No. 10 Hoosiers kick in lateto turn back UK men 2-0
Eriq Zavaleta's penalty-kick goal in the 56th minute broke a scoreless tie, and No. 10 Indiana (9-3-2) went on to a 2-0 win over the Kentucky men's soccer team on a cold and rain-soaked Wednesday night in Bloomington, Ind.
Kentucky (8-8-1) owned the first half as the Wildcats mounted several chances against a stingy Hoosiers defense. UK totaled an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks in the first half, getting a pair of great looks from junior Jacob Kemper and inspired play from senior midfielder Josh McCrary. The Hoosiers came out strong in the second frame, creating several chances before the penalty-kick goal.
UK was trying to beat the Hoosiers for only the second time in program history. IU, which has 17 final four appearances and seven NCAA titles, lost to the Cats in Bloomington in 1995. Indiana leads the all-time series with UK 16-1-3.
HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER
Seniors power Woodford boys to finals
Host Woodford County leaned on its three senior captains in turning back Tates Creek 2-1 in the 13th Region boys' soccer semifinals. Senior midfielder Aaron Stover and senior forward Trent Boyd each scored and senior Vince Shaw was solid in goal. The Jackets will face No. 3 Henry Clay, a 4-0 winner over Western Hills, for the region title on Thursday night at 7.
In the girls' 13th Region semifinals at Tates Creek, the Commodores beat Anderson County 1-0 after sophomore midfielder Abby Van Bussum scored on a penalty kick with 15 minutes left in the match. The Bearcats, outshot 24-2, were called for a handball in the box. Tates Creek will face No. 11 Henry Clay, a 1-0 winner over No. 10 Woodford County, in the finals Thursday at 7 p.m.
LSU's Mathieu, 2 others suspended
A person familiar with the decision says No. 1 LSU has suspended star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, along with defensive back Tharold Simon and running back Spencer Ware for this Saturday's home game against Auburn. LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette declined to confirm any punishment, saying only that it's an internal matter that Coach Les Miles "will handle accordingly." Mathieu has made so many big plays in nationally televised games, a grass-roots Heisman Trophy campaign has sprouted for the hard-hitting 5-foot-9 defensive back nicknamed "Honey Badger." Ware is the leading rusher for the unbeaten Tigers with 512 yards and six touchdowns. Simon has one interception and 29 tackles.
■ Clemson freshman linebacker Tony Steward tore his ACL during practice on Tuesday and will miss the rest of the 2011 season, the school announced on Wednesday. Steward, one of the top recruits in Clemson's 2011 class, had played in five of the first seven games and had five tackles and a pass deflection.
■ The Southeastern Conference on Wednesday suspended Georgia nose guard Kwame Geathers and safety Shawn Williams, both starters, for the first half of the Bulldogs' next game, against Florida on Oct. 29, for their actions in Saturday's victory against Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt center Logan Stewart also received a half-game suspension for the Commodores' game against Army on Saturday. The SEC said neither Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham nor Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin will be punished for their heated argument that nearly led to a fight in the moments after the game.
Changing nickname costly for N. Dakota
University of North Dakota officials say it could cost about $750,000 to retire the school's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, but they haven't figured out who will pay for the changes. Robert Kelley, the UND president, sent the cost estimate last week to a budget analyst and auditor with the North Dakota Legislative Council. Among the issues lawmakers will discuss at a special session in November is a proposal to dump the nickname, which the NCAA considers hostile and abusive. The biggest chunk of the estimate is $575,000 to develop a new moniker and logo. Other estimates are $95,800 for new uniforms and gear, $63,000 to remove old logos, $9,250 to change stationery, and $4,000 to update Web sites.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Ex-Dolphin accused of domestic battery
Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver James McKnight has been charged with domestic violence in South Florida. McKnight, 39, was arrested Tuesday after being accused of grabbing his wife's wrists and twisting them before throwing her into their car. He remained in Broward County Jail on Wednesday morning, charged with misdemeanor battery. Bail was set at $3,500. McKnight played for the Dolphins from 2001 to 2003. He also played for the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. According to his financial planning company's Web site, McKnight has coached the football and track teams at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Fla., where his son played football.
Bradley nips Schwartzel in Grand Slam
American Keegan Bradley, this year's PGA Championship winner, held off fast-closing Masters champion Charl Schwartzel to win the 29th PGA Grand Slam of Golf by one stroke in Southampton, Bermuda. Bradley scored par-71 in a windy final round at the 6,845-yard Port Royal Golf Course to complete 36 holes in 4-under 138 while South Africa's Schwartzel, who began the day seven back, closed with a 65. Bradley took home $600,000, twice as much as Schwartzel, in the two-day, $1.35 million showdown of the year's four major golf champions. All four players were first-time major winners. "It was a lot more intense than I thought it was going to be," Bradley said. "I was nervous over that 5-footer to win."
U.S. Open might add extra day
After four consecutive years of rain-postponed men's finals, the U.S. Open is looking into changing its schedule as soon as next year and could become the first Grand Slam tennis tournament to switch permanently to a Monday finish. Tournament director Jim Curley told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the U.S. Tennis Association started discussions last month with broadcaster CBS about finding a way to heed top players' calls for a day off between the men's semifinals and final. The U.S. Open is the only major tournament that schedules those matches on consecutive days, Saturday and Sunday.
Roger Federer, whose record 16 Grand Slam titles include five at the U.S. Open, was among those who said during this year's tournament that it's time to rethink the schedule. He called Wednesday's word of possible changes "the right move for our sport."
One proposal would add a 15th day to the tournament, shifting the men's final from Sunday to Monday, and the women's final from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon. That also would give the women a day to rest between their semifinals and final.
The last word
The winless Miami Dolphins have seen a boost in ticket sales since Sunday's opponent, the Denver Broncos, announced that ex-Florida Gator Tim Tebow would make his first start of the season. But the team's previously planned salute to the 2008 University of Florida champions has angered fans and players of the Miami Hurricanes. Tweeted Hurricanes quarterback Jacory Harris:
"I bet that they're not honoring the University of Miami in Gainesville. I'm just saying!"