Three UK signees earn Parade All-America honorsKentucky men's basketball signees Archie Goodwin, Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress were named 2012 Parade Prep All-Americans. The three selections pushed the number of Parade All-Americans that have signed with Kentucky over the years to 76.
Goodwin (Sherwood, Ark., Sylvan Hills HS) was named Arkansas' Mr. Basketball and was also named Gatorade State Player of the Year and a McDonald's All-American. Scout.com ranks him the third-best shooting guard and 14th overall. He is ranked as the fifth-best shooting guard in the country and 15th overall by Rivals.com.
Noel (Everett, Mass, Tilton School) was also named the USA Today National Player of the Year. He is rated as the top player by ESPNU Recruiting and Scout.com and the best center prospect. He's the top-ranked center and the second-best overall player by Rivals.
Poythress (Clarksville, Tenn., Northeast HS) was named Tennessee's Mr. Basketball and was also named Gatorade State Player of the Year and a McDonald's All-American. Scout.com ranks Poythress seventh overall in the class of 2012 and the No. 3 small forward, while Rivals.com ranks him eighth overall and No. 2 at his position.
Volleyball class ranked 15th in nation
Coach Craig Skinner and his staff recruited the 15th-ranked class as rated by PrepVolleyball.com. UK's four-member class for 2012 is made up of setter Morgan Bergren (Muncie, Ind.), middle blocker Sara Schwarzwalder (North Royalton, Ohio); defensive specialist Kelsey Wolf (Cincinnati) and right side hitter Shelby Workman (Shawnee Mission, Kan.).
EKU wins OVC's Commissioner's Cup
Eastern Kentucky won the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Cup for the 2011-12 school year. EKU totaled 106.5 points to edge out second-place finisher Eastern Illinois by 5.5 points.
The Colonels claimed OVC regular-season championships in football, men's cross country, women's tennis and baseball. And the men's and women's tennis teams won OVC tournament titles.
Murray State (97.75 points) was fourth and Morehead State (88) finished sixth.
Butler's switch to Atlantic 10 moved up
Butler is leaving the Horizon League and joining the Atlantic 10 sooner than expected. The school announced that it will play in the A-10 this fall, one year sooner than planned. School officials said the two leagues were able to accommodate a quicker move.
I'll Have Another 'gallops strong'
Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another was reunited with his regular exercise rider, Jonny Garcia, Tuesday morning for his routine gallop over Belmont Park's main track in preparation for the Belmont Stakes on June 9. Garcia, who had not been aboard I'll Have Another since the Preakness, said the colt felt just the same as he did before winning the first two legs of racing's Triple Crown.
"I think (Belmont Park) is pretty much the same (as Churchill Downs and Pimlico)," Garcia said. "The only difference is that this track is a little heavier."
I'll Have Another, who noticeably picked up the pace coming through the stretch Tuesday morning, is scheduled to gallop into the 1½ -mile Belmont, in which he is seeking to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978.
"He gallops strong," trainer Doug O'Neill said. "We're not too worried about the times, more so with how he's moving and switching leads out there."
Ex-Cat Johnson to miss Bills' minicamp
Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson is expected to miss most — if not all — of the team's off-season minicamp practices to give him time to recover from groin surgery. Coach Chan Gailey called it unlikely for Johnson to be fully cleared until training camp in July.
Johnson, who starred at Kentucky, said his groin is mostly pain-free from the procedure he had earlier this month, but added he is still experiencing a twinge of pain in his hamstring.
Dolphins to appear on 'Hard Knocks'
The Miami Dolphins will appear on Hard Knocks this summer.
HBO announced Tuesday that the Dolphins would be the newest subject of its popular reality series documenting NFL training camps. The seventh season premieres Aug. 7.
Hard Knocks was not produced last year because of the NFL lockout. In 2010, the Dolphins' AFC East rivals, the New York Jets, were the subject of the show, making Coach Rex Ryan a reality star.
Miami will likely have a highly drafted rookie quarterback competing for playing time. Ryan Tannehill was the eighth pick overall, joining a franchise desperate for QB stability since Dan Marino retired.
Patriots cut Gonzalez, sign ex-Cat Melillo
The New England Patriots released receiver Anthony Gonzalez less than three months after signing him.
Also Tuesday, the Patriots signed free-agent offensive lineman Jamey Richard, rookie free-agent tight end Nick Melillo and seventh-round draft choice Alfonzo Dennard, a defensive back.
Gonzalez was signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent from Indianapolis in March. A first-round draft pick from Ohio State, he had 99 receptions for 1,307 yards and seven touchdowns in five seasons for the Colts despite a rash of injuries.
Melillo, who played in 32 games over three seasons at Kentucky, had 23 receptions for 240 yards and one touchdown.
Woods: Nicklaus' mark still within reach
Almost two weeks before he'll play it with a U.S. Open on the line, Tiger Woods tested The Olympic Club in San Francisco as well as his game on Tuesday. Woods said he hit a 9-iron into one green on the Lake Course that bounced flag high.
"It's going to be one heck of a test," Woods said.
Woods has won 14 majors, but none since the 2008 U.S. Open. He was headed Tuesday evening for the Memorial, founded by Jack Nicklaus, who won a record 18 majors. That remains Woods' ultimate goal.
"I figure it's going to take a career," Woods said. "It took Jack 24 years. This is my 17th year into it. I still feel like I've got plenty of time. It's about giving myself the most amount of opportunities to win them on the back nine on Sunday. The more chances I give myself, I figure I'm going to clip a few of them."
■ Alabama freshman Justin Thomas, a St. Xavier graduate, shot a 1-under 70 on Tuesday in the first round of the NCAA Championships at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He trailed UCLA's Anton Arboleda by three shots. Alabama led the team standings by three shots over Florida. The NCAA individual champion will be crowned after 54 holes, while the top eight teams advance to match play.
■ The Golf Channel will never be busier than Monday after the Memorial. It is sending reporters and producers to 14 U.S. Open qualifying sites around the country. Golf Channel is calling it Golf's Longest Day, and it will be covering stories from 7 a.m. to midnight.
The last word
It didn't take Ryan Fitzpatrick long into the Buffalo Bills' first voluntary minicamp practice Tuesday for the quarterback to notice Mario Williams' imposing presence on the other side of the line. At 6-foot-6 and 292 pounds, the defensive end is so big and showed such great burst that Fitzpatrick likened his new teammate to someone cooked up by a video gamer:
"He looks like a Madden (video game) character you create when you sit there and up-up the strength, and the guy keeps growing. And then he's the fastest guy on the field, too."