Sports Briefs: Soccer's Gilliland SEC Player of the Year

UK senior Arin Gilliland got flowers from head coach Jon Lipsitz during senior night  against Alabama on Thursday October 30, 2014  in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
UK senior Arin Gilliland got flowers from head coach Jon Lipsitz during senior night against Alabama on Thursday October 30, 2014 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

UK sportsSoccer's Gilliland earnsSEC player of the year

Kentucky women's soccer standout Arin Gilliland was named the 2014 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year on Sunday. Gilliland's honor is one of five total All-SEC accolades for the Wildcats, as Jade Klump, Taylor Braun and Courtney Raetzman also took home honors.

Gilliland, in addition to being named the conference's defensive player of the year, made First Team All-SEC for the third straight year. Junior midfielder Raetzman and sophomore forward Klump were named Second Team All-SEC, while Braun, a goalkeeper, was named to the 2014 SEC All-Freshman Team.

This season marks the second year in a row that four different UK players have been named to the All-SEC teams.

Gilliland has six goals and eight assists this year, for a total of 20 points. The Lexington native has also set the school record for shots with 267 and counting, with more games remaining in her career.

n The Conference USA regular-season title will come down to a showdown at the Wendell and Vickie Bell Soccer Complex after Justin Laird's late goal gave the 16th-ranked Wildcats a 1-0 win over Florida International on Sunday afternoon. FIU goalkeeper Robin Spiegel missed his target on the goal kick, playing the ball directly at Laird 35 yards out, where Laird into the box, going past the goalkeeper and tapping it into the back of the net.

The win put the Wildcats on top of the conference standings, a point ahead of Charlotte. UK will host Charlotte in a match for the league title on Friday night.


Siem wins three-man playoff at BMW

Marcel Siem took the lead for the first time on the 16th hole Sunday and figured two pars would be enough for him to win the BMW Masters.

He should have known it would never be that simple.

A relentless wind at Lake Malaren turned the final round into a wild ride for just about everybody, and not even Siem was immune. The German finished the final round with two bogeys instead of two pars. And then he won a three-man playoff over Alexander Levy of France and Ross Fisher of England by chipping in for birdie from the collar of the 18th green.

"The course was a real monster, and I'm super pleased," Siem said. "Still can't believe it. I'm over the moon."

n For the second straight year, Ryan Moore won the CIMB Classic on Sunday, and for the third year running he won on the PGA Tour's fall schedule to get a flying start to the season, having also won the Shriners' Hospitals for Children Open in October 2012.

Moore shot a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke win, beating fellow American Gary Woodland for the second straight year. He finished on 17-under 271 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club to become the first player to defend a title on the PGA Tour since Tiger Woods at the Arnold Palmer Invitation in 2013.

n Tom Pernice Jr. won the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday, beating Jay Haas with a birdie on the fourth hole of a playoff.

The 55-year-old Pernice got up-and-down from the left bunker on the par-5 18th, holing a 6-foot putt after Haas made a 12-footer for par. Pernice closed with a 3-under 67 — also making a 6-foot birdie putt on 18 — to match Haas at 11-under 269 on Desert Mountain's Cochise Course. The 60-year-old Haas had a 66.

n Six days after taking the No. 1 spot in the world from Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park was a notch above the American again at Miramar.

Park won the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Sunday for her third victory of the year and 12th tour title, holding off Lewis by two strokes.

The 26-year-old South Korean player closed with a 1-under 71 in light rain to finish at 22-under 266. The victory capped a hectic Asian trip centered around her marriage last month to swing coach Gi Hyeob-nam.

Park shot 64-62-69 to take a four-stroke lead over Lewis and China's Shanshan Feng into the final round. The second-ranked Lewis, also a three-time winner this year, shot 69.


Kenyan stars sweep New York Marathon

Wilson Kipsang, a former world-record holder, needed to force himself to slow down.

The Kenyan star had entered his first New York City Marathon to challenge himself on a hilly course with no pacemaker. A windy morning made for quite the test Sunday, and Kipsang proved he can win a strategic race.

"I had to really exercise a lot of patience," he said.

Kipsang pulled away in the final mile for his third major marathon title in just over 13 months. Mary Keitany also took the lead late in the women's race for a Kenyan sweep.

Kipsang's record-setting victories in Berlin and London were on flat courses with the aid of a pacemaker, very different from Sunday, when winds were gusting at more than 30 mph at the start. The contenders adjusted by cautiously sticking to a slow pace.

"It was very tactical," Kipsang said. "So it was not easy."

He finished in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 59 seconds — the slowest winning time in New York since 1995, and more than 71/2 minutes off the world record he sent just over a year ago in Berlin.

Keitany tried a very different tactic in her last NYC Marathon, surging ahead to a huge early lead in 2011. She was caught that day and had to settle for her second straight third-place finish.

This time, Keitany held back. She and countrywoman Jemima Sumgong entered Central Park side by side, and Sumgong appeared to be pulling away with just over a mile left.

But Keitany had one last burst left and won by 3 seconds, matching the tightest finish in the history of the women's race. Keitany, a two-time London Marathon champ, hadn't run a 26.2-mile race since 2012 because of the birth of her second child.

A record 50,881 runners started the 44th edition of the NYC Marathon. It was so windy that the wheelchair race started at the 3-mile mark because it was too dangerous to roll across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Lexington resident John Samson, a cancer survivor, finished the race in 4:49:23.


Cousins' 34 points help Kings rally

DeMarcus Cousins had 34 points and 17 rebounds, Rudy Gay added 25 points, and the Kings handed the poor-shooting Clippers their first loss in three games this season, 98-92 on Sunday.

"We definitely earned that one," said Cousins, who was singing in the shower afterward.

The Kings rallied from a 10-point deficit in the third quarter and outscored the Clippers 28-18 in the fourth. They took the lead for good on a layup by Gay with just under six minutes to play.

n On a night when he joined the 20,000-point club, Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:23 remaining, and New York Knicks edged Charlotte Hornets 96-93.

n Chris Bosh scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors for the 16th straight time, prevailing 107-102 on Sunday night. Dwyane Wade added 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Heat (3-0) — the last unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference.

The last word

Peppering the route where 50,000 runners pushed through the 26.2 miles that make up the New York City Marathon are hundreds of signs offering advice, wisdom and humor to keep the runners' spirits up and legs moving. Brooklyn engineer Alan Alward held a sign featuring a photo of Grumpy, a sour-looking cat, with the caption:

"I ran once and now I'm done."