High school Soccer
Henry Clay's Manga wins Mr. Soccer award
The Kentucky High School Soccer Coaches Association named Henry Clay's John Manga its Mr. Soccer on Tuesday. Manga scored 40 goals this season for the Blue Devils, who lost to eventual state champion St. Xavier 2-0 in the state semifinals. Manga will play in college at Cincinnati.
The association's other player awards went to Bethlehem's Thomas Mudd (Good Hands), Johnson Central's Trent Davis (Golden Boot), Highland's Sam Lewis (Silver Boot). Coach of the Year awards were given to Oldham County's Brian Durbin and Ryle's Stephen Collins (large school); Model's Steve Savage (small school) and Covington Catholic's Jason Mott (private school).
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Manga was named to the East All-State first team along with teammate Addison Manley.
Palmer seeks consistency in 2nd start
At times in his first start for Oakland, Carson Palmer showed why the Raiders gave up so much to acquire him in the middle of the season. He threaded a 40-yard touchdown pass down the middle of the field to a well-covered Marcel Reece, connected on a pretty 18-yard score to Jacoby Ford, and got a ball in between a few defenders to T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a 28-yard gain.
The problem for Palmer and the Raiders is that along with those jaw-dropping throws were three more that ended up in defenders' hands for interceptions.
The task now during this short week of preparation is to eliminate as many of those mistakes as possible for the Raiders (4-4) when they visit the San Diego Chargers (4-4) on Thursday night.
"I really think the sky is the limit for this passing game," Palmer said. "We have some young talented receivers that are hungry and want to be good. We got a taste of what we can do, and we need to keep expanding on it, keep getting better at it."
Palmer has been with the Raiders for only three weeks since starter Jason Campbell broke his collarbone and has compared this stretch to cramming for a final exam.
"You go out and win on Thursday night and it's a great feeling again," Palmer said. "You have a chance to be on top of the division, but you have a chance to get a win and feel good about your team and just keep trucking through the season. I'm extremely excited about what we can be. I think the future is bright."
Patriots cut ties with Haynesworth
The New England Patriots took just half a season to decide they didn't need Albert Haynesworth. Two days after he sat out most of the second half against the New York Giants, the Patriots released the defensive lineman they obtained after his rocky two-year stay with the Washington Redskins. In six games with the Patriots, Haynesworth had just six tackles and no sacks.
Perry, teammates win 3-Tour Challenge
Kenny Perry made nine birdies and led the Champions Tour to the title at the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge on Tuesday in Henderson, Nev. The Champions Tour team, made up of Perry, Jay Haas and Mark Calcavecchia, were a combined 15 under in the two-player, best-ball format that allowed each team to discard one score per hole.
The group shot 8 under over the final nine holes to overtake the PGA Tour team of Boo Weekley, Gary Woodland and Jonathan Byrd, which finished at 12 under at the par-72 Rio Secco Golf Club (par 72). Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr and Natalie Gulbis of the LPGA Tour also topped the PGA Tour threesome by going 14 under.
Perry, a resident of Franklin, was the individual winner with an 8-under 64 (32-32). Last year, he tied the PGA's Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson for low individual honors at 4-under 68.
Norse come up short at Cincinnati
Sophomore forward Justin Jackson scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead No. 21 Cincinnati past visiting Northern Kentucky 66-54 in an exhibition game on Tuesday night. Senior forward Yancy Gates followed with 19 points and eight boards.
The Norse used a 19-9 run to get to within seven points at 59-52 with 5:16 left, but the Bearcats held on for the win.
Junior Eshaunte Jones had a game-high 14 points for Northern Kentucky, which defeated West Virginia 77-74 in its previous pre-season contest. Former Scott County and Rose Hill standout Chad Jackson added seven points, seven rebounds and six assists.
■ Maurice Pearson had 15 points and 13 boards to lead Georgetown past visiting Asbury. Johonne Hamilton (Ballard) had 18 points and six assists as five Tigers (5-0) reached double figures in scoring. Russ Middleton (Mason County) added 15 points.
■ Pikeville shot 58 percent from the field and got 20 points and eight rebounds from Shane Burrell in a 94-41 victory against visiting Kentucky Christian. Drew Johnson (East Carter) had 21 points and four assists for the Knights.
Georgetown gets first road win early
Franklin County graduate Andrea Howard scored 17 points to go with eight rebounds to help Georgetown improve to 3-0 with a 71-59 victory at Trevecca Nazarene. Mikkah Rogers (Corbin) added 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. The Tigers didn't earn their first road win last season until February.
The last word
Kevin Smith's departure from the Detroit Lions turned out to be only a hiatus. The 24-year-old running back is back with the Lions after being signed at the season's halfway point. Smith said:
"I've been away from the game for eight weeks. It humbles you. Second chances — you don't want to mess that up."
While Smith is familiar with the Lions, he warned that it would be unrealistic to expect too much right away:
"I just got off the sofa like five days ago."