Ex-Bryan Station point guard Beckham commits to Samford
Bryan Station point guard Jaylen Beckham committed to Samford on Friday, according to his Twitter account.
Beckham, who also starred at Lexington Catholic, tweeted, "I will be taking my talents to Birmingham Alabama!! Just committed to the University of Samford."
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UK is scheduled to play Samford this season in Rupp Arena, and the teams will meet in Birmingham during the 2013-14 season.
Beckham was a first-team all-city selection after his sophomore season at Lexington Catholic and had scholarship offers from Alabama and Washington before transferring to St. Benedict's Prep in New Jersey. After less than a semester at St. Benedict's, he spent time at Huntington Prep and West Virginia Prep before returning to Lexington.
Beckham averaged 18 points per game and was a second-team all-city selection as a senior at Bryan Station.
He had 31 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals in his final high school game, an 11th Region tournament loss to Madison Central.
McGuire takes Morehead baseball post
Mike McGuire, who served as the pitching coach at Morehead State in 1995 and 1996, has returned to the Eagle baseball program as the 12th head coach in school history.
McGuire, an 18-year coaching veteran, has previously made stops at Winthrop University, Lander University (S.C.) and Louisburg College (N.C.). He has mentored 17 All-Americans and 40 players who signed professional contracts.
"I'm very excited about coming back to Morehead State," McGuire said. "I had the opportunity to get my coaching start here as an assistant under Dr. Frank Spaniol, and have gained a lot of experience over the years which has prepared me for this position. The goal here will be to compete for OVC championships and participate in NCAA postseason play on a regular basis."
He replaces Morehead State alum Jay Sorg, who recently stepped down after five seasons.
UK's Quigley earns all-star recognition
University of Kentucky men's tennis star Eric Quigley, who recently completed one of the best careers in school history, has been named to the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Collegiate All-Star Team, it was announced Friday.
This is the 29th edition of the ITA Collegiate All-Star Team with Quigley becoming the first player in school history to be honored with an appearance on the team. This is the second time that Quigley has been honored by the ITA this summer after being named to the ITA Summer Collegiate Team for the third consecutive year back in June.
Davis, Paul sit out first practice
The U.S. men's basketball team held its first practice Friday in Las Vegas and there was a quick reminder of the rocky run-up to the London Games.
Chris Paul was forced to leave the opening day of training camp to get an X-ray after hurting his thumb. The Americans don't believe the injury is serious, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo calling it a tweak of a previous injury, and they hope Paul can practice Saturday.
Colangelo said he would discuss the roster with the coaching staff on Friday night but would put off any judgments until after Saturday's practice. "Tonight we'll have some deliberations about what took place today, but we're still not making the final decision until we practice tomorrow," he said. "We told the players we were going to do that and we're not going to change."
LeBron James, about two weeks removed from winning NBA Finals MVP honors after Miami's championship, didn't scrimmage Friday so he could get some extra rest. Deron Williams sat out as planned because he still can't sign his $98 million extension with the Nets, and top draft pick Anthony Davis remained sidelined because of a sprained ankle.
The need for size has Colangelo intrigued by Davis, the shot-blocking college player of the year who led Kentucky to the national title. But he's not ready to go full speed yet after hurting himself less than a week ago while working out with the Hornets, leaving him frustrated but eager. "Anxious to get on the court, be healthy again, show the coaches my full abilities," Davis said.
■ Female soccer players in France will not be allowed to wear headscarves while playing in international games and domestic competitions. The decision comes a day after FIFA gave permission for female Muslim players to cover their hair on the field.
The French Football Federation says Friday it is obliged to "respect the constitutional and legal principles of secularism which prevail in our country and which feature in our statutes."
In approving headscarves, soccer authorities reversed a ban on the Islamic hijab that's been enforced in FIFA competitions since 2007 for safety reasons.
■ It is one of British horseracing's most enduring images — jockey Frankie Dettori leaping from a horse with his arms outstretched and a huge grin on his face after riding an unprecedented seven straight winners on the same day at Ascot. Sixteen years after that unforgettable day in September 1996, Dettori will climb aboard the retired Monsignor, a two-time winner at the Cheltenham Festival, and carry the Olympic torch around the parade ring at Ascot.
Dettori says "it makes it even more special to be carrying the torch at Ascot, the place that made history for me."
Hersheypark Arena damaged by fire
Officials are trying to determine the cause of a fire that damaged the roof of the historic central Pennsylvania arena where Wilt Chamberlain scored an NBA record 100 points in a game 50 years ago.
The blaze broke out about 1 p.m. Thursday at 75-year-old Hersheypark Arena in Derry Township, a facility owned by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. There were no injuries.
Hershey spokeswoman Reilly Fies said Friday the fire caused an unknown amount of damage to the roof, but that otherwise the building is structurally sound.
The last word
New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler knows he'll be on this year's USA Basketball team because of its lack of interior size and shares the team's confidence that they'll be able to overcome the losses of Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh due to injury. He said just looking at the practice floor shows why. "You look to your left and your right, and the names and level of athletic ability and skill is off the chart." he said.