Mathies named Wade Award watch list for nation's top player
Kentucky women's basketball junior A'dia Mathies is one of eight athletes to be added to the State Farm Wade Watch list, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Tuesday on behalf of the Wade Trophy Coalition. The Wade Watch award honors the nation's most outstanding Division I player each year based on season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability. Mathies has led No. 7 Kentucky to arguably its best start in program history. The Louisville native leads the Wildcats in scoring, steals, and three-point field-goal percentage and is second on the team in rebounds, assists, three-point field goals made and blocks. Mathies' 15.1 points per game and 14.7 points per game in conference action are each third best in the Southeastern Conference.
No. 3 UConn downs U of L women
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Caroline Doty led No. 3 Connecticut with 15 points, and the Huskies' defense helped hold off No. 20 Louisville 56-46 Tuesday night. Doty, scoreless in her last game against Rutgers, made five of 11 three-point attempts. Tiffany Hayes added nine points and 11 rebounds before fouling out for visiting UConn (22-2, 10-1 Big East). Shoni Schimmel led Louisville (17-7, 6-5) with 20 points and eight rebounds. Sara Hammond added 10 points, eight of which came in the second half.
■ Devereaux Peters had a season-high 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, Kayla McBride added 19 points, and No. 2 Notre Dame beat Syracuse 74-55 on Tuesday night. It was the 21st straight win for Notre Dame (24-1, 11-0 Big East), which improved its road record to 12-1 against Syracuse (15-10, 4-7). Former Lexington Catholic star Natalie Novosel was held to seven points on 3-for-12 shooting for the Irish.
■ Joshua Jones scored 15 points as Eastern Kentucky defeated Mid-Continent University 59-41 Tuesday. Jones scored 11 of his points in the second half, when the Colonels (14-12) scored the first 10 points and pulled away after leading their NAIA opponent 23-15 at halftime.
■ Colt Ryan's 17-footer with 3:08 to play broke a 56-56 tie, and Evansville pulled away for a 65-57 upset of No. 17 Creighton on Tuesday night.
Clippers lose Billups for the season
Clippers guard Chauncey Billups will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his left Achilles tendon during Los Angeles' 107-102 victory over the Magic in Orlando on Monday night. The team said Tuesday an MRI confirmed Billups' injury. Billups will return to Los Angeles on Thursday for further evaluation. The Clippers said a date for surgery hasn't been determined. The five-time All-Star, whom the Clippers claimed off waivers in December, was averaging 14.9 points and 4.0 assists in 30.4 minutes per game this season.
Anthony out again with groin injury
The Knicks said Tuesday they expect Carmelo Anthony to miss a week or two with a strained right groin. Anthony was hurt Monday, leaving after six minutes of a 99-88 victory over Utah and continuing an injury-plagued season. Anthony has missed three games with various ankle, wrist and hand injuries and shot poorly in a handful of others while playing through the pain. The All-Star forward leads the Knicks with 22.3 points per game.
■ San Diego prosecutors won't file criminal charges against Kobe Bryant after reviewing allegations by a man who accused the Lakers star of injuring him during a scuffle at church. The city attorney's office said Tuesday that there was insufficient evidence to prove charges beyond a reasonable doubt. Police have said Bryant took the man's cellphone in August, apparently thinking it was being used to take his picture during a Sunday service at the St. Therese of Carmel Church in San Diego. The man went to a hospital for treatment of an injured wrist.
■ The NBA has decided to try a new format for its All-Star weekend game featuring the league's top young talent. The Rising Stars Challenge will feature teams composed of rookies and sophomores. TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal will serve as the general managers and conduct a draft on Feb. 16 to determine each team. The rookies faced the sophomores in previous years. The pool of players for this year's game on Feb. 24 in Orlando, Fla., will be announced on Wednesday.
■ Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, LeBron James added 24 against his former team, and the Heat tuned up for a long road trip by beating the Cavaliers 107-91 on Tuesday night. Chris Bosh finished with 15 points for the Heat, who have won 11 of their last 13 games and start a stretch of five road games in seven nights at Orlando on Wednesday.
■ Steve Nash hit a driving layup with five seconds left, giving the Suns a 107-105 victory over the host Bucks on Tuesday night. Michael Redd scored 14 points and came away with a win against his former team, but it wasn't easy. The Suns blew a big lead in the second half and had to rally at the end.
Ricky Williams retires
Ricky Williams is retiring from the NFL again. This time, however, it appears to be for good. Williams, 34, told the Ravens on Tuesday he won't be back to fulfill the second year of a contract he signed in August. Playing as a backup to Ray Rice this year, Williams ran for 444 yards and scored two touchdowns. He also became the 26th player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards rushing, reaching the plateau in the season finale at Cincinnati. Williams retired before the 2004 season when facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy. He returned in 2005, then left to spend the 2006 season with Toronto of the Canadian Football League.
■ The Steelers have named Todd Haley their new offensive coordinator. Haley, 45, will replace Bruce Arians, now with the Colts, and will inherit an offense that scored 325 points last season en route to finishing 12-4. Haley was fired by Kansas City on Dec. 13, after going 19-26 in two-plus seasons with the Chiefs.
■ Denver prosecutors say Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno has been charged with drunken driving and careless driving after getting pulled over in south Denver.
State wants Sandusky kept indoors
Prosecutors asked Tuesday to have Jerry Sandusky kept indoors as part of his bail conditions, citing complaints that the former Penn State football assistant was seen outside and watching children in a schoolyard from the back porch of his home, where he remains under house arrest while awaiting trial on child-molestation charges. The state attorney general's office argued in a court filing that Sandusky's bail conditions should be revised so that he is not allowed outside except to seek medical treatment. Prosecutors said they opposed Sandusky's request to be allowed contact with his grandchildren as he awaits trial on 52 child-sex-abuse charges.
Bluegrass Sports Awards live on iHigh
Next week's inaugural Bluegrass Sports Awards banquet will be broadcast live on the Internet on iHigh.com, the Bluegrass Sports Commission said in announcing the partnership Tuesday. Live coverage from the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and may be accessed at Kentucky.com, WKYT.com and iHigh.com. The evening will feature four prestigious awards given out as a celebration of achievement in Kentucky sports. Tom Hammond, Jim Host, Jerry Carroll and Martha Layne Collins will all be honored. The Lexington Herald-Leader will also announce the winner of its Kentucky Sportsman of the Year live for the first time in the 31-year history of the award.
The last word
Eli Manning hoisted the Lombardi Trophy from a blue-and-white float, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg joked that New York City should now be nicknamed the "Big Blue Apple," as thousands of fans crowded lower Manhattan Tuesday to celebrate the Giants' Super Bowl win. Frank Capogrosso, 11, of Staten Island was impressed:
"This is better than TV. I love the cop cars, the toilet paper and the ecstatic fans. I love the Giants. I love their style. They play, they don't talk."