Sports briefs: Oct. 28


Perry wins playoff

Kentuckian Kenny Perry made a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Bernhard Langer on Sunday to win the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship.

Perry and Langer each shot 5-under 67 to finish at 13-under 203 on TPC San Antonio's AT&T Canyons Course. Perry saved par on the final hole of regulation with an 18-foot par putt.

"I made clutch putts just to even hang in there with him," Perry said. "Putter saved me."

Perry extended his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup from 494 to 612 points entering the season-ending Schwab Cup Championship next week in San Francisco. The top 30 on the money list qualified for the finale, though Perry and Langer are the only players with a shot at the $1 million annuity for the points title.

"He's going in with a very large lead," Langer said. "I don't know if it's over. ... I'm going to play as well as I can and see what happens."

Fred Funk, Colin Montgomerie and Kirk Triplett tied for third, two shots back. Funk shot 67, Triplett had a 68 and Montgomerie a 69.

Suzann Pettersen successfully defended her title in the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Sunday for her fourth tour victory of the year and third in her last five starts.

The Norwegian star closed with a 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory over Solheim Cup teammate Azahara Munoz. Pettersen finished at 9-under 279 and earned $300,000 for her 14th LPGA Tour title. She has five LPGA Tour victories in Asia and won a Ladies European Tour event in China this year.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano chipped in for birdie on the tough 17th hole that became more important than he realized in winning the BMW Masters on Sunday.

The 33-year-old Spaniard was flawless at Lake Malaren until it no longer mattered. The birdie gave him a three-shot lead going to the final hole, and Fernandez-Castano needed every one of them. He hit into two bunkers and had to make a 2-foot putt for double bogey to close with a 4-under 68 and win by a shot.


Henry Clay vs. Tates Creek in tourney

Henry Clay volleyball coach Dale Grupe says his Blue Devils play their best in big tests, so he was happy when they drew Tates Creek as their first-round opponent in the 11th Region tournament that begins Monday at Western Hills in Frankfort.

"Tates Creek is who we wanted to play," Grupe said. "We're much better when we play good competition. We don't get anything out of squashing a team.

"I think it's a huge advantage to play a tough team like Tates Creek. We know we have to be ready."

Henry Clay won its third straight region title last year by beating Tates Creek in an epic five-game finals.

The Devils survived another five-game showdown with Tates Creek this regular season.

Henry Clay comes into the region with lots of momentum. It closed the regular season by beating three teams that have been ranked all season: McCracken County, St. Henry and Ryle.

The Devils were rated No. 5 in the state before those victories, but for some reason dropped to No. 10 afterward.

Meanwhile, Ryle rose to No. 5 and St. Henry to No. 7.

Dunbar, which is seeking its first region title since 2009, is No. 6 in the state. Tates Creek, which last won the region in 2005, is No. 14.

Dunbar wil play Scott County in the first round of the region on Tuesday. The Bulldogs beat Scott County 3-0 two weeks ago.

UK sports

Men's golf team leads Invitational

Four Wildcats are sitting in the top 15 after one day at the Invitational at The Ocean Course to put the University of Kentucky men's golf team in first place by three strokes at even-par, 288.

Kentucky was led by senior Cody Martin's 70 to put him in a tie for fourth place. Senior Ben Stow tied for eighth while Stephen Stallings, David Snyder and Harrison Greenberry, who is playing as an individual, tied for 13th.

 The Kentucky women's soccer team scored three unanswered goals in the 64th, 72nd and 74th minutes to cap off a 3-1 comeback win over the LSU Tigers on Senior Day at the UK Soccer Complex. Arin Gilliland, Zoe Swift and Alex Carter scored for the Cats. LSU committed 20 fouls in the match, which led to Kentucky gaining a lot of setpiece opportunities. Kentucky outshot LSU 18-9 and had more corner kicks than the Tigers by a 6-2 margin.

 A comeback victory in the fourth set capped by two of Kentucky's season-high 15 blocks propelled the Wildcats to a 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 18-25, 25-20) victory over Alabama at Memorial Coliseum. Three players registered six or more block assists in the victory including a career-high eight from senior Whitney Billings. Sara Schwarzwalder matched her with eight, and Alexandra Morgan had six.

 The Kentucky women's tennis team won twice in doubles against North Carolina State and once in singles against host Tennessee on the final day of the Tennessee Fall Invite. Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff earned the singles win and teamed up with Kelsey Dieters for a win in doubles. Aldila Sutjiadi and CeCe Witten earned the other doubles win.

 The women's golf team concluded the fall season with an eighth-place finish at the Stanford Intercollegiate after shooting a final round of six-over par, 290. The Wildcats' three-day total of 874 marked their second-lowest of the season.


Oklahoma St. holds off Campbellsville

Oklahoma State's Markel Brown scored 13 points to lead four players in double figures as the Cowboys held off Campbellsville 80-70 in an exhibition college basketball game in Stillwater.

Kamari Murphy added 11 points for OSU while Michael Cobbins and Stevie Clark added 10 each. Eric Gaines led Campbellsville with 17 points and Miles Rice had 15 for the school from Kentucky.

OSU led 45-28 at halftime but was outscored by seven points in the second half.


Serena takes WTA Championships crown

Serena Williams capped a career year in style Sunday, earning her 11th title by coming from behind to beat Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 for her second straight WTA Championships crown.

Williams became the eighth woman to win 11 or more titles in a year and the first since Martina Hingis had 12 in 1997.

The victory brought Williams' prize money total for the year to $12,385,572. The only player, male or female, to earn more in a year was Novak Djokovic with $12,803,737 in 2012 and $12,619,803 in 2011.


Two Kentuckians named to bobsled team

The 14-man national bobsledding team for the upcoming World Cup campaign was announced in Park City, Utah. The team includes two Kentuckians among its 11 push athletes: 2013 Athletes' Choice award recipient and Owenton native Adam Clark, and Georgetown native Dallas Robinson.

"This is the most impressive team we've ever had going into an Olympic year," said U.S. men's bobsled coach Brian Shimer, a former Olympic driver.

The last word

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson faces an onslaught of trash talk from opponents, but prefers to let his play speak for itself and use the heckling as fuel for his game. Said Johnson:

"Players — the guys you play, they've got to play you. So it's like, you're going to talk trash then you just turned me up some. You've done made your bed."