Other Sports

Sports briefs: Feb. 14

Hilda's Passion, with Javier Castellano aboard, won the 
Hurricane Bertie Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Sunday.
Hilda's Passion, with Javier Castellano aboard, won the Hurricane Bertie Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Sunday. AP

UK sports

Freshman gets first win; softball splits two in Miami

Freshman pitcher Ellen Weaver earned her first career victory in the Kentucky softball team's 5-2 victory over North Florida at the FIU Combat Classic Sunday in Miami. The left-hander allowed four hits and one earned run for the Wildcats (4-1).

The victory followed a 3-2 loss to Memphis earlier in the day.

In the victory against North Florida, senior Samantha DeMartine was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored. Junior Brittany Cervantes added a run-scoring double.

Against Memphis, the Wildcats left the bases loaded twice and left 10 aboard overall. Senior Meagan Aull led UK with two hits.

■ Senior Megan Broderick and freshman Khristina Blajkevitch teamed up for the first time this spring season and took down the 13th-ranked doubles team in the country. The duo defeated Purdue's Jennifer Rabot and Mara Schmidt 8-4, but the Wildcats lost 5-2 in West Lafayette, Ind. Sophomore Jessica Stiles picked up her third singles victory of the season 6-4, 6-4 over Schmidt.

■ Kentucky's women's golf team posted the second-lowest score in program history and are fourth overall after the first round of the UCF Challenge in Sorrento, Fla. The Wildcats' 1-under par 287 is their best since a 4-over 284 last season. Sophomore Ashleigh Albrecht led the way for UK with a career-best 6-under 66, also second-best in school history to Kristin Vincent's 5-under 65 last season.


Report: Ronaldo to announce retirement

A Brazilian newspaper said three-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldo will announce his retirement from football on Monday. The Web site of the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported Sunday that the former Brazil striker said "it's time" to end his 18-year career. Ronaldo was quoted by the newspaper as saying that he "wanted to continue" but "can't anymore.

He said his career "was beautiful." Ronaldo's agent, Fabiano Farah, didn't confirm the report but told local media that it is a possibility. Ronaldo, the all-time World Cup scoring leader with 15 goals, helped Brazil win the title in 2002.

Horse racing

Hilda's Passion wins Hurricane Bertie

Hilda's Passion, trained by Todd Pletcher, led gate-to-wire Sunday to win the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie by 2½ lengths over Ms Vanenzza at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The 4-year-old Hilda's Passion, ridden by Javier Castellano, covered the 6½ furlongs in 1:15.79 for her fifth victory in nine starts. The filly came into the Hurricane Bertie off a second-place finish Jan. 15 in the Sugar Swirl. North Rodeo was six lengths behind Ms Vanenzza in third. Tar Heel Mom, who beat Hilda's Passion by a neck in the Sugar Swirl, finished fourth.

■ Trainer Bob Baffert's Always a Princess won another duel with rival and favorite Blind Luck, this time in the $150,000 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.

Just as she had in the El Encino Stakes on Jan. 16, Always a Princess with Martin Garcia aboard went straight to the lead and never yielded, stretching her lead to 3¼ lengths in front of Blind Luck by the wire and covering 11⁄8 miles on dirt in 1:48.36.

Deputy Daney held off Temecula Creek, the 3-5 favorite, by 1¼ lengths Sunday to capture the $58,800 Always Run Lucky Stakes at Aqueduct in New York.


Kvitova defeats Clijsters in Paris finals

Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters lost to Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-3 in the finals of the Open Gaz de France on Sunday. Clijsters still will unseat Caroline Wozniacki as the top-ranked player when the new rankings are released Monday.

"I think in the past matches where I beat her, she showed some of the best tennis but it wasn't quite consistent," said Clijsters, who won their two previous meetings. "Today she was very consistent in her level, so she deserved to win because she was better."

The Belgian slammed an ace to save a match point, but Kvitova converted her second match point with a forehand winner.

"I would like to dedicate this trophy to my grandfather, who passed away last week," Kvitova said. "I played for my grandfather. I'm happy I won the tournament for him."


Match Play to include Mickelson

Count in Phil Mickelson for the Match Play Championship.

Mickelson, who skipped the World Golf Championship event in Arizona a year ago, said last November he might sit out again depending on a family vacation. But after he finished his final round at Pebble Beach on Sunday, Mickelson said, "I'll be there."

Lee Westwood, who took over at No. 1 in the world three months ago, will be the top seed when the Match Play Championship begins Feb. 23 on Dove Mountain just north of Tucson.

PGA champion Martin Kaymer will be the No. 2 seed, followed by Tiger Woods and Mickelson.

The 64-man field was determined Sunday night by the latest world ranking, and the only player to crack the top 64 was Anders Hansen. His tie for second in the Dubai Desert Classic moved him from No. 70 to No. 52. Henrik Stenson, who won the Match Play in 2007 the first year it moved to Arizona, fell from No. 62 to No. 65 after missing the cut in Dubai.

Sports in the courts

Haywood gets diversion in battery case

Fired Pittsburgh football coach Mike Haywood entered a court diversion program in Indiana for the domestic battery charge that led to the loss of his job after only 2½ weeks. The 46-year-old Haywood was charged with a Dec. 31 attack on his son's 38-year-old mother at Haywood's home in Clay Township, Ind. Haywood was coach at Miami of Ohio and a former offensive coordinator at Notre Dame when Pitt hired him.

The last word

Lindsey Vonn swept aside effects of a head injury to claim the silver medal in the downhill at the world championships Sunday, claiming a spot on the podium following days of uncertainty and endless medical exams for her slight concussion.

"For me, this silver is as good as gold. I've been fighting the last couple of days just to be able to race today and I'm very proud of this second place — it was the best result possible for me."