Bell celebrates Senior Day with no-hitter, sweep of LSU
Senior Chanda Bell threw her fifth career no-hitter on Senior Day, helping Kentucky beat No. 22 LSU 1-0 Sunday and sweep a series with the Tigers for the first time in program history.
A crowd of 1,554 at the UK Softball Complex saw the Cats clinch the No. 5 seed in the upcoming Southeastern Conference Tournament. UK (29-27, 15-13) will face No. 4 seed Georgia next weekend in the event in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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"For Chanda Bell to be able to throw a no-hitter on Senior Day is pretty special," UK Coach Rachel Lawson said. "When we woke up, we were just trying to come up with how we were going to get through Senior Day ceremonies."
Bell pitched seven innings, walked two and struck out six. She was instrumental to all three wins over the weekend, pitching a 10-strikeout complete game in the series opener and earning the save Saturday.
Kentucky's Brittany Cervantes went 1 for 2 with a double and a walk. She batted a team-high .571 in the series with four extra-base hits. UK's Alice O'Brien drove in the game's only run with a two-out single in the sixth inning to score Griffin Joiner.
Lyons chooses Arizona over Kentucky
Kentucky transfer target Mark Lyons, a 6-foot-1 point guard who scored nearly 1,200 points at Xavier, is headed to Arizona instead, the Sporting News reported. Lyons visited Kentucky last week. Lyons is reuniting with Arizona Coach Sean Miller, who signed the recruit out of high school when he was coach at Xavier.
Mayweather wants no part of Pacquiao
After using his speed and accuracy to score a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas on Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather Jr. made clear that a greatly anticipated bout with Manny Pacquiao "is not going to happen."
Mayweather earned a piece of the 154-pound title and made a minimum $32 million. The win assured him of still being a champion when he reports to jail June 1 for a sentence stemming from a domestic abuse case involving his former girlfriend and their children. Mayweather will be in jail when Pacquiao fights in the same ring June 9 at the MGM Grand against Timothy Bradley.
Mayweather said a Pacquiao fight won't happen because Pacquiao is tied to promoter Bob Arum and he doesn't want to deal with Arum. Mayweather also thinks he is the true attraction and won't agree to split the proceeds 50-50 with Pacquiao.
Shanahan on RG3: 'He's the starter'
No sense fooling around with a talent like Robert Griffin III. Barely a week after the draft, the Washington Redskins are already proclaiming the Heisman Trophy winner their No. 1 quarterback. Saying that Griffin has the ability to do things no one else has done in the NFL.
Coach Mike Shanahan wrapped up a rookie minicamp Sunday by putting RGIII squarely atop the depth chart. "He's the starter. Period," Shanahan said. Shanahan said Griffin will begin working with the first-teamers when the veterans reconvene for offseason workouts later this month.
Fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins of Michigan State and last year's starter Rex Grossman will share snaps to sort out the second- and third-string spots. The selection of Cousins raised eyebrows around the league, but Griffin said he was given advance notice that the Redskins sought solid, young depth at the position. Griffin and Cousins roomed together at the team hotel this weekend. "We went over the playbook together. There's no issues there," Griffin said. "We're both out there trying to get better, so we're cool. We ate a burrito together ... not the same burrito," he added with a laugh. "Just to clear that up."
Well-wishers give Seau ocean tribute
Several hundred people took part in a paddle-out in front of Junior Seau's Southern California home to pay tribute to the former NFL linebacker. The Los Angeles Times reported that participants at Sunday's seaside memorial included Seau's former teammate Drew Brees, who played quarterback for the San Diego Chargers when Seau was the star linebacker.
The 43-year-old Seau committed suicide Wednesday at his home in Oceanside. Seau was an avid surfer who was often seen riding the waves in front of his home. Fans and well-wishers formed a circle across the water and held hands while a prayer was said for him. They also chanted Seau's name and the No. 55, his number at Southern California and during 20 years in the NFL.
Roethlisberger gets his degree
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger graduated from Miami University in southwest Ohio, about nine years after leaving for the NFL. The university said Roethlisberger, 30, received his bachelor's degree in education and joined nearly 600 students during Sunday's commencement at the campus in Oxford. His wife, parents and grandmother attended.
Roethlisberger, who has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles, played football for Miami from 2001 to 2003 and set several school passing records. An associate dean said the quarterback was four courses short of graduation when he jumped to the NFL. He completed those courses over several years and finished this spring.
Kings beat Blues, complete sweep
Dustin Brown scored two goals, Jonathan Quick made 23 saves, and the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings finished an improbable four-game sweep of the visiting St. Louis Blues with a 3-1 victory Sunday, advancing to the conference finals for just the second time in club history. Rookie Jordan Nolan scored an early goal for the Kings, the first No. 8 seed in NHL history to eliminate their conference's top two seeds in the same postseason.
The last word
Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, after Yankees closer Mariano Rivera blew out his ACL shagging fly balls during batting practice:
"If this is it for Rivera, it will be the worst ending to greatness since the final episode of Seinfeld ."