UK's Riggs sparks comeback victory against No. 9 Michigan
Facing a 1-0 deficit in the 78th minute, Kentucky sophomore Tyler Riggs combined with sophomore Dylan Asher to erase the lead with a pair of dramatic goals, lifting the Wildcats to a 2-1 victory against No. 9 Michigan on Sunday night at the UK Soccer Complex.
For the second consecutive game, Riggs came off the bench and took over the game, erasing the Michigan lead with a pair of goals off assists from Asher.
After the Wildcats had allowed Michigan to take a lead with a penalty-kick goal in the 41st minute, UK came out for the second half on a mission, taking a 13-4 advantage in shots in the second frame.
Riggs, a St. Xavier graduate, got UK on the board in the 78th, picking up a deflection from Asher's scoring attempt to pound home the shot past Michigan keeper Adam Grinwis.
Less than four minutes later, Riggs and Asher hooked up again to give the Wildcats a lead in the 82nd minute. Asher played a long ball down the near sideline to Riggs, who lofted a shot past Grinwis for his second game-winning goal in as many games.
Little League World Series
California defeats Japan in finals
California's Nick Pratto singled in the winning run with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of sixth inning, and Braydon Salzman pitched a complete-game three-hitter in a 2-1 victory against Japan in the Little League World Series championship Sunday in South Williamsport, Pa.
"I was just thinking. 'Oh God, Oh God,' Before I was getting in the box," the 12-year-old Pratto said. "But once I got into the box, I calmed myself by telling myself to just look for a good pitch."
Pratto's clutch hit returned the World Series title to the United States with the type of victory even the big leaguers dream about. A U.S. team has now won six out of the last seven World Series, with Japan's win last year the exception.
Federer still has one streak on the line
First came the end of Roger Federer's remarkable run of reaching a record 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals. Then he failed to make it to a major semifinal after a record 23 in a row.
The U.S. Open marks Federer's last chance to prevent the close of another streak: In each season from 2003-10, he won at least one Grand Slam title — and sometimes as many as three. He's 0-for-2011 heading into the year's last major tournament, where play is scheduled to begin Monday morning, after what the U.S. Tennis Association said was "minimal damage" to the site over the weekend from Tropical Storm Irene.
Ex-Vols safety ends up McNeese State
Less than a week after he was dismissed from Tennessee, Janzen Jackson is back home and playing football again. Jackson, the standout safety whose off-the-field issues overshadowed a promising career with the Vols, enrolled at McNeese State, a Football Championship Subdivision school in his hometown of Lake Charles, La. In a statement, Jackson expressed gratitude to McNeese State for allowing him to continue his football career.
"I would also like to apologize to my family, friends and the University of Tennessee for the mistakes I have made," Jackson said. "I realize how fortunate I am to get a second chance and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead."
Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley dismissed Jackson on Wednesday for undisclosed reasons.
McNeese State Coach Matt Viator said his close ties to Jackson's dad, Western Kentucky defensive coordinator Lance Guidry, factored into his decision to give Jackson yet another chance. "There's no question that we're trying to help the young man. I think that he is sincere in wanting a second chance."
Stoner first, Hayden ninth at Indy
Casey Stoner lost the lead on the first turn, retook the lead on Lap 7 and pulled away from the pack for a 4.828-second victory over Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa in Sunday's MotoGP race in Indianapolis. American Ben Spies, last year's Indy runner-up, was third, 10.603 seconds back.
Owensboro native Nicky Hayden, the 2006 world champ, pulled into the pits with two laps to go and wound up 14th, two laps behind the leaders. Hayden wanted a better finish in his home country. Instead, he got the kind of result that has plagued him all season.
"It was a disaster," he said. "It has been going on for quite a while, so it's not fun. I have a lot of fans here in America who came here to support me, and I let them down."
Power outruns Castroneves at Infineon
Pole-sitter Will Power held off a furious charge from teammate Helio Castroneves over the final seven laps following a late restart to become the first two-time winner at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma with a dominating performance Sunday at Infineon Raceway.
■ Defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel won the Belgian Grand Prix. It was Vettel's seventh win of the season.
FBI searching for ex-player Crittenton
FBI Special Agent Steve Emmett in Atlanta said the agency is involved in the hunt for former NBA player Javaris Crittenton. Authorities issued a warrant on a murder charge for Crittenton after the shooting of 22-year Jullian Jones. The mother of four was gunned down Aug. 19 in Atlanta.
The last word
Columnist Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on the expected 80,000 on hand for the Sept. 17 Ohio State-Miami football game:
"Twenty thousand fans and 60,000 NCAA investigators."