High school football
No. 3 Highlands cruises to win at No. 19 Covington Catholic
Austin Collinsworth ran for 237 yards and two touchdowns to lead Highlands, ranked No. 3 in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, to a 36-7 victory at No. 18 Covington Catholic on Saturday afternoon.
The Colonels got on the board first with a 91-yard fumble return by Troy Timmerman in the first quarter. But Highlands took control by scoring 19 points in the second quarter on Collinsworth's two TDs and another by Tyler Fennel. Fennel scored on another run in the third quarter.
The Bluebirds finished with 399 yards on the ground, 541 in all. Catholic was held to 25 yards in the first half and 115 overall.
Newcomer wins gold for Americans
Sixteen-year-old American Kayla Williams, who was still competing at the level below elite five months ago, looked like an old pro Saturday in winning the vault title at the world gymnastics championships in London.
"This past five months, or however long it's been, has been the most hectic and crazy," Williams said, wide-eyed. "But I've learned a lot, and I finished it off as best I could."
This was the first world vault title by a U.S. woman, giving the Americans four medals in the first three events. Bridget Sloan and Rebecca Bross went 1-2 in the all-around Friday night, and Bross tied for bronze on uneven bars Saturday.
"That's a huge accomplishment," Sloan said. "She should be very, very proud of herself."
China, meanwhile, finished things off in its usual fashion, winning three of the five titles Saturday. He Kexin added a world title to her Olympic gold on uneven bars, Zhang Hongtao won pommel horse, and Yan Mingyong closed the day with a win on still rings.
Romania's Marian Dragulescu won his fourth world floor title — not bad for a guy who retired after the Beijing Olympics.
"I was feeling like I can still win medals," said Dragulescu, who retired because of chronic back and neck pain. "I'm glad because today I won."
Men's soccer shuts out Gamecocks
Freshman midfielder Matt Lodge scored the match's only goal in the sixth minute, and senior goalie Dan Williams saved three shots in the Kentucky men's soccer team's 1-0 win at South Carolina on Saturday night. It was the sixth goal of the season for Lodge and the fourth shutout of the season for Williams. The Wildcats improved to 9-5 overall and 2-3 in Conference USA.
■ Louisville's Sara-Maude Juneau shot a 69 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead over teammate Laura Anderson and Tennessee's Nathalie Mansson in the Mercedes-Benz Women's Championships in Knoxville. Juneau had six birdies and three bogeys and is at 3-under for the tournament. Host Tennessee leads Louisville by five shots in the team standings. Kentucky, led by Ashleigh Albrecht at 10-over through two rounds, is 18th in the 18-team field.
■ Kentucky's rifle team lost in the regular season for the first time in almost a year, falling 4,657-4,642 at Texas Christian. The Cats were led by senior Jen Pason, who scored a 579 in smallbore and a 586 in air rifle.
Gotta Have Her has it at Santa Anita
Favorite Gotta Have Her beat long shot Pasar Silbano by two lengths in the $100,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap on Saturday at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting. Ridden by Tyler Baze, Gotta Have Her was fifth in the field of nine fillies and mares coming down the slope of the track's downhill turf course but took the lead at the top of the stretch and pulled away for the win, covering about 6½ furlongs in 1:12.09.
Trained by Jenine Sahadi for owner Green Lantern Stables, Gotta Have Her has won eight times in 23 lifetime starts and is 4-for-4 on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita. She won $60,000 for Saturday's win, taking her career total to $690,600.
Baze said after the race that the 5-year-old mare's connections are discussing running her against males in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 7. "That's the plan right now," Baze said.
Campbell, Piercy share Las Vegas lead
Chad Campbell made a double bogey on the par-5 16th, then birdied the 18th for a 4-under 67 and a share of the third-round lead with Scott Piercy on Saturday in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Piercy — a Las Vegas native whose wife, Sara, delivered son Jett on Thursday night — had a 65 to match Campbell, a former UNLV player, at 17-under 196 at TPC Summerlin.
After eagling the par-4 12th and adding birdies on 13 and 15, Campbell dropped two strokes with the double bogey on 16.
"I was pretty upset with myself after that kind of a bad shot," said Campbell, who won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2007. "I was aiming 20 feet right of the hole but pulled it toward the pin and low. Unfortunately, it didn't carry. That's the way it goes. But it was nice to end on a birdie."
■ Retief Goosen shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the PGA European Tour's Portugal Masters. The two-time U.S. Open winner was at 20-under 196 after seven birdies and an eagle. Overnight leader Francesco Molinari was in second after a 68.
■ Dan Forsman shot a 1-under 71 to take a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's Administaff Small Business Classic in The Woodlands, Texas. Forsman is at 9-under for the tournament. Paducah native and former Kentucky golfer Russ Cochran is four shots back at 5-under.
■ Henry Clay graduate Josh Teater shot an even-par 71 and is three shots off the lead at the Nationwide Tour's Miccosukee Championship in Miami. Andrew Buckle, Chad Collins, Justin Smith and Josh Broadaway are all at 9-under for the tournament.
Nadal reaches finals; Djokovic doesn't
Rafael Nadal advanced to the Shanghai Masters finals on Saturday after Feliciano Lopez became the ninth player to retire from the tournament. The unseeded Lopez said he woke up with a right-foot infection and then twisted his right ankle on the last point of the first set. He was trailing 6-1, 3-0 when he retired. The top-seeded Nadal will play in Sunday's finals against sixth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, who outlasted second-seeded Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1).
■ Martin Brodeur made 26 saves and moved within one shutout of tying Terry Sawchuk's NHL career record in leading the New Jersey Devils to a 2-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. Jamie Langenbrunner scored a flukey goal off his body in the opening seconds of the third period to break a scoreless tie, and Zach Parise scored into an empty net with 40 seconds to go as Brodeur picked up his 102nd shutout.
The last word
NASCAR's decision to move the fall race at Talladega until the seventh race of the Chase did more than add another wild-card factor, it also set up an interesting prospect: having Halloween on the infield of the massive oval. The race is on Sunday, Nov. 1, meaning drivers could play dress-up and hang out with the notoriously rowdy infield fans on Halloween. Jeff Gordon joked he'd love to go in disguise and maybe hear what the fans have to say about him. Don't expect Ryan Newman to join in, however. Said Newman:
"I don't do that stuff. Seriously. Look at me, I eat enough candy."