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Sports briefs: Dec. 6


Georgetown volleyball falls in NAIA national title game

The Georgetown College volleyball team finished the season as the NAIA national runner-up Saturday night, falling 3-0 to Fresno Pacific in the finals in Sioux City, Iowa.

Georgetown lost the match 16-25, 18-25, 12-25 in its first appearance in the finals.

Senior outside hitter Erica Janszen and freshman setter Amanda Philpot were named to the All-Tournament team.

The Tigers ended the year with an overall record of 45-4 under first-year head coach Nick Griffin. Fresno Pacific completed a perfect season with a record of 38-0.

Campbellsville volleyball wins NCCAA title

Campbellsville won its first national championship at any level Saturday night with a 3-0 volleyball win over top-seeded Mount Vernon Nazarene in the NCCAA national title game in Kissimmee, Fla.

"It's a great swan song to a great season. We're excited to win the first one for the school. Regardless of it being the NCCAA or the NAIA, it's hard to win," Coach Randy LeBleu said. "The girls had a will to go out with a bang. The closeness of them the last month has been great."

Louisville native Renee Netherton eclipsed the 1,000-kill mark in her final career match to help the Tigers close out the final game. Netherton, who was named an NCCAA first-team All-American, finished the match with nine kills — her high for the tournament. She entered the match needing seven to reach 1,000. Six of her nine came in the final game.

"I'm a little nervous to take my uniform off because, once I do, it's over," Netherton said. "I'm excited we went out so strong. It's such a great feeling to be able to picture that last hit in my head. That's going to stay with me forever."

Lindsey Wilson men's soccer takes title

The Lindsey Wilson men's soccer team defeated The Master's College (Calif.) 1-0 for its eighth NAIA national championship on Saturday at Ramirez Field in Fresno, Calif. After senior midfielder Luis Campo's breakaway shot in the sixth minute was saved by Mustangs keeper Kevin Lawson, Campo struck again in the 11th minute with the game-winner from just outside the box. The Blue Raiders (20-2-1) won their first title since 2005 and have never lost in eight tries in the national championship game.

Penn State volleyball continues streak

The Penn State women's volleyball team advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals with a second-round sweep against Penn on Saturday night, extending the Nittany Lions' record winning streak to 98 matches. Penn State (34-0) beat the Quakers, 25-20, 25-17, 25-16 to move a step closer to an unprecedented third straight national title. The streak is the second-longest in Division I team sports behind only the 137 straight match wins by the Miami men's tennis program. Penn State last loss in September 2007 to Stanford.


Spain wins second straight Davis Cup

Spain won its second straight Davis Cup and showed that its tennis talent extends beyond Rafael Nadal. Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco beat Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7), 7-5, 6-2 on clay Saturday to give the Spaniards an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five series in Barcelona. Spain captured its fourth title since 2000 and is the first repeat winner since Sweden 11 years ago. Nadal, the four-time French Open champion, beat Berdych in Friday's singles. He missed last year's finals victory at Argentina on a carpet designed to stop the Spanish mastery of clay.

"First thing, you have to have good players," Nadal said, referring to his team's prowess. "In Spain, we have a lot. Sure, last year was disappointing for me not to be there but, for sure, the team was better. They play unbelievable, and they won, so they did much better without me than with me."


Tiger's stand-in leading his tournament

Graeme McDowell was as surprised as anyone to hear the news last week about Tiger Woods in a car accident, having no idea where it would lead — for either of them. Woods was caught up in allegations of extramarital affairs that made headlines around the world. McDowell was summoned to replace him in the Chevron World Challenge, which could turn into quite the bounty. He played a six-hole stretch at Sherwood in 6-under par Saturday on his way to a 6-under 66, giving him a share of the lead with Y.E. Yang (71) going into the final round of the $5.75 million tournament. They were at 10-under 206, two shots ahead of Padraig Harrington and European Tour money winner Lee Westwood, with Ian Poulter and Jim Furyk another shot behind.

Merritt, Williamson lead PGA Q-School

Troy Merritt and Jay Williamson were at 15 under when play was suspended because of darkness in the fourth round of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament. Merritt and Williamson were halfway through their rounds Saturday, which started late after thunderstorms forced the suspension of third-round play Friday. Brendan Pappas and Andrew McLardy were 14 under, and a group that included PGA Tour veteran Jeff Maggert, Billy Horschel and Graham Delaet were another stroke back. The top 25 finishers and ties after the six-round tournament will earn cards for 2010, with roughly 50 more earning fully exempt status for the Nationwide Tour.

■ Australia's Nikki Garrett remained in the lead at 6 under when play was rained out Saturday at the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament. Tour officials said they hope to resume the tournament Sunday.


Khan defends WBA title in 76 seconds

Amir Khan retained his WBA light-welterweight title in stunning fashion Saturday, knocking down unbeaten challenger Dmitriy Salita three times before the fight was stopped after only 76 seconds. Khan (22-1, 16 KOs) put Salita on the canvas after barely 10 seconds at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. Khan then hurt him with a left, forcing another count, and followed up with a lightning-quick combination to send the New York-based fighter down on one knee. Salita (31-1-1) got up but was unsteady on the ropes, and the referee stopped the bout to give Khan his first defense of a title he won by beating Andreas Kotelnik of Ukraine in July.

Marco Huck of Germany retained his WBO cruiserweight title with a narrow unanimous decision over Ola Afolabi of Britain on Saturday night in Germany.

Figure Skating

Lysacek wins Grand Prix title in Tokyo

World champion Evan Lysacek won the Grand Prix finals in Tokyo on Saturday, becoming the second straight American to capture the figure skating title. Lysacek, who was second entering the free skate, received a season's best 249.45 points to finish ahead of Nobunari Oda of Japan, who was second with 243.36. Johnny Weir of the United States was third with 237.35 points. Jeremy Abbott of the United States, who won the Grand Prix title last year, was fourth with 235.38 points.

The last word

The most startling fast break of the NBA season took place in Denver on Thursday night, when the Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony made a mad dash to the locker room early in the fourth quarter of his team's 114-96 win over Miami. Anthony explained after the game:

"I got Kaopectate in my hand. You guys do the math."