Tiger gets a point, Americans build big lead in Presidents Cup
Two perfect teams and a point for Tiger Woods. That was all the Americans needed Saturday in the rain at Royal Melbourne in Australia to build an 11-6 lead in the Presidents Cup and put the International team in serious danger of falling too far behind to recapture the cup on home soil. The Americans went 4-1 in the foursomes session, with five fourball matches scheduled for the afternoon. The late matches didn't end in time for this edition. Go to Kentucky.com for a recap.
Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk won four out of five holes on the back nine, and Mickelson polished off Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day by holing a 50-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole. Mickelson and Furyk won all three matches they played together. Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, in the leadoff match all week, also went to 3-0 by beating Melbourne's own Geoff Ogilvy and Robert Allenby.
Woods played again with Dustin Johnson. They trailed early in the match until winning consecutive holes with pars as Adam Scott and K.J. Choi struggled. Woods closed out the match with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 16th.
Ex-Cat Winings makes final Q-school stage
Former University of Kentucky golfer Andy Winings finished in a tie for fourth during the second stage of Q-School on Friday and will now move on to the third and final stage in hopes of earning his PGA Tour card. Former Louisville star Derek Fathauer was three shots behind in a tie for seventh and also advances.
Winings, who played for UK from 2005-09, shot a 10-under 278 at the Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville, Fla. The top 21 golfers and ties from the second stage of Q-School advanced to the third and final qualifying stage held at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., Nov. 30-Dec. 5. The top 25 golfers from the third stage will be eligible for 2012 PGA Tour membership. The next 50 golfers after that will be eligible for Nationwide Tour membership.
■ Jeff Freeman won the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament on Friday, shooting his fourth straight 5-under 66 for a four-stroke victory on TPC Scottsdale's Champions Course in Arizona. Louisville native Ted Schulz missed the cut to be eligible to compete for spots in open qualifiers at all co-sponsored events by one stroke. Freeman won't be eligible to compete on the Champions Tour until mid-April when he turns 50. Five players earned exempt positions. The next seven are conditionally exempt. And the top 30 finishers and ties can try to make the open events.
■ Na Yeon Choi shot a 1-under 71 in swirling wind Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Sandra Gal after the first round of the LPGA Tour's season-ending Titleholders in Orlando, Fla.
Kemp signs Dodgers' richest deal ever
Matt Kemp and the Dodgers staked their futures together Friday, finalizing a $160 million, eight-year contract that matches the seventh-highest deal in baseball history. The star center fielder and GM Ned Colletti each signed the agreement during a news conference at Dodger Stadium, with lame-duck owner Frank McCourt looking on.
It's the richest agreement in club history, topping pitcher Kevin Brown's $105 million, seven-year deal before the 1999 season. Brown proved to be a bust, while Kemp is coming off a career season. The 27-year-old, a favorite to win the NL MVP award next week, led the league in homers (39) and RBI (126), while finishing third in batting average at .324 and stealing 40 bases.
Source: Tentative labor deal reached
Baseball players and owners have reached a tentative oral agreement on a five-year labor contract and hope to have a signed deal by next week. Negotiators reached an understanding late Thursday in Rosemont, Ill., a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The sides hope to sign a memorandum of understanding in time to announce the agreement Monday or Tuesday.
Ex-UCLA star Hazzard dies at 69
Walt Hazzard, the former UCLA and NBA star who played on the Bruins' first NCAA championship basketball team in 1964 and later coached the team for four seasons in the 1980s, died Friday. He was 69. Mr. Hazzard's family said he had been recuperating for a long time from complications following heart surgery. The school said he died at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center. Mr. Hazzard was co-captain of the 1964 national title team that went 30-0 under Coach John Wooden. He averaged a career-high 18.6 points as a senior playmaking guard. He was chosen college basketball's player of the year, having averaged 19.8 points in the NCAA Tournament, where he was named most valuable player. In 1996, UCLA retired his No. 42 jersey.
NKU continues D-I bid despite OVC snub
Northern Kentucky President Jim Votruba said the school will look to other conferences in its quest to move up to Division I athletics after being rejected by the Ohio Valley Conference. Votruba told The Kentucky Enquirer that the Georgia-based Atlantic Sun and Illinois-based Summit League were the top possibilities for the school as it pursues a higher athletics status in time for the fall 2012 season. School officials say eight of the 11 OVC members, including Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State and Murray State, voted late Tuesday to invite NKU to join. But 75 percent is required for an invitation, leaving the Norse one vote short.
Harvick's former Trucks drivers find rides
Both of Kevin Harvick's former Truck Series drivers have found rides for 2012. Ron Hornaday Jr. will drive for Joe Denette Motorsports, and Nelson Piquet Jr. will drive for Turner Motorsports. Hornaday, a four-time series champion, will drive the No. 9 Chevy and be partnered with crew chief Jeff Hensley. The team said it will run a second entry in select 2012 Truck Series races. Hornaday and Piquet had to seek jobs when Harvick shut down his race teams in September. The Nationwide Series cars are being transferred to Richard Childress Racing, but Kevin Harvick Inc.'s trucks are going away.
Sports in the courts
4 arrested in death of former QB's son
Four people have been arrested in connection with the death of a Southern California high school football player who is the son of former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer, authorities said Friday. Two young men and one youth were booked for investigation of involuntary manslaughter in the Oct. 30 death of Griffen Kramer, 18, a backup quarterback at Thousand Oaks High School. Another teen was booked on a drug charge and released to his parents, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. An autopsy has not yet determined Kramer's cause of death, but investigators said initial findings point to a heroin overdose.
Volleyball sweeps LSU at home
The 16th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team beat Louisiana State 25-15, 25-19, 25-21 Friday night in Memorial Coliseum in front of 1,378 fans. Kentucky improved to 25-4 overall and 16-2 in the Southeastern Conference.
The last word
Archie Manning on rumors of recuperating Colts quarterback Peyton Manning becoming the next football coach at Mississippi:
"I've gotten about 20 or 25 emails from people in that regard. I passed that on to Peyton. He said, 'Just tell them that I'm 0-10 as an assistant for Indianapolis.' "