Major League baseball
Shoulder problems force Webb to give up on return to majors
MLB.com reported that former National League Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb said Monday that he was officially retiring from the game after attempting a third comeback from arm trouble.
"I've tried everything — I've worked with many different people, trying different things, so there's no second guessing," Webb said of his decision.
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As it turned out, the former University of Kentucky and Ashland Blazer High School star's final game in the big leagues was Opening Day 2009, when he left after four innings with some discomfort in his shoulder. At the time, it didn't seem like a significant injury. Webb was coming off a season in which he was 22-7 with a 3.30 ERA in 34 starts and finished second in the Cy Young voting.
Two surgeries and several failed comeback attempts later, Webb finally acknowledged he was out of options.
"I was at the top of my game, and then it was just suddenly over," Webb said in a story in MLB.com. "My dad said, 'At least you didn't have to struggle, at least you went out on top.' I was like, 'Yeah, but I would almost have rather have tapered off, because I think that would have been easier for me rather than just suddenly be done.'"
After trying to make comebacks with the Diamondbacks in 2010 and the Rangers in 2011, Webb gave it another go over the winter.
Starting just before Thanksgiving, Webb and Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Bryan Price began working together, and there were initial signs of hope during flat-ground sessions, MLB.com reported.
"I was spinning curveballs, my change-ups were great, my movement was great and I thought maybe I could go back to where I was," Webb told the website. "But once I got close to getting on the mound and turning up the intensity, just like the other times, my arm just won't let me do it."
Webb tried taking a week off to see if that would help, but last Tuesday with his shoulder still aching, he decided there was nothing more he could do.
"It's frustrating, but it's a relief though, too," Webb told MLB.com. "It's both feelings — sadness because I'm definitely going to miss it, but also relief because I can stop worrying if I've done enough or tried hard enough. I was putting in all this time and effort over the last three years, and it turned out to be all for nothing."
Webb is not sure what his next step will be.
"I don't know if I'm coaching material," Webb said. "I would like to do something in the game. What it is I don't know."
■ The Detroit Tigers agreed to a one-year, $6,725,000 contract with right-hander Max Scherzer and avoided salary arbitration. Scherzer was 16-7 last season with a 3.74 and struck out 231, a total that trailed only teammate Justin Verlander. He was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in the post-season, helping Detroit reach the World Series.
Timmons to make choice on Tuesday
Franklin County football star Ryan Timmons will announce his college decision at 1 p.m. Tuesday during a ceremony at the school.
The 5-foot-11 wide receiver is ranked by ESPN as the No. 249 overall player in the nation and the fourth-best prospect in the state of Kentucky.
Timmons has narrowed his choices to Kentucky and Florida. He scored 45 touchdowns as a senior for the Flyers, topping 1,000 yards in both rushing (1,306) and receiving (1,004). He has said that he would like to play receiver, running back and return kicks in college.
Kentucky has 20 commitments so far for the class of 2013, and Timmons is among a handful of recruits Mark Stoops is still pursuing. National signing day is Wednesday.
Live video of Tuesday's announcement will be available on Kentucky.com.
Clips lose to Wizards without Griffin, Paul
Martell Webster scored 21 points, and the Washington Wizards broke a four-game losing streak Monday night with a 98-90 win at home over a Los Angeles Clippers team missing Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. With Griffin nursing a strained left hamstring and Paul still dealing with a bruised right kneecap, the Wizards pulled away with a 7-0 run late in the fourth quarter, spurred by a pair of big offensive rebounds by Nene.
Eric Bledsoe, generally getting the better of John Wall in a duel between good friends and former Kentucky teammates, had 17 points and nine assists for the Clippers, who have lost seven of nine — including six of eight without Paul.
Wall dribbled down the clock and made a 12-footer over Bledsoe at the end of the first half, and the Wizards opened the second half with a 7-0 run to take a 12-point lead. But Bledsoe scored five points in an 11-0 Clippers spurt to make it a one-point game. Shortly afterward, Bledsoe made a jumper to give Los Angeles its first lead since the first quarter and then provided one of the highlights of the night — a clean block-from-behind on Webster as the Wizards forward was going up for a likely layup.
Wall finished with 13 points and eight assists.
■ DeMarcus Cousins was ejected at halftime of the Sacramento Kings' game against the Utah Jazz. Cousins, who had 10 points and six rebounds, earned his 11th and 12th technical fouls this season, a category in which he leads the league. Players who earn their 15th technical foul are automatically suspended one game, and they are suspended one game for every additional technical foul thereafter.
High school basketball
Lafayette girls test Madison Central
Lafayette's girls gave No. 5 Madison Central a challenge before the Lady Indians took control in the fourth quarter and won 66-61.
The Lady Generals trailed by as many as 15 points before rallying to take a four-point lead at the end of the fourth quarter. But Madison Central retook the lead for good on a layup by Ashton Feldhaus with 4:41 to go.
Feldhaus finished with 23 points and six rebounds. Larryn Brooks led the Lady Indians in both points (25) and assists (five). Sarah Cooley had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Lafayette.
■ Macie Spence had 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists in Montgomery County's 51-40 victory at home against Lexington Catholic. Rachel Blake led the Lady Knights with 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
■ Laura Szorenyi scored 24 points to go with six assists and five rebounds in host Scott County's 63-40 victory against Owen County. Tereka Guyn added 14 points and nine rebounds.
Sports in the courts
Murray St. basketball player enters plea
Murray State basketball player Zaveral "Zay" Jackson accepted a plea deal to charges of two charges of wanton endangerment.
The Paducah Sun reported that the 20-year-old Jackson, form Hammond, La., agreed to the deal Monday in McCracken County.Jackson will serve 60 days, including 11 days credit for time served.
Jackson was charged with second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment after a Sept. 10 incident in the parking lot of Murray's Wal-Mart. Police said he hit a man with his car after an argument.
The last word
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith talked about celebrating his team's Super Bowl victory:
"I was running around spinning like a little kid playing in the rain. It was amazing. I've never been a part of anything like this."