon Sunday.
Sweep not easy over Western Kentucky
After trailing in every set the Kentucky volleyball team's tenacious effort propelled them to a 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-23) sweep of visiting Western Kentucky on the opening night of the Kentucky Classic at Memorial Coliseum.
UK earned its first sweep of the season behind a tremendous blocking performance and a team-high 11 kills from freshman Lauren O'Conner. O'Conner also chipped in with three blocks. Junior Ashley Frazier posted seven kills and turned back five opponent attacks.
UK improved to 3-2 on the season with the victory, while Western Kentucky drops to 3-1.
"Blocking is the biggest momentum changer in our game," UK coach Craig Skinner said. "I think it was evident in tonight's match. Our left side blockers really made some key adjustments with Western Kentucky's fast-paced offense." Junior libero Stephanie Klefot led a back-line defense with 15 digs.
UK has two matchups in the Kentucky Classic Saturday. UK will take on Ohio at 11 a.m. and Virginia Tech at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Cats' Orta wins cross country event
Kentucky junior cross country runner Luis Orta began the season win a 5K win Friday evening at the Belmont-VU Opener at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.
Orta, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, crossed the finish line in a time of 15:22.40. UK's men's team UK's men's team finished first overall and had five runners finishing in the top 20. Orta was followed by sophomore Stacey Eden in 13th place (15:55.52), Mackay Wilson in 14th (15:58.08), Josh Nadzam in 15th (16:00.74) and Jared Phillips in 19th (16:02.54).
The women's side also had a strong showing, with four runners finishing inside the top 20 and the team finishing in third place overall. Junior Chelsea Oswald led the way with an 11th-place finish (14:34.25). Oswald was followed closely by Taylor Wendler (14:35.73) who finished in 13th place.
The Wildcats will compete again in two weeks at the Tennessee Invitational in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sept. 17.
IndyCar drivers loving Baltimore
Imagine a golfer playing a course with tiny greens, thin fairways and a lot of rough — and loving it. Now you know how IndyCar drivers feel about the street course at the Baltimore Grand Prix.
"I'd say it's a track with a mix of everything. Fast corners, slow corners, bumpy corners, low-grip surface, high-grip surface and some very technical corners," said Will Power, who averaged 89.4111 mph on Friday, the day's fastest practice time. "I love the track. I think it's great."
For Power and Dario Franchitti, who finished second at 89.325 mph, tough is good. "The more technical and tougher it is, the better it is for the good drivers," Power said.
The last word
First-year Colorado coach Jon Embree, whose Buffaloes will try to end an 18-game road losing streak at Hawaii on Saturday ...
"The only beach they'll see is when they land and take off. I'm telling you, it's a business trip. So they either have to get married and have a honeymoon there or maybe we go back there for a bowl game. It's not about the beach."