Italian rider Simoncelli killed in MotoGP crash
Italian rider Marco Simoncelli died Sunday after crashing and being hit by two other riders at the Malaysian MotoGP motorcycle race. After the crash, Simoncelli, 24, was taken to the medical center at the Sepang circuit where he died of chest, head and neck injuries, organizers said.
"He was already unconscious when the medical team arrived," MotoGP medical director Michele Macchiagodena said. "We attempted to resuscitate him but failed. He died 45 minutes later."
The race, the second to last of the season, was canceled.
Simoncelli died a week after Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in a 15-car accident in the IndyCar finale at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Simoncelli lost control of his Honda at Turn 11 four minutes into the race, but his bike regained partial grip and swerved across the track and into the path of American Colin Edwards and Italian Valentino Rossi. Simoncelli's helmet was ripped off in the collision. He had been fourth at the end of the first lap.
Edwards dislocated a shoulder in the crash. It was reset under anesthesia, and the American was "fine," Macchiagodena said.
The Italian's death was the first fatality in MotoGP since Japan's Daijiro Katoh died from injuries sustained at the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix. The number of deaths in MotoGP since it was founded in 1949 is now at 47, MotoGP said.
Last year, Japanese teenager Shoya Tomizawa died after crashing in a Moto2 race at San Marino.
Donald charges to stunning PGA win
Under the greatest pressure, Luke Donald delivered his finest performance. Donald felt his only chance to capture the PGA Tour money title — and state a clear case as player of the year — was to win at Disney in the final tournament of the year.
"It was do or die," Donald said.
That's what made his victory Sunday in the Children's Miracle Network Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., his most gratifying win of the year. Five shots behind going into the final round, and still four shots out of the lead with nine holes to play, Donald left little doubt who was No. 1 — in the world ranking, and now on the PGA Tour.
Donald ran off six straight birdies to blow past Webb Simpson on the leader board and on the money list, closing with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot victory over Justin Leonard that makes him a clear favorite for PGA Tour player of the year.
"I told you guys on Wednesday that the goal was to win. Nothing was really going to be good enough other than that," Donald said. "I think this is probably one of the most satisfying wins of my career just because of that. It's just knowing that I had to do it, and being able to do it ... it's very, very special."
■ Sergio Garcia won his first title in almost three years, dominating for the third straight day at the Castello Masters in Spain while earning an 11-stroke victory that matched the third-largest margin of victory in European Tour history. The 31-year-old Garcia, playing on a course where he was club champion at the age of 12, shot an 8-under 63 in the final round to finish at 27-under 257.
"That was for Seve," Garcia said, referring to golfing great Seve Ballesteros, who died of brain cancer in May.
■ Yani Tseng won the LPGA Taiwan Championship for her 10th worldwide victory of the year and third in front of her adoring home fans. The 22-year-old Taiwanese star closed with a 6-under 66 at Sunrise for a five-stroke victory over Spain's Azahara Munoz and South Korea's Amy Yang. "I wish this year would go on forever so I could win more," Tseng said. "But I can always get better."
U.S. softball wins Pan Am Games gold
The U.S. softball team won its seventh straight gold medal at the Pan American Games by beating Canada 11-1 in four innings Sunday in Guadalajara, Mexico. Former Kentucky star Molly Johnson was 2-for-2 with an RBI for the Americans.
The softball team played its first game last Monday, beating Venezuela 10-0 in a mercy-rule victory. It was the first of nine straight wins — only two of which went the distance.
Overall, the Americans outscored their opponents 78-8.
"I am having so much fun right now," Johnson said Saturday after the team's victory in the semifinals. "I just go out there and have fun because having come back from my injuries I have learned you just never know what is going to happen next so you have to make the best of it. This team is ready for tomorrow no matter who we face; we are right where we want to be."
Johnson, an assistant coach at Kentucky, finished the tournament 12-for-17 with four doubles and eight RBI.
Quigley, Musialek both in singles finals
Kentucky men's tennis seniors Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek both advanced to the singles main draw finals and will also team up in the doubles main draw finals at the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Ohio Valley Regional Indoor Championships in Knoxville.
Quigley, seeded first in the singles main draw and ranked third in the nation in singles, and Musialek, who is the No. 2 seed at the event and ranked 20th in the nation, will play for the singles title at 10 a.m. Monday. The doubles final will follow that match.
Hartmann stars in volleyball's 5-set win
The 24th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team, sparked by junior Christine Hartman's career-high 54 assists, needed five sets to defeat host Auburn 25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 21-25, 15-12. Hartmann also had a career-best eight blocks for the Wildcats (19-4, 10-2 SEC).
"People might think I'm crazy for saying this, but we really needed that," UK Coach Craig Skinner said. "We needed to know that we were capable of winning in a tough environment with our backs against the wall. Several people really stepped up for us in that fifth set. led by Stephanie Klefot, who showed tremendous leadership to push us through."
Junior Ashley Frazier led UK with 15 kills. Klefot had 26 digs.
Soccer teams both come up short
Despite totaling 22 shots, Kentucky's women's soccer team (12-6-0, 5-5-0 Southeastern Conference) lost 2-1 in overtime to Mississippi (7-10-1, 4-6-0) at the UK Soccer Complex. Kelsey Hunyadi scored her 11th goal of the season for the Wildcats. UK wraps up its regular season on Friday in Nashville against Vanderbilt.
■ Memphis' Wil Linder scored in the 75th minute to break a scoreless tie, and the Tigers went on to defeat visiting Kentucky 2-0 in their men's soccer match Sunday. Mark Sherrod added his league-leading 15th goal of the year for Memphis.
Rifle team knocks off Nebraska
Paced by solid air-rifle scores from Henri Junghänel and Stacy Wheatley, Kentucky's rifle team defeated Great American Rifle Conference foe Nebraska 4,669-4,626 Sunday at UK's Barker Hall.
Kentucky (2-0, 2-0 GARC) got a match-best 595 from Junghänel and the second consecutive 590 or better from Wheatley in air rifle. In smallbore, UK was led by Emily Holsopple, who scored 584. Junghänel had 583.
The last word
U.S. softball third baseman Stacy May-Johnson on her team's gold medal winning performance at the Pan American Games:
"It's hard to beat a team that puts up 10 runs on the board, which is what happened the most nights we were out there. A lot of our hitters were hot this week."