Poythress says Kentucky visit 'was probably my favorite'
Class of 2012 small forward Alex Poythress told National Recruiting Spotlight, a recruiting Web site, that he expects to narrow his list of schools soon and that his most recent campus visit — to Kentucky — went well.
Poythress was in Lexington on Saturday, along with his mother, grandmother and two sisters, one of whom is a twin who is also being recruited by Kentucky to play volleyball. "I liked my visit," Poythress told the recruiting Web site, "It made a good first impression on me.
"I've been to Vanderbilt, Georgia, Florida, Memphis, Alabama and Tennessee before," Poythress said. "Kentucky was probably my favorite. I have no other visits planned."
Poythress, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound wing player from Clarksville, Tenn., said he got to spend a lot of time with Coach John Calipari.
"Coach Cal was talking about how they will lose a lot of people and how he needs players to play right away," Poythress said. "He also said he stresses player development but told me Kentucky isn't for everyone since not everyone can handle all the attention. I think I could handle it."
One thing in Kentucky's favor is that Poythress said he and his sister could probably go to the same school.
"My favorite part of the visit is how they included my sister and how we were able to talk to the volleyball coaches," Poythress told the Web site. "We also saw the volleyball team practice.
"I kind of want to go to college with her; we're pretty close."
■ Former LSU forward Matt Derenbecker said he's decided to transfer to Dayton. The 6-foot-7 Derenbecker, who was a high school star in suburban New Orleans, said he also considered Tulane. Derenbecker averaged 6.5 points as a freshman last season.
Miller scores nine; U.S. routs Hungary
Vanderbilt's John Jenkins set a United States record at the World University Games with six three-pointers, and Kentucky's Darius Miller scored nine points in the Americans' 102-53 victory Sunday at the Universiade Main Gym in Shenzhen, China. The Americans hit 12 threes overall, and all 12 players scored for the second consecutive game.
"Our guys did a good job of coming out and being focused and ready to play," USA Coach Matt Painter said. "I thought that was the best we've played so far, counting all the practices, exhibition game and both games here."
Jenkins finished with 20 points. Syracuse's Scoop Jardine added 15 points and three assists.
■ The U.S. women raced to a 25-6 first-quarter lead and went on to defeat Brazil 112-53 in its opener early Sunday morning at the Women's World University Games in Shenzhen, China. Notre Dame's Natalie Novosel, a Lexington Catholic graduate, started and scored two points to go with three rebounds and two assists.
Pletcher: Uncle Mo 'back in race mode'
Grade I Foxwoods King's Bishop candidate Uncle Mo had his penultimate breeze for his return to the track, zipping 5 furlongs in a bullet 1:00.34 over Saratoga Race Course's main track under jockey John Velazquez on Sunday. Uncle Mo's move was the fastest of 37 at the distance, while workmate Turbo Compressor checked in at 1:00.56, third-fastest of the morning.
"He's back in race mode," trainer Todd Pletcher said of Uncle Mo. "You can see a change in his disposition leading into these works the last couple of times. At the same time, he's been settled. ... We're excited about where he is at the moment."
The 7-furlong King's Bishop on Aug. 27 would be Uncle Mo's first start since a third-place finish in the Grade I Wood Memorial on April 9. Heading into the Kentucky Derby as the likely favorite, Uncle Mo was scratched from the race with what was later diagnosed as a rare liver disorder, and he did not return to training until July.
"Right now, he's Uncle Mo and he's perfectly healthy," Pletcher said. "As long as that continues to be the case, then we're confident he'll go over and run his 'A' race."
Uncle Mo was one of many stakes-bound horses working for Pletcher on Sunday morning. Stay Thirsty, the Grade II Jim Dandy winner who is headed to the Grade I Travers on Aug. 27, went a half-mile in 51.98.
"He went a tick slower than we set out to do, but I felt better after seeing a group of horses work," Pletcher said. "The track was definitely on the slow side."
My Miss Aurelia takes Adirondack Stakes
Heavily favored My Miss Aurelia repelled a determined challenge from Millionreasonswhy in a long battle through the stretch to win the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by a neck Sunday at Saratoga Race Course in New York.
Julien Leparoux rode the Steve Asmussen-trained My Miss Aurelia, who ran 6½ furlongs in 1:17.01 in what was her second career start. She earned $90,000 for owners George Bolton and Stonestreet Stables. Bellacourt was third.
Undefeated See You At Peelers scratched
Undefeated 3-year-old pacing filly See You At Peelers was scratched from an attempt to win her 22nd straight race. The race Sunday afternoon was at Tioga Downs in Nichols, N.Y., where it had rained all day. Driver Marcus Johansson warmed her up, and trainer Jimmy Takter said "she just didn't like the track, so I decided to scratch her."
Gonzalez homers twice for S. Lexington
Martin Gonzalez hit two home runs and had five RBI to lead South Lexington past Bakersfield, Calif., 10-4, in its second game of pool play Sunday in Visalia, Calif., in the Cal Ripken Major/60 12-year-old division. Gonzalez also pitched two innings, striking out six and giving up one run. Jacob Abbott struck out 10 batters to earn the victory. Next for South Lexington (2-0) is Clovis, Calif., at 8:30 p.m. Monday.
■ Waite Park, Minn., defeated Southeastern Lexington 10-5 in pool play at the Cal Ripken Major/70 12-year-old tournament at Aberdeen, Md. James Bryant had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI for Southeastern Lexington (1-1), which next plays Bel Air, Md., at 2:30 p.m. Monday.
■ Rain postponed Southeastern Lexington's game Sunday against Glen Allen, Va., in the Cal Ripken 10-year-old tournament at Winchester, Va. The game was rescheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday.
Kang repeats at U.S. Women's Amateur
Danielle Kang became the first player in 15 years to successfully defend the U.S. Women's Amateur title, beating Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn 6 and 5 on Sunday in the 36-hole finals in Barrington, R.I. Kang, the 18-year-old Pepperdine star had a 4-up lead after 18 holes and finished off Jutanugarn with a par on the par-4 13th at Rhode Island Country Club. Kang won last year at Charlotte Country Club in North Carolina. Kelli Kuehne was the last player to win two straight years, accomplishing the feat in 1995-96.
■ In her fourth tournament since sitting out 49 weeks because of injury and illness, Serena Williams won the Rogers Cup in Toronto, beating Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-2. Williams has won two straight tournaments after taking the Stanford title July 31.
The last word
Ryan Hunter-Reay received a bonus for winning the first IndyCar race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 13 years. During the trophy presentation, he received Loudon, a giant New England lobster that required both of the surprised driver's hands to hold. Hunter-Reay said:
"It caught me off guard. The thing is looking at me as I'm holding it. Hopefully, they put him back in the water or something. I don't know. But he was huge. I didn't know they got that big."