HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Henry Clay holds on after three-TD lead evaporates
Henry Clay was up three touchdowns with 2:20 left in the third quarter but had to stop a two-point-conversion attempt by host Madison Central in the game's final minute to hold on for a 28-27 win, the Devils' second victory of the season.
The Indians scored a touchdown on an 18-yard pass from Hunter Stocker to Hunter Allen on their opening drive, but Henry Clay (2-5) answered with 28 straight points. Devils quarterback Christian Todd went 11-for-13 for 178 yards and a score, and Anthony Lindsey made the most of his 30 yards on 12 carries with two TDs.
But then Dominique Hawkins got hot for Central (2-4). He scored three unanswered touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, to make it 28-27 with 58 seconds to go. The Indians went for the win, but Henry Clay's Cole McCarty hurried Stocker, and the QB's pass fell incomplete. The Devils handed off to Lindsey three times to run out the clock. David George led Henry Clay with 78 yards rushing on seven carries, and Davion Jackson added 46 yards and a score. Austin Black led all receivers with 108 yards on three receptions, including a 41-yard touchdown pass from Todd that made it 28-7 in the third.
MLB attendance rises 1st time in 4 years
In a season full of comebacks, Major League Baseball attendance also rallied. MLB's average attendance rose by about half of 1 percent this year, ending three straight seasons of drops. The World Series champion Giants sold out every home game this year and drew rousing ovations in their wrapup Wednesday. San Diego drew more than 32,000 fans to Petco for the season finale against the Cubs, and Florida attracted 34,615 in the final game at Sun Life before moving into a new ballpark next year.
The NL East champion Phillies led baseball's attendance chart for the first time, drawing 3,680,718 fans. The Reds' total attendance was 2,213,588, up from 2,060,550 a year ago. And Great American Ballpark averaged 27,328 per game, which was 10th in the National League and up almost 2,000 per game from 2010.
MLB's overall attendance of 73,425,568 this year was the fifth-highest in history. Cleveland had the biggest percentage increase, up 31 percent to an average of 22,726. Despite a thrilling run to the AL wild card, Tampa Bay dropped a big-league-high 19 percent to 18,846.
■ The White Sox acquired right-hander Jhan Marinez and infielder Ozzie Martinez on Thursday as part of the agreement that allowed the Marlins to hire Ozzie Guillen as manager. The Marlins acquired minor-league right-hander Ricardo Andres in the deal. Guillen was released this week from the final year of his contract with the White Sox and signed a four-year deal with the Marlins.
■ The Indians have picked up Manager Manny Acta's contract option for 2013. Acta kept the Indians in contention for much of this season before injuries overwhelmed the young club, which finished second in the AL Central.
Johnson: No hard feelings toward Tiger
Dustin Johnson said Thursday he doesn't begrudge Tiger Woods for hiring his caddie, saying such decisions are part of the business of golf. Joe LaCava left Johnson on Sunday to become Woods' third full-time caddie.
"I spoke to Tiger about it. There's no hard feelings at all," Johnson said Thursday after shooting a 1-under 71 in the first round of the Dunhill Links Championship in Kingsbarns, Scotland. "We had a great conversation. He just did what he did."
LaCava was the longtime caddie for Fred Couples but joined Johnson this summer. Johnson, one of the most talented American players, won The Barclays last month with LaCava on the bag. Johnson will have Keith Sbarbaro, vice president of his club maker, TaylorMade, on his bag for the rest of the year.
■ Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen put himself in contention for another memorable win at St. Andrews, taking a share of the lead Thursday in the first round of the Dunhill Links. He shot a 6-under 66 in excellent conditions at Kingsbarns, joining Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Markus Brier and Michael Hoey at the top of the leader board. The tournament ends Sunday at St. Andrews, the scene of Oosthuizen's sensational seven-shot win in the 2010 British Open.
■ Jhonattan Vegas and William McGirt shot career-best 8-under 63s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Vegas, the Venezuelan rookie who won the Bob Hope Classic in January for his first PGA Tour title, had 10 birdies and two bogeys at TPC Summerlin in the first of four Fall Series events. McGirt, also a PGA Tour rookie, had eight birdies in a bogey-free round. Former University of Kentucky golfer Steve Flesch was in a group of 11 two shots back.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Unser Jr. arrested on DUI charge
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of drunken driving and reckless driving in New Mexico after authorities said he was driving more than 100 mph, officials at the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department said. Sheriff's spokeswoman Jennifer Brown said Unser, 49, was arrested about 3 a.m. just outside of Albuquerque, where he lives. Brown said Unser was drag racing another car in his Suburban and was going about 101 mph before sheriff's deputies caught up to him. According to a sheriff's report, Unser smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech. Sheriff's deputies said his blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit of 0.08. Unser was released from jail on his own recognizance. Unser was working with IndyCar as a driving coach and a race control official but has been suspended indefinitely.
Pistons' Wallace faces DUI, gun charges
Authorities in suburban Detroit said Thursday that Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace has been charged with drunken driving and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon after a traffic stop. Bloomfield Township police said Thursday that Wallace, 37, was arrested about 3 a.m. Saturday after officers observed a Cadillac Escalade being driven erratically. Police said they found an unloaded pistol in a backpack. Officers say Wallace was given a blood-alcohol test and he was above Michigan's legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Sharapova quits after twisting ankle
Maria Sharapova twisted her ankle while serving Thursday and quit her Pan Pacific Open quarterfinal match in Tokyo against Petra Kvitova in a rematch of this summer's Wimbledon finals. Kvitova was ahead 4-3 in the first set when Sharapova was injured. Sharapova limped to her chair and pulled out after speaking with her trainer. She went to a hospital for an MRI.
■ Defender Oguchi Onyewu will rejoin the U.S. men's national soccer team for upcoming matches against Honduras and Ecuador. Onyewu is one of only three players on the 22-man list released Thursday who has not been in camp with the Americans since Coach Jurgen Klinsmann took over last month. The others are goalkeeper Nick Rimando and German-born Danny Williams, who will be eligible to play for the United States after his citizenship is certified.
■ Former Louisville star Angel McCoughtry made the WNBA's all-defensive team, announced Thursday. The Atlanta Dream forward got five votes for defensive player of the year, which went to Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles.
The last word
An innocuous Facebook comment by the frustrated mother of offensive linemen Rodney and Ryan Belasic sparked an investigation and led to the Perry County (Tenn.) High School's football team forfeiting its first three wins in a 5-0 start, The Tennessean reported. It seems the brothers — who had transferred in from Henry County High — were going home on weekends to live with mom, who was still in Henry County. The schools are roughly 70 driving miles apart. The post:
"How can two boys mess up their room as badly as they do when they're only here on Saturday and Sunday?"