Cobb out until at least Week 15
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb is out for at least eight weeks with a knee injury. The team placed Cobb on injured reserve/designated for return on Tuesday. That means that if healthy, Cobb could begin practicing in six weeks, but can't play until two weeks later. The former Kentucky star could play in the team's final three regular-season games, starting in Week 15 at Dallas.
Cobb suffered a broken leg when he took a hit from Baltimore safety Matt Elam during the Packers' 19-17 victory Sunday.
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The Packers used the IR-designated for return option last season on running back Cedric Benson, who sustained a Lisfranc foot injury in Week 5, but Benson never returned.
Patterson working on his rebounding
Patrick Patterson grabbed seven rebounds in Monday night's pre-season win against the Los Angeles Clippers. It's an area of focus for Patterson, who averaged a career-high 4.7 rebounds last season, but not nearly the rate he'd like as an NBA power forward.
"(That) was a good step in the right direction and that's what I want to do," the former Kentucky star told The Sacramento Bee. "If I come off the bench I want to grab six or seven rebounds. If I start my goal is eight or nine. I think I'm making headway, making moves in the right direction."
Patterson came off the bench against the Clippers, but is still trying to push Jason Thompson for the starting job. He said he wants to be more than a big man that shoots from the perimeter.
"I'm trying to work on my post game. Take advantage of my opportunities," he said. "I see myself as a spacing four, a guy who can spread the court and provide driving lands and opportunities for my teammates and also mismatches on the court. Knockdown jumpers from the three, midrange, provide more opportunities for DeMarcus (Cousins) to score down low with my spacing capability. I just want to show my posting skills. Let people know I can score with my back to the basket and not only on the perimeter."
■ Bradley Beal scored 29 points and John Wall had 13 points, eight assists and five steals in the Washington Wizards' 100-82 pre-season win against the visting Miami Heat.
■ Brandon Knight led the Milwaukee Bucks with 19 points, five rebounds an four assists in a 102-99 loss at Memphis.
La.-Lafayette cruises to win at WKU
Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews rushed for 154 yards and one score and became the first running back in the Football Bowl Subdivision to top 1,000 yards this season, but the Hilltoppers lost 37-20 to Sun Belt Conference foe Louisiana-Lafayette in Bowling Green. WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty threw three interceptions, including one that was returned 99 yards for a touchdown, before he was replaced by Nelson Fishback.
Nashville primary site for men's tourney
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive announced Tuesday that the league has made Nashville its primary home for the men's tournament with the league holding nine of its championships in Music City through 2026. There will also be three women's conference tournaments held in Nashville during that time.
The deal also includes dates for three women's tournaments in 2018, 2022 and 2026. The SEC still has to pick a host city for the men's tournament in 2018 and 2022.
Rose takes 2-shot lead in Grand Slam
U.S. Open champion Justin Rose birdied the first hole with a blind shot he hit to a foot of the pin, and he stayed in front Tuesday until he completed a 4-under 67 for a two-shot lead over Jason Dufner in PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Southampton, Bermuda.
The 36-hole exhibition, which concludes Wednesday, is for the four major champions of the year. British Open champion Phil Mickelson chose not to play and was replaced at Port Royal Golf Course by three-time major champion Padraig Harrington.
Dufner, who won the PGA Championship, opened with a 69. Masters champion Adam Scott struggled late for a 70. Harrington, who won the PGA Grand Slam last year as an alternate, shot 74.
■ University of Kentucky golfer Ben Stow shot a final-round 65 to rally for a fourth-place individual finish in the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic at Duluth, Ga. The Cats finished fifth as a team.
High School Soccer
Dunbar advances in 43rd girls semis
Sophomore Mimi Floreal, the daughter of Kentucky track and field coach Edrick Floreal and sister of UK men's basketball player E.J. Floreal, scored in the second overtime to give Paul Laurence Dunbar a 1-0 victory against Lexington Catholic in the 43rd District girls' soccer tournament. "Paul Dunbar should be congratulated," Knights Coach Terry Quigley said. He said the Bulldogs "were magnificent on defense. They had that one shot and they made it."
Ky. Speedway's Cup date in June again
NASCAR's annual Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway has been scheduled for June 28, 2014. NASCAR announced its complete schedule for next season on Tuesday, and Kentucky's race in Sparta remained in its traditional midsummer spot.
The last word
In a perfect world, Davis Love III will celebrate his 50th birthday next year at Augusta National. If he can't play his way into the Masters, he will be gearing up to play the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head. The Champions Tour is not in his plans for now:
"I know it's coming, but I'm not ready for it. When I'm scratching to make cuts, when I don't feel like I can win, that's when I'll go over. Luckily I'm exempt, as long as I can shoot decent scores. I'm not going to stay over here and take up a spot. I'll be honest with myself. You'll be honest with me."