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Sports briefs: Jan. 31

Nate Baumgartner, foreground, edged out Kevin Hill for the gold medal during the men's Snowboarder X finals at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., on Saturday evening. 
It was Baumgartner's first X Games medal and it ended Nate Holland's streak of five consecutive golds in the event.
Nate Baumgartner, foreground, edged out Kevin Hill for the gold medal during the men's Snowboarder X finals at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., on Saturday evening. It was Baumgartner's first X Games medal and it ended Nate Holland's streak of five consecutive golds in the event. AP

UK sports

Cox wins 2nd-set tiebreaker to put Cats in National Indoors

Senior Brad Cox outlasted Danny Kreyman 15-13 in a second-set tiebreaker to seal 12th-ranked Kentucky's 4-0 home victory over No. 22 Wake Forest, advancing the Wildcats to the National Indoors for the second straight season. Cox won the first set 6-3 before both players held serve throughout the second. Cox jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the tiebreaker before Kreyman won the next six points. But Kreyman couldn't put Cox away.

"It was an up and down match," Cox said. "In the first set I got a break up 4-3 and sealed that and then in the second set it was a see-saw battle with no breaks. With help from our noisy crowd I was able to close it out. It was probably the longest tiebreaker that I have ever played."

Cox improved to 6-0 in singles.

"His record this year is an indication that he is one of the most improved singles players in the country," Coach Dennis Emery said. "He was down several set points in the second set and fought back and made his opponent make plays and eventually he was able to pull out the win in the tiebreaker."

Kentucky earned one of 16 spots in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Men's Team Indoor Championships to be held in Seattle on Feb. 18-21. Last year, Kentucky defeated Wake Forest 4-3 in Lexington to earn a National Indoors berth.

At No. 1 singles, UK's Eric Quigley breezed past No. 45 Jonathan Wolff 6-2, 6-2. Alex Musialek defeated Tripper Carleton 6-1, 6-4.

Auto racing

Ganassi sweeps top spots in Rolex 24

Car owner Chip Ganassi is back in Victory Lane at America's most prestigious road race. Defending Grand-Am Series champion Scott Pruett drove the last leg in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and held off Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon on a final restart in Daytona Beach, Fla. Pruett pulled away from Dixon and third-place finisher Joao Barbosa after the green-white restart and won the Daytona Prototype class by 2.42 seconds. Pruett and co-drivers Memo Rojas, Graham Rahal and Joey Hand celebrated with Ganassi in Victory Lane. They received electric guitars and Rolex watches.

It's Ganassi's fourth victory in the 24-hour race.

The No. 02 team, Ganassi's star-studded team that included Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray, finished second. Action Express, the defending race winners, finished third with Joao Barbosa behind the wheel.

Figure skating

Bradley, Czisny win individual titles

This retirement thing is working out pretty well for Ryan Bradley. The 27-year-old who was so convinced he was done competing that he said goodbye at last year's nationals won his first title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Sunday in Greensboro, N.C. It was hardly a convincing victory, however. Bradley skated an unusually conservative performance that left him fourth in the free skate. But his lead from the short program — and meltdowns by the guys who'd been right behind him — was enough to give him the title. Two-time defending champion Jeremy Abbott dropped to fourth with a flawed program.

Alissa Czisny won her second title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Saturday night, keeping her cool while Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu wilted under the pressure. Her final score of 191.24 points was almost eight better than Flatt, astonishing considering the three previous champions began the night separated by only a point. Flatt, the defending champ, scored 183.28 while Nagasu was a distant — and disappointing — third at 177.26.

Etc.

Lidstrom's squad wins NHL All-Star Game

Loui Eriksson's second goal, an empty-netter at 18:49 of the third period, helped seal an 11-10 victory for Team Lidstrom against Team Staal on Sunday in the NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C. Anze Kopitar and Danny Briere also scored two goals each for the team captained by Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom.

Chicago's Patrick Sharp was the game's most valuable player after tallying one goal and two assists for the team captained by Eric Staal of the host Carolina Hurricanes. Staal scored twice.

Nicklaus, Watson repeat at Skins Game

Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson successfully defended their Champions Skins Game title Sunday, finishing with seven skins and $310,000 to edge Mark O'Meara and Bernhard Langer by $10,000.Fred Couples and Nick Price claimed $80,000, matching Ben Crenshaw and Fuzzy Zoeller.

Stallions can't hold on to lead vs. Dayton

The Bluegrass Stallions let an 11-point second half lead disappear and lost to the Dayton Air Strikers 118-112 in a Premier Basketball League matchup in Georgetown. Former Kentucky State star Kenny Jones led the Stallions with 18 points and Bo Harris (Clark County and Pikeville College) had 15 points and nine rebounds.

The last word

Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi:

"By some estimates, 60 percent of NBA players are broke five years after they retire. Meanwhile, Gilbert Arenas spends $6,500 a month feeding his pet sharks. Mystery solved."

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