Quarterbacks combine for 4 TDs in scrimmage
Maxwell Smith and Jacob Russell each threw two touchdown passes during a Kentucky intrasquad scrimmage that lasted about 40 minutes Saturday.
Smith, playing against the first-team defense, had a 20-yard TD pass to La'Rod King and a 70-yard bomb to redshirt freshman Rashad Cunningham. Russell, against the second-team defense, had a 7-yard TD pass to Demarco Robinson and a 4-yarder to redshirt freshman Bookie Cobbins, who made a one-handed catch.
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"We got some good fundamental work in and then we got some good live work in," UK Coach Joker Phillips said. "We got about 40-50 plays of live stuff. We are still understanding how to play, but we have some good film to show our kids and correct."
The Wildcats' first full scrimmage will be next Saturday.
■ Host Tennessee beat Kentucky 8-0 in softball to even the series. Sophomore Lauren Cumbess had two hits for the Wildcats (16-18, 3-5 Southeastern Conference). Madison Shipman drove in three runs for Tennessee (26-8, 8-5).
Kansas State hires ex-Illinois coach
Former Illinois coach Bruce Weber was hired by Kansas State on Saturday to replace Frank Martin, whose departure for South Carolina earlier in the week sent shockwaves through the program. The school moved quickly on the hiring, reaching out to Weber in the last few days and finalizing a deal late Friday. Weber agreed to a five-year, $8.5 million contract that will pay him $1.5 million next season and an additional $100,000 each remaining year. There are also several benefits. "It's been a whirlwind, to be honest. Just a few hours ago I was in New Orleans thinking I was going to have gumbo," said Weber, who was greeted at Bramlage Coliseum by a small group of protesters who were displeased with the hiring of a coach recently fired by Illinois.
Griner named women's player of year
Brittney Griner is The Associated Press' women's college basketball Player of the Year, the first Baylor player to win the award. She received 36 votes Saturday from the 40-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. The 6-foot-8 phenom averaged 23.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5.2 blocks this season. Baylor's Kim Mulkey was named the AP's Coach of the Year.
Kahne wins second pole of year
Kasey Kahne is the first two-time pole winner of the season in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series after he posted the fastest lap in qualifying Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. He'll start the race 27th in points, and hopes it's the start of a turnaround in fortune. "We have had great Friday and Saturdays and just haven't put together a Sunday yet," the Hendrick Motorsports driver said. "Hopefully tomorrow will be a nice start to a really good season." Kahne, who also started first at Las Vegas, toured the 0.526-mile oval at 97.126 mph, depriving Kevin Harvick of a sweep of weekend qualifying at the track. The top five also includes Denny Hamlin, who has four career victories on the tight, tricky layout, followed by Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman, then Brian Vickers, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, a seven-time winner here, and Joey Logano. Defending series champion Tony Stewart, who won here last fall, will start 15th, and points leader Greg Biffle will start 26th.
Harvick dominates truck race
Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick led all but two laps and won the spring NASCAR Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway for the third time in the past four years Saturday. The former truck team owner yielded the top spot to teammate Ty Dillon for the fourth and fifth laps, but left no doubt which truck was best in leading a series-record 248 laps. Dillon, in his fourth start, ran second almost all day, but had to hold off James Buescher on a restart with six laps to go. He did that easily, and followed Harvick to a comfortable second-place finish.
Linsanity likely over for this year
The New York Knicks say Jeremy Lin is having left knee surgery and will miss six weeks, likely ending his amazing breakthrough season. The team said Saturday the point guard had an MRI exam this week that revealed a small, chronic meniscus tear. The Knicks will continue to turn to Baron Davis in place of Lin, the undrafted Harvard alum who became the starter in February and turned in a series of brilliant performances, kicking off a phenomenon that was called Linsanity.
■ Kobe Bryant hit a three-pointer with 20 seconds left after missing his first 15 shots to help the host Los Angeles Lakers hold off the last-place New Orleans Hornets 88-85 on Saturday.
Oosthuizen leads Houston Open by 2
Louis Oosthuizen shot his second straight 6-under 66 on Saturday to reach 17 under and take a two-shot lead over Hunter Mahan after the third round of the Houston Open. The 29-year-old South African shook off two early bogeys with four straight birdies. Mahan had a 65, including four birdies on the back nine. Three-time major champion Ernie Els, who must win to qualify for the Masters next week, was in a group at 8 under. Els hasn't missed the Masters since 1993.
■ Sweden's Karin Sjodin shot a steady 4-under 68 through heavy wind while chasing down top-ranked Yani Tseng, pulling even at 9 under heading into the final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
■ Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark made four birdies and an eagle for a 5-under 67 to lead the Sicilian Open by three strokes on Saturday heading to the final round. At 9 under were Nicolas Colsaerts (69) of Belgium and Andrew Parr (67) of Canada.
New Yankee Pineda to start on DL
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda will begin the season on the disabled list after tests showed inflammation in a shoulder tendon, but no structural damage. Pineda experienced soreness in the back of his right shoulder during the Yankees' 13-9 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night and struggled with his fastball velocity again, averaging around 91 mph.
sports in the courts
Ex-QB Leaf charged with burglary
Police in Montana say ex-NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf broke into an acquaintance's home and stole a bottle of prescription painkillers. Central Montana Drug Task Force Commander Chris Hickman says he has reason to believe Leaf may have done the same to others, and he is asking other victims to come forward. Leaf was arrested Friday in Great Falls after police searched him and his vehicle and found 28 oxycodone pills, a narcotic painkiller for which he did not have a prescription. Leaf was charged with burglary, possession of a dangerous drug and theft. He is free on $76,000 bond.
The last word
A victory by Colorado Rockies left-hander Jamie Moyer would make him the first starter 49 or older to win a big-league game. Said Moyer:
"I intend to win more than one game."