Sayre qualified for the 11th Region baseball tournament for the first time since 1997 by beating Scott County 5-4 in the 42nd District semifinals Tuesday night.
Host Sayre faces Henry Clay in Wednesday night's finals. Both teams move on to next week's region at Henry Clay.
Sayre took a 4-1 lead with three runs in the top of the fifth, but Scott County tied it with three in the bottom of the sixth.
The Spartans got the winning run in the seventh, with Mason Jasko scoring on Christian Courtney's single.
Mason Stockham had two hits and three RBI for Sayre.
Aidan Elias, a junior right-hander, got the victory. He went the distance, giving up six hits, striking out two and walking one.
Brandon Lawlor drove in two runs for Scott County. Matt Malesick and Will Pitts each had an RBI.
■ A pair of big innings helped Paul Laurence Dunbar cruise to a 14-2 victory over Lexington Catholic in the 42nd District softball semifinals. The Bulldogs scored seven runs in the second innings, and five more in the fourth. Dunbar pitcher Abby Schweighardt earned the win and Jessica Foxworth contributed a home run.
Cardinals' Palmer knows window is closing
Carson Palmer said he has rehabbed from his knee injury with "a certain intensity" driven by the knowledge that his days as an NFL quarterback are drawing to a close.
He participated in Tuesday's first session of organized team activity (OTAs) on a limited basis.
"You only get so many opportunities," he said. "If you're lucky enough to get to play as long as I have, it takes you until you know you're getting to the end that you realize how small that window is and how few of opportunities you're going to have."
Palmer tore the ACL in his left knee against the St. Louis Rams last Nov. 9, ending what had been perhaps the most promising season of his long career. The Cardinals were 6-0 with him as the starter, 5-5 without him.
Palmer was limited to a few 7-on-7 reps on Tuesday.
"I've been politicking with the trainers and the physical therapist," he said. "Twelve plays just isn't enough for me. I need more action out there."
Coach Bruce Arians said he might allow the 35-year-old Palmer to participate in 11-on-11 drills next week.
"He knows the clock's ticking," Arians said. "We all know the clock's ticking. It is for a lot of guys on this team. You get a window to make a run and most of it depends on your quarterback. Right now it's our window to make this run with him."
■ The players' union has asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself from the appeal hearing for Tom Brady in the deflated footballs case.
A request from the NFL Players Association formally was made Tuesday, citing "a process that has contained procedural violations of our collective bargaining agreement."
"The commissioner's role as a central witness in the appeal hearing and his evident partiality with respect to the Wells report, the commissioner must designate a neutral party to serve as an arbitrator in this matter," the union said.
Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season for his role in the use of underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game.
The league said Tuesday it will not comment on the union's request. The Patriots said they won't comment on the Brady case.
IndycarHinchcliffe thanks 'heroes' after scary crash
Ruled out of racing indefinitely, IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe thanked the "heroes" who helped him after his frightening crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and his doctor said Monday that the accident had left the popular Canadian in critical condition.
There was never any doubt that Monday's accident was serious: Hinchcliffe was taken immediately to a local hospital for surgery on his left thigh and pelvic area and two sources told The Associated Press his leg had been pierced by the car's right front rocker. The surgery at Indiana University Methodist Hospital was needed to stop massive bleeding.
"He's stable and improving," said Dr. Timothy Pohlman, who performed the surgery at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. "His condition was critical upon his arrival and I think the IndyCar system as a whole needs to be commended for how well they can take care of drivers in this situation."
Honda said Hinchcliffe's right front suspension failed, and the driver was sent hard into the third turn wall during practice for Indianapolis 500. It was the fifth crash in a scary week, and IndyCar huddled with Honda and Chevrolet to determine whether new aerodynamic kits installed on the cars were causing problems ahead of its showcase race on Sunday. They eliminated the extra horsepower the cars were supposed to have for qualifying, which was also turned into a non-points chase.
CollegesWKU baseball's Miller on C-USA's 1st team
Western Kentucky junior outfielder Anderson Miller, a former Lafayette standout, was named first-team All-Conference in Conference USA voting. Miller was third in the league in home runs (12) and runs scored (47), fourth in walks (41) and fifth in triples (three) and slugging percentage (.560). Miller had 57 hits and drove in 35 runs from his leadoff position in the lineup, ending the season with a .295 batting average at the plate.
Teammate Danny Hudzina, a junior third baseman, earned second-team All-Conference honors. He led the Hilltoppers with 66 hits and a .327 batting average.
■ Morehead State catcher Chris Robinson was named the Ohio Valley Conference's player of the year, the Eagles' Mike McGuire was the league's coach of the year.
Players with Kentucky ties on the league's first team all-conference squad included Robinson, Kane Sweeney (Morehead) and Kyle Nowlin (Eastern Kentucky),
■ Kentucky's women's soccer program added Tanya Samarzich, a Southern California transfer who will be eligible to play this fall. Samarzich is a member of the Mexican Full Women's National Team, and winner of the Golden Boot in the 2014 CONCACAF U-20 Championships. In her one season with the Trojans, she appeared in 14 games, scoring three goals on 17 shots, including two game-winning goals.
Minor league baseballLegends' errors add up to loss this time
A night after winning despite committing six errors, the Lexington Legends had five more in a 15-5 loss to the Greenville Drive. Greenville scored six runs in the fourth inning and five more in the fifth. Former Northern Kentucky standout Jordan Procyshen had three hits and three RBI for Greenville.
■ Former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed, a Houston Astros prospect, hit his 10th home run of the season early in the High-A Lancaster JetHawks' game against High Desert. That tied him for the California League lead with former Owensboro Catholic and University of Louisville star Stewart Ijames, an Arizona Diamondbacks prospect.
The last word
The San Francisco 49ers' Justin Smith announced Monday that he is retiring after 14 seasons as one of the top defensive linemen in the NFL. Smith said:
"They all want you to keep playing, and I want to keep playing as well, but when you get on the bald tires, you're on the bald tires."