Rahystrada rolls to victory in Kentucky Turf Cup
Greta Kuntzweiler guided 7-year-old Rahystrada to a 33/4-length victory in the Grade III Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs in Franklin on Saturday. Odds On rallied for second, a head in front of the late-running Miami Deco.
Rahystrada, trained by Byron Hughes, came to Kentucky Downs off a fifth-place run in the Grade I Arlington Million on Aug. 13 and was the 4-5 favorite. After running in the middle of the 10-horse field throughout the first half of the race, Kunztweiler took her mount to the outside for a strong run down the stretch to pass early leader Harrods Creek at the quarter pole.
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It was Rahystrada's second victory of the year. He won the Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs on June 18.
In the co-feature on Kentucky Downs' opening day card, Snow Top Mountain rallied for a three-quarter length victory over Seniga in the $50,000 Kentucky Cup Ladies Turf.
■ Grassy captured the $150,000 Bowling Green Handicap on Saturday, the opening-day feature at Belmont Park. It was the first win in five races this year for Grassy, a 5-year-old trained by Christophe Clement.
■ Golden Mystery beat D'cats Meow by 3 lengths to win the $60,000 Mongo Queen Stakes at Monmouth Park. Winning Image was another 2¾ lengths back in third.
■ The Red Mile will host eight Kentucky Sires Stakes Finals races Sunday night each worth $250,000. First post for the 14-race harness card is 7 p.m. A $7,500 guaranteed Pick 4 begins with the sixth race. Admission is free.
Volleyball sweeps its way to title
Kentucky's volleyball team finished its non-conference schedule with a decisive 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 26-24) sweep of West Virginia in the championship match of the UK Invitational on Saturday night in front of 1,017 fans in Memorial Coliseum.
"That was another good win for us," Kentucky Coach Craig Skinner said. "It's tough to play seven matches in seven days with only dropping one set. We didn't perform our best tonight, but we continue to find a way to win in a variety of ways."
Kentucky (9-2) has won seven straight, including a sweep of Loyola Marymount earlier Saturday.
Junior Ashley Frazier was named the tournament's most valuable player after getting 11 kills in the win over the Mountaineers. Junior Stephanie Klefot and senior Gretchen Giesler were also named to the all-tournament team.
Tseng, Yang tied atop LPGA leader board
Defending champion Yani Tseng shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday and Amy Yang had a 64 to share the second-round lead in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship at 9 under.
The top-ranked Tseng, the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open winner, leads the tour with four victories this season and has seven overall wins this year.
"I think it's hard to not have pressure because, I mean, for sure I've got pressure tomorrow, defending champion and in the lead," Tseng said. "The kind of thing's going to be a little pressure, but I just want to enjoy that pressure."
Michelle Wie missed the cut with rounds of 78 and 72.
Yang is winless on the LPGA Tour. She eagled the par-5 seventh.
"Everything was good today," Yang said. "I was hitting the ball solid and hitting the putts solid. You know, from tee to green, I was playing good. I'm really happy about my game."
■ U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy birdied four of his last eight holes to move within three shots of the lead at the KLM Open in the Netherlands. McIlroy finished with a 2-under 68 and is in eighth place after the third round. James Kingston and Garry Orr each had a 66 and are tied for the lead.
■ Rhys Pugh, Steven Brown, James Byrne and Paul Cutler helped Britain and Ireland take a 7-5 lead over the United States in the Walker Cup, winning consecutive matches Saturday in Scotland.
Dominicans beaten in semifinals
Brazil beat the Dominican Republic 83-76 on Saturday in Argentina to claim a berth in next year's London Olympics. Marcelo Machado led Brazil with 20 points in the semifinal victory, which puts the South Americans into the finals of the Olympic basketball qualifying tournament for the Americas on Sunday. Argentina beat Puerto Rico 81-79 in the second semifinal later Saturday.
Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks and Jack Martinez each scored 18 for the Dominican Republic. The John Calipari-coached squad missed out on the automatic berth, but still can reach its first Olympic Games through qualifying.
Pianovksi 1st to roll 800 series this season
Bill Pianovski rolled the first 800 of the Lexington-area bowling season on Sept. 2 at Collins Bowling Centers-Eastland. Pianovski totaled 833 on games of 288, 276 and 269 in the Friday Night Fun League. Jeff Napier rolled a perfect game on Aug, 22 on the first night of bowling in the James Wafford Memorial League at Collins Bowling Centers-Southland.
■ The entry deadline for the 56th Kentucky State Bowling Tournament is Oct. 23. The event will be held at Joyland Bowl on Nov. 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20. The entry fee is $25 per bowler per event.
Klitschko stops Adamek to retain WBC belt
Vitali Klitschko stopped Polish challenger Tomasz Adamek in the 10th round to retain the WBC heavyweight title Saturday in Wroclaw, Poland. Referee Massimo Barrovecchio stepped in 2 minutes, 20 seconds into the round, ending a dominant performance by the Ukrainian. Klitschko, 40, was 6 inches taller than his opponent and used his size advantage, with the 34-year-old Adamek staggering back in the second, sixth and ninth rounds. Klitschko improved to 43-2 with his 40th knockout. Adamek dropped to 44-2.
The last word
Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck after Rex Grossman was named the team's starter:
"We knew one of us was going to be 'The Guy' and the other guy would be pissed. I was the guy that was pissed."