UK softball pitcher Riley named pre-season All-SEC
Senior pitcher and designated player Rachel Riley was the University of Kentucky's lone selection to the All-Southeastern Conference pre-season team announced Tuesday. This marks the first such honor for UK's captain from Bowling Green. The 13-player team, selected by the league's coaches, included four players each from Alabama and Tennessee, three from Florida, one from Auburn and one from Kentucky. Riley set career highs in pitching victories (13) and batting average (.354) last year in helping lead the Wildcats to a 40-win season and the school's first appearance in an NCAA super regional. She has earned pitching victories over eight top-10 opponents during her career. Riley is the third Wildcat to earn All-SEC honors in the five years the coaches have selected a team, joining Megan Yocke in 2011 and Molly Johnson in 2010 and 2009.
Sports in the courts
Pikeville investigating after W.Va. brawl
After a brawl involving 50 to 60 people spilled out from a bar to the street in Williamson, W.Va., early Sunday Morning, the University of Pikeville released a statement Tuesday saying that it "is aware of an incident involving some of our current and former student-athletes" and that its campus police will investigate.
The Williamson Daily News reported Monday that a "large number" of the people involved in the wild fight were on Pikeville's football team. Police said football player Branden Teasley was stabbed and is in stable condition. A teammate, Demetri Travis of Hazard, suffered a concussion.
"It was like a riot," Williamson Chief of Police C.D. Rockel told the Daily News on Monday. Teasley and Travis were taken to different hospitals because police feared the fighting might start up again among brawl participants, according to the paper.
Sgt. G.P. Dotson said the fight apparently started after Teasley danced with a woman inside a club called Yesterday's. "After he got off the dance floor, Teasley said, he felt something sharp in his back," Dotson told the Daily News. "He said he turned around and saw somebody slip something into his pocket. After that, he fell to the floor."
Police told the paper they had a suspect but wouldn't release a name. There will also be "pending charges on individuals who didn't listen to our commands to disperse," Dotson said. "Around 20 to 23 individuals will either be issued citations or given criminal warrants for obstruction or disorderly conduct."
■ Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse case asked Tuesday to have jurors brought in from another Pennsylvania county, a day after disclosing in court records they would tell the former Penn State assistant coach the names of his 10 alleged victims. The attorney general's office argued in a court motion that pretrial publicity and Penn State's prominent role in its local community mean Sandusky's criminal trial warrants the use of jurors from outside the State College area. Sandusky's attorney said he would fight the proposal.
■ An affidavit filed in a slander suit against Syracuse University and basketball coach Jim Boeheim says the wife of fired assistant Bernie Fine had sex with players, and several people associated with the program knew about it, including Fine. In the affidavit, Bobby Davis, a former ball boy with the men's team, says he was present on several occasions with players when he heard them speaking of having sex with Laurie Fine. A lawyer for Laurie Fine said the accusations were "disgusting."
Indians get Triple-A MVP from Rays
The Indians have added an MVP and a possible replacement at first base, acquiring versatile Russ Canzler, the top player in the International League last season, on Tuesday from the Rays for cash. Canzler, 25, played four positions — right and left field, third and first base — last season for Triple-A Durham, where he batted .314 with 18 homers and 83 RBI in 131 games for the Bulls. Canzler made his major-league debut for the Rays on Sept. 11 and had one hit in three games.
■ Reds fans can register for a chance to purchase up to four Opening Day tickets at Reds.com/openingday, the team announced Tuesday. Fans must sign up by Feb. 15 for the limited number of tickets available. Winners will be selected at random, the team said.
Celtics eke past Cavs as Rondo sits again
Paul Pierce scored 20 points, Ray Allen had 12 in the third quarter, and the Celtics avenged a disappointing loss to Cleveland two days ago by barely holding off the Cavaliers 93-90 on Tuesday night. The Celtics, who blew an 11-point lead at home Sunday in the final four minutes and lost by one, led by 22 late in the third quarter in Cleveland. Celtics All-Star guard and former Kentucky Wildcat Rajon Rondo missed his seventh straight game Tuesday with an injured right wrist. Boston Coach Doc Rivers said Rondo could return to the lineup later this week. He is traveling with the team, and Boston hosts Toronto on Wednesday. The Celtics have gone 5-2 without Rondo, who hasn't played since Jan. 18, when he fell and sprained his wrist. Tests have shown no structural damage.
Danica secures spot in Daytona 500
Danica Patrick will be guaranteed a spot in the Daytona 500 via a partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing. TBR will officially field Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet in all 10 of her Sprint Cup Series races this season. It will begin the season with the points Dave Blaney earned last season for the No. 36 car. Because Blaney finished 33rd in points last season, his car is guaranteed a starting spot in the first five races of the season. Teams can transfer or sell the points to another team, and Stewart-Haas Racing acquired them, so Patrick is guaranteed to race in the Feb. 26 season opener.
■ Joe Gibbs Racing said Tuesday that no employees were injured when a fire broke out in its machine shop. A spokesman for the NASCAR team said a few employees were treated on site for smoke inhalation but were not transported to the hospital.
■ Skyler Mornhinweg, a high school quarterback who orally committed to Penn State, will instead sign a letter of intent on Wednesday to attend Florida. Mornhinweg, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound star at St. Joseph's Prep and the son of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg, said Tuesday he made his decision last week and told Florida Coach Will Muschamp but did not make it public out of respect for Joe Paterno's family and the former Penn State coach's funeral services.
■ After a hasty search, Rutgers found a replacement for Greg Schiano in one of his protégés. Longtime assistant Kyle Flood is getting his first shot at running a college football program, replacing his former boss with the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers promoted Flood to head coach on Tuesday, five days after Schiano left to become coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — and one day before high school players can officially sign with a school.
■ Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is suffering from a soft-tissue injury in his neck that could lead to neurological problems. Crosby and Penguins owner Mario Lemieux met with a spinal-trauma expert in Philadelphia on Monday to review a series of recent tests on the 2009 NHL MVP. Crosby hasn't played since concussion-like symptoms resurfaced following a game against Boston on Dec. 5. Doctors say the neck injury can cause symptoms similar to a concussion. The team called the injury "treatable," adding Crosby will return when he's symptom-free.
The last word
South Carolina is the Kentucky men's basketball team's next opponent, and not much has gone right this season for the 9-11 Gamecocks, who have lost five of six Southeastern Conference games, including a 15-point defeat at UK. There have been bright spots, though. South Carolina is second in SEC foul shooting at 70.6 percent, although the Gamecocks have shot by far the fewest free throws in the league so far. Coach Darrin Horn was asked what has to change to take advantage of their improved foul shooting:
"We could get more calls, that's one thing."