Volleyball wins 2, makes Skinner program's winningest coach
Four players topped 10 or more kills as the 16th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team earned a 3-1 win over Georgia Southern to make Craig Skinner the program's all-time winningest coach on Saturday at the Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Coupled with a sweep of Virginia Commonwealth earlier in the day, Skinner has 210 victories to pass UK Hall of Fame coach Kathy DeBoer.
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Skinner is 210-93 as Kentucky's coach. DeBoer compiled a 209-92 record from 1984 to 1992.
Shelby Workman led the Cats (8-2) with 13 kills against Georgia Southern. Lauren O'Conner added 12 kills, Anni Thomasson had 11 and Sara Schwarzwalder contributed a season-high 10.
■ Kentucky's David Snyder shot a team-best 69 on the second day of The Invitational at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.
Freshman Cooper Musselman, tied for the individual lead after the first round, was fifth at 4 under following a 1-over 73. Western Carolina's Bright Julamool had the lead at 8 under.
As a team, Kentucky shot a 5-over 293 and was tied for third place at 9 over. South Florida led the tournament at 10 under.
"The back nine today pretty much wore us out," UK Coach Brian Craig said. "We got off to a decent start, but just could not finish it off. David Snyder played very well with a 69 which is a terrific bounce-back."
■ Two goals within three minutes early in the second half led to the Kentucky men's soccer team's second straight victory, 2-0 over ETSU at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.
Kaelon Fox got the Cats on the board first 50 minutes in. Justin Laird scored shortly after.
"It was really important to get a result after (defeating top-ranked Notre Dame) on Monday," Coach Johan Cedergren said. "If we didn't, then (the win) Monday wouldn't have mattered."
McIlroy, Horschel tied at Tour Championship
Rory McIlroy made up a two-shot deficit on Billy Horschel on Saturday in the Tour Championship. They square off again Sunday with $10 million riding on the outcome.
McIlroy atoned for a pair of three-putt bogeys by rolling in a 25-foot eagle putt on the 15th hole. He closed with a superb par save from thick grass behind the 18th green for a 3-under 67.
Horschel led by as many as three shots during the third round until he started missing fairways and made two bogeys. He had a 69.
Jim Furyk, still with a chance to win the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus, had a 67 and was two shots back.
■ Kentuckians Derek Fathauer (U of L) and Justin Thomas (St. Xavier) are tied for the lead with South Africa's Richard Sterne in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship, the third of four events in the Web.com Tour Finals. Sterne had an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys to match Fathauer and Thomas at 5-under 208 on Ohio State's wind-swept Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
Fathauer had a 76 after opening with rounds of 63 and 69 to open a three-stroke lead. Thomas shot 72. Both have already earned PGA Tour cards for the 2014-15 season and are trying to improve their standing by earning more money during the Web.com Tour's postseason.
■ South Korean teenager Hyo-Joo Kim emerged from a third round riddled with errors by contenders to lead the Evian Championship in France by a stroke and in sight of her first major. Kim had four bogeys on the front nine before recovering for a 1-over 72.
Ex-Henry Clay star Green not at WKU
Former Henry Clay basketball standout Jordan Green is no longer enrolled at Western Kentucky, the university announced Friday. Green — a 6-foot-5 wing player — averaged 20.2 points and 7.6 rebounds as a senior and was named a first-team, all-state selection following the season. He led the Blue Devils to the 11th Region finals.
He committed to the Hilltoppers in April over scholarship offers from UNC-Wilmington, Eastern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky, Troy, UT-Martin and Jacksonville.
247Sports.com ranked him as the No. 246 overall player in the class of 2014 and the No. 5 senior in Kentucky.
■ Taylor County junior guard Quentin Goodin received a scholarship offer from Coach Billy Donovan during his unofficial visit to Florida on Saturday. Goodin — a 6-foot-3 prospect — planned to attend the Kentucky-Florida football game as part of his trip to Gainesville.
UK coaches have evaluated Goodin several times, but he has not yet received an offer from the Wildcats. Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Marquette, Vanderbilt and Oklahoma State are among the other major programs that have offered Goodin.
He's considered the No. 94 overall prospect in the class of 2016, according to the Scout.com rankings updated Friday.
Ambrose leaving NASCAR after season
Marcos Ambrose announced he will leave NASCAR at the end of the season and return to his native Australia. The decision was both personal and based on performance, he said Saturday.
Ambrose, from Tasmania, came to the U.S. in 2006 in pursuit of a NASCAR career. As he climbed the ladder from the Truck Series into Nationwide and finally the elite Sprint Cup Series, he always said he'd one day return to Australia so his children could attend school in their native country.
Basketball World Cup
U.S. facing Serbia for gold medal Sunday
After a difficult summer, the Basketball World Cup has been pretty easy for the United States. No games have been close in the final minutes, and only one was even competitive entering the final period. This depleted team that was supposed to be vulnerable has instead been invincible.
The U.S. thinks that tough game is coming Sunday in Madrid.
"They have supreme confidence and just that expectation, I think, that they feel like they're going to win," U.S. guard Stephen Curry said, "and we have that same mentality as well."
The Serbians barely qualified for the 24-team field as the seventh-place finisher in last year's European championship. They were only 2-3 in the group stage, advancing as the fourth and final team from the powerful Group A, but have peaked since the games became win or go home.
"They're just playing great basketball right now and actually it's beautiful to see. I hope I don't see that beauty tomorrow night," U.S. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "But they've been playing lights-out basketball."
■ France came from behind in the final quarter to beat Lithuania 95-93 and win the bronze medal in Madrid. Nicolas Batum scored a game-high 27 points for France.
The last word
NASCAR's Jeff Gordon has won four Cup championships, but the last one came in 2001. With the circuit's 10-race Chase starting Sunday at Chicago, Gordon said:
"I've never wanted anything more than this. Partially because it's eluded me. I've pretty much done everything in this sport except for winning (at) Kentucky, and maybe I don't have seven or eight championships, but my bucket list is the Sprint Cup, under this format, to prove to myself and others that we can do it."