Quigley reaches NCAA men's tennis singles quarterfinals
Kentucky men's tennis senior Eric Quigley won two tiebreakers Friday to hold off No. 13 Artem Ilyushin of Mississippi State and advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Quigley, the No. 3 seed, jumped out to a 5-3 lead and was serving for the first set when the Mississippi State star broke him and eventually forced a tiebreaker. Quigley answered with a 7-5 win in the tie-breaker to take the first set. Quigley held a late lead again in the second set, only to be pushed to another tiebreaker. Quigley went up 4-0 in the tiebreaker before Ilyushin tied it 4-4. Quigley closed out the match with three straight points to win it 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4).
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Quigley and sophomore Panav Jha completed the day by winning a doubles match to advance to the quarterfinals.
UK senior Alex Musialek lost a tight three-set battle in the singles round of 16 to No. 39 Alex Domijan of Virginia. This was the first time in school history that UK had two players in the NCAA round of 16.
The quarterfinals for both singles and doubles will be Saturday. Quigley, the No. 3 seed, will face No. 5 Henrique Cunha of Duke at noon. Later, Quigley and Jha, the No. 7 doubles seed, will play Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, the No. 1 seed from Ohio State, at 4 p.m.
Former wideout hired to football staff
Tommy Cook, a former wide receiver and graduate assistant at Kentucky, has been hired full time as assistant director of football operations, the school announced Friday. His duties will include assisting Coach Joker Phillips and the UK director of football operations with day-to-day operations of the football program.
"We are excited to have Tommy remain with us in this role," Phillips said in a release. "Tommy has spent a lot of time with this program as a player and graduate assistant and having someone already tied into our program in that position will be vital to our staff."
Cook was a wide receiver for UK from 2000-05. His career totals include 74 catches for 951 yards and six touchdowns.
■ Kentucky rifle assistant coach Stacy Underwood has been named the new head coach of the Nebraska rifle team. Underwood had been on UK head coach Harry Mullins' coaching staff since 2007, helping lead the Wildcats to their first NCAA title in program history in 2011. A native of Mission Viejo, Calif., Underwood competed at Nebraska, serving as a team captain on a Husker team that finished third in the nation in the 2004-05 season.
Top-seeded Louisville bounced
Right fielder Alex Mendez and designated hitter Daniel Rockhold hit key home runs and starting pitcher Matt Reed worked 71⁄3 innings to lift No. 4-seeded South Florida into the semifinal round of the Big East Championship with a 6-2 win against top-seeded Louisville on Friday night at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
Louisville (39-20) was eliminated from the tournament after the Cardinals' second loss of the day. The Cards fell 4-1 to Connecticut in a game pushed to Friday morning by rain.
The Bulls must defeat UConn twice Saturday to win the title.
Devils boot Rangers out of playoffs in OT
Adam Henrique scored off a wild scramble in front at 1:03 into overtime and the host New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 to advance to their first Stanley Cup finals since 2003.
The Devils will face the Los Angeles Kings for the Cup in a series that will start on Wednesday.
Sandusky charity to fold, transfer funds
The Second Mile — the charity founded by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, who has been charged with sexually abusing children — announced Friday that it wants to transfer its programs and about $2 million in cash and other assets to Arrow Child & Family Ministries Inc., a Houston non-profit. Second Mile submitted a court petition outlining the proposed transfer of programs and dissolution of local charity, because it's having difficulty operating and raising funds.
■ Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley has dismissed sophomore tight end Cameron Clear from the team following his arrest on a theft charge. Dooley suspended Clear indefinitely Wednesday to give him time to collect information on the tight end's arrest Tuesday on a charge of theft between $1,000 and $10,000. Dooley announced Clear's dismissal Friday.
■ Miami is reaffirming its commitment to the Atlantic Coast Conference, debunking speculation that the Hurricanes may be considering a jump to the Big 12 or elsewhere. The Hurricanes began play in the ACC in 2004. Hurricanes athletic director Shawn Eichorst released a statement Friday saying, among other things, that Miami has "not engaged in any formal or informal discussions with any other conferences" and that the school continues to believe in the appeal and strength of the ACC.
Bengals get other first-rounder signed
The Bengals signed Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler to a four-year deal on Friday, putting both of their first-round picks under contact.
The Bengals had already signed Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, the 17th overall pick. They got that selection by trading quarterback Carson Palmer to the Raiders last season.
Cincinnati has signed eight of its 10 draft picks.
FIFA chief seeks shootout alternative
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has asked German great Franz Beckenbauer to find an alternative to penalty shootouts. Blatter told the FIFA Congress Friday that soccer "loses its essence" when matches are settled by penalty kicks. Last Saturday, Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in a shootout to win the Champions League. Beckenbauer, the former Bayern captain and president, heads FIFA's Task Force Football 2014 panel that Blatter created in 2010 to improve soccer before the next World Cup in Brazil.
Bolt wins 100 meters at Golden Spike
Usain Bolt won the 100 meters in 10.04 seconds in the wind at the Golden Spike meet Friday, his first victory in Europe leading to the London Olympics. The Jamaican had a slow start but pulled ahead in the final meters. He failed to improve his season best of 9.82 from a May meet in Jamaica. Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis finished second in 10.19, followed by Darvis Patton of the U.S. in 10.22.
■ Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong is confident she can overcome her injury to earn a spot on the women's team for the London Olympics. Armstrong crashed her bicycle Thursday in Boise, Idaho, during the first stage of the Exergy Tour, a final tuneup for riders competing for slots on the American women's team. She underwent surgery Friday and had pins installed in her clavicle.
The last word
In the final three games of the Pacers-Heat NBA playoff series, Miami stars LeBron James (98 points, 34 rebounds, 24 assists) and Dwyane Wade (99 points, 22 rebounds 11 assists), had to make up for the absence of an injured Chris Bosh. Indiana Pacers Coach Frank Vogel had this observation:
"Chris Bosh is an awesome basketball player, but when he goes down, that just means more touches for LeBron and Wade. That's not exactly an advantage."