Albrecht helps UK women stay in 2nd in Evans Invitational golf
Kentucky junior Ashleigh Albrecht tied for the best round of the day with a 1-over 73 to help UK hold on to second place Saturday in its Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational at the University Club of Kentucky Big Blue Course.
UCF, led by individual leader Kaitlyn Price, leads UK by five shots with Michigan in third, 16 shots behind. Price, who shot 76 Saturday, has a one-shot advantage over Albrecht and Samantha Sloan of Illinois. UK's Ashlee Rose is tied for fourth, three shots behind, after a 75 Saturday.
The 54-hole tournament concludes Sunday.
■ The Kentucky volleyball team will conclude its four-match road trip this afternoon at Southeastern Conference Western Division leader LSU. Kentucky (13-3, 4-1 SEC) is coming off a 3-1 victory at Arkansas Friday night. LSU dropped a 3-1 match to No. 23 Tennessee Friday night in a match of the remaining undefeated teams in the SEC.
■ The UK women's soccer team (9-2-0, 2-1-0 SEC) closes out its five-game road stretch in Gainesville, Fla., taking on the No. 9 Florida Gators on Sunday afternoon. Kentucky is coming off a 1-0 win over South Carolina, its first triumph over the Gamecocks since 2006. Florida leads the all-time series with UK 17-2-2.
Spartans' Roe gives up basketball
Delvon Roe, the rugged forward who helped Michigan State make it to a pair of Final Fours, has decided to quit the basketball team because of knee pain.
The school said Thursday that Roe, a senior from Euclid, Ohio, will remain on scholarship and is on track to graduate in May.
The 6-foot-8 Roe says the pain in his knee has taken away his love of the game and it's not fair to his team to try and play.
Over three years, Roe averaged only 6.1 points and 5.1 rebounds, but was a stalwart in Big Ten and NCAA tournament games. He averaged 23 minutes per game in the 2010 NCAA Tournament and is second in school history with 106 blocks.
■ The Marshall men's basketball team will open the 2011-12 season with three straight home games and has three Big East teams on the non-conference schedule. The schedule has Marshall opening the regular season Nov. 11 at home against Alabama State.
Marshall has road games at Cincinnati on Nov. 25 and Syracuse on Dec. 6. The Thundering Herd also will play West Virginia in their annual matchup in Charleston on Jan. 18.
Two sides 'still very far apart'
NBA owners and players on Saturday endured their longest bargaining session since the lockout began three months ago, but they emerged without a new labor deal, and the regular-season opener scheduled for Nov. 1 appears increasingly likely to be canceled.
NBA Players Association attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who was more gloomy than promising in his assessments of labor talks while helping the NFL players' union reach an agreement this summer, told reporters Saturday the sides are "still very far apart."
NBA Commissioner David Stern spoke as if at least the sides, after two days of "exhausting" talks, had put a dent in a massive effort to strike a new labor deal: "We're not near anything. But wherever that is, we're closer than we were before," Stern told reporters in New York after seven-plus hours of negotiations.
Lynx take on Dream in finals
Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve noticed at the All-Star break that teams in the league were taking a different view of her Lynx.
Until then, most looked at Minnesota's tremendous start with skepticism. This was, after all, the same franchise that hadn't made it to the post-season in six years and had never won a playoff series.
"There was so much talk that we had the best winning percentage," Reeve said. "They became believers. There wasn't the idea that there was going to be some kind of collapse as there had been before." The Lynx also had Rookie of the Year Maya Moore and a solid group of All-Star players around her.
Minnesota finished with a 27-7 record that was six games better than the next closest team. The team needed three games to dispatch San Antonio in the first round of the playoffs before sweeping Phoenix in the Western Conference finals to advance to the WNBA finals against the Atlanta Dream. Game 1 of the best-of-five series is Sunday night in Minneapolis.
Author of 'North Dallas Forty' dies
Peter Gent, 69, who turned his vivid memories of a five-year career as a wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys into the blisteringly candid bestselling novel North Dallas Forty, died Friday.
Mr. Gent, a standout basketball player at Michigan State in the early 1960s, died at his home in Bangor, Mich., of complications from pulmonary disease, according to the D.L. Miller Funeral Home in Bangor.
Despite being drafted by the Baltimore Bullets of the NBA, Mr. Gent chose football over basketball after college. Signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys, he played flanker from 1964 through 1968. At age 27, his NFL career was over. But he wasn't done with football.
In 1973 Mr. Gent published North Dallas Forty, which exposed a side of professional football few fans had seen before, as Jim Bouton's Ball Four had done for baseball three years earlier. Players experienced excruciating pain that endured long after the game's final whistle; they blew off steam afterward in raucous parties fueled by drugs, alcohol and sex; and management ruthlessly treated athletes as commodities to be used as long as possible and then discarded when they wore out.
The novel was made into a 1979 film starring Nick Nolte and G.D. Spradlin.
Mr. Gent went on to write several more books but none approached the success of his debut novel.
The last word
Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, when informed his receivers regard him as a comedian:
"I don't think it makes me a better quarterback ... I think that those guys know that they have to compliment me or I'm not going to give them the ball."