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Sports briefs: Feb. 27


Bryant, West teammates hold on to win All-Star Game

Kobe Bryant took Michael Jordan's record, then nearly lost the game to LeBron James. Bryant and the best of the West held off a furious East comeback, winning 152-149 in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night in Orlando, Fla.

Bryant scored 27 points, moving past Jordan as the career scoring leader in the game. He broke the record of 262 points on a dunk with 4:57 left in the third quarter and now has 271 for his career. He entered with 244 and passed Oscar Robertson (246 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (251) earlier in the game.

MVP Kevin Durant had 36 points, and Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook finished with 21.

James and the East cut a 21-point deficit to one in the closing seconds but weren't able to move in front. James had 36 points, and fellow Heat star Dwyane Wade finished with a triple-double — 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Blake Griffin scored 22 points for the West, which rang up 89 points in the first half, setting an All-Star record. But he won the game with his defense, picking off James' pass when the East had a chance to tie in the final seconds.

"I can't turn the ball over like that," James said. "I let my team down but, overall, it was a great weekend."

UK sports

Walk-off walk completes Bat Cats' rally

After allowing the game-tying run to score with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, Kentucky's baseball team (6-0) mounted its own two-out rally in the bottom of the ninth Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Freshman Thomas Bernal drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Zac Zellers for the decisive run in the Wildcats' 7-6 win against Buffalo.

Kentucky rallied out of an early hole for the third consecutive game in its home-opening series sweep. UK, down 3-0 after the top of the third inning, scored a run in the third and three in the sixth inning to take the lead.

Bernal, a freshman infielder/catcher who had been inserted in the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning at first base, hadn't had an at-bat since the season opener. Zellers was 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI.

Rifle team 2nd in conference tourney

The Kentucky rifle team used a solid performance in air rifle from Ethan Settlemires, Heather Greathouse and Stacy Wheatley to finish second overall to West Virginia in the Great American Rifle Conference Championships in Oxford, Miss.


Huh wins PGA event on 8th extra hole

John Huh parred the eighth hole of a playoff to beat Robert Allenby and win the Mayakoba Golf Classic on Sunday in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The 21-year-old Huh parred all eight holes in the playoff that matched the second-longest in PGA Tour history.

"It's amazing," Huh said. "It's my rookie year, especially, and playing in my fifth event on the PGA Tour. I just couldn't put it in words. ... It's really hard to explain this. It's major. I mean, it was my dream."

Huh closed with an 8-under 65 to match Allenby at 13-under 271 on the seaside El Camaleon course. Allenby had a two-stroke lead with a hole to play in regulation, but the 40-year-old Australian drove into the trees on the right and made a double bogey.

"Obviously, disappointed, disappointed that I didn't, like, hit 3-wood off 18 in regulation, like I should have," Allenby said. "But that's the way it goes. You make some mistakes sometimes, and that was a major one, obviously.

"I mean, I had this tournament in the bag, a two-shot lead with one hole to play and just played it like a rookie, pretty much."

Hunter Mahan defeated Rory McIlroy in the finals of the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. Story, Page C6

Stanford wins LPGA event in playoff

Angela Stanford won the HSBC Women's Champions on the third playoff hole Sunday in Singapore, her first victory since 2009 and her fifth on the LPGA Tour.

The 34-year-old Texan parred the last playoff hole, beating South Koreans Jenny Shin and Na Yeon Choi and China's Shanshan Feng.

Stanford trailed Shin by a shot after the 17th when play was delayed about 90 minutes because of lightning. When play resumed, Shin hit her tee shot out of bounds, leading to a double bogey. Stanford bogeyed No. 18 to fall into a four-way tie at 10-under 278.

"I felt for her (Shin) because we've all been in that position," said Stanford, who shot a 1-under 71 in the final round. "I didn't think I'd be there at the end. I was all over the map today."


Griffin, Luck steal spotlight at combine

Robert Griffin III proved he's the fastest quarterback at this year's NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. It might not be enough to supplant Andrew Luck as the No. 1 pick.

Griffin showed his speed in the 40-yard dash, finishing officially in 4.41 seconds — the best of any quarterback. Unofficially, Luck ran a 4.59, the same time Cam Newton posted in 2011, but the time was later adjusted to an official 4.69, fourth among quarterbacks.

Even so, not much likely changed in the rankings.

One reason for that is Luck's versatility. His broad jump (10 feet, 4 inches) was two inches short of Cam Newton's best in 2011, and Luck's vertical jump (36 inches) was better than Newton's (35).

Winter sports

Holcomb's team wins at bobsled worlds

Steven Holcomb of the United States won the four-man gold medal at the bobsled world championships Sunday, easily beating two German sleds. Holcomb and his crew of Justin Olsen, Steve Langton and Curt Tomasevicz had a four-run total of three minutes, 36.83 seconds at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y.

This was the second gold in four-man at worlds for Holcomb, following his victory at Lake Placid in 2009. Holcomb also won the two-man at the worlds a week ago, something no other American bobsledder had accomplished since two-man began in 1931.

Nick Cunningham and his team of Jesse Beckom, Johnny Quinn and brakeman Dallas Robinson of Georgetown finished 13th in USA-3, nearly three seconds behind their teammates. John Napier was disqualified Saturday after push athlete Adam Clark of Owenton slipped and fell out of USA-2 at the start.

College baseball

Ijames leads Cards' three-game sweep

Louisville's baseball team, ranked 16th, scored all of its six runs in the first two innings and completed a series sweep with a 6-3 victory over visiting Oakland on Sunday. The Cardinals (6-1), who have won six straight, got eight of their 11 hits before the third inning.

Senior first baseman/outfielder Stewart Ijames, an Owensboro Catholic graduate who hit two home runs in the Cardinals' win Saturday, was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

The last word

Teenage apprentice jockey Eswan Flores won his first career stakes Sunday at Santa Anita, guiding long shot Tones to a neck victory over favorite Stoney Fleece in the $81,140 Baffle Stakes, a downhill sprint for 3-year-olds. The 18-year-old high school senior said:

"This has been a dream of mine since I was 8 years old. I wanted to be here so much I didn't even care if I was a galloper. I just wanted to be around horses. Now I'm here winning races, and winning a stakes race is the best feeling ever. I saw the wire, and I saw my nose in front of another horse, but it was a tight race. I was really scared and couldn't wait for the wire to get there."