Sports briefs: Volleyball team holds off Alabama for its seventh straight victory

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Behind 12 kills from freshman Brooke Morgan and nine blocks from sophomore Kaz Brown, the 21st-ranked Kentucky volleyball team fended off a late charge by visiting Alabama for a 3-1 win (25-19, 27-25, 24-26, 25-20) on Sunday in front of 1,621 fans in Memorial Coliseum. The win was the 400th for the program in Memorial. UK has won seven straight.

"Alabama's an extremely athletic team, and there's a reason they were picked to finish second in the league," Coach Craig Skinner said following the Cats' fourth conference victory. "We really struggled to terminate the ball in the first couple of sets, so for us to have 19 in the fourth set was much needed offense. Our block got involved which helped us down the stretch."

The Wildcats are 11-5 overall, with a 4-0 record in Southeastern Conference play. Alabama is 7-10 with a 1-2 SEC mark.


Grillo wins Tour Finals finale

Emiliano Grillo made a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Tour Finals-ending Web.Com Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Rob Oppenheim earned the finals' last PGA Tour card when Lucas Glover shook up the order with a closing bogey.

The 23-year-old Grillo beat Chez Reavie by a stroke in the last of the four events that replaced PGA Tour qualifying school, finishing with a 1-under 69 for a 14-under 266 total on the Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.

"I gave my best out there, and I think the best thing I did all day was making that putt on 18," Grillo said. "It's been a great week. I'm on the PGA Tour, and it feels great."

The series featured the top 75 players from the Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings and non-members such as Grillo who earned enough money to have placed in the top 200 had they been eligible. The top 25 players on the Tour regular-season money list earned PGA Tour cards. They were competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players were competing for 25 cards based on series earnings.

Oppenheim took the 25th and final card with $32,206, edging Eric Axley by $101.

Former University of Louisville standout Derek Fathauer maintained his PGA card with a ninth-place finish Sunday that left him 15th overall in the final standings.

Thorbjorn Olesen overcame a shaky start to protect his overnight lead and win the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by two shots in St. Andrews, Scotland. Olesen had a double bogey on the second hole and a bogey on the third but recovered for a 1-under 71 to hold off a late charge by Brooks Koepka. Koepka shot a 67.

College footballFive teams receiving votes for No. 1

Ohio State remained No. 1 in The Associated Press' college football top 25 despite lagging support from the voters. Meanwhile, No. 2 TCU and No. 3 Baylor edged forward, No. 4 Michigan State slipped and No. 5 Utah and No. 6 Clemson took big jumps.

After four top-10 teams lost on Saturday, the rankings were rattled and five teams received first-place votes. The Buckeyes received 38 first-place votes, their fewest this season after beginning as the first unanimous preseason No. 1. TCU has five first-place votes, Baylor received 10, Utah has seven and No. 9 Texas A&M has one.

Ohio State was the only team in the top 16 to have the same ranking this week as last.

The Buckeyes held off Indiana 34-27 on Saturday and have now been top-ranked 101 times, matching Oklahoma for the most in the 79-year history of the media poll.

■ Eastern Kentucky's Chris Kelly and Southeast Missouri's Chad Meredith were named the Ohio Valley Conference's co-defensive players of the week.

Kelly, a former Newport Central Catholic standout, had 11 tackles, half a sack and a quarterback hurry in the Colonels' 34-27 overtime loss to Kentucky. He was part of a defensive unit that limited the Wildcats to 55 rushing yards on 36 carries.

Meredith (Louisville Christian) matched his career-high with 10 tackles, including two for a loss, as Southeast Missouri opened league play with a 27-10 victory over Murray State.

Eastern's Kentucky's Stanley Absanon was the OVC's specialist of the week. He had 163 all-purpose yards (143 on returns) against Kentucky. On defense he added four tackles, an interception (which he returned for 22 yards) and a pass breakup.

■ Former University of Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith threw a pair of second-half touchdown passes and San Diego State held Fresno State scoreless after halftime for a 21-7 victory Saturday night. The Aztecs (2-3) limited Fresno State to 89 total yards of offense, including just 12 yards rushing. Smith fired 33 yards to Rashaad Penny for the first of his two TD passes, and then found Eric Judge from 44 yards out to complete the scoring.

Horse racingGolden Horn wins Europe's richest turf race

Golden Horn pulled away down the stretch to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday in Paris as Treve was denied a historic treble at Europe's richest turf race. Jockey Frankie Dettori overcame an outside draw to post his fourth victory at Longchamp as Golden Horn finished ahead of Flintshire, who was runner-up for the second straight year. New Bay finished third.

Pre-race favorite Treve, who last year became the first horse since Alleged in 1977-78 to earn back-to-back wins in the Prix de l'Arc, was fourth.

Golden Horn, the Epsom Derby winner trained by John Gosden, stayed wide early in the race then tracked the pacemaking Shahah as he put himself in ideal position heading into the final stretch. Golden Horn then resisted Treve's trademark acceleration.

"I felt fantastic, it's possibly the best horse I've ridden," Dettori said.

Despite Treve being the overwhelming favorite, Dettori said he never doubted his chances on the 2,400-meter Longchamp racecourse.

"I've been scratching my head all week. Everyone was determined to make me sit behind and I said 'Why? We've got the best horse. Let me get him up there and show the world how good he is," Dettori said.

Golden Horn will be retired next season, but there is a chance he might race again this year.

"The owner is quite keen on the Breeders' Cup. It gives us one day short of a month, he's got a great constitution and he travels well," Gosden said after claiming his first victory at 5-million euro ($6.3 million) race.


Hornets' Harrison makes preseason debut

Former Kentucky star Aaron Harrison, who didn't play in the Charlotte Hornets preseason opener Saturday, scored three points in 14 minutes in the team's 90-77 win at Miami on Sunday. He also had one assist and one steal. Fellow ex-Cat Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will have an MRI of his injured right shoulder Monday in Charlotte. Kidd-Gilchrist injured his shoulder in Saturday's preseason win over Orlando.

The last word

Despite having 1.3 million Twitter followers, Kentucky Coach John Calipari says he doesn't own a computer.

"I hired people to do Twitter and Facebook. I know what goes out, but I don't read one tweet coming back, I don't tweet it out."