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Sports briefs: Sept. 21

This is a 2008 file photo of Matt Ginter of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. This image reflects the Indians active roster as of Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 when this photo was taken. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
This is a 2008 file photo of Matt Ginter of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. This image reflects the Indians active roster as of Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 when this photo was taken. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) AP

High school baseball

Former major-leaguer Ginter named coach at Clark Co.

Matt Ginter, who pitched seven years in the major leagues, is the new baseball coach at Clark County. Ginter played for Clark County and Mississippi State before being taken in the first round of the 1999 draft by the Chicago White Sox.

He won his major league debut in 2000 with Chicago. He also pitched for the New York Mets, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians.

Ginter has been running MPH Baseball Academy in Winchester since 2007, where he's worked with a lot of the players he'll be coaching at Clark County.

"This falls in line with what I've done in my career, and now's the time to give back to the youth," Ginter said.

Ginter will succeed Larry Allison, who coached Clark County for 14 years, capped by a trip to the state tournament last season.

"Larry did a great job with the program," Clark County principal David Bolen said. "In time, I think Matt can elevate it to the next level. ... I don't know how many schools can say they have a former major-leaguer as their coach."

UK men's soccer

Cats to take on third-ranked Creighton

No. 21 Kentucky — ranked second in the NCAA in goals scored — and No. 3 Creighton — ranked first in the NCAA in goals-against — will face each other at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.

The Wildcats (6-2-1) have scored 22 goals this season. The Jays (6-0-0) have yet to give up a goal.

The Wildcats are led by Tyler Riggs, who has scored a nation-best 20 points, including eight goals and four assists. Matt Lodge has six goals and five assists, and leads the team with 48 shots.

UK can expect to play before a large crowd at Creighton's Morrison Stadium. The Jays are averaging 4,064 fans, including 5,425 fans for a 3-0 win over Drexel on Sept. 4.

Golf

Tour Championship could decide top award

It's difficult to find a favorite for PGA Tour player of the year going into the Tour Championship. Keegan Bradley has two wins, including the PGA Championship. Luke Donald is No. 1 in the world. Steve Stricker, Webb Simpson, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson and Mark Wilson all are going for a third win at East Lake.

"I think a win this week would sway a lot of people's minds," Donald said.

Tougher still might be finding the player of the year on the European Tour, although its season still has nearly three months left.

Thomas Bjorn has won two times. Rory McIlroy had a record-setting win at the U.S. Open, while Darren Clarke had a sentimental win at the British Open, his second win of the year. There's also Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Donald, who has three European Tour wins and is atop the world ranking.

"It's finding that balance between how important is winning that major compared to the consistency of a year," Donald said. "What does player of the year stand for? Does it stand for having that one great week in a major, which is extremely important? Or is it weighed by being very consistent week in and week out?

"I don't know what everyone's thinking. It could a number of different ways."

NASCAR

Hamlin's season one full of setbacks

The first sign this wasn't going to be Denny Hamlin's year probably came before the season even started. A bizarre mechanical issue sent Hamlin's car sliding through the infield grass as he was getting up to speed on his qualifying lap for the Daytona 500. It was the first in a series of broken parts, bad luck and botched opportunities that have made this the worst season of his six-year career.

But the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship was supposed to be a fresh start. Not so much.

Hamlin's championship pursuit got off to a disastrous start Monday at Chicagoland Speedway, where he limped to a 31st-place finish. On a day when several title contenders were stuck with poor finishes after running out of gas on the final lap, nobody had it worse than Hamlin. He went into Chicago ranked last in the 12-driver field and left in the same spot. But he began the day only 12 points behind the leaders and now he's a whopping 41 points behind Kevin Harvick.

"Obviously, not the way we wanted to start the Chase," Hamlin said Tuesday. "But we're going to do our best to dig out of this. We still have some good tracks for us coming up, and you never know what can happen. ... I have nothing to lose. I'm 12th in points. I'm not going backwards. I'm going forwards."

College basketball

NCAA clears Georgia freshman to play

Georgia freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was cleared by the NCAA compliance office for the 2011-12 season. The NCAA reviewed Caldwell-Pope's status following allegations he received improper benefits from a person in Columbus, Ga., associated with AAU basketball and the local parks and recreation department.

The last word

The New York Giants' defensive game plan for the Philadelphia Eagles is going to have a major section on stopping Michael Vick. As far as Giants Coach Tom Coughlin was concerned Tuesday, the elusive Eagles QB is going to play, concussion or not. Coughlin said:

"I expect Michael Vick will play and if he can't play, I am sure he will."

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