Kentucky's Goodwin named SEC's freshman of the week
Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin was selected as the Southeastern Conference's freshman of the week after leading Wildcat wins over Morehead State and LIU Brooklyn. Goodwin averaged 25.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in both victories.
Goodwin scored a career-high 28 points against Morehead State on Wednesday, a season high for the No. 8 Wildcats and the seventh highest single-game total for a freshman in school history. He just missed becoming Kentucky's second player with a triple-double with 22 points, nine assists and nine rebounds against LIU Brooklyn on Friday.
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The 6-foot-4 Goodwin is averaging a team-best 19.0 points per game along with 5.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists.
■ Georgetown senior Vic Moses was the Mid-South Conference's player of the week. The former Henry Clay standout averaged 17 points and 11.3 rebounds in wins against St. Catharine, Martin Methodist and Life. Moses leads the Mid-South and NAIA in field-goal percentage at 74.3. He also leads the conference with 8.6 rebounds per game.
Stokes leads Vols to rout of Oakland
Jarnell Stokes scored 19 points and went 7-for-8 from the floor Monday as Tennessee relied on suffocating defense to roll to a 77-50 victory over cold-shooting Oakland.
Oakland shot just 28.6 percent (16-of-56) overall and went 2-for-16 from three-point range. The Golden Grizzlies (2-5) were coming off a 70-52 loss at Michigan State on Friday in which they shot 27.6 percent (16-for-58), their worst field-goal percentage since joining the Division I ranks in 1999.
■ Jarrett Stokes' three-pointer with 27 seconds remaining put Morehead State ahead to stay with the last of 16 lead changes in a 73-67 victory over visiting Norfolk State. Milton Chavis had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles (4-2) and Devon Atkinson had seven assists, including on Stokes' go-ahead bucket.
Dylan Howard coached Morehead State. Sean Woods sat out a one-game suspension by the school for berating and shoving Atkinson during a loss to Kentucky last week.
■ Isaiah Canaan scored 32 points, 19 in the second half, as Murray State fought off a tough challenge by Lipscomb for an 88-79 victory at Nashville. Canaan, who scored 30 in his previous game, made 10 of 17 shots, including six of 11 on three-pointers.
Ed Daniel added 18 points and 18 rebounds to get his fourth straight double-double for the Racers (5-1), and Stacy Wilson added 23 points and six assists.
■ Shoni Schimmel and Bria Smith each scored 16 points to help the seventh-ranked Louisville women beat Tennessee-Martin 79-61 on the road. The Cardinals (7-0) raced out to a 22-6 lead in the first eight minutes and never trailed.
Tar Heels' Hairston might not play vs. IU
North Carolina Coach Roy Williams said he's unsure whether sophomore P.J. Hairston will play at No. 1 Indiana on Tuesday night after suffering an injury to his left knee in practice on Sunday. Senior guard Dexter Strickland said the injury occurred during a dribbling drill and that he doesn't expect Hairston to be ready for the Hoosiers. Hairston is third on the team in scoring at 10.8 points off the bench and is shooting 35 percent from three-point range.
Klefot SEC's top libero 3rd year in a row
Kentucky senior Stephanie Klefot was honored as the Southeastern Conference's Libero of the Year for the third consecutive season. In addition, Klefot was named to the All-SEC second team. Teammate Whitney Billings was a first-team selection for the second straight season and Sara Schwarzwalder made the All-Freshman team.
Klefot was the first player in conference history to be named SEC Libero of the Year in three straight seasons. The Assumption graduate averaged 4.09 digs per set and reached double figures 24 times. She had more than 400 digs for the third straight season.
The Wildcats will host their first-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament against East Tennessee State at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Memorial Coliseum.
■ Kentucky men's golf team signed three golfers, all Kentucky natives, for its 2013 class.
St. Xavier's Stephen Stallings, who won the individual state championship in 2011, finished third this year. He was named to the Kentucky All-State Team after three individual tournament wins and two runner-up finishes.
Cooper Musselman, Stallings' teammate at St. Xavier, won four individual titles in high school, including the low round record of 63 at The Classic played at Kearney Hill Golf Links. Musselman was a member of the USA squad that compiled a 3-0-1 record during the U.S. Challenge Cup in Boston in September.
Christopher Meuth, from Henderson, attended school at nearby Evansville Memorial. He set the Henderson Country Club course record in September with an 8-under 64.
Longoria agrees to hefty deal with Rays
Evan Longoria wants to be with the Tampa Bay Rays for his entire big-league career. The third baseman agreed Monday to a 10-year contract that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million.
"I always wanted to be kind of a benchmark player ... the guy that you could think about or associate with the organization," Longoria said. "My goal from day one was to be the first player that played their whole career here, to be the first guy that came into the organization and went out in the organization, and played all the years in between. There's no better place for me."
The agreement with the three-time All-Star incorporates the remainder of the 27-year-old's existing contract, which called for him to earn $36.6 million over the next four seasons.
■ The Boston Red Sox agreed to terms with outfielder Jonny Gomes on a two-year contract that would reportedly pay him $10 million, a source told the Associated Press. The Red Sox had not announced the deal. Gomes is a career .244 hitter who batted .262 with 18 homers and 47 RBI for the Oakland Athletics last year.
Pettitte expects decision on 2013 soon
The waiting game between the Yankees and veteran pitcher Andy Pettitte continued. The lefthander told the YES Network on Monday that he has yet to decide whether he will pitch again in 2013. "All I'd say is a decision will be made soon," he said, without elaborating. The Yankees remain interested in re-signing the 40-year-old, though, who pitched well when he was able to stay healthy.
High school basketball
Marion County girls open with victory
Marion County, the coaches' pre-season No. 1-ranked team, opened its season with a 66-20 rout of host Clark County. Kentucky signees Makayla Epps and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers had 16 and 13 points, respectively.
The last word
Former Kentucky star Stevie Johnson and the Buffalo Bills' offense suddenly had one thing in common. Both were moving in reverse. Johnson found himself backpedaling Monday, a day after openly questioning Coach Chan Gailey's offensive play calling following a 20-13 loss at Indianapolis. Johnson said he misspoke when suggesting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick take over the play-calling duties from Gailey. What he meant to say is Fitzpatrick should have more opportunities to change plays at the line of scrimmage. Johnson said he spoke in the heat of the moment following a loss that all but mathematically ended the Bills' chances of making the playoffs:
"It's all frustration. I was just frustrated because I know what was at stake playing against Indianapolis, playing against an AFC opponent and feeling like we need to take their spot. And then they beat us."