Following a controlling third set, the 21st-ranked Kentucky volleyball team earned its second sweep of the weekend, 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-13), over the Tennessee Volunteers in Thompson-Boling Arena.
After taking the first two sets by a combined eight points, the Wildcats broke out in the third with a 12-point win in which the team hit .298 while holding Tennessee to a .071 clip and recording five blocks in the frame. UK closed out the third on a 16-2 run.
"I thought that Anni (Thomasson), Emily (Franklin) and Morgan (Bergren) were all rocks for us this afternoon," said 11th-year Coach Craig Skinner. "It wasn't particularly smooth in the first couple of sets, but our block really got involved in the third set and Kaz (Brown) scored a lot of points to give us the separation we needed. Like we always say, it's always good to get wins on the road."
The victory makes it a three-match winning streak for Kentucky (18-7, 12-2 SEC).
Six players registered kills in the match, with Brown and Thomasson both scoring in double figures. Brown led the team with 12 while adding six blocks in the outing. Thomasson had 11 kills, six digs and five aces in three sets.
Bergren had a match-high 40 assists while adding five blocks and two kills.
High school volleyball
Assumption wins 19th state title
The Assumption volleyball team returned to the top with a dominant 25-5, 25-15, 25-10 win over Owensboro Catholic to earn its 19th state tournament crown.
The Rockets (36-7) had failed to make the state tournament last year.
Assumption libero and tournament MVP Allie Gregory had a match-high 13 digs, while setter Shelby Olsen added 13 assists and Kara Shacklette had 12 kills.
"Our strength was we were solid in all positions," Rockets Coach Ron Kordes told the Courier-Journal. "That's what we had to capitalize on."
Natalie Jones' eight kills led Owensboro Catholic (35-9).
GolfKnox wins World Championship in debut
Russell Knox made an unexpected trip to Shanghai and left with a most surprising victory Sunday in the HSBC Champions.
Knox became the first player to win a World Golf Championship in his debut when the 30-year-old from Scotland was flawless on the back nine of Sheshan International and closed with a 4-under 68 for a two-shot victory over Kevin Kisner.
Knox only found out a week ago Friday that he was in the HSBC Champions as an alternate when Kentuckian J.B. Holmes withdrew. He was in Malaysia and had to scramble to get a Chinese visa, arriving in time for one practice round with his wife, Andrea, as his caddie.
Then, he held off a world-class field for his first PGA Tour victory.
"I always thought I was going to win a big one for my first one," Knox said. "This is going to take a long time to sink in."
■ Billy Andrade won the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday, beating Champions Tour points winner Bernhard Langer with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
Andrade two-putted from the back fringe on the par-5 18th, holing a 2 1/2-footer for his third victory of the year on the 50-and-over tour.
"I was thinking when I was driving to the 18th tee that, 'Bernhard won the Schwab Cup, he doesn't need to win this tournament as well. Maybe it should be my turn,'" Andrade said.
■ Sun-Ju Ahn won the Toto Japan Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory and 20th Japan LPGA title, beating fellow South Korean player Ji-Hee Lee and American Angela Stanford with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
The 28-year-old Ahn closed with a 5-under 67 at Kintetsu Kashikojima to match Stanford and Lee at 16-under 200.
UConn women use men's ball in exhibition
UConn Coach Geno Auriemma doesn't expect any immediate rules changes to come out an experimental game. But he's happy to get the conversation going.
The Huskies used their final exhibition of the season Sunday to play with the rules, using the larger basketball used for men's games, a 24-second shot clock and the international 3-point line distance of 22 feet, 1 inch, back from 20 feet, 9 inches.
UConn got a special waiver from the NCAA to try a number of changes that also included a wider lane (16 feet rather than 12) and an 8-second backcourt clock. Two NCAA rules officials watched and planned to bring film of the game back to rules committee for discussion.
The three-time defending national champions easily beat Vanguard University 98-18.
"The only effect that I saw was that you can move the ball up and down the floor a little quicker," Auriemma said. "And that you have to move the ball up and down the floor a little quicker."
■ The Eastern Kentucky men's basketball team opened with a 30-10 run and cruised past Union College, 97-66, in the Colonels' lone exhibition game. EKU used a 67 percent shooting (20-of-30) from the field to pull away from the Bulldogs in the first half.
■ Eastern Kentucky women's basketball led by six, 28-22, at halftime but used runs of 17-3 and 19-3 to take control in the second half for an 81-40 win over Ohio Valley. EKU's Jalen O'Bannon led the charge with a game-high 19 points.
■ Former Wildcat Eric Bledsoe had 28 points and 11 assists for the Phoenix Suns, who lost for the third time in four games as they fell 124-103 to the host Oklahoma City Thunder.
College footballClemson new No. 1 in Associated Press poll
Clemson is the new No. 1 team in The Associated Press college football poll, knocking Ohio State from the top spot for the first time this season.
The Tigers are top-ranked in the AP media poll for the first time since the final poll of the 1981 season, when Clemson won its only AP national title.
The Tigers (9-0) received 31 first-place votes and 1,489 points after beating Florida State 23-13 on Saturday. Ohio State (9-0) had 26 first-place votes and 1,460 points. The defending national champions had been first since the preseason, when they became the first team to be a unanimous preseason No. 1 in the 79-year history of the AP rankings.
No. 3 Alabama (8-1) climbed four spots and got two first place votes. No. 4 Baylor also received two first-place votes.
■ With a ferocious defense that held Tigers sophomore Leonard Fournette, the Heisman Trophy front-runner, to 31 yards on 19 carries, No. 7 Alabama (8-1, 5-1 SEC) ran away with the game in the second half, winning by 30-16 and dropping No. 2 LSU, which coach Les Miles had guided to its best start since 2011, to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference.
LSU had not given up so many points all season, nor had it scored so few.
The last word
Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds entered Saturday's game against Memphis in need of one rushing touchdown to set an NCAA record. Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said he called a play to allow Reynolds to set the record in the fourth quarter.
"He checked the play and got us into a better play. That just shows you the kind of kid he is, the leader he is. It was just about the 'W.'"