Sports briefs: Nov. 17

College football

Georgia's Gurley out for season

Georgia tailback Todd Gurley is out for the season after injuring his left knee this weekend, possibly ending his college career in a rocky year that began with Heisman Trophy hopes.

The school announced Sunday that Gurley had a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Surgery will be scheduled for the star, suspended by the NCAA for four games earlier this season.

"Sad news," Coach Mark Richt said Sunday night.

Gurley was hurt in the final minutes of a 34-7 win over then-No. 9 Auburn on Saturday. He ran for 138 yards and a touchdown.

Before the injury, Gurley passed Garrison Hearst for second place on Georgia's career list with 3,285 yards rushing. Herschel Walker has the record with 5,259 yards from 1980-82.

There has been much speculation Gurley, a junior, plans to enter the NFL draft following this season.

"Without a doubt one of the best running backs I've ever seen, ever coached," Richt said. "Practiced hard, played hard. Loved the big games and played his heart out for Georgia. I'm just really proud I had the opportunity to coach him."

Dy'Shawn Mobley, who tied the Ohio Valley Conference's single-game record with six touchdowns (5 rushing, 1 receiving) in Eastern Kentucky's 43-36 win against Murray State on Saturday, was named the league's offensive player of the week. The University of Kentucky transfer was also the league's top newcomer after gaining 224 yards on the ground and 100 through the air.

Murray State's Pokey Harris, a Clark County graduate, was the OVC's specialist of the week for the second straight time after returning a kickoff 100 yards for a TD.

■ Sixth-ranked Lindsey Wilson will host No. 11 Faulkner (Ala.) on Saturday in the first round of the NAIA playoffs. Faulkner defeated the Blue Raiders 28-21 earlier this season in Montgomery, Ala. In other pairings announced Sunday, No. 10 Georgetown will play at No. 7 Marian (Ind.) No. 17 Campbellsville will travel to face No. 3 Saint Xavier (Ill.).

■ Undefeated Centre earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Colonels will face host John Carroll in University Heights, Ohio, on Saturday.


Knight's threes send Bucks past Heat 91-84

Former University of Kentucky star Brandon Knight made three three-pointers down the stretch and finished with 20 points, Jabari Parker scored 13 and the Milwaukee Bucks downed the host Miami Heat 91-84 on Sunday night. Larry Sanders, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Zaza Pachulia each scored 11 for the Bucks (5-5), who started 5-21 last season.

■ The Sacramento Kings and forward Rudy Gay agreed to a three-year, $40 million contract extension that runs through the 2017-18 season, a source told the Associated Press.

The Kings acquired Gay in a trade with Toronto last season, and he has teamed with DeMarcus Cousins to form a dynamic scoring duo in California's capital city. Gay is averaging 22.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season to help Sacramento to a surprising 6-4 start.

college basketball

Padgett's Samford squad drops to 0-2

The calling card of the Pittsburgh Panthers is superiority on the boards. Rebounding is the first thing head coach Jamie Dixon will usually cite when breaking down a game, regardless of outcome. So it's no surprise that, as the Samford Bulldogs out-rebounded the Panthers, Pitt was almost upset by its opponent chosen to finish last in the Southern Conference.

Facing a five-point deficit nearly 13 minutes into the game, Pitt went on an 18-5 run that propelled it to a 63-56 victory.

"We don't win very often when we get out-rebounded so that's why we're not as good as we should've been," Dixon said.

Even Samford Coach Scott Padgett was surprised by the way things unfolded in the rebounding column.

"If you told me we were going to out-rebound them this game, I would've bet any amount of money you wanted that they would've beat us by 15 on the boards," said Padgett, who starred at the University of Kentucky and played in the NBA.

Samford's competition surprised the Panthers after the Bulldogs were blown out by 40 points Friday night at Purdue. After that game, Padgett told his team it needed a "phenomenal effort" to even have a shot at winning.

"That's the hardest I've seen us play," Padgett said. "And we needed it."

Former Cordia star Christen Cunningham had eight points, seven rebounds and six assists for Samford. Darius Jones-Gibson (Tates Creek) had five points.

Terran Petteway scored 25 points, making six three-pointers, and No. 21 Nebraska opened with an 80-61 victory over Northern Kentucky in Lincoln, Neb. The Norse (0-2) lost its opener 62-31 at third-ranked Wisconsin on Friday and was outscored by a combined 50 points by the Big Ten opponents.

Tayler Persons came off the bench to lead Northern Kentucky with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Ryan Taylor scored 13 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots, helping Marshall easily defeat Savannah State 66-47 in Huntington, W.Va. Shawn Smith scored 19 to lead the Thundering Herd (2-0) in points. Taylor also had six assists.

Jay Johnson (Woodford County), a junior college transfer from John Logan (Ill.), had five points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Chris Horton's jumper with :41 left in the game gave Austin Peay the lead and the Governors were 3-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final :09 to hold off an upset bid by Division III Berea, 68-63 in Clarksville, Tenn. The Mountaineers, beginning a transitional season into NCAA Division III, took the lead at 15-13 on a three-pointer by Richard Parker, extending the advantage to as many as 17 points in the first half.

London Moore (Fort Knox) had 16 points to lead Berea.

Duke's Greenwell debuts with double-double

Rebecca Greenwell, a redshirt freshman out of Owensboro Catholic, had 17 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and three assists in No. 7 Duke's season-opening 90-40 victory at Alabama. Greenwell, a McDonald's All-American, scored 3,306 points during her high school career.

■ Sophomore Shay Steele scored a career-high 23 points, while senior Almesha Jones had 20 points and seven assists to lead Morehead State to a 79-70 victory at George Mason. The Eagles next play Kentucky in Lexington at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Myisha Hines-Allen and Bria Smith both scored 14 points as all five starters reached double figures and No. 12 Louisville used its smothering defense to defeat Tennessee-Martin 77-43. Mariya Moore added 12 points for host Louisville, and Sara Hammond (Rockcastle County) had 11.


McIlroy takes European Tour's Race to Dubai

Rory McIlroy won the European Tour's Race to Dubai for the second time in three years.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman is more than 2.7 million euros ($3.4 million) ahead of Henrik Stenson. The Swede, who was European No. 1 a year ago, moved second on the money list by coming third in the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday. No player can now catch four-time major winner McIlroy at the remaining DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, starting Nov. 20.

McIlroy did not compete in Turkey where Marcel Siem, Jamie Donaldson and Sergio Garcia needed to win to stay in the race. Brooks Koepka won the tournament by a stroke.

The last word

During Sunday's NASCAR race, Joey Logano's championship hopes ended on Lap 249 of 267 when his car slipped off the jack on what was to be his final pitstop. Logano, who dropped to 29th in the running order, after the error, talked about what he was thinking as he waited on his pit crew to finish:

"I was pretty pissed off, if that is an emotion. ... I didn't say it was over. We didn't give up."