About 15,000 join Tebow for Easter service
Tim Tebow drew a crowd of about 15,000 to an outdoor Easter church service Sunday, telling the gathering it's important to be outspoken about faith while admonishing athletes about not being better role models.
Tebow told them he welcomed the attention on his convictions as well as the "Tebowing" prayer pose he often strikes on the field because it puts his faith and prayer in the public conversation.
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"It's being talked about," he said. "That's exciting."
He also took a shot at professional athletes who insist they are not role models.
"Yes you are. You're just not a good one," Tebow said.
Recruit sets record in Nike event
Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad scored a record 35 points, but the U.S. junior national team lost to the World select team 84-75 in the Nike Hoop Summit Saturday night in Portland, Ore.
Muhammad, who has narrowed his list to UK and a couple other schools, tied the U.S. record for field goals (12) in the event, in addition to the scoring record.
Muhammad was 12-for-27 from the field and 10-for-11 from the free-throw line. He also had nine rebounds.
Another UK recruit, Nerlens Noel, had five points, four rebounds and four blocked shots in 24 minutes.
UK signee Archie Goodwin had seven points and three assists.
Senior Brittany Cervantes led an offensive charge for the Kentucky softball team in a 10-5 series-winner over South Carolina. Cervantes charted a 2-for-3 outing at the dish with her third homer of the series and three runs scored to pace UK.
Cervantes led the charge, but five players logged multiple hits in the game, including junior Kara Dill, senior Rachel Riley, freshman Griffin Joiner and sophomore Lauren Cumbess.
Riley drove in her team-leading sixth home run, her second in as many days, while Cumbess drove in a team-high three scores in the win.
Senior Chanda Bell earned the win for the Wildcats to improve to 9-7 on the season. Bell tossed 10 strikeouts.
The women's tennis team dropped its match with Mississippi 7-0. The Wildcats next face Vanderbilt to wrap up regular season play.
The men's golf team finished its regular season at the Gary Koch Invitational, moving up two spots on the leaderboard to finish 13th at Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa, Fla. The Wildcats were led by junior Joseph Barr, who finished in a tie for 38th.
An 11-shot improvement over the second round left the women's golf team in a tie for 13th at the Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C. The Wildcats shot a 10-over par 298 to finish the regular season at 47-over par.
Sophomore Liz Breed led Kentucky for a second straight day with a tie for 50th.
Knicks top Bulls in Rose's return
Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 43 points, making the go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left in overtime as the New York Knicks spoiled a rusty Derrick Rose's return to the lineup and beat the Chicago Bulls 100-99.
Rose scored 29 points after missing the previous 12 games with a strained right groin, but he shot only 8 of 26 from the field and missed a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left in regulation and the Bulls ahead by three.
Anthony made a three-pointer eight seconds later to tie it, and scored the final five points of the extra period as the Knicks pulled out a thriller in a possible playoff preview.
Knicks guard Jeremy Lin said Sunday he feels "pretty good" after knee surgery but doesn't think he could make it back for the first round of the playoffs.
"I think unless something goes really well, I wouldn't get there," Lin said before the Knicks played the Chicago Bulls.
Lin had surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. The Knicks have said the expected recovery time is about six weeks.
The playoffs begin April 28. The Knicks, also playing without the injured Amare Stoudemire, went into Sunday's game holding the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference. Lin won't rule out a return if the Knicks can advance in the postseason.
Gerald Green scored a season-high 32 points, including a clutch three-pointer with 36.7 seconds left in regulation and a high-flying dunk in overtime, leading the Nets to a 122-117 victory over Cleveland.
Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and Rajon Rondo dished out double-digit assists for his 17th consecutive game, finishing with 15 to help lead Boston to a 103-79 win over the struggling 76ers.
LeBron James scored 26 points, Chris Bosh finished with 22 points and nine rebounds, and the Heat steadily pulled away to beat the Pistons 98-75.
Serena takes Family Cup title
Serena Williams capped a dominant week with another powerful performance to beat Lucie Safarova 6-0, 6-1 and capture her first clay-court tournament in four years at the Family Circle Cup. She hadn't won a tournament on clay — or even gotten to a final on the surface — since taking the 2008 championship here. Williams served a 107-mph ace on match point, shrieking in joy and waving to the crowd.
John Isner sent the Americans into the next round of the Davis Cup by winning Sunday's opening singles match — a 6-3, 7-6 (4) 5-7, 6-3 victory over sixth-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France. The U.S. is in the last four of the Davis Cup for the first time since 2008.
The last word
Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn is enduring a rocky divorce from her husband, who was also her coach, manager and equipment guru. Said Vonn:
"The 2010 Olympics seem far away now. So much has happened. So much has changed. So many sleepless nights and dark days."