Sports Briefs: Velazquez breaks Day's record for career jockey winnings

Jockey John Velazquez celebrates as he heads to the winner's circle after guiding Union Rags to a narrow victory over front-running Paynter in the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Saturday, June 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
Jockey John Velazquez celebrates as he heads to the winner's circle after guiding Union Rags to a narrow victory over front-running Paynter in the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Saturday, June 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Garry Jones) AP

Horse racing

Velazquez breaks Day's record for career jockey winnings

John Velazquez broke Pat Day's career earnings record for jockeys Sunday at Belmont Park. Velazquez finished second in the ninth race aboard Bit Bustin to pass Day. Bit Bustin earned $15,400, lifting Velazquez's career total to $297,922,320. Day retired in 2005 with $297,914,839.

The 41-year-old Velazquez and Day are members of racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs.

"It's something that happened to happen, and I'm glad it happened," Velazquez said.

Velazquez became the career riding leader at Saratoga over the summer, breaking Jerry Bailey's record of 693 victories. In July, he reached 5,000 victories.


Walker wins tourney on 188th try

Jimmy Walker finally won on the PGA Tour in his eighth year and 188th tournament, and with a little help from Brooks Koepka.

Tied for the lead with four holes to play, Walker rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to take the lead for good in the Open in San Martin, Calif. Three closing pars for a 5-under 66 turned out to be more than enough for the 34-year-old Texan to take home a trophy and plenty of perks.

Walker is going to the Masters for the first time, along with a trip to Maui for the Tournament of Championship. He also cracked the top 50 for the first time in his career.

Koepka had a four-shot lead with 11 holes to play. The 23-year-old Floridian missed a 3-foot par putt on the ninth hole and later missed a 6-foot putt on the 15th that would have matched birdies with Walker, who was playing in the group ahead of him. Koepka then missed his tee shot wildly to the left on the 16th hole and had to scramble for bogey. He hit into the water on the 17th for another bogey, but did earn his PGA Tour card.

Lexi Thompson won the LPGA Malaysia by four strokes, giving the 18-year-old American her first victory of the season and second on the LPGA Tour. Thompson finished at 19-under 265 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

Chinese star Shanshan Feng, the Reignwood LPGA Classic winner last week in China, was second after a 67. Suzann Pettersen (70) and Ilhee Lee (73) tied for third at 12 under.

■ England's David Lynn won the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura for his second European Tour title, shooting an 8-under 63 to overcome a six-stroke deficit. The 39-year-old finished at 18-under 266.

Uk Sports

Volleyball team sweeps South Carolina

Senior right side hitter Whitney Billings had 18 kills and 10 digs for her 38th career double-double to lead 15th-ranked Kentucky to a 3-0 win (25-13, 25-22, 25-23) over host South Carolina.

"Defensively we were exceptional. Holding South Carolina to a .105 hitting percentage was a great job by our defense," UK Coach Craig Skinner said. "Billings stepped up offensively today and that was a big difference in the match."

The Cats, (13-4, 5-1 SEC) held Juliette Thevenin, ranked eighth nationally in kills per set, to just nine as UK's defense got 11 blocks.

■ Sophomore goalkeeper Callum Irving saved three shots and South Carolina keeper Marco Velez saved six shots as the teams played to a 0-0 tie in two overtimes at the UK Soccer Complex.

Kentucky is 3-6-1 (1-1-1 in Conference USA) after its first draw of the season. UK dominated play throughout the game with 28-11 advantage in shots and a 10-6 advantage in corner kicks. Over the final 20 minutes of overtime, UK held a 13-1 advantage in shots.

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Irving notched his third shutout of the year in his seventh start.

High school football

60-yard field goal sets state record

Johnson Central's Tyler Pack set a state record by kicking a 60-yard field goal in a 54-0 victory over Greenup County on Friday night. Pack, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound sophomore, tied the state record with a 58-yard field goal against Perry County Central earlier this season. Aaron Pettrey of Raceland set that mark in 2003.

Johnson Central improved to 7-0 with its win over Greenup County.


Lin leads Rockets to win in Taiwan

It was a perfect homecoming for Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin in Taiwan. Lin, whose parents emigrated from Taiwan to the United States in the 1970s, scored 17 points and went 3-for-4 from the three-point line to help the Rockets beat the Indiana Pacers 107-98 in an exhibition game played before a capacity crowd of 13,686.

Lin was clearly the crowd favorite and didn't disappoint with a dazzling array of clutch shooting and pin-point passing.

His play earned him accolades from Rockets coach Kevin McHale, who said all the hard work Lin put in over the summer is giving him the boost he needs to cope with the pressure of being one of the most closely watched NBA players in Asia.

"He puts so much pressure on himself," McHale said. "There's an entire half of the world that seems to be pulling for him."

Anthony Davis scored 23 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead New Orleans past Atlanta 105-73 in a pre-season game played in Biloxi, Miss. The former Kentucky star is averaging 24.5 points and seven rebounds in four pre-season games.


Djokovic wins again in China

Novak Djokovic maintained his dominance in China by holding off Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3) to capture a second Shanghai Masters title and extend his winning streak in the country to 20 consecutive matches.

The Serb completed a sweep of titles at the China Open and the Shanghai Masters for the second straight year. He's now won seven tournaments in China — the most he's won in any country.


Vettel wins Japanese Grand Prix

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix, but will have to wait to seal a fourth-straight Fomula One title as nearest rival Fernando Alonso finished fourth.

Vettel surged into the lead on the 41st lap and led a Red Bull one-two ahead of teammate Mark Webber by 7.1 seconds. Vettel managed the rare feat of a fifth-straight race win and leads the championship by 90 points ahead of Alonso with four races left.

Dennis Kimetto of Kenya broke the course record in capturing the Chicago Marathon, and compatriot Rita Jeptoo was the women's winner in the first major marathon in the United States since the Boston bombings.

Kimetto finished in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds, beating the mark of 2:04:38 set by Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede last year.

The last word

After Clemson beat Boston College Saturday, the third-ranked Tigers can finally focus on No. 5 Florida State and the Atlantic Coast Conference's first top-five college football showdown in eight years. Defensive end Vic Beasley looked ahead:

"It may be the biggest game in ACC history. We don't know."