Softball's Riley on watch list for national player of the year
Rachel Riley was one of 50 players included on the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List.
"It's really cool to see individuals outside the program start to notice what a major contributor Riley has been to softball over the past three seasons," UK Coach Rachel Lawson said.
Riley, a senior from Bowling Green, set career highs in pitching victories (13) and batting average (.354) last season. She had 13 extra base hits and 28 RBI.
Baseball's McCarthy first-team All-SEC
Kentucky senior third baseman Thomas McCarthy, who led UK with a .371 average as a junior, was named a first-team pre-season All-Southeastern Conference pick by CollegeBaseballDaily.com. McCarthy, who batted .411 in conference play, finished with seven home runs and 39 RBI.
Quigley earns weekly honor from SEC
Kentucky men's tennis senior Eric Quigley was named the Co-Southeastern Conference Player of the Week. The senior entered the week needing two singles wins to become the all-time winningest singles player in school history. Quigley tied the record with win 144 against Indiana before breaking the record with a straight-sets win at No. 1 singles against Eastern Kentucky. Quigley, who is ranked fifth in the nation in singles, went 4-0 for the week.
Bogans makes season debut for Nets
The New Jersey Nets signed free-agent guard Keith Bogans. Bogans, a former Kentucky standout who is an eight-year NBA veteran, started all 82 games for the Chicago Bulls in 2010-11, averaging 4.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 17.8 minutes.
"Keith will give us defensive toughness and experience," Nets General Manager Billy King said. "He will add depth and versatility to our perimeter."
Bogans made his debut Wednesday night and scored two points in 17 minutes of the Nets' 99-96 victory against visiting Detroit.
Tayshaun Prince had 21 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Pistons, who have lost 20 of 24 this season. Rookie point guard Brandon Knight added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.
■ Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, including six three-pointers, to help the Orlando Magic snap a four-game losing streak with a 109-103 victory over the visiting Washington Wizards. Former Kentucky star John Wall had 10 assists and seven rebounds but struggled shooting the ball. He finished 1-for-12 from the field with two points. Teammate Shelvin Mack, a former Bryan Station standout, came off the bench to score 12 points in 16 minutes. Mack also had four assists.
Blue Jays adding ex-Reds closer Cordero
Reliever Francisco Cordero and the Toronto Blue Jays finalized a $4.5 million, one-year contract Wednesday. The 36-year-old right-hander was 5-3 with a 2.45 ERA and 37 saves in 43 chances for Cincinnati last season, reaching 30 saves for the seventh time. He held batters to a .198 average, the lowest of his career.
Cordero, a three-time All-Star, has a 44-45 record with a 3.17 ERA and 327 saves, 12th on the career list. He is expected to fill the setup role for closer Sergio Santos, acquired in December from the Chicago White Sox.
"I've got no problem with that because I've been a setup guy in the past," Cordero said during a telephone conference call. "Being a closer for a long time, I know what to do. I've got to just treat the eighth inning like it's the ninth inning. I've just got to go out and do my job and pass it on to Santos in the ninth inning."
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Scott County boys roll over Defenders
Scott County's boys, ranked second in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, pulled away after halftime in a 76-52 victory at Bryan Station on Wednesday. Isaiah Ivey was 8-for-9 from the free-throw line and finished with 20 points, six rebounds and three steals for the Cardinals (21-3). Tamron Manning added 18 points and four rebounds.
Jaylen Beckham led the Defenders with 19 points.
■ Christian Morgan scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Gallatin County boys' 73-62 win in overtime at Anderson County.
Irsay in no hurry to decide on Manning
Jim Irsay is putting the Peyton Manning decision on hold.
The Colts owner said Wednesday he will monitor Manning's recovery from Sept. 8 neck surgery over the next month and may wait until the last possible moment to determine whether to pay the quarterback a $28 million roster bonus, redo the five-year contract he signed last summer or risk losing the four-time MVP as a free agent.
"It's two-phased. There's the medical aspect, as to whether he can play at a really high level and that's the only place he wants to be. Can he drill it in Foxborough in 10 degrees, 50 yards, that sort of thing," Irsay said. "The second issue has always been his health and the risks of going back onto the field. When the Super Bowl ends, he and I will continue to talk about it."
Daytona 500 purse a record $19 million
The Daytona 500 will boast a record purse of more than $19 million, and the winner of NASCAR's biggest race is guaranteed a minimum $1.4 million. Daytona International Speedway also announced Wednesday a $200,000 bonus for the driver leading at the halfway point of the race. Daytona president Joie Chitwood said the bonus is incentive for drivers to race up front and not lay back in the Feb. 26 season-opening race.
Holmes hopes to see improvement
Former University of Kentucky golfer J.B. Holmes is set to make his second start since having brain surgery in September. The 2006 and 2008 Phoenix Open winner had structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. He missed the cut last weekend at Torrey Pines in California, shooting 76-69.
"It was great to just get back at it last week. Hopefully, I can improve on that," Holmes said. "I didn't play that great, but it was just nice to get back out there and get back in the swing of things."
The last word
Forget talent. Forget performance. Forget that you won a race last year in NASCAR's foremost series. That wasn't what mattered to many of the car owners who talked to David Ragan during his frustrating off-season search for a new job. Ragan finally landed at Front Row Motorsports. Here's his wry assessment of the first few questions in a typical Sprint Cup job interview:
"'How much money do you have? Do you have a sponsor? How much money you got in your back pocket?' That is a big part of it. These team owners want to know, 'Do you have any connections in the world of companies? Do you have any friends that are on marketing boards? Do you have any CEO buddies that are your next-door neighbor's cousin?'"