Akers 5-for-5 on field goals in Eagles' pre-season opener
Playing their first game without Donovan McNabb, the Philadelphia Eagles showed they have capable quarterbacks. Starter Kevin Kolb was impressive and backup Michael Vick displayed flashes of his old self before rookie Mike Kafka rallied the Eagles to a 28-27 victory over the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars in their pre-season opener Friday night.
Pro Bowl kicker David Akers, a Lexington native, made all five of his field goals, including a 36-yarder that gave the Eagles a one-point lead in the fourth quarter.
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Jaguars backup Luke McCown picked apart Philadelphia's junior-varsity secondary, throwing for 244 yards and three touchdowns.
■ Donovan McNabb threw a touchdown pass in his Washington Redskins debut and the new-look Buffalo Bills looked like the same old Buffalo Bills. McNabb went 5-for 8-for 58 yards in two series Friday night and hit first-year player Anthony Armstrong for a 4-yard touchdown in the Redskins' 42-17 win over the mistake-ridden Bills. McNabb's favorite target was tight end Chris Cooley, who caught three passes for 33 yards — a surefire harbinger of the regular season, especially with the Redskins still trying to figure out their receiver corps.
Chargers' Merriman ends holdout
Shawne Merriman ended his holdout and signed his $3,269,000, one-year tender with the San Diego Chargers. The star outside linebacker had been staying away from training camp because he apparently wanted assurances he won't be traded this season.
■ Running back Glen Coffee left the San Francisco 49ers on Friday morning, telling the team he no longer wants to play football. Coffee, San Francisco's third-round draft pick in 2009, was the team's second-leading rusher as a rookie last season with 226 yards, but he averaged just 2.7 yards per carry and scored one touchdown.
Scott County 10-year-olds win opener
Scott County defeated Newton, Conn., 6-4 in its opening game in pool play at the Cal Ripken World Series for 10-year-olds at Ocala, Fla. The Danbury (Conn.) News-Times reported that Ryan Hannabach, who earned the victory in relief, doubled in a run in the fifth inning to give Scott County a 5-4 lead. He scored on a wild pitch to account for the final run. Hannabach struck out five and allowed two hits in 31⁄3 innings. Landon Easley added a solo home run for Scott County. Next up for Scott County in pool play is Jupiter, Fla., at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
■ South Lexington (2-0) defeated New Bern, N.C., 10-4 in pool play at the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series for 12-year-olds at Wilson County, N.C. Jackson Boggs hit two home runs, knocked in five runs and pitched three scoreless innings. South Lexington will play East Boise, Idaho, at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Kahne takes pole for Michigan Cup race
Three days after announcing he would drive a Red Bull Racing Toyota for one year — as he waits for Mark Martin to complete his contract in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet — Kasey Kahne put his No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford on the pole at Michigan International Speedway. Kahne (187.183 mph) edged Jimmie Johnson (187.086 mph) for the top starting spot. Clint Bowyer, locked in a tight battle against Martin for a spot in the Chase, qualified third at 186.577 mph.
Pippen, Malone inducted into Hall
Scottie Pippen thanked the player who meant so much to him on the court. Karl Malone remembered the person who meant the most to him in life. Pippen and Malone were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, recognized as individuals and as part of the Dream Team.
Pippen opened his acceptance speech by praising Michael Jordan, his fellow six-time NBA champion from the Chicago Bulls for being "the best teammate." "MJ, you have touched so many people's lives, but none quite like mine," Pippen said.
Malone struggled with his emotions throughout his speech, especially at the end when he recalled his mother, saying she had died seven years ago Friday. "I'm here because of her," he said.
The 2010 class also includes the Dream Team that won the 1992 Olympics, and the 1960 U.S. gold medalists.
Cynthia Cooper, the first Hall of Famer from the WNBA, coach Bob Hurley of St. Anthony's High School in New Jersey, and Lakers owner Jerry Buss were also inducted. Dennis Johnson, former Baltimore Bullets star Gus Johnson and Brazilian Maciel "Ubiratan" Pereira were being enshrined posthumously.
Second-round picks Caracter, White sign
The Los Angeles Lakers signed second-round draft pick Derrick Caracter. The 22-year-old forward averaged 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while starting all five games for the Lakers' summer-league squad. Caracter averaged 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds at UTEP last season. He played his first two seasons at Louisville before transferring for his junior year. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
■ The Detroit Pistons signed Terrico White to a two-year contract. White's salary will be $475,000 this season as a rookie and the second year of the deal is not guaranteed. Detroit drafted the Mississippi guard in the second round with the 36th pick overall.
Top Georgia recruit ruled ineligible
Georgia men's basketball coach Mark Fox lost a member of his signing class. Forward Cady Lalanne of Orlando's Oak Ridge High School was denied admission to the University of Georgia by the NCAA's eligibility committee. It ruled Lalanne did not meet initial-eligibility requirements. The 6-foot-8 Lalanne averaged about 17 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks last year. He was rated the nation's 21st best center by Scout.com and the nation's 37th best forward by ESPN.com. Fox says he is "extremely disappointed" for Lalanne.
■ Venus Williams withdrew from next week's WTA tournament in Montreal, citing an injured left knee that is hampering her preparation for the U.S. Open. The No. 4-ranked Williams already had pulled out of this week's hard-court event in Cincinnati, another tuneup for the year's last Grand Slam tournament, which begins Aug. 30.
■ Vanderbilt junior tight end Austin Monahan will miss the 2010 season because of a knee injury. Also, sophomore running back Zac Stacy is expected to miss three to five weeks with a knee sprain. Stacy, the team's second leading rusher in 2009, is listed as questionable for the Sept. 4 opener against Northwestern.
■ Jonathan Horton won the U.S. gymnastics championship, holding off Danell Leyva to take his second straight national title. Horton finished Friday night's meet at Hartford, Conn., with 181.65 points and defeated Leyva by 2.3. On Saturday, Rebecca Bross will take a 2.2-point lead into the women's finals.
■ The AVP is spiking the rest of this year's professional beach volleyball tour because of financial troubles that left it scrambling for investors to fund the second half of the season.
The last word
NASCAR team owner and Owensboro native Michael Waltrip recently attended a Justin Bieber concert with his 12-year-old daughter. Waltrip described the experience in an interview with Yahoo Sports:
"He looked like a young Austin Powers. He had on this suit and dark hair. ... If you just take out the 20-some-thousand screaming girls, it was actually a pleasant experience. The screams were a bit over the top, I'd say. It was amazing how loud that was. It sounded like a tea kettle going off."