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Sports briefs: June 15


FBI wants tape of meeting between Hamilton, Armstrong

The FBI has contacted a Colorado restaurant to get surveillance tapes of a conversation between seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and former teammate Tyler Hamilton over the weekend. Armstrong and Hamilton ran into each other at a restaurant in Aspen on Saturday night, a few weeks after Hamilton went on 60 Minutes and accused Armstrong of doping and encouraging his teammates to use performance-enhancing drugs, as well.

Hamilton attorney Chris Manderson said his client was rattled by some of Armstrong's comments. "It was aggressive and intimidating, and we thought it should be reported to federal investigators," Manderson said Tuesday.

Armstrong told Outside Magazine the incident was "certainly awkward for both of us" and "truly uneventful."

Jodi Larner, co-owner of the restaurant called Cache Cache, said the FBI was coming Wednesday to take the restaurant's surveillance tapes. However, the tapes only capture the kitchen area and not the front of the restaurant where the incident occurred.

"I wish it was on surveillance to show it was a non-event," said Larner, a friend of Armstrong's.

College football

Pryor to enter supplemental draft

Terrelle Pryor ended his silence Tuesday — for exactly 97 seconds. Speaking out, albeit briefly, for the first time since his college career at Ohio State ended embroiled in scandal, Pryor appeared with agent Drew Rosenhaus and gave a brief statement. He apologized to the Buckeyes, to his former teammates and to now-departed coach Jim Tressel for his role in the mess that might take down one of America's proudest programs.

"I say sorry to all the Buckeye nation and all the Buckeye fans across the country," Pryor said. "I never meant to hurt anybody directly or indirectly with my conduct off the field and I am truly sorry."

Pryor is now aiming to be selected in the NFL's supplemental draft this summer. Some prognosticators have suggested Pryor might not be worth more than a fourth- or fifth-round pick in the supplemental draft, in which teams would have to forfeit a parallel round choice in the 2012 draft by making a selection. Others have speculated that Pryor might be better served changing positions.

"This league needs quarterbacks. Are you kidding me? Middle round for this guy?" Rosenhaus said.


Greenwell helps U.S. win its opener

Mercedes Russell of Springfield, Ore., scored 21 points and set single-game records of 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to help lead the United States' U16 national team to a 71-54 victory against Brazil in their opening game in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mérida, Mexico, on Monday. As a team, the Americans set a new single-game mark for rebounds with 58 and tied the high for blocked shots with 11.

Owensboro Catholic's Rebecca Greenwell added eight points and six rebounds for Team USA.

"I thought Brazil came out really aggressive, and that's how they got a three-point lead on us at halftime," she said. "But we picked up our intensity and came out strong, and we pulled away in the end. ... We came together at halftime, and you could really tell."

Curtis Turley, who won 624 boys' basketball games over 32 seasons, has been hired to be the Western Kentucky's women's team's director of basketball operations. Turley has coached at Bowling Green, Warren Central, Greenwood, Henderson County, Shelby County, Daviess County and Martha Layne Collins high schools.


NASCAR ratings rise after 3-year decline

NASCAR has ended three consecutive years of declining ratings and viewership on Fox and regained many of the 18- to 34-year-old male viewers it lost in 2010. Fox averaged a 5.0 final Nielsen rating and 8.6 million viewers for its 13 Sprint Cup Series telecasts this season, up 4.2 percent and 9.7 percent, respectively, from a 4.8 rating and 7.8 million viewers last year.

UK football seeking fans for video

The University of Kentucky announced Tuesday that it is shooting a video to promote the 2011 season and invited fans to take part in the two-hour event that starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Commonwealth Stadium. Fans who take part are asked to dress in UK gear and to park in the green lot and enter through Gate 1.

■ After seven seasons with the Kentucky men's golf program, including two years as associate head coach, David Trainor was named head coach at Akron Tuesday. During his time with the Wildcats, Kentucky had two top-eight finishes at the NCAA Championships, finishing seventh in 2005 and fifth in 2006.

■ The United States men's soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Gold Cup with a 1-0 victory over Guadeloupe on Tuesday in Kansas City, Kan. The goal came on a blistering shot from 25 yards by Jozy Altidore. The team will next play Jamaica in Washington on Sunday.

The last word

When Brian France announced Owensboro native Darrell Waltrip as the newest member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Waltrip popped out of his seat in the front row, bounded onto the stage and planted a wet one on the NASCAR chairman and CEO's cheek. Said France:

"I'm just glad he didn't kiss me on the lips."

Afterward, Hall of Famer Richard Petty said of Waltrip:

"If he didn't get in, they'd need an ambulance to get him out of here."