Baylor 1st, Louisville 9th,UK 18th in women's AP poll
Brittney Griner and Baylor will start the season where they hope to end it — at No. 1. The Lady Bears are ranked at the top for the first time in the pre-season women's basketball poll by The Associated Press. Baylor started last year at No. 2 before ascending to No. 1 in early January for the first time in school history. The Lady Bears finished with a No. 3 ranking.
"Certainly we'd rather it was the last ranking, but it's great recognition for our program and Baylor University," Coach Kim Mulkey said. "Regardless of where you're ranked at the beginning of the season it's a positive for your university. We'll embrace it in such a way and understand that it doesn't win basketball games."
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Baylor received 33 of 40 first-place votes from a national media panel. Notre Dame drew six first-place votes and was second, with Tennessee, Connecticut and Stanford rounding out the first five.
Notre Dame returns four starters, including sensational guard Skylar Diggins and Lexington Catholic graduate Natalie Novosel, from last season's squad that lost to Texas A&M in the national championship game.
Louisville opens the season just inside the top 10 in ninth. Kentucky, which finished 17th last season, is ranked a spot lower at 18th.
Ezeli out 6-8 weeks with sprained knee
Vanderbilt senior center Festus Ezeli will miss between six and eight weeks with the seventh-ranked Commodores after spraining ligaments in his right knee in practice. Ezeli was hurt last Tuesday in practice, but the Commodores said he will not need surgery to repair the MCL and PCL ligaments in his knee. The Commodores already were set to play the first six games without Ezeli because of an NCAA suspension for accepting a free meal and hotel room from an alumnus this summer.
Bellarmine hangs with Duke for a half
Seth Curry scored 18 points to help No. 6 Duke beat visiting Bellarmine 87-62 in an exhibition game Saturday night. Mason Plumlee added 16 points on 8-for-8 shooting for the Blue Devils, who pulled away with an 18-2 run midway through the second half. Miles Plumlee had 14 points and Austin Rivers had 13 points.
The Blue Devils shot 56 percent from the floor despite a 2-for-14 effort from three-point range. Duke, which missed its first 11 threes, got its first from Tyler Thornton with 8:43 to play.
Jeremy Kendle and Luke Sprague scored 13 points each for Bellarmine, the reigning Division II champion from Louisville.
The Knights weathered a 15-0 run by the Blue Devils early in the first half, pulling to 32-31 before Duke extended its advantage to 38-33 at halftime.
Georgetown votes against Division III
Georgetown College's board of trustees voted against changing its athletics affiliation from NAIA to NCAA Division III on Saturday. The board did, however, call for continued study of whether or not a move to NCAA Division II would be in the school's best interests. A drawback of moving to NCAA Division III was the loss of athletics scholarships. Both NAIA and NCAA Division II schools are allowed to award athletic scholarships.
"We appreciate the importance of giving athletic scholarships to student-athletes who desire to attend a highly selective national liberal arts college and also participate in athletics," said William J. Houston, chairman of Georgetown's board of trustees. "However, we as a board must be vigilant always and evaluate every aspect of the college including athletics to assure we are positioned in the best place for the future. We have determined that a move to Division III is not the best fit for Georgetown College."
Saturday's decision concludes a six-month exploratory process conducted by a task force of trustees, alumni, coaches, consultants and others with an interest in Georgetown's athletic program.
McIlroy extends lead to three
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to increase his lead to three strokes after the third round of the Shanghai Masters. The 22-year-old star from Northern Ireland made seven birdies in another bogey-free round on Lake Malaren's Jack Nicklaus-designed Masters course to finish at 18-under 198.
"Another good day on the course! Excited to have a chance to get another win this year!" McIlroy tweeted.
American Anthony Kim was second after a 65. He's coming off a third-place finish last week in the Asian Tour event in South Korea.
South Korea's Noh Seung-yul was 14 under after a 67.
Garcia bids for second straight win
Sergio Garcia shot a 4-under 67 Saturday to take a two-shot lead after the third round of the Andalucia Masters, putting the Spaniard in position for a second straight European Tour victory. Garcia moved him to 6 under for the tournament in Sotogrande, Spain, ahead of countryman Miguel Angel Jimenez (68) and Sweden's Christian Nilsson, who matched the lowest round played this weekend with a 65. Overnight leader Richie Ramsay of Scotland bogeyed the last two holes for a 73 that left him three strokes off the pace. Defending champion Graeme McDowell was at 14 over after a round of 81.
Van Pelt leads Overton by one
Bo Van Pelt shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over fellow Indiana player Jeff Overton after the third round of the Asia Pacific Classic. Van Pelt, the winner of the PGA Tour's 2009 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, had a 16-under 197 total at The Mines in the second-year event sanctioned by the PGA Tour and Asian Tour. Overton, tied for the second-round lead with Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson after a course-record 62, had a 69.
Freshman Snyder leads UK golfers
Freshman David Snyder led the Kentucky men's golf team with a first-round 1-over 73 at the UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate on Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. Snyder was tied for 16th. Kentucky was tied for 12th out of 15 teams after a 12-over 300. South Carolina topped the leader board with a 3-over 291. Patrick Barrett of North Carolina and Albin Choi of North Carolina State are tied for the individual lead at 2-under 70. The tournament has been shortened to 36 holes because of rain.
Perfect games keep rolling in
The season's high scoring pace continued this week in Lexington with local keglers posting an 800 and two perfect games. The 800 series was rolled by Mike Moore on Oct. 23 in the Sunday Nite Mixed League at Collins Bowling Centers-Eastland. Moore paced an 808 performance with a perfect game. Moore sandwiched the 300 between games of 243 and 265 for his series.
Don Taylor posted the other perfect game on Monday in the James R. Wafford Memorial League at Collins Bowling Centers-Southland. The score paced a series of 798. Taylor rolled games of 264-300-234 for his series total.
The two 300 games bring the number of 300s by local bowlers this season to 12 and the 800 series is the second this season.
The last word
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs on teammate Ray Rice getting just seven carries in last Monday's loss to Jacksonville:
"It baffles me that Ray Rice only had seven carries. This is a Pro Bowl running back we're talking about. You've got to feed the horse. They fed their horse. We've got to feed our horse. He's a good guy. He wants the ball. I think we should feed him."