Women's soccer shuts out Louisville to stay undefeated
The Kentucky women's soccer team pushed its season-opening winning streak to six with a 2-0 defeat of Louisville (1-4-1) on Friday night in the Tropical Smoothie Invitational in front of 1,300 fans at the UK Soccer Complex.
Kentucky's first score came late in the first half. Kelsey Hunyadi sent in a corner kick that was cleared by the Cardinals with less than 30 seconds left. Ashley VanLandingham took the long clear and sent the ball back over the top to Stuart Pope. Pope pushed it to Alyssa Telang, who headed a perfect ball to a charging Cassie Ransdell. Ransdell volleyed the ball in for a 1-0 lead with nine seconds left. It was Ransdell's first goal of her career.
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Pope scored Kentucky's second goal in the 82nd minute off another corner kick from Hunyadi. The shutout was the second this season for freshman goalkeeper Kayla Price.
The Wildcats will play Southeast Missouri in the championship game on Sunday afternoon.
Volleyball's Klefot hits milestone in win
Junior libero Stephanie Klefot had 24 digs, including the 1,000th of her career in the Kentucky volleyball team's 3-1 victory against Houston, 28-26, 15-25, 25-20, 25-17, in Memorial Coliseum. Klefot is the 10th player in school history to reach 1,000 career digs.
"One-thousand digs is an awful lot," UK Coach Craig Skinner said. "She roams the back row back there awfully well and she has a lot of respect from our opponents."
Kentucky (7-2) had three players with at least 10 kills — senior Gretchen Giesler (12), junior Ashley Frazier (10) and sophomore Whitney Billings (10).
Men's soccer team suffers first loss
Charles Pettys scored his first goal of the season in the eighth minute to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead, but it was the only offense the No. 15 Kentucky men's soccer team could muster in a 3-1 loss to host Stanford. UK was held to a season-low 11 shots. Kentucky (4-1-1) got an assist on its goal from Matt Lodge, who has a point in four consecutive matches. Kentucky will play at No. 13 California at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Reutimann starting first at Richmond
David Reutimann turned a lap at 127.383 mph Friday night in Richmond, Va., claiming the top starting spot in the race that will begin with more than a dozen drivers trying to secure one of the three spots still up for grabs in the 10-race playoffs that begin next weekend. The 12-driver field will be set after Saturday night's 400-lap event, and under the new format, the final two wild card spots will go to the drivers ranked between 11th and 20th in the points who have the most regular-season victories.
Reutimann, who won his fourth career pole and drives for Owensboro native Michael Waltrip, said he's just as entitled to race for the victory this week as anyone else. "No different than any other race," he said. "You just go out there and try to outrun them. You don't want to mess with anybody's day, but I'm out for me."
■ Kyle Busch took the lead from Carl Edwards during pit stops with just over 30 laps to go and won his eighth NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season Friday night at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia. Busch's victory was his 51st in the series, the most in history. Danica Patrick, making her eighth start of the season, finished 18th.
Saints' Colston out about four weeks
A source told The Associated Press that New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston could miss about four weeks with a broken collar bone. Saints Coach Sean Payton on Friday acknowledged that Colston was banged up in the final seconds of New Orleans' 42-34 loss at Green Bay on Thursday. However, Payton said he won't provide details until the Saints' next injury report is due on Wednesday.
■ The NFL opener between the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers was the second-highest rated season kickoff game. The Packers' 42-34 victory drew a 16.0 and a 26 share Thursday night. That also was the second best prime-time rating in 13 years, since a 16.2/28 for a Dallas-Minnesota game in 1999. It was estimated that more than 27 million people watched Thursday night's game.
■ Terrelle Pryor will appeal his five-game NFL suspension, a source told The Associated Press. Pryor was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the supplemental draft on Aug. 22. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him, however, for the season's first five games for manipulating his eligibility for that draft.
Ware not eligible for fall semester
The Cardinals have announced that guard Kevin Ware will not enroll at Louisville this fall after failing to meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements. The school says in a release that a waiver and subsequent appeal to the NCAA were both denied.
Ware, a 6-4 freshman guard from Conyers, Ga., could become eligible for the 2012 spring semester and join the Cardinals as soon as Dec. 14, the day after final exams, the school said. Coach Rick Pitino said he's "never seen anyone this close to being eligible." Pitino says Ware "is just fractions away and he fully intends to enroll" at Louisville.
Five named to U of L Hall of Fame
Five inductees to the University of Louisville's Athletic Hall of Fame were announced on Friday. The ceremony will take place on Friday, Oct. 28, at the KFC Yum Center.
The list includes Matt Berger, a former first baseman who is the career home runs leader for the Cardinals; Mike Clouser, a four-time conference champion in three-meter diving at U of L; Jill Morton, the Cardinals' first All-American in women's basketball who is U of L's season and career free-throw percentage leader; Jackie Spencer, seventh among career scorers in basketball at U of L and the only player with a quadruple double; and Otis Wilson, a dominating All-America linebacker for the Cardinals who went on to play eight years in the NFL.
NCAA infractions chairman leaving
Dennis Thomas, the chairman of the NCAA Division I infractions committee, is stepping down. The NCAA said Friday that Thomas is giving up the powerful post because of "unforeseen personal reasons." Thomas, a former football player and coach at Alcorn State, has been the commissioner of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for the past 10 years. Thomas will try to remain on the committee until the end of his current three-year term, which ends in August 2012. The NCAA said Britton Banowsky, the commissioner of Conference USA and former vice-chair of the committee, will serve as the interim chair.
Lewis, Tseng tied for LPGA lead
Stacy Lewis and Yani Tseng shot 5-under 66s on Friday and were tied for the first-round lead at the LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark. Tseng, the world's No. 1 player and the defending champion, eagled the par-5 18th hole with a downhill 6-foot putt to cap her round. Lewis, playing one group behind, birdied the 18th with a 5-foot putt to tie for the lead.
The last word
New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress told Men's Journal that he now gets loads of positive letters from people, a complete change from what he was getting just a few months ago when he was in jail. Burress said:
"It's like I'm more popular now for shooting myself than winning a Super Bowl! Maybe they see a guy who made a mistake, but didn't hurt no one but himself. I mean, if you can't root for me, you must not own a mirror. All of us have made a big mistake, right?"