Women's college basketball
St. John's knocks off 14th-ranked Louisville
St. John's is finally healthy and starting to play like the team that was ranked in the pre-season Top 25. Eugeneia McPherson scored 16 points and Nadirah McKenith had 15 to help St. John's upset No. 14 Louisville 72-64 on Sunday in New York. Shenneika Smith added 11 points for the Red Storm (10-6, 2-1 Big East), who have won nine straight at home.
"It's very nice to have a lot more options out there," McPherson said. "All the pieces of the puzzle are together now and it makes it easier for each one of us."
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Senior Da'Shena Stevens is still working her way back from an off-season injury to her left knee that forced her to miss the first 10 games of the season. Just when the Red Storm got her back, McKenith went down with a right knee injury. The junior point guard missed three games. Now they are both back and that has meant three straight wins and a renewed confidence.
The game was a homecoming for Louisville freshman Bria Smith, who starred down the road at perennial power Christ the King High School. She scored the Cardinals' first seven points and finished with 17 before fouling out with 4:39 left.
"It felt good playing back in New York," Bria Smith said. "My family and everyone was here, it just didn't turn out the way I would have liked it to (getting a win)."
Becky Burke scored 19 points to lead Louisville (13-3, 2-1), which had won its last six games.
Shoni Schimmel, Louisville's leading scorer, had a rough day from the field, scoring just eight points on 4-for-18 shooting.
"St. John's did a real nice job on her," Louisville Coach Jeff Walz said. "She missed some shots in the lane and she's normally going to knock those down."
Like St. John's, Louisville has its own injury issues. Junior Tia Gibbs was lost in the season opener to a shoulder injury and senior Monique Reid's season ended just eight games in after hurting her left knee. Even without them the Cardinals have put together a strong start to the season. Walz's team has already played 10 road games this season.
"It feels like we've traveled a third of the way around the world," Walz said. "We traveled 8,000 miles. I put together the schedule with the thought that we'd have Tia and Monique. Our schedule's been tough."
■ DePaul senior forward Keisha Hampton will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing exploratory right knee surgery Thursday. Hampton had appeared in just one game since Dec. 13 for the 20th-ranked Blue Demons (14-3, 2-1 Big East). She's averaged 16.6 points this season and has 1,574 points in her career.
Men's college basketball
Hoosiers hit 16 threes to beat Penn State
Indiana guard Matt Roth and Jordan Hulls combined to hit 12 of No. 12 Indiana's season-high 16 three-pointers to help the Hoosiers snap a 16-game Big Ten road losing streak and hold on for an 88-82 victory over the Nittany Lions in State College, Pa. Hulls had a career-high 28 points while Roth finished with 22.
Cheered on by a healthy sprinkling of fans wearing Indiana red, the Hoosiers (15-1, 3-1) won a regular-season road conference game for the first time since a 67-61 win at Penn State on Jan. 21, 2010.
Yet Penn State still hung around despite the hot shooting, and with point guard Tim Frazier (21 points) on the bench the last 1:34 after fouling out while scrambling for a loose ball.
■ Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points and freshman Trey Burke outplayed Jordan Taylor for most of the game, leading No. 16 Michigan to a 59-41 victory over No. 18 Wisconsin in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Burke scored 14 points for the Wolverines (13-3, 3-1 Big Ten), who snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Badgers. Taylor, Wisconsin's star point guard, was held to 12 points, a majority of which came after Michigan had taken control of the game.
The Badgers (12-5, 1-3) have lost three straight.
■ Jeff Jordan, the oldest son of Michael Jordan, left the Central Florida basketball team for what he said are "personal reasons." The senior guard didn't travel with the team for its 81-63 win at East Carolina on Saturday night. Jordan's younger brother and Knights guard Marcus Jordan, a junior, remained with the team.
McDaniels already back with Patriots
Josh McDaniels will return to the New England Patriots as an offensive assistant this week, and will serve under Bill O'Brien, the offensive coordinator who was named coach at Penn State on Saturday. O'Brien, introduced in State College, Pa., over the weekend, was due to fly back to Massachusetts on Sunday night, so he and McDaniels can gameplan for the Denver Broncos in the AFC divisional round. The Patriots, the AFC's No. 1 seed, had a bye this weekend.
McDaniels, 35, worked for New England from 2001-2008, including three seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was the head coach for the Broncos from 2009-10, before becoming the offensive coordinator in St. Louis this season.
Once O'Brien's tenure officially ends in Foxborough, McDaniels will again become the offensive coordinator for the Patriots.
High school football
Tennessee wins 3rd straight Border Bowl
Tennessee's high school All-Stars defeated Kentucky's 24-20 for its third straight win in the National Guard Border Bowl on Saturday in Williamsburg. Kentucky's scores came on Anderson County's Seth Carmichael 37-yard pass to Covington Holy Cross's Eric Walker, a 52-yard run by John Hardin's Jeremy Harness, and a 30-yard carry by Bell County's Cory Davenport. Kentucky drove to Tennessee's 30-yard line with one second left, but a Hail Mary pass by Middlesboro's Chase Roark was knocked away in the end zone.
Stricker keeps big lead in Hawaii
Steve Stricker finished the third round at Kapalua the same way he started — with a five-shot lead. Stricker watched his lead dwindle to a single shot on the back nine Sunday before running off four straight birdies for a 4-under 69 that gave him a big lead going into the final round at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
He was at 19-under 200, five shots clear of defending champion Jonathan Byrd (67), Martin Laird (67) and Webb Simpson, who also had a 69 while playing in the final group with Stricker.
■ Louis Oosthuizen holed a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 17 to top fellow South African Tjaart van der Walt and retain his title at the Africa Open in East London, South Africa.
Caracortado wins at Santa Anita
Caracortado staged a dramatic late rally after trailing by 15 lengths at the half-mile pole to win the $100,000 Daytona Stakes by 11/4 lengths at Santa Anita. Rafael Bejarano never used his whip to drive Caracortado to victory on the far outside. The 5-year-old California-bred gelding ran 61/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:11.59. Victory Pete was second.
There was no show wagering after the field was reduced to five starters with the late scratch of Silver Summation. He reared and unseated jockey Garrett Gomez leaving the paddock. Gomez was taken to the hospital complaining of pain in his left heel. Mr Gruff, the 19-10 favorite, was another half-length back in third in a dead-heat with Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Regally Ready.
The last word
Alabama running back Trent Richardson, when asked by The New York Times what he has learned since arriving in New Orleans for the BCS Championship Game, said:
"Don't walk and text because horses are everywhere doing their business."