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Sports briefs: Jan. 18

UK Tennis

Cats' Quigley loses in SEC Indoor semifinals

After earning a straight-set victory to advance to the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Coaches' Indoor Championship, Kentucky sophomore Eric Quigley's run ended against Georgia's Javier Garrapiz on Sunday at Norcross, Ga. Quigley, who lost, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, was the third straight opponent ranked in the top 40 whom Garrapiz defeated, including No. 2 J.P. Smith of Tennessee in the quarterfinals.

Quigley, a South Oldham graduate ranked eighth in the nation and seeded third in the tournament, defeated Florida's Sekou Bangoura Jr., 6-3, 7-5, in the quarterfinals.

Earlier in the day, UK senior Alex Lambropoulos ended his tournament with a win in the singles consolation bracket. Lambropoulos beat Mississippi State's Max Gregor 6-4, 7-6 (5).

High school basketball

Lexington Catholic boys cruise to win in Ohio tournament

Taylor Martin scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Lexington Catholic's 73-53 victory against Harvest Prep (Ohio) in the National Hoops Classic at Dayton, Ohio. Tanner Peurach added 15 points and 11 blocked shots, and Eric Brown scored 13 points.

The Knights (12-4), ranked ninth in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, scored 46 points off 28 turnovers by Harvest Prep (14-4).

Jarrod Polson scored 16 points and Kyle Mefford had 15, including three three-pointers to lead the West Jessamine boys (13-5) to a 47-39 victory against Centerville (Ohio) in the Flyin' to the Hoop Classic at Dayton, Ohio.

■ Assumption's girls outscored No. 15 Sacred Heart 22-8 in the third and fourth quarters in 40-34 victory at Bellarmine University. Maggie Hartlage had nine points and five rebounds to lead the Rockets. Maddie Peabody and Hannah Washle scored 10 apiece for Sacred Heart.

■ Campbellsville's boys outrebounded Taylor County 43-23 and scored 16 points off 16 turnovers in a 62-40 victory at home. Aaron Schwoebel had 11 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots and Bryton Taylor had 18 points and six rebounds for the Eagles.

College football

New Vols coach Dooley adds two to staff

Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley added two former assistants to his new staff. Terry Joseph and Eric Russell were named to the Volunteers' staff on Sunday. Their duties with the Vols have not yet been determined. Joseph has worked for the past three seasons under Dooley at Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs' secondary coach and recruiting coordinator. Russell spent two seasons under Dooley at Louisiana Tech and 13 seasons at North Texas before joining Texas Tech as special teams coach.

Offensive line coach James Cregg and quarterbacks coach David Reaves have reportedly left the Vols, though a Tennessee spokesman would not confirm the move. Wide receivers coach Kippy Brown will join the NFL's Seattle Seahawks staff.

Soccer

U.S. striker Dempsey injures knee

Clint Dempsey faces a long layoff after injuring his knee during Fulham's 2-0 loss at Blackburn on Sunday at London, the latest blow to American preparations for the World Cup. The U.S. forward sat on the field in the 61st minute of the Premier League game after falling, then pointed at his right knee before a trainer came out and examined him. Dempsey limped off and was replaced.

"Clint will be scanned tomorrow, but we feel it might be a posterior cruciate knee ligament, which would be very bad for us, and he would be out for a while," Fulham Manager Roy Hodgson said. "It's a concern up front because Clint Dempsey is very useful for us."

And for the United States, which begins its World Cup campaign in South Africa against England on June 12, then meets Slovenia six days later and Algeria on June 23. U.S. team spokesman Michael Kammarman said the U.S. Soccer Federation training staff had been in contact with Dempsey, and the severity of the injury will not been known until after an MRI exam determines the exact ligament hurt and whether there is other damage.

Figure skating

Abbott wins his second U.S. title

Jeremy Abbott has won his second straight title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash., and is on his way to the Olympic Games. Joining him will be world champion Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir. The team was to be announced later Sunday. Abbott won with 263.66 points, a whopping 25 ahead of Lysacek. Weir was actually fifth in the free skate behind Ryan Bradley and Adam Rippon, but he'd built up a big enough lead in the short program to stay on the podium.

"I just felt so proud because this is probably the best performance I've ever given in my entire life," Abbott said.

The last word

Breakups are never easy. Just ask golfer Luke Donald, who recently parted ways with his caddie. The unlucky fellow's name: Christian Donald, Luke's big brother. Said Luke:

"It was horrible. Chris has been nothing but a great caddie and brother to me. But after eight years, sometimes it's just time for a change. ... It was very emotional. There were some tears, mostly from me. You think: He's going to hate me, he's never going to talk to me again. But he totally understood. ... Now it's new; it's fresh. And anytime you get something new — a new driver, new putter — you're excited about it."

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