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Sports briefs: May 1


Woods shoots 7-over 79, misses cut at Quail Hollow

In a shocking meltdown Friday at the Quail Hollow Championship at Charlotte, N.C., Tiger Woods missed the cut for only the sixth time in his career with a performance that was incomparable for all the wrong reasons. He shot a 79, his worst score on American soil as a pro and the second-highest of his career. He matched his highest score on nine holes with a 43 on the back nine, and that was with three solid pars on the tough closing stretch. His 36-hole score of 153 was the highest in his 14 years on the PGA Tour.

"It is what it is," Woods said afterward. "Whatever it was, it wasn't good enough. ... You have to let it go. It's like baseball — you go 0-for-4 two days in a row like I did, you've got a whole new tournament next week, which is great."

Woods missed the cut by a whopping eight shots — and he was 17 shots behind 36-hole leader Billy Mayfair.

It was the first time Woods missed a cut since the British Open last summer at Turnberry, and the first time at a regular PGA Tour event since the Disney Classic at the end of the 2005 season.

Woods wasn't the only one who struggled Friday. Kentuckian Kenny Perry, who was one shot back entering the day, also shot a 7-over par 79 and fell to 1-over for the tournament.

Willis Ring, a Whitesburg native and University of the Cumberlands graduate who made it into the tournament through qualifying, shot an 80 and missed the cut. Fellow Kentuckians J.B. Holmes and Josh Teater also missed the cut.

Bob Tway and 63-year-old Leonard Thompson shot 5-under 67s on Friday to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Tom Purtzer, David Peoples, Brad Bryant and David Eger opened with 68s at Fallen Oak. Louisville native Jodie Mudd, making his tour debut, shot a 74.

Wie takes second-round lead in Mexico

Michelle Wie shot a 5-under 68 on Friday and leads the Tres Marias Championship at 12 under after two rounds at Morelia, Mexico. Wie, who won her lone LPGA Tour title 5½ months ago in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, was a stroke ahead of Brittany Lincicome (67) and first-round leader Ai Miyazato (72).

Ochoa, who is retiring after this tournament, shot a 73 on Friday, leaving her five strokes behind Wie.


Cats hit six homers, beat Vols 12-8

Taylor Black had his first career multi-homer game and knocked in a career-high five runs and Kentucky's baseball team belted six home runs in a 12-8 series-opening victory at Tennessee. Black also starred for the Cats defensively, helping turn two double plays to get Kentucky out of middle-inning jams. Marcus Nidiffer, Gunner Glad, Chris Bisson and Lance Ray also hit home runs for the Cats (24-18, 7-12 Southeastern Conference).

■ Second-ranked Michigan scored five runs in the sixth inning to rally past the Kentucky softball team 5-4. Kentucky dropped to 29-22 overall after the road loss.

■ Louisville starter Thomas Royse, a Paul Dunbar graduate, improved to 8-1 on the season and the Cardinals' baseball team defeated Rutgers 5-3 in the first game of a doubleheader. Neil Holland (Owensboro Catholic) retired all three batters he faced in the ninth to earn his 11th save of the season.

■ Mississippi basketball coach Andy Kennedy said forward Murphy Holloway is leaving the team for personal reasons. Holloway, a 6-7 forward from Irmo, S.C., said Friday that he was returning to South Carolina where he has a daughter and family. Holloway averaged 10.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season.

Horse racing

Ice to train Uptowncharlybrown

Tim Ice will take over the training of 11 horses owned by Fantasy Lane Stable, including the talented 3-year-old Uptowncharlybrown, who is likely to run in the Belmont Stakes on June 5. Alan Seewald, who died unexpectedly on April 12, previously trained for Fantasy Lane.

Uptowncharlybrown, a son of Limehouse, has a 2-0-2 record from five lifetime starts, three in graded stakes company, and was most recently third in the Grade II Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 17.

■ Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens pulled off another upset, this time with Le Grand Cru in the $100,000 Westchester Stakes on the opening day at Belmont Park. At 27-1 odds, Le Grand Cru rallied to beat Convocation by 2¼ lengths to give the 81-year-old Jerkens his sixth win in the Westchester.


Favre says he'd need surgery to play again

Brett Favre issued a statement on his Web site Friday saying that his left ankle is still hurting and will require surgery if he wants to return for the Minnesota Vikings. But he said the injury "is not debilitating" and he's come through far worse in a 19-year career built on playing through pain. "I don't believe major surgery on the ankle would be required for me to return in 2010," Favre wrote. "I've consulted with Dr. (James) Andrews on the phone, and a relatively minor procedure could be done to improve the dexterity of the ankle, and to relieve the pain. I've put up with pain worse than this in my career, and I didn't want anyone to assume that the possibility of surgery was the sole factor that would determine whether I return or not."

■ New York Giants punter Jeff Feagles, who was the oldest active player in the NFL at 44, announced his retirement on Friday after 22 seasons and a league-record 352 consecutive games.


Nadal reaches semifinals in Rome

Rafael Nadal overcame a slow start and defeated Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-1 Friday to reach the Rome Masters semifinals and stay unbeaten on clay this season. Nadal will next play Ernests Gulbis, who prevented an all-Spanish quartet in the semifinals by beating Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (6), 6-1. Fernando Verdasco made another strong showing on clay with a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4 win over Novak Djokovic. In the semifinals, Verdasco will face David Ferrer, who cruised past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-1.

Roger Federer and Swiss Davis Cup teammate Yves Allegro were eliminated from the doubles tournament by American pair John Isner and Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4. Federer lost his opener in singles to Gulbis on Tuesday.

Kyle Busch won the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway with a fast lap at 127.077 mph. The pole was just the sixth Busch has earned in 196 starts in NASCAR's top series. ... Brad Keselowski led most of the last 192 laps and then rallied from fourth in a two-lap sprint to win his second consecutive Nationwide Series race. Greg Biffle rallied from fifth to finish second. Jamie McMurray was third.

■ Defensemen Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski each had a goal and an assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins shredded the Montreal penalty-killing, beating the visiting Canadiens 6-3 Friday night in the first game of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Sidney Crosby set up two goals, and Jordan Staal and Sergei Gonchar also scored as the Penguins' improved power play went 4-for-4.

The last word

Cleveland Browns Coach Eric Mangini was pleased with how rookie quarterback Colt McCoy digested the large amount of information at his first minicamp. He likes the work ethic McCoy developed by growing up on a farm, even if he has already grown tired of all the stories. Said Mangini:

"I could move down to Dallas now with the stuff I know about cattle raising. He's used to getting up early and working hard, two things I like. That's good."