Baseball Cats whip Gators 17-1
A.J. Reed belted his 10th home run of the year and worked seven shutout innings on the mound, Austin Cousino hit a grand slam and Max Kuhn and Micheal Thomas each smacked three-run homers, leading Kentucky to a 17-1 series-opening rout over Florida on Friday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (21-9, 5-5 Southeastern Conference) equaled its largest margin of victory in SEC play in program history, last done in 16-run wins over Vanderbilt in 1993 and Tennessee in 1990. All nine starters had hits.
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UK freshman pitcher Shannon Smith came on in relief and threw five scoreless innings, allowing only two hits with five strikeouts, and sophomore shortstop Christian Stokes belted her second home run of the season, but visiting Texas A&M scored six runs in the first two innings to post a 6-1 series-opening win.
The UK women's golf team posted an 8-over 296 in the first round of the Rebel Intercollegiate to sit in a tie for eighth place.
Titans announce they'll release Johnson
The Tennessee Titans have told Chris Johnson they are releasing him after six seasons to avoid paying $8 million the running back is due in 2014, and the final three seasons left on the $53.5 million contract he signed in September 2011.
General manager Ruston Webster said the Titans thank Johnson for his contributions, setting so many franchise records and being durable over his six seasons with Tennessee.
The Seattle Seahawks locked up Coach Pete Carroll with a three-year contract extension Friday after he led the franchise to its first Super Bowl title. The extension runs through the 2016 season. Carroll is 38-26 in four regular seasons with Seattle and 5-2 in the playoffs.
Receiver Mike Williams is returning home to Buffalo after being acquired by the Bills in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday. The trade is contingent on Williams passing a physical. At 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds, Williams has topped 900 yards receiving in two of his four seasons.
Four jockeys hurt at England's Aintree
Four jockeys were injured in falls at the Aintree Festival on Friday, with Mikey Fogarty and Paul Carberry both taken to a hospital.
All four fell during the Topham Chase, which is run over the same fences used for the showcase Grand National Steeplechase on Saturday.
Carberry fell off Kauto Stone and underwent precautionary X-rays on his pelvis before being discharged, according to the Professional Jockeys' Association. Fogarty was unseated while riding Bishopsfurze, and the PJA said he had fractured two vertebrae.
Andrew Tinkler and Noel Fehily also face fitness tests ahead of Saturday's race. The BBC said Tinkler hurt a wrist, and Fehily sustained an elbow injury.
Ma Filleule, a 9-1 shot ridden by Barry Geraghty, won the Topham Chase. In the feature race, the Melling Chase, Paul Townend challenged late on Boston Bob to claim victory.
Rondo's triple-double not enough
Michael Carter-Williams scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Henry Sims had career-highs with 24 points and nine rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame a triple-double by Rajon Rondo to celebrate their second victory in less than a week, beating the Boston Celtics 111-102. Rondo finished with 11 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds.
Marc Gasol had 24 points, Mike Conley scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Memphis Grizzlies kept their playoff hopes alive with a 100-92 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Tayshaun Prince scored 12 before leaving with an ankle injury in the first half and Courtney Lee scored 10 for Memphis. Kenneth Faried finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Denver.
Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders will be suspended without pay for five games when he returns from injury for violating the NBA's drug policy. Sanders said in a statement released by the team Friday that he was penalized for using marijuana.
Kentucky stars shine in NCAA challenges
Louisville women's star Shoni Schimmel topped Duke's Tricia Liston for the women's three-point title in the State Farm College 3-Point Championship on Thursday, then kept going to outgun Baylor's Brady Heslip and take the overall championship.
That wasn't all for players from the Bluegrass State. In the slam dunk contest, Eastern Kentucky guard Marcus Lewis jumped over an assistant for a right-hand jam in the final round to take that title from Baylor's Cory Jefferson.
Creighton's Doug McDermott jwon the Wooden Award on Friday, given to the game's top player as selected by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Earlier Friday, McDermott was named player of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Garcia ties record low at Houston
Sergio Garcia surged to the top of the leader board by shooting a 7-under par 65 in the second round of the Houston Open on Friday. The Spaniard's 12-under overall score matches the 36-hole low at the 7,441-yard Golf Club of Houston, and he's one shot ahead of Matt Kuchar — who is 11 under overall.
Lexi Thompson found a putting touch to match her power game Friday in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. The 19-year-old Thompson, already a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour, shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 at Mission Hills for a share of the second-round lead with Se Ri Pak.
Marc Warren of Scotland shot a 5-under 67 Friday to take the clubhouse lead at the NH Collection Open before the second round was suspended because of bad light. Warren made six birdies and a bogey for a 5-under total of 139 to sit one shot ahead of Felipe Aguilar of Chile.
LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan weighed in Friday on Golf Digest's provocative cover featuring Paulina Gretzky.
Whan released a statement at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, saying: "Obviously, we're disappointed and frustrated by the editorial direction (and timing) Golf Digest has chosen with the announcement of its most recent magazine cover."
The cover photo shows Gretzky in skintight capris and a bra.
Gretzky is former hockey star Wayne Gretzky's daughter and PGA Tour player Dustin Johnson's fiancée. Former LPGA Tour star Lorena Ochoa was the last female player to appear on the magazine's cover in October 1992.
Legends get a split with Power
The Legends picked up where they left off after a rain delay on Thursday to top the West Virginia Power 3-2 in the continuation of that game, but fell 6-4 in the second game of the night. Fred Ford had homered for Lexington in the first game, while Michael Antonio added one on Friday.
The last word
Sisters and teammates on the U.S. soccer team, Kristie and Samantha Mewis didn't always get along. Playing together has been a bonding experience. Said younger sister Samantha:
" ... I wanted to make my own path, make my own name for myself. At the same time, I realized it's an honor to get to say Kristie is my older sister, even though sometimes I felt in her shadow growing up."