Maxwell signs free-agent contract with Saints
Former University of Kentucky linebacker Sam Maxwell has signed a free-agent contract with the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. Maxwell, who tried out for the team during its minicamp, earned second-team All-SEC honors last season, He had six interceptions, the most ever by a Wildcats linebacker. Maxwell suffered a torn labrum in the regular-season finale against Tennessee, and he missed UK's loss to Clemson in the Music City Bowl.
"Maxwell did a good job of picking up our scheme. And he can run and he's athletic," Saints Coach Sean Payton told NewOrleans.com.
Bat Cats' Cooper earns SEC honor
Kentucky right-hander Jordan Cooper, who struck out five hitters and allowed one run in 62⁄3 innings in a win against South Carolinaon Saturday, was named the Southeastern Conference's Freshman of the Week. In six starts this season, Cooper (3-4) has a 2.49 ERA.
Kentucky will play a non-conference game Tuesday at Indiana, starting at 4 p.m. The Cats will follow that up with a home game against Lipscomb at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Flyers' goalies combine on shutout
Michael Leighton came off the bench after Brian Boucher was injured and made 14 saves to complete the combined shutout on Monday night, leading Philadelphia to a 4-0 road victory over the Boston Bruins and helping the Flyers avoid elimination in Game 5 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals. Boucher left after injuring his knee at the bottom of a pileup in the crease at 4:35 of the second period. Leighton, who had been the starter before he was injured on March 16, made his first career playoff appearance and finished off the first combined shutout in the Flyers' post-season history. Simon Gagne, who scored in overtime to win Game 4, scored two goals, and Ville Leino had a goal and an assist.
Canadiens force Game 7 vs. Penguins
Michael Cammalleri scored his second goal of the game midway through the second period and Jaroslav Spacek netted the go-ahead tally 2:30 later for the Montreal Canadiens, who forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 4-3 home victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.
Serena wins longest match of her career
Serena Williams saved a match point before beating Vera Dushevina 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) Monday in the longest match of her career to reach the third round of the Madrid Masters. The top-seeded American wasted three set points in the first and then faced a match point on her serve when trailing 6-5 in the second, but managed to hold on despite several unforced errors. Williams looked set to close out the match when she broke serve to up 5-2, but squandered the lead and then trailed 4-0 in the decisive tiebreaker before sealing the win in 3 hours, 26 minutes.
Venus Williams had an easier time in beating Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 6-3, while second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki won her first-round match against Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2. However, defending champion Dinara Safina was upset by Czech qualifier Klara Zakopalova in the first round, losing 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3).
College golfer DQ'd over false scores
A Notre Dame golfer disqualified from an NCAA regional tournament for giving false scores during the final round said she was just trying to be funny.
"Obviously it was not funny. I did not think about long-term effects and consequences of my actions," Annie Brophy said Monday. "I was just out goofing around."
Brophy said her scorecard was accurate and she never intended to turn in a false score. But she told people keeping track of scores every three holes to post on the leader board at the NCAA Central Regional tournament at the Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind., that she had five birdies, an eagle and a bogey through the first nine holes Saturday on the par-72 course.
She had shot an 85 and an 81 in the first two rounds.
"I was not lying or cheating on my score. I was going to turn in my actual score at the end of 18 holes my actual scorecard. That's how golf is scored, on your actual scorecard," she said.
She never got a chance, though, because NCAA officials disqualified her and pulled her off the course after 14 holes.
■ Police and an agent for 25-year-old Erica Blasberg said the LPGA Tour golfer has died. Henderson, Nev., police spokesman Keith Paul said Monday that authorities were investigating Blasberg's Sunday death. It was not immediately clear whether foul play was involved. Blasberg played her only LPGA Tour event this year two weeks ago in Mexico and tied for 44th. She found greater success in college, winning six times in two years at the University of Arizona and playing on the Curtis Cup team in 2004.
The last word
Kentucky losing five players to the NBA has Coach John Calipari still searching for help in the post for next season. But Calipari told ESPN's Andy Katz that he wouldn't be opposed to playing four guards and one forward, or even going with all five players out on the perimeter to use more of his dribble-drive motion offense:
"We have enough good players. I'll spend the next few months trying to figure it out. I'd like to have four perimeter guys who are 6-3 or taller and one big guy defensively, who can set ball-screens, trail and run to the post and elbow and play. Hopefully if we face a 1-3-1, we'll make more threes."