Flynn's two home runs help Bat Cats rally out of 5-0 hole
After falling behind 5-0 in the first inning, Kentucky used four home runs, including two from outfielder Cameron Flynn to rally for a 9-5 win over Buffalo on Saturday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington. Kentucky (5-0) started chipping away at the lead with single runs in the third and fourth inning before taking the lead with a six-run sixth inning.
Flynn, a Henry Clay graduate who transferred to UK from Morehead State, had three RBI, and Luke Maile (Covington Catholic) hit his second home run of the year and was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Center fielder Zac Zellers homered for the second consecutive game and was 3-for-3 off the bench after UK freshman center fielder Austin Cousino left in the third inning after getting two hits.
Softball splits doubleheader in Georgia
After overcoming 11 stranded base runners and staging a seventh-inning rally to force extra innings, Kentucky's softball team (7-6) lost 2-1 to host Georgia Southern on a walk-off two-out RBI single in the eighth inning on Saturday. Sophomore pitcher Lauren Cumbess took the loss despite only giving up three hits. Freshman Griffin Joiner had the Cats' RBI single in the seventh.
■ Senior Rachel Riley's three-run double in the bottom of the sixth sparked the UK softball team's 9-5 victory over Radford earlier in the day in Statesboro, Ga. The teams combined for nine errors.
Men's tennis loses at No. 2 Ohio State
The seventh-ranked men's tennis team lost to No. 2 Ohio State for the second time this season. The Wildcats lost the doubles point and the first three completed singles matches to fall 4-0 in Columbus, Ohio. UK lost to Ohio State 4-3 in the quarterfinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Men's Team Indoor Championships earlier this month in Charlottesville, Va.
Gymnastics team gets 1st SEC win
Behind season-best performances on uneven bars and floor exercise, Kentucky's gymnastics team posted its best team score of the season and its first win in Southeastern Conference action, finishing first ahead of No. 15 Auburn and Pittsburgh in a tri-meet Friday night at Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky (5-6, 1-5 SEC) had a team score of 195.525 in the meet, while Auburn finished second with a 195.150 and Pittsburgh third with a 193.325.
UK sophomore Audrey Harrison won her second all-around title of the season, scoring a career-best 39.175. Freshman Alexis Gross was tied for third in the all-around with a 38.925.
McIlroy, Westwood in Match Play semis
The day of golf in the desert ended with high anticipation Saturday when Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood won their matches, setting up a semifinal showdown in the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz.
At stake for the winner — a chance to go to No. 1 in the world.
McIlroy surged on the back nine to put away Bae Sang-moon, 3 and 2. Moments later, Westwood finished off Martin Laird for a 3-and-2 victory to advance to the semifinals.
Either of them can replace Luke Donald at No. 1 by winning this World Golf Championship.
Hunter Mahan played the shortest quarterfinal match in the 14-year history of the event by beating Matt Kuchar, 6 and 5. His semifinal match will be against Mark Wilson. Wilson had an easy time in his 4-and-3 win over Peter Hanson.
Ex-WKU star wins Slam Dunk Contest
Utah's Jeremy Evans won the Slam Dunk Contest at the NBA's All-Star Saturday night festivities. Evans, a former Western Kentucky standout who got into the competition as a replacement for injured New York guard Iman Shumpert, earned 29 percent of 3 million text message votes cast by fans. This was the first year that fans had total control of voting, a major tweak from past competitions.
Evans earned the win over Houston's Chase Budinger, Indiana's Paul George and Minnesota's Derrick Williams.
Evans dunked with a camera on his head, dunked two basketballs while jumping over a seated assistant and then donned a Karl Malone jersey while dunking over mailman-dressed comedian Kevin Hart.
■ Minnesota forward Kevin Love won the 3-point Shootout. He had to sweat out the last few shots from Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant to pull out the 17-14 victory in the finals.
Holcomb goes for gold at bobsled worlds
Steven Holcomb, who beat the great Andre Lange of Germany by nearly a second in the 2009 worlds at Mount Van Hoevenberg, rallied on his second run Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y. to gain a slim lead over Maximilian Arndt of Germany midway through the four-man bobsled race at the 2012 World Championships.
Trailing Arndt by 0.15 seconds after a mistake-filled first run, Holcomb and his crew made up the deficit with the help of their second straight 4.97-second start, the best starts of the day. That put USA-1 just 0.01 ahead heading to Sunday's final two heats.
American John Napier was disqualified after Adam Clark, a push athlete from Owenton, slipped and fell out of USA-2 at the start.
"I heard some scraping, so I knew there wasn't a guy in there," Napier said. "It's just frustrating. We crashed at the Olympics and this was kind of our feeling — to come back and redeem ourselves. ... Mistakes just happen."
U.S. rookie Nick Cunningham and his crew, which included Dallas Robinson of Georgetown, were in 14th in USA-3, 1.64 seconds behind Holcomb.
Lane ahead in Bassmaster Classic
Chris Lane took a narrow lead after two days of the Bassmaster Classic in Bossier City, La. Lane of Guntersville, Ala., brought in 19 pounds and four ounces of bass on the Red River on Saturday to run his total to 35 pounds, eight ounces overall, one pound better than Greg Vinson of Watumpka, Ala.
The last word
If Kobe Bryant ever owns a team, his personnel department better not overlook a guy like Jeremy Lin. Bryant said:
"They all would be fired if I was owning a team. I hear this stuff about it came out of nowhere, and I think it's (wrong). You can't play that well and just come out of nowhere. There has to be something there and everybody missed it, so heads would roll."