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Sports briefs: April 20

College baseball

Wildcats, Hilltoppers set for rematch in Bowling Green

Kentucky's baseball team will seek a split of its two-game season series with Western Kentucky when the teams play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bowling Green Ballpark.

The Wildcats (22-14) and the Hilltoppers (27-12) met earlier in the year in Lexington, with Western Kentucky scoring four runs in the sixth and seventh innings to rally for 6-3 victory. Jake Wells had four hits and Matt Payton had three RBI for Western.

The game will be played at the ballpark of the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. The ballpark, built in 2009, has a capacity of 4,569. In the last meeting between the two teams in Bowling Green in 2008, a WKU school-record 3,057 fans packed the 1,500 capacity stadium on the WKU campus for a 2-1 Kentucky victory.

Western Kentucky will start junior right-hander Brian Edelen (3-0, 3.62 ERA) for the second consecutive game against the Wildcats. UK has not announced a starting pitcher.

Morehead's Lee gets national, OVC awards

Morehead State senior Drew Lee was named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week. The Mount Sterling native was 11-for-20 (.550) with five home runs and 14 RBI in four games last week. Lee also scored 12 runs, had three doubles and stole two bases. He also broke Morehead State's career record for RBI, surpassing Kevin Matuszek's 174 career total. Lee has 181 and also holds the school records for career runs, hits and total bases.

College basketball

Former Bryan Station star picks EKU

Eastern Kentucky men's basketball coach Jeff Neubauer announced that Jaron Jones will play for the Colonels this fall. Jones, a 6-5 guard who starred at Bryan Station, played at Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Okla., the past two years. He averaged 16.6 points a game last season.

"Jaron is another good get for our program," Neubauer said. "He's an outstanding young man who had a great desire to come back to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and play collegiate basketball."

Rutgers star Rosario heading to Florida

Mike Rosario, Rutgers' leading scorer the past two seasons, said he will transfer to Florida. Rosario said Monday that he visited the university in Gainesville, Fla., over the weekend and told Gators Coach Billy Donovan he will join the program. Rosario was impressed with Donovan, who led Florida (21-13) to consecutive national titles in 2006 and 2007, and an NCAA berth this past season.

"Billy D the great, that's the only thing I can say," Rosario said. "He is a great person, a great guy. He has a wonderful heart. He knows the game and he is passionate, and he just has everything I want."

Rosario, who will have to sit out the 2010-11 season, averaged 16.2 points as a freshman and 16.7 this past season.

Fred Hill resigned as Rutgers' basketball coach. The university told Hill last month that he would not return to his coaching job after he yelled at Pittsburgh coaches after a baseball game at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights baseball team is coached by Hill's father. Rutgers Athletics Director Tim Pernetti told Hill not to attend another game between the teams later that week, but Hill disobeyed the instructions. Pernetti eventually investigated and told Hill he would not be back as coach.

Duke's Singler to return for senior season

Duke's Kyle Singler, the Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four, will not enter the NBA Draft. Singler averaged 17.7 points and 7.0 rebounds while leading Duke to a 35-5 record and the school's fourth national championship.

■ BYU's Jimmer Fredette and Richmond's Kevin Anderson will enter their names in the 2010 NBA Draft but will keep their college eligibility by not hiring an agent.

■ Colorado hired Tad Boyle to take over its men's basketball program. Boyle led Northern Colorado to a school-record 25 wins last season. He replaces Jeff Bzdelik, who left for Wake Forest.

Horse racing

Wagering down at Santa Anita meet

Santa Anita's recently ended 75th annual winter-spring meet was hurt by bad weather that led to cancellations and declines in overall handle and a reduced inventory of horses to run. Heavy rain in January and February forced the cancellation of five days of racing, including two Saturdays when major stakes races were scheduled.

Track president Ron Charles said uncertainty over whether racing would be held hurt as much as the cancellations. The track's synthetic surface failed to drain properly, leading to cancellations for safety reasons. Overall daily average handle for the 78-day meet that ended Sunday declined 11 percent. On-track attendance was down 6 percent, while on-track daily handle dipped 15 percent. Out-of-state daily wagering fell 13 percent.

Santa Anita will reopen for live racing Sept. 29.


Bruins, Capitals take 2-1 series leads

Patrice Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal with just over 6 minutes left to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win Monday night and a 2-1 lead over the visiting Buffalo Sabres in their Eastern Conference playoff series. Mark Recchi bumped Tim Kennedy off the puck in the right corner behind the Buffalo net and fed it to Bergeron, whose quick shot from the right circle beat Ryan Miller.

Alexander Ovechkin scored the fourth goal of Washington's second-period outburst, leading the Capitals to a 5-1 win over the host Montreal Canadiens and a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference series. Semyon Varlamov, who got the nod over Jose Theodore, made 26 saves in his first start of the series for Washington, which has won two in a row after losing the opener 3-2 in overtime.


Five-time champ Nadal skips Barcelona

Rafael Nadal said he needs to rest and will not play in the Barcelona Open this week, which means he won't defend his title at a tournament he has won the past five years. Nadal made the announcement Monday, one day after winning his first tournament in nearly a year in Monte Carlo.

■ American tennis player Wayne Odesnik accepted "a voluntary provisional suspension" from all events after pleading guilty last month to importing human growth hormone into Australia. Because it is a voluntary suspension, Odesnik could decide to play again at any time. Odesnik has not tested positive for a banned substance. He will face an independent tribunal in the next two months, according to ITF rules, and could be banned for two years.

Marion Ladewig (LA'-da-wig), who dominated women's bowling from the mid-1940s until her retirement in 1963, died of heart failure Friday in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich. She was 95. Ladewig was voted Bowler of the Year nine times from 1950 to 1963 by the Bowling Writers Association of America. She was inducted into the Women's Sports and National Bowling halls of fame.

The last word

NASCAR driver Mark Martin talked three years ago about the greatness of being semiretired. More time with the family. Sleeping in. But the 51-year-old returned to a full-time ride last year with Hendrick Motorsports and won five races, his most since 1998.

Talk of his future surfaced this week with news that Kasey Kahne would replace him in owner Rick Hendrick's No. 5 car starting in 2012. But Martin squashed retirement talk, declaring he planned to drive after Kahne takes his spot. Said Martin:

"If you compare all the other things that I could do with my time, there's no comparison. It is like a 10 and a zero. You know I'm really not all that good at anything else."