Volleyball opens season with win
For the seventh time in eight seasons and in front of a boisterous crowd of 1,621 fans, the Kentucky volleyball team began the season with a win, earning a 3-0 sweep of North Carolina (25-23, 25-22, 25-14) on Friday evening.
UK faces Lipscomb at 11 a.m. Saturday in the second session of the Kentucky Classic before drawing Long Beach State at about 8 p.m.
Sophomore Lauren O'Conner led a balanced offensive attack that combined for 45 kills on .262 hitting as senior setter Christine Hartmann dished out 37 assists. O'Conner paced all attackers with 12 kills. Alexandra Morgan led the defensive charge with a team-leading six blocks. Senior libero Stephanie Klefot guided the back row effort with a match-high 13 digs.
Kentucky's women's soccer team got goals from junior Ashley VanLandingham and sophomore Arin Gilliland Friday night in a 2-1 win over in-state foe Eastern Kentucky.
The opening goal in the game came in the first period from VanLandingham. The Asheville, N.C., native launched a low, driving ball into the back of the net. Kentucky extended its lead to 2-0 in the 53rd minute when Lexington native Gilliland headed in a Danielle Krohn corner kick on the near post.
EKU's only score came on a late own goal.
Saints release Hargrove
Defensive end Anthony Hargrove, already facing an eight-game suspension for his role in the Saints bounty pool, has been released by the Green Bay Packers. The 29-year-old Hargrove has denied NFL accusations that he lied to league investigators.
The NFL Players Association claims league owners have a "never-ending belief that they are above the law" in the latest court filing in a collusion complaint against the NFL. The union wants to reopen a 1993 settlement claiming owners set a secret $123 million salary cap during the uncapped 2010 season that cost the players at least $1 billion in wages.
Minor League baseball
RiverDogs upend Legends
Rob Refsnyder's run-scoring double in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and the Charleston RiverDogs went on to defeat the Lexington Legends 3-2 Friday night. The loss was the ninth in a row for the Legends.
SE Lexington heads to title match
The Southeastern Lexington 13-15-year-olds advanced to the Babe Ruth World Series championship game on Saturday with an 8-5 win over El Segundo, Calif. SE Lexington plays the winner of Friday night's semifinals between Brazoswood, Texas, and Niskayuna, N.Y., at Van Buren, Ark.
Tiger fights back troubles at Barclays
A common phrase this year — "Tiger's back" — took on a new meaning Friday at The Barclays.
Woods felt a twinge in his lower back when he awoke and felt pain throughout the second round at Bethpage Black. He overcame a bogey-bogey start, struggled in the simple task of retrieving the ball from the cup and stayed well within range of Nick Watney and the resurgent Sergio Garcia, who shared the lead going into the weekend. Woods managed a 2-under 69, a good effort in the afternoon on greens that tend to get crusty.
Mark Foster and Richard Finch of England share a one-shot lead at the midway point of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. The 37-year-old Foster, who lost out in a five-man playoff for the title last year, shot a 68 on Friday, while Finch posted a 67 to lead the field at 8-under 136. Scotland's Paul Lawrie eagled his ninth hole en route to a 67 for a share of third place at 7 under with Australia's Brett Rumford (70).
Defending champion Mark Calcavecchia eagled the par-5 eighth hole and finished with a 7-under 65 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the Boeing Classic.
Calcavecchia, a playoff winner over Kentuckian Russ Cochran last year at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge for his first Champions Tour title, made a 20-foot putt on No. 8 after his 4-iron approach sailed over the flag. Fred Couples withdrew because of back problems on the first hole.
Teen star Lydia Ko shot her second straight 4-under 68 on Friday for a share of the lead with Chella Choi in the Canadian Women's Open. Ko, the 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander who won the U.S. Women's Amateur two weeks ago, birdied four of the last seven holes in a bogey-free round to match Choi at 8 under. In January, Ko won the New South Wales Open in Australia at 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event.
Mears takes pole at Bristol
Rain has washed out qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway, which means Casey Mears will start from the pole Saturday night in the Sprint Cup Series race.
The lineup was set by speeds from Friday's first practice session. Brad Keselowski will start second, followed by series points leader Greg Biffle, Joey Logano and Aric Almirola.
Wozniacki retires with knee injury
Caroline Wozniacki's 20-match winning streak in New Haven ended Friday when the four-time defending champion retired from her semifinal match with Maria Kirilenko with a knee injury. Wozniacki, who injured the right knee in her quarterfinal win Thursday, called for the trainer right after dropping the first set of the semifinal 7-5 to the 25-year-old Russian.
Venus and Serena Williams received a wild-card entry into the U.S. Open doubles draw Friday, giving them a chance to play for their 14th career Grand Slam title. The Williams sisters won Wimbledon, then followed with a gold medal at the London Olympics and will now try for their first U.S. Open championship since 2009.
Sports in the Courts
Landis to repay defense fund donors
Cyclist Floyd Landis agreed Friday to repay donors nearly a half-million dollars that he raised to challenge doping allegations, in an agreement with federal prosecutors that might spare him criminal charges of lying to supporters about his drug use.
If Landis fails to repay them in three years, federal prosecutors may pursue a single count of wire fraud, exposing him to up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
As part of his "deferred prosecution" agreement, Landis admitted defrauding 1,765 donors out of $478,354 — an amount he will fully repay.
A Dallas man accused of working with former NFL player Sam Hurd to arrange large-scale purchases of cocaine has pleaded guilty to a federal charge. Toby Lujan pleaded guilty Friday to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
The last word
NASCAR's Danica Patrick ran over a shoe while leading the NAPA 200 Nationwide Series race last week. Patrick later left the race with mechanical issues, the latest in a string of bad luck.
"I don't feel like it can get a lot worse. I don't know if anybody has ever hit a shoe before. It's just a weird situation."