Women's soccer defeats Tennessee in double overtime
Junior captain Natalie Horner picked the perfect time to pick up her first goal of the season, doing so in the 106th minute to lead Kentucky (11-4-0, 4-3-0 Southeastern Conference) to a 1-0 double-overtime win over 14th-ranked Tennessee (11-4-0, 4-3-0).
It appeared the two teams would play to a scoreless draw before Horner's goal with just over four and a half minutes left in the second overtime. Kelsey Hunyadi controlled the ball and sent a long pass across the field to Horner. Horner took a couple dribbles, faked the Tennessee defender and then fired a shot from the top corner of the 6-yard box over the outstretched arms of Lady Vols goalie Julie Eckel.
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"All I could see was net," Horner said. "I freaked out for a second because I didn't know for sure. I turned and saw Kelsey (Hunyadi) running full speed at me, so I knew it was in."
The goal was a bit of redemption for Horner and the Cats, who had several missed opportunities.
"We were going at it like crazy and really getting frustrated in the second half," Horner said. "We felt like we should have been ahead. We knew eventually one of them was going to go in if we just kept going at them."
The Wildcats finished the night with 22 shots to the Lady Vols' 11 while Kentucky attempted seven corner kicks to Tennessee's four.
"It is really about how hard we played and how well we played; I thought we played tremendously," UK Coach Jon Lipsitz said. "I think this might be the best we've ever played in my three years here. We really knocked the ball around and created a huge amount of opportunities. Of course, there was frustration because we hit the post, there was a back save, we missed inches wide, but we really just kept saying, 'Keep getting opportunities, keep getting opportunities.'"
Freshman goalie Kayla Price earned her fifth shutout this season.
Volleyball swept at Mississippi State
Kentucky's volleyball team lost 3-0 — 25-23, 25-18, 25-19 — before a record crowd at Mississippi State on Friday night. The teams squared off as the opening portion of Maroon Madness in the Humphrey Coliseum to set a new attendance record for Mississippi State (10-8, 5-4 SEC).
Kentucky (17-4, 8-2) got 16 digs from Stephanie Klefot and 14 from Whitney Billings added 14 for UK. Ashley Frazier led the offense with 15 kills.
California to uphold N.Y. ban on Dutrow
Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow Jr., who had his license revoked and was barred from racing in New York for 10 years, won't be allowed to race in California either. Stewards at Santa Anita on Friday said they would uphold the ruling by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board made earlier this week.
The stewards cited California Horse Racing Board Rule 1484, which involves evidence of unfitness for license. They said, "Mr. Dutrow would be precluded from racing in California absent a temporary restraining order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction."
Dutrow is based in New York and his horses don't regularly run in California, although it is typical for other states to uphold bans issued by other jurisdictions.
His suspension is to take effect next Tuesday, but the trainer's lawyer has filed an appeal that is expected to be heard Monday.
New whip rule causes stir in Britain
British horse racing's richest day on Saturday could be overshadowed by a growing feud over new whip rules that has led one jockey to quit before the big day at Ascot.
British Champions Day features the unbeaten colt Frankel in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, with Queen Elizabeth II expected to attend a race to be televised in at least 75 countries.
Irish jockey Richard Hughes, though, has caused a stir by handing in his racing license after being banned on two occasions during the first week of new rules limiting the number of times a rider can use his whip on a horse at the end of the race.
Hughes said he won't race again unless the rules are changed. He was given a 10-day suspension for breaching the new regulations at Kempton on Thursday when finishing second on More Than Words. He was also given a ban Monday, the first day the new rules were enforced. On both occasions, he was cited for using the whip six times inside the final furlong, with the new regulations only allowing a maximum of five.
■ Frankel, a 3-year-old colt named for the Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, who died in 2009, has commanded interest in Britain with a breakthrough year. He has won all eight of his races and a victory on Saturday could lead to a possible start in the Breeders' Cup next month at Churchill Downs.
"Nothing has been decided and nothing will get decided until after the race on Saturday," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Frankel's owner Khalid Abdullah.
Frankel is the 1-3 favorite with most bookmakers, with the filly Immortal Verse (6-1) likely to be the closest of the seven challengers.
Texas A&M's Kennedy needs time off
Texas A&M Coach Billy Kennedy is taking time off at the recommendation of his doctor because of an undisclosed medical condition. The university said in a release Friday night that he will undergo some testing and be evaluated by his doctor before returning to coach the Aggies.
Associate head coach Glynn Cyprien will be in charge of the team until Kennedy returns. Cyprien, a former assistant at Kentucky and Western Kentucky, led the players through their first practice on Friday and will be with the team at Midnight Madness.
In the release Kennedy said "don't worry, I'll be back soon."
The 47-year-old was hired from Murray State in May after Mark Turgeon left to become Maryland's coach.
■ Xavier senior center Kenny Frease was suspended indefinitely by Coach Chris Mack. Mack said Friday that the 7-foot Frease "did not fulfill all the responsibilities of a Xavier basketball player." Frease, a pre-season second-team selection in the Atlantic 10, averaged 11.7 points and 7.1 rebounds last season.
■ Kansas will be without two talented freshmen this season. Coach Bill Self said Friday that Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor have been declared partial qualifiers by the NCAA and will not be eligible to play this season. The NCAA also previously ruled that Kansas freshman Braeden Anderson was a partial qualifier.
Kanaan wins pole for IndyCar finale
IndyCar series title contenders Dario Franchitti and Will Power will start on the same row, well back in the field for the season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Franchitti, who holds an 18-point lead over Power in the season standings, was 18th during Friday's qualifying. He'll be on the outside of Power for Sunday's Las Vegas Indy 300 after the Australian turned a fast lap of 220.524 mph. Tony Kanaan will lead the 34-car field after posting a speed of 222.078 mph to earn the pole. Danica Patrick will start ninth in her final race as a full-time IndyCar driver before heading to NASCAR.
The last word
New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora counts former teammates Antonio Pierce and Michael Strahan among his best friends, but the recent criticisms the players-turned-TV commentators leveled at current Giants Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs for not playing through injuries rubbed Umenyiora the wrong way. Umenyiora said he hasn't reached out to either Strahan or Pierce, but said he plans to scold them the next time he sees them.
"If I see whoever it is that comes out and says these things, I have to let them know that I think that's just ridiculous. Because all these guys who are saying these things went through the same things we're going through. It's crazy to me."