Reed leads Cats to rout of Georgia, berth in SEC tourney
A.J. Reed pitched eight shutout innings for his league-leading 10th win and got four hits to lead Kentucky to a 13-0 rout of host Georgia in college baseball Thursday. With the victory, UK clinched a berth in its third straight Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Left fielder Ka'ai Tom homered and knocked in three runs for the Cats. Third baseman Max Kuhn had four hits, including two doubles, scored three times and knocked in four runs.
Reed allowed only three hits while striking out three. He threw 115 pitches.
UK finishes the regular season with games Friday and Saturday at Georgia before moving on to the SEC Tournament, which begins Tuesday in Hoover, Ala.
The men's tennis team, ranked 15th in the nation and playing in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the fifth straight year, takes on No. 2 Oklahoma on Friday in Athens, Ga. The Sooners beat UK 5-2 early in the season. In that match, the Cats won the doubles point and got a singles win from Tom Jomby.
The men's golf team was tied for ninth place at 2-over par in the middle of the back nine when play was suspended because of bad weather in the first round of the NCAA Raleigh Regional at the Lonnie Poole Golf Club in Raleigh, N.C. Georgia Tech led at 14-under par. UK senior Stephen Powers was tied for seventh at 2-under par through 14 holes. The round will resume Friday, to be followed by the second round.
Hanson leads Nelson with 65
Peter Hanson made his only birdie on the back nine with a 6-foot putt at the 18th hole Thursday, closing out a 5-under 65 for a one-stroke lead over David Duval and two others after the first round of the Byron Nelson Championship in Irvine, Texas. Duval, ranked 890th in the world 15 years after being No. 1, birdied his last three holes — Nos. 7-9 — after pitching in from 57 feet for another birdie at the fifth hole. He has not won a tournament since the 2001 British Open.
Marc Leishman and Tim Wilkinson matched Duval at 66.
The 42-year-old Duval almost withdrew before the round because of a muscle issue in his right elbow that made it painful to hit balls and practice this week. About a half-hour before teeing off, he still wasn't sure that he was going to play because his arm was hurting again.
Martin Kaymer, The Players Championship winner Sunday, was among eight players at 67.
Azahara Munoz and Austin Ernst had strong finishes to share the first-round lead at 6-under 65 in the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va. The former NCAA individual champions completed their morning rounds on the front nine, with Munoz birdieing four of her last seven holes, and Ernst closing with birdies on No. 7 and 9. Heavy rain was expected overnight and Friday morning, likely delaying second-round play.
Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Olin Browne and Chien Soon Lu shared the first-round lead at 3-under 69 in the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Ala., the first of the 50-and-over tour's five majors. With windy, unseasonably cool conditions at Shoal Creek, it was the highest score for first-round leaders at the Tradition since three players tied at 3-under in 1990 at Desert Mountain Club in Arizona.
The course absorbed more than an inch of rain heading into Thursday and the players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls.
England's Eddie Pepperell shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over Spanish stars Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez and six others in the Spanish Open in Girona.
Minor league baseball
Tourists topple traveling Legends
Designated hitter Ashley Graeter hit two homers and two doubles to lead the host Asheville Tourists past the Lexington Legends 10-6, snapping the Legends' four-game winning streak. Patrick Valaika had four of Asheville's 16 hits and stole three bases. Tyler Chism homered for Lexington and Elier Hernandez hit two doubles and drove in two runs.
Hernandez indicted in other slayings
Aaron Hernandez ambushed and gunned down two men after a chance encounter inside a Boston nightclub nearly two years ago, prosecutors said Thursday in an indictment that places the gun in Hernandez's hands weeks before he signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the New England Patriots and went on to catch 51 passes during the 2012 NFL season.
Hernandez, 24, was already jailed in connection with a man's 2013 shooting death and was indicted anew on two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the July 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the killing last year of Odin Lloyd, 27, a semi-pro football player whose body was found in an industrial area near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough. Released by the Patriots last summer after being arrested in Lloyd's death, Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in that case and his attorneys said in a statement that he looked forward to proving his innocence on the new charges.
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley would not say whether prosecutors suspected a link between the two cases beyond their accusations of Hernandez's involvement.
The Saints signed defensive back Albert Huntley from the University of the Cumberlands to a rookie free-agent contract. Huntley, who also returns kicks and punts, will travel to New Orleans for the team's rookie minicamp this weekend. Last season, Huntley had 56 tackles, three interceptions, eight pass breakups and blocked four punts.
The Browns have agreed to contract terms with free-agent wide receiver Miles Austin, insurance in case Pro Bowler Josh Gordon is suspended. A two-time Pro Bowler, Austin was released by the Dallas Cowboys in March in a salary-cap move. The 29-year-old played in just 11 games last season because of injuries. Miles had his best season in 2009, when he had 81 receptions for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns.
ESPN has reported that Gordon is facing a one-year suspension for failing another drug test. Last season he led the league with 1,646 yards receiving despite missing the first two games.
A Charlotte (N.C.) district court judge has dismissed a protective order request by a woman who said Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy assaulted and threatened to kill her after the accuser failed to appear for the hearing Thursday.
Top driver set to graduate high school
Chase Elliott, one of the top drivers in NASCAR's Nationwide Series, will graduate from King's Ridge Christian School, a high school in Alpharetta, Ga., on Saturday morning. Then he will have to "turn and burn" according to his father, 1988 NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, with qualifying at Iowa Speedway scheduled less than 10 hours after Elliott receives his diploma.
The last word
Kevin Ollie, who coached Connecticut to the NCAA title in March, is listening to job offers but isn't looking to leave, despite being linked to several NBA job openings, including the Los Angeles Lakers.
"I am not looking for another job. Of course, you listen to different things. I got two ears, I'm going to listen, but I'm not running out there soliciting any other job. I want to be here at the University of Connecticut."