Broken foot will sidelineCats' O'Neill four to six weeks
University of Kentucky women's basketball guard Jennifer O'Neill is out four to six weeks after having surgery Wednesday to repair a fracture in her right foot.
O'Neill was the first female McDonald's All-American ever to sign with Kentucky. After a slow start early last season as a freshman, she played well down the stretch and finished the season averaging 5.1 points.
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The 5-foot-6 sophomore guard "had been shooting the ball great," UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said.
■ Behind one of its strongest defensive efforts of the season, the No. 24 Kentucky volleyball team turned in a 3-1 (25-27, 25-13, 25-16, 25-16) victory at Georgia on Friday night. The Wildcats totaled a season-best 20 blocks, and five players registered 10 or more digs in the match. Kentucky improved to 18-4 overall and 9-2 in the conference. Georgia fell to 9-12 and 5-6.
■ Paced by a career outing from junior Stacy Wheatley in air rifle, the Kentucky rifle team posted a 4,680-4,654 season-opening win over Great American Rifle Conference foe Mississippi at UK's Barker Hall. Ole Miss equaled its school record with the 4,654 team total.
■ Lisa Peterson, Kentucky's senior associate athletics director, has left for a similar job at the University of Oregon. At UK, where she has worked since 2003, Peterson was responsible for overseeing women's basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and men's and women's cross country and track & field.
Waltrip cars' windshields confiscated
NASCAR has confiscated the front windshields from Michael Waltrip Racing's two cars and a third car affiliated with the race team. The windshields were taken from the cars of MWR drivers David Reutimann and Martin Truex Jr., as well as Bobby Labonte from JTG Daugherty Racing. The windshields were taken Friday at Talladega Superspeedway because they had unapproved modifications. Reutimann had the fastest lap of Friday's second practice session at 197.159 mph. The windshields had already been replaced before practice.
■ Kyle Busch's race team will field a full-time Nationwide Series car next season in addition to his Truck Series program. Busch said Friday that the car is fully funded, but he didn't announce the sponsor or a driver.
Leonard gains tie for lead with 63
Justin Leonard had a 9-under 63 for his lowest round of the year, putting him in a tie for the lead at 12-under 132 with Henrik Stenson and Bio Kim at the Children's Miracle Network Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Webb Simpson and Luke Donald are battling for the money title, and they both played the opening two rounds at 7-under 137, meaning they will be paired again Saturday. Simpson has a $363,029 lead, so the third round looms large for Donald.
■ Hometown favorite Sergio Garcia shot an 8-under 63 to take a two-shot lead after the second round of the European Tour's Castello Masters in Castellon, Spain. Playing on a course where he was club champion at the age of 12, Garcia eagled the par-5 eighth and holed seven birdies to move to 12 under for the tournament. The Spaniard hasn't won on the European Tour in almost three years. Alexander Noren of Sweden also finished with a 63 and sits alone in second.
■ Azahara Munoz of Spain shot a 6-under 66 to share the lead with Anna Nordqvist of Sweden after the second round of the inaugural LPGA Taiwan Championship in Yang Mei, Taiwan. Nordqvist had a 68 to finish tied with Munoz at 7-under 137, two shots ahead of top-ranked Yani Tseng (71) and fellow Taiwanese Candie Kung (68).
■ U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy split from agent Chubby Chandler on Friday to join Ryder Cup partner Graeme McDowell at a Dublin management company. The 22-year-old Northern Irishman had been represented by Chandler's International Sports Management since turning professional in 2007.
NBC Sports moving from New York City
NBC Sports has agreed to move from New York City to Stamford, Conn., to take advantage of tax breaks, adding to a growing film and TV presence in the southwestern Connecticut city, a state official said Friday.
Stamford made a strong play during the 1980s and '90s for financial-services companies that do business in New York City, just 35 miles away. More recently, it has branched out into entertainment, luring production companies with lower taxes and more space than producers can find in New York.
Dannel P. Malloy, who was the mayor of Stamford before he was elected as governor last year, lured NBC Sports as part of his "First Five" initiative, which is intended to consolidate various tax credits to draw the first five businesses that invest $25 million in Connecticut and create 200 jobs over five years.
■ Fox outbid incumbent ESPN and NBC to win the English-language U.S. television rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, a FIFA official with knowledge of the decision said Friday in Zurich. Telemundo was awarded the Spanish-language rights for soccer's showpiece tournament, the official told The Associated Press. ESPN, which holds the English-language rights for the 2014 tournament in Brazil, acknowledged defeat in its 2018-2022 bid.
■ Former Western Kentucky University swimmer Claire Donahue captured her second gold medal of the Pan American Games on Friday night in Guadalajara, Mexico, with the United States' 4-by-100-meter relay team. The relay team won with a Pan American record time of 4 minutes, 1 second, beating the previous record of 4:04.52 set by the USA relay team in Friday morning's preliminaries.
Ex-Packer Gillingham dies at 67
Gale Gillingham, an All-Pro guard for the Green Bay Packers who played in Vince Lombardi's last games as the team's coach, died on Thursday at his home in Little Falls, Minn. He was 67.
His son Wade said his father apparently had a heart attack while lifting weights in his garage, The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported. The cause of death has not been confirmed.
Mr. Gillingham, who competed as a power lifter in later years, was known in that sport as head of "the first family of strength." His sons, Wade, Brad and Karl, have all been world-class power lifters.
Mr. Gillingham became the Packers' starting left guard in the 1967 season and started in Lombardi's final two games coaching the team: the storied Ice Bowl, the NFL championship game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay in which the Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in below-zero temperatures; and the subsequent Super Bowl II, in which the Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders.
■ Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount will not play against the Chicago Bears in London on Sunday, Coach Raheem Morris said Friday. Blount missed practice all week in London. Blount took a hit on his left knee in a Week 5 loss to the San Francisco 49ers and missed the win over the New Orleans Saints.
The last word
At the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Spanish — in all its variations — is the official language of about half the 42 competing nations. Innocent verbs or nouns in one country can be supercharged words in another, often referring to something sexual. Said Colombian water polo player Carlos Toro:
"There are lots of different words, but the first ones we want to learn are the vulgarities that others use."