Reed, freshman Cody starin No. 11 Cats' win over Xavier
All-America two-way standout A.J. Reed belted his fourth home run in his last five games and freshman right-hander Kyle Cody picked up his first career win, leading No. 11 Kentucky to a 6-3 win over Xavier on a snowy Wednesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (11-1) scored a run in the first but the Musketeers turned three inning-ending double plays in taking a 2-1 lead after four. UK rallied on the strength of Max Kuhn's two-RBI double in the fifth and added single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
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Cody (1-0), a 6-foot-7, 230-pound native of Chippewa Falls, Wis., worked five innings, allowing four hits and two runs.
'Jorts' to Puerto Rico, Mack to Hawks
Former UK center Josh Harrellson, who was released by the NBA's Miami Heat in January, has found a new team.
Harrellson will play for Brujos de Guayama of the Puerto Rican league. Harrellson, who helped lead Kentucky to the 2011 NCAA Final Four, played in six games for the defending NBA champion Heat in 2012-13, averaging 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 5.2 minutes.
He played in 37 games for the Knicks as a rookie, averaging 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds.
■ The Atlanta Hawks have signed Shelvin Mack to a 10-day contract in an effort to strengthen the depth in their backcourt. Mack replaces Jeremy Tyler, who was waived earlier on Wednesday.
Mack spent part of two seasons with the Washington Wizards. He also played four games with Philadelphia earlier this season.
Mack had been playing with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League and was ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Development League by the NBA's official site. In 23 games with the Red Claws, Mack was averaging 20.1 points and 7.7 assists while making 45 percent of his field-goal attempts.
■ Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger will miss at least a week with soreness in his left knee, the team said. Granger, who missed Indiana's first 55 games with patellar tendinosis, returned Feb. 23 and had been on restricted minutes.
49ers release kicker Akers
The San Francisco 49ers released six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers on Wednesday, ending a two-year run of record-breaking highs and frustrating lows. General Manager Trent Baalke called the former Tates Creek and Louisville star a "true professional who represented himself and this organization with class."
Akers appeared in all 32 regular-season games and five playoff contests the past two seasons, including San Francisco's 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.
In 2011, Akers set NFL records with 44 field goals made and 52 attempted. He also tied the league mark for the longest made when he kicked from 63 yards in the season-opening win at Green Bay. But Akers made just 29 of 44 attempts last season, his lowest percentage since 1999. Akers, 38, particularly struggled from long range. He finished the season 9-for-19 from 40 yards or more.
Hosmer replaces Teixeira on U.S. team
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has replaced injured New York Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira on the United States team for the World Baseball Classic.
"Any chance you get to represent your country, you're going to jump at the opportunity," Hosmer said. "So I'm very excited."
Hosmer had a sensational rookie season in 2011, hitting .293 with 19 homers and 78 RBI in 128 games. But last year, in his first full season in the big leagues, his average fell to .232 with 14 homers and 60 RBI.
Teixeira strained his right wrist while swinging off a tee Tuesday. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said Teixeira will miss eight to 10 weeks.
U of L football prime-time fixture in fall
Louisville's 2013 schedule includes four Big East Conference games to be televised nationally in prime time on ESPN.
The Cardinals, coming off an 11-2 season including a BCS Sugar Bowl championship, will play Thursday night games on Oct. 10 against Rutgers and Dec. 5 at Cincinnati. Louisville also hosts a Friday night contest Oct. 18 with conference newcomer Central Florida and plays at Connecticut on Nov. 8.
Seven home games are scheduled, starting Aug. 31 with back-to-back games against Ohio and Eastern Kentucky. Besides UConn and Cincinnati, the Cardinals' road schedule includes in-state rival Kentucky (Sept. 14), Temple and South Florida.
■ The NCAA has lifted a recent ban against New Jersey schools being allowed to host tournament games or championships sanctioned by college sports' governing body.
The NCAA informed its member schools of the decision in a memo after U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp in Trenton issued a permanent injunction Thursday barring New Jersey from offering sports betting in the state.
Gov. Chris Christie signed a sports wagering law last year, but the NCAA and four major sports leagues challenged it.
■ One of the investigators who worked the NCAA's inquiry of Miami athletics wrote a letter on the behalf of former booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro just days before he was sentenced two years ago. Shapiro was given a 20-year term.
In the letter dated June 3, 2011, Ameen Najjar told U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton that Shapiro assisted the NCAA with investigations involving a number of schools. Najjar also wrote that the NCAA "could utilize Mr. Shapiro in the future as a consultant."
Najjar is no longer with the NCAA. The NCAA did not immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment.
Anderson, Montgomery girls in Sweet 16
Anderson County's girls needed overtime Wednesday to turn back Simon Kenton 70-68 in the finals of the 8th Region Tournament. The Bearcats will face Henderson County in the first round of the Sweet 16 next Wednesday. In the 10th Region finals, Montgomery County beat Campbell County 58-52. The Indians will face Ashland Blazer in Bowling Green in Wednesday's last night game.
■ Abby Wambach got her 154th goal, leaving her four shy of Mia Hamm's all-time record, as the Americans rebounded from a sluggish first half to beat Iceland 3-0 Wednesday in the opener of the Algarve Cup in Faro, Portugal. The Olympic champions got all three goals and 12 of their 18 shots in the second half. The U.S. will play Friday against China, which drew 1-1 with Sweden on Wednesday.
The last word
An 18-year-old Manchester United fan became so incensed after a decision went against his team that he called the police during the match to report a crime. On Wednesday, he apologized and was let off without punishment. Said Nottinghamshire Police chief inspector Ted Antill:
"There may be people out there in real trouble who need our help and they have to wait because we are tied up with calls like this one, reporting a referee from the television.''