High School Basketball
UK commitment Goodwin to play in Lexington tournament
Archie Goodwin, who this week committed to play basketball at Kentucky, will play in the Dunkin' Donuts National Shootout at Lexington Catholic on Jan. 7, 2012.
Goodwin, a 6-foot-6 guard at Sylvan Hills High School in Sherwood, Ark., isn't the only high-profile prospect coming to town.
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Alex Poythress, a 6-8 five-star prospect from Clarksville, Tenn., who is being recruited by UK Coach John Calipari, will also play in the January event at Lexington Catholic.
Pairings and game times for the Dunkin' Donuts Shootout have not yet been determined. Lexington Catholic and Lafayette will be matched against the out-of-state teams, while Sayre, Wolfe County, Lincoln County and Harrison County will also take part in the day of basketball.
General admission tickets will be $9.
Brooks delivers game-winner for Cats
Senior Sam Brooks' goal in the 85th minute lifted the No. 21 Kentucky men's soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Evansville on Friday night at the UK Soccer Complex.
The Purple Aces got on the board first 33 seconds into the match for an early lead. The Wildcats (7-3-1) rallied to even it up on Josh Mulvany's goal in the 38th minute, and Matt Lodge struck for the go-ahead goal in the 69th minute. Evansville (4-3-0) tied it in the 79th before Brooks' decisive goal.
Kentucky's first match in Conference USA play will be against Central Florida on Wednesday in Orlando.
■ Junior Christine Hartmann's double-double and career-high for kills weren't enough to help the Kentucky volleyball team (11-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) pull off an upset of No. 6 Florida in Gainesville. The Gators (9-2, 2-0) won in four sets — 25-12, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18 — to stop the Wildcats' nine-match winning streak. Hartmann's ninth career double-double included 37 assists and 10 digs. She also had seven kills.
Waltrip closing in on deal for Bowyer
Michael Waltrip Racing is preparing to add a new driver but not a new team. Team co-owner Michael Waltrip said Friday he hopes to have a deal completed with driver Clint Bowyer and a sponsor within seven to 10 days. The move will not necessitate the addition of any new personnel or expansion, however.
Michael Waltrip Racing has been providing resources for the JTG Daugherty team — in essence a third team — but that relationship will end at year's end. Beginning next season, all three Cup teams operated out of the MWR shop will be owned by the organization.
"Our goal is to run three teams with Martin (Truex Jr.), David (Reutimann) and Clint next year. We're not going to be doing something we're not already doing," Waltrip said.
"We shouldn't have any growing pains, if you will."
Harvick sells title-winning trucks team
Kevin Harvick sold controlling interest in his Truck Series team to Eddie Sharp Racing. Harvick had announced this month he planned to shutter his program at the end of the year. In the deal announced Friday, ESR acquired the No. 8 and No. 33 KHI trucks.
Eddie Sharp Racing, already a one-team operation in the series, will field three teams in 2012. The lineup for next year will be announced in October. The teams will operate out of Eddie Sharp Racing's facility in Denver, N.C.
KHI was started by Harvick and his wife, DeLana, in 2002. Harvick pinned most of his decision to sell the team based on business reasons and his desire to win a Sprint Cup championship.
Eddie Sharp Racing owns the No. 6 truck in the series, which this season is driven by Justin Lofton. Four-time series champion Ron Hornaday and Nelson Piquet Jr. drive for Harvick.
■ Red Bull Racing expects to lay off 152 employees when it shutters operations in December. Red Bull Racing filed a notice this week as part of North Carolina's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act that the layoffs were expected by Dec. 17, 2011. Red Bull is a two-car team that entered NASCAR in 2007. The Austrian-based energy drink company both owns and sponsors the team, which presently fields cars for Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers.
Litwhiler, former MLB player, dies
Danny Litwhiler, who followed an 11-year major league career in the 1940s with a lifetime of coaching college players and work on inventions intended to improve the game he loved, died Friday in Clearwater, Fla., at the age of 95.
Mr. Litwhiler played for the Phillies, Cardinals, Braves and Reds from 1940-51. He was an All-Star in 1942 with Philadelphia and was a member of the Cardinals' 1944 championship team.
According to biographical information from Michigan State, Mr. Litwhiler was the first major-leaguer to play an entire season without committing an error (317 chances in 151 games in 1942) and played 187 consecutive errorless games over a period of two seasons. Mr. Litwhiler, a two-time Gold Glove winner, had a lifetime average of .282 with 107 home runs and 451 RBI in 1,057 games played.
He later served as international president for the U.S. Baseball Federation from 1978-83. Michigan State said he helped develop one of the first radar guns for use in clocking pitches, one of his dozens of inventions for the game.
In 28 years of coaching Division I college baseball at both Florida State and Michigan State, Mr. Litwhiler had a combined record of 678-445-9 (.603) and guided his teams to 10 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. His former players included Kirk Gibson, Rick Miller and Steve Garvey.
EKU schedule includes two SEC foes
The Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team announced a 2011-12 schedule Friday that features 14 home games and a pair of road games against Southeastern Conference opponents.
Coach Jeff Neubauer's Colonels tip off their regular season Nov. 7 at Mississippi State in the 2K Sports Classic.
EKU's home opener is Dec. 3 against Brescia.
The Colonels' non-conference schedule also includes a trip to Arkansas on Dec. 20.
Federer needs rest, pulls out of tourney
Roger Federer withdrew from the Shanghai Masters next month to rest "nagging injuries" and ensure a six-week break. Federer said on his Web site that he needs "necessary time to rest and recuperate after a long summer."
The 30-year-old Federer, third in the world rankings, played two Davis Cup singles matches and a doubles match in Australia last weekend, just days after losing to top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open semifinals in New York.
Federer's next scheduled match is Oct. 31 at his hometown Swiss Indoors event at Basel.
The last word
San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh when asked for his thoughts on the conference-realignment chaos in college football:
"To be honest with you, I really don't know a lot of what's going on in the world. Sometimes I just go up to people and ask them, 'What's going on in the world? Is there any new news? Anything happening? Any earthquakes anywhere, or natural disasters?' Stock market, I have no idea. Conference realignment, same."