Sports in the courts
Ex-Cat Liggins chargedwith 7 felonies, waived
Former University of Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins was charged with seven felonies Friday, including counts of domestic abuse, kidnapping and domestic assault and battery, in connection with an incident at his home last weekend.
The Oklahoman reported that the charges against Liggins were filed late Friday afternoon in Oklahoma County District Court. The Oklahoma City Thunder waived Liggins on Friday evening.
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The Oklahoman reported that a second man involved in the domestic incident — who reportedly taunted and made fun of the victim in a partial cellphone recording of the alleged attack — was also charged.
Liggins, who played at UK from 2008-11, was arrested over the weekend after his girlfriend (Jasmine Horton) told police he attacked her in front of their 2-year-old son.
A probable cause affidavit filed in Oklahoma County District Court said Horton told police that Liggins punched and hit her at their home. When Horton locked herself in a bedroom, Liggins "kicked the door in and pushed her down" before dropping a fan on her, stomping her with his foot and then dropping an Xbox on her head, according to the affidavit.
The Oklahoman reported that a doctor who examined the victim said she suffered from a shoulder separation, bruising on the back of her head and multiple scrapes about her neck and back, according to the affidavit.
Liggins' attorney, Billy Bock, said his 25-year-old client denies the allegations.
"DeAndre certainly denies ever laying a hand on a female," Bock said.
Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge Friday following his indictment in the killing of a friend authorities say was shot five times in an industrial park.
It's Serena v. Azarenka in finals
Serena Williams was cruising along in the U.S. Open semifinals, serving up another bagel, when, out of nowhere, a competitive tennis match broke out. Didn't last long.
The defending champion won the first seven games of Friday's match, then actually fell down a break early in the second set, before quickly regaining it on the way to a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Li Na. The victory set up a rematch of last year's final against Victoria Azarenka, who beat 83rd-ranked Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-2 in the earlier semifinal.
UK golfer tops leaderboard
After one round of play at the Northern Intercollegiate, junior David Snyder sat in a tie atop the leaderboard thanks to a five-under 67. As a team, Kentucky posted a two-under 286 in the first round to put them in third place.
Senior Stephen Powers was a stroke behind Snyder after turning a scorecard of four-under 68. Rounding out the top 10 for Kentucky was senior sixth-place Ben Stow.
The Kentucky volleyball team fended off two deficits for a five-sets comeback win (24-26, 25-15, 20-25, 25-19, 15-12) over visiting VCU to begin the eighth-annual Kentucky Classic in front of 1,439 fans in Memorial Coliseum on Friday night. Senior Whitney Billings earned her fourth consecutive double-double with 13 kills and 14 digs. Kentucky returns to the hardwood on Saturday as it takes on Liberty at 11 a.m. and East Tennessee State at 7 p.m.
Per NBA regulations, all patrons at the UK Alumni Charity game must be screened with hand held metal detectors at the gates. Rupp Arena management advises early arrival. Doors will open at 5 p.m. to allow patrons to get through the enhanced security before tip-off at 7.
For the first time in program history, the Kentucky volleyball team will be featured on Lexington's 1580 AM station all season long for home games this season.
Ky. Derby prep begins at Churchill
The Road to the Kentucky Derby and Road to the Kentucky Oaks kick-off in prime time under the lights Saturday at Churchill Downs as the racetrack hosts its first September racing since 1890. The special "Downs After Dark" night racing begins at 6 p.m. this Saturday as well as on Sept. 28.
The Iroquois (Grade III) for 2-year-olds, previously staged in late October, received a $50,000 purse increase and the distance was elongated by a sixteenth of a mile so it could launch the 18-race "Kentucky Derby Prep Season." The Pocahontas (GII) launches the "Kentucky Oaks Prep Season" series.
Dan Dougherty's Ride On Curlin was made the Iroquois' 5-2 morning line favorite. He's the son of 2008-09 Horse of the Year Curlin.
Browns' Mingo to miss opener
Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo will not play in the season opener as he continues to recover from a bruised lung. Mingo was hospitalized for two days with the unusual injury.
Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams has been ruled out for the season opener Sunday against Detroit. Williams suffered a bone bruise and hyperextension in his knee in the pre-season.
Broncos 49, Ravens 27: Both the NFL opener and Peyton Manning were a little tardy on Thurday night. It was well worth the wait. Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes to get the season started because of a lightning storm. After three punts to start things off, Manning threw a record-tying seven touchdown passes, something no one had done in 44 years.
Gordon wins Saturday pole
Jeff Gordon will try to race his way into NASCAR's playoffs from the pole position. The four-time series champion turned a track-record qualifying lap of 130.599 mph at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night to win his 73rd career pole position, and his first this season.
His lap pushed Kurt Busch to the outside of the front row, meaning the tension win be palpable once the green flag drops Saturday night. Busch is 10th in points, and the top 10 after Saturday night's race earn automatic berths in the 10-race playoffs to finish the season. Gordon is 11th.
Bolt closes season with another win
Usain Bolt closed out the season Friday with another win in the 100 meters, finishing in 9.80 seconds in the Memorial Van Damme.
Anti-doping authorities in Jamaica say backup doping tests have come back positive for former 100-meter world record-holder Asafa Powell, teammate Sherone Simpson and three other island athletes.
New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was suspended without pay for five regular-season games by the NBA on Friday for violating the anti-drug program. Smith, coming off off-season surgery on his left knee, will sit out the first five games for which he is eligible and physically able to play.
The last word
Former Georgia football coach Ray Goff took a pragmatic view of his old rival, South Carolina's Steve Spurrier. Said Goff:
"Regardless of what anyone thinks of him, he's won. That's what you hire coaches to do, to win."