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Sports briefs: Aug. 29


No. 14 Kentucky opens season with loss at No. 2 Nebraska

Redshirt freshman Whitney Billings started her collegiate career with a team-high nine kills in No. 14 Kentucky's season-opening three-set loss to No. 2 Nebraska in Omaha. The Cornhuskers won 25-9, 25-14, 25-20 in front of 5,853 fans at the Runza/AVCA Showcase.

"Nebraska may be the best team we will face all season," UK Coach Craig Skinner said. "They have six strong rotations and you never get a break. I thought our team improved each set and never quit. We will continue to get better, and I think that will start tomorrow morning in practice."

Next up for the Wildcats is No. 9 Iowa State (0-1) at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Cyclones dropped a four-set match to No. 13 Florida in the opening match of the AVCA Showcase.


Defending champ out at U.S. Amateur

First David Chung ousted the NCAA individual champion. Then he sent the defending U.S. Amateur champion packing. Next on Chung's agenda: 36 holes with the top amateur player in the world.

The Stanford junior survived an early run of birdies and eagles from 2009 amateur champ Byeong-Hun An, rallying on the back nine for a 1 up victory over An on Saturday in the semifinals at University Place, Wash. His reward for reaching Sunday's 36-hole finals — other than a trip to next year's U.S. Open and an invitation to the Masters — is a match with Oklahoma State's Peter Uihlein, the top ranked amateur in the world.

Uihlein beat 18-year-old Patrick Cantlay 4 and 3.

"Peter and I have played since we were 10 years old," Chung recalled. "I expect him to play well and got preparation from (An) on seeing stellar golf. So I think I'm pretty prepared for anything."

While Uihlein might be the top-ranked amateur, according to the latest rankings from the Royal & Ancient, there might not be a hotter amateur player than Chung. In the last month, Chung captured the Porter Cup and the Western Amateur, two of the more prestigious amateur events in the United States.

Champions: Bernhard Langer fired a 9-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Nick Price after the second round of the Champions Tour's Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash. Price struggled to make birdies on the back nine, allowing Langer to overtake the opening-round leader. Langer made a 12-foot birdie on the 12th hole to pull within a shot of Price and move to 6-under on the round. With Price making pars, Langer continued his run to the top of the leader board. Birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 gave him the outright lead and a birdie at 18 moved him to 15-under par for the tournament.

LPGA: Overnight leader Michelle Wie shot an even-par 72 to fall into a tie with Jiyai Shin at the Canadian Women's Open in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Shin shot a 69 to erase the three-stroke lead Wie took into the third round. Both were at 10-under for the tournament. Na Yeon Choi drained a 60-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that moved her into a tie for third with fellow South Korean Jee Young Lee and Norway's Suzann Pettersen at 6 under.

European PGA: Francesco Molinari shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-shot lead over his brother, Edoardo, after the third round of the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland. Francesco was at 10-under 206 to move ahead of his older brother, who had a 69.


Ambrose starting first in Montreal

Marcos Ambrose won the pole for the Nationwide race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Ambrose turned a fast lap of 97.079 mph Saturday to edge Jacques Villeneuve's 96.924 mph. Joey Logano, who finished second at Watkins Glen to Ambrose three weeks ago, qualified third at 96.650 mph, while defending race winner Carl Edwards was fourth at 96.344 mph. Series points leader Brad Keselowski will start eighth in Sunday's race.

Robby Gordon slid hard and smoked the tires during the first of his three qualifying laps. It's his first Nationwide race of the season, so he had to qualify on time. Gordon rallied in his final two laps and will start 16th.

■ American Ben Spies won the pole for the Indianapolis MotoGP after posting a fast lap of 1 minute, 40.105 seconds in qualifying. It's the first MotoGP pole of Spies' career, and he did it in spectacular fashion — by beating points leader Jorge Lorenzo's time by more than two-tenths of a second. Lorenzo was second at 1:40.325. Owensboro native Nicky Hayden, the 2006 world champ, was third at 1:40.336. Spies has never won a MotoGP race.


Argentina edges Germany at worlds

Carlos Delfino, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, scored 27 points, including three free throws over the final 10 seconds for Argentina in a 78-74 victory against Germany in the world championships in Istanbul, Turkey. Luis Scola, who plays for the Houston Rockets, added 20 for Argentina.

Fadi El Khatib, known to his countrymen as "The Tiger," scored 31 points to lead Lebanon past Canada 81-71. Matt Freije, a former All-SEC player at Vanderbilt, hit a three-pointer that gave Lebanon the lead for good at 66-64 with 4:58 to play.

Aleksandar Rasic scored 22 points and Serbia, which played without two of its best players, defeated Angola 94-44. Center Nenad Krstic was suspended for three games by FIBA and guard Milos Teodosic was suspended for two for their roles in a brawl against Greece in a warmup tournament earlier this month.

Guilherme Giovannoni scored 17 points and Tiago Splitter and Leandro Barbosa added 13 apiece in Brazil's 81-65 defeat of Iran. Brazil was without Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao, who injured an ankle in an exhibition game and isn't expected to play until the Brazilians face the United States on Monday.

Nikolaos Zisis and Ioannis Bourousis both scored 21 points to lead Greece past China 89-81. Yi Jianlian of the Washington Wizards had 26 points to lead China.

Goran Dragic, Steve Nash's backup with the Phoenix Suns, had 16 points and eight assists to lead Slovenia past Tunisia 80-56.

Little League baseball

Hawaii, Japan advance to title game

It will be Japan against Hawaii on Sunday for the Little League World Series title in South Williamsport, Pa. The boys from Waipahu, Hawaii, took control early in its 10-0 shutout Saturday of Pearland, Texas, with four runs in the first to claim the U.S. championship. Twelve-year-old Ezra Heleski struck out six and drove in two runs for the West region champs. The Waipahu league is trying to win its second Little League title in three years. Earlier Saturday, Japan had a dramatic 3-2 win in seven innings against Taiwan on Ryo Motegi's RBI single with two outs to take the international crown.


Wozniacki hits trifecta in Pilot Pen

U.S. Open top seed Caroline Wozniacki won her third consecutive Pilot Pen tennis title, beating Russian Nadia Petrova 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the finals in New Haven, Conn. The victory capped a good week for the 20-year-old Danish star, who won in Montreal on Monday and heads to New York with four wins this season, the most of any player on tour. "I feel great," Wozniacki said. "I have a Tuesday start. So, you know, I'm on a roll."

The last word

New Vanderbilt football coach Robbie Caldwell, to The Associated Press, on losing 15 pounds his first two weeks on the job:

"I know it's hard to believe, but a fat man forgets to eat."