McLaughlin gets 1,000th win
Lexington native Kiaran McLaughlin recorded his 1,000th career North American victory as a trainer Friday when Que Posse won the eighth race at Aqueduct.
"I think it means the most to me that Art Magnuson, and (my brother) Neal, my two main assistants, have been there for all 1,000 wins and that we've been together for all the victories," said McLaughlin by telephone from Florida. "I'd like to thank Sheikh Mohammed (bin Rashid al Maktoum) and all my owners for their support over the years."
McLaughlin, who trained 2006 Horse of the Year Invasor and 2006 Belmont Stakes winner Jazil, has won the majority of his races on the New York circuit, including 270 at Belmont Park, 101 at Saratoga and 305 at Aqueduct.
McLaughlin, 51, won his first New York training title in 2008 when he edged Todd Pletcher to top the standings at Saratoga. Born in Lexington, he worked for several trainers before becoming an assistant to Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas. After serving as the jockey agent for the late Chris Antley, in 1993 he began training for Sheikh Mohammed during the racing season in Dubai, returning annually until 2003, when he gave up the travel. While in the United Arab Emirates, McLaughlin won more than 300 races and was three times the leading trainer at Nad al Sheba Race Course.
■ Senor Rain beat Brigand by 11/2 lengths Friday in the $58,350 feature at 21-1 odds at Santa Anita, leaving trainer Peter Miller impressed enough to consider a Kentucky Derby bid for the 3-year-old Indiana-bred gelding. Ridden by apprentice Eswan Flores, Senor Rain ran 7 furlongs in 1:21.50 and paid $44.80, $12.20 and $3.80.
Georgetown women advance in NAIA
Devon Golden was 8-for-13 from the field and scored 20 points to go with seven rebounds and four steals in the Georgetown women's 80-71 victory against Avila (Mo.) in the second round of the NAIA Division I Tournament in the Frankfort Convention Center. The Lady Tigers (23-9) advanced to play Rogers State (Okla.) in quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Mikkah Rogers (Corbin) added 13 points, including three three-pointers, for Georgetown, and Angie Lawrence (Rockcastle County) had 12 points and three assists. Lizza Jonas (Tates Creek) had seven points and six rebounds.
■ UAB fired men's basketball coach Mike Davis following his sixth season, a year after he led the Blazers to a fourth consecutive 20-win season and the NCAA Tournament. Davis, who previously coached at Indiana, couldn't sustain the momentum, and a depleted squad fell to 15-16 — matching the record from his first season.
Dufner leads after Harrington falters
Padraig Harrington was 12 shots worse without feeling as though he played that badly. Harrington followed his course-record 61 with a 2-over 73 on Friday in the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla. He fell two shots behind Jason Dufner, who had another 66 and has gone two rounds at Innisbrook without making a bogey. Dufner is 0-for-159 on the PGA Tour, the only player among the top 50 in the world without a win on any tour. Kentuckian Kenny Perry shot a 1-under 70 and was four shots back in ninth place.
■ Eduardo De La Riva, a Spaniard ranked 610th in the world, shot a 3-under 69 Friday for a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Andalucia Open in Spain. De La Riva, who has made nine unsuccessful trips to European tour qualifying school, was at 8-under 136 on the Aloha course halfway through the tournament.
■ Former St. Xavier standout Matt Savage shot a 5-under 66 in the second round of the NGA Tour's Milton Martin Honda Classic on Friday to earn the clubhouse lead. Weather delays kept about half the field from finishing their round. Savage, the 2006 and 2009 Kentucky Open champion, shot a 2-under 69 in the first round and quickly moved up the leader board with five birdies in his first 10 holes at Chattahoochee Golf Club on Friday. The tournament's defending champion, Brandon Brown of Shelbyville, didn't finish his round after shooting a 1-over 73 on Thursday.
■ Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 2-under 70 to take a one-stroke over five players after the second round of the LPGA Founders Cup.
■ Bernhard Langer birdied the final hole for a 6-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead Friday with Bobby Clampett and Olin Browne in the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif. Paducah native and former University of Kentucky golfer Russ Cochran is three shots behind. Ted Schulz of Louisville shot a 70.
Woods to play in two events next week
Tiger Woods said in a story on his Web site that his left Achilles tendon felt good and that he would play in the two-day Tavistock Cup exhibition that starts Monday, and then the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Both events are in Orlando, Fla. Woods withdrew from the Cadillac Championship on Sunday after 11 holes with what he described as tightness in his Achilles tendon.
Ex-St. Xavier star Thomas second in Ga.
The Kentucky's men's golf team was tied for sixth at 2-under 286 after one round of the Schenkel Invitational at Statesboro, Ga. Alabama led at 20-under and one of its stars, St. Xavier graduate Justin Thomas, was second individually and one shot back after a 66.
■ Kentucky's women's golf team shot an 11-over-par 291 and was in fourth place overall after the first round of the SunTrust Gator Women's Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. Second-ranked Alabama shot a 284 to grab the lead. UK sophomore Liz Breed shot an even-par 70 and was in fifth place on the individual leader board.
Pettitte ends retirement, back with Yanks
Pitcher Andy Pettitte ended his one-year retirement and will be making a comeback with the New York Yankees. The team announced that Pettitte signed a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league spring training. If added to the major-league roster, Pettitte would get a $2.5 million, one-year contract.
■ The Phillies released left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis. The 30-year-old Willis, a two-time All Star with the Florida Marlins, played for the Cincinnati Reds last season. In three appearances this spring, Willis allowed five earned runs in 22⁄3 innings.
Biffle's hot streak continues at Bristol
Greg Biffle won the pole for Sunday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway, maintaining his strong start to the season. Biffle turned a lap of 125.215 mph in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford during Friday's qualifying session. He is the Sprint Cup Series points leader. AJ Allmendinger qualified second and was followed by Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski.
Rockets cut ex-U of L star Williams
Houston waived forward Terrence Williams. He averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12 games this season. The former first-round pick out of Louisville never found a niche after the Rockets acquired him in a trade with New Jersey in December 2010.
■ Tyson Chandler scored 16 points, Jeremy Lin had 13, and the host New York Knicks rolled to their second straight dominant victory under Mike Woodson, beating the Indiana Pacers 115-100. Former UK standout Josh Harrellson scored seven points.
The last word
Norfolk State's Kyle O'Quinn had 26 points and 14 rebounds in a breakout performance, and the plucky MEAC champions upset the second-seeded Missouri Tigers 86-84 on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. Quinn said as he led his team to the locker room:
"We messed up some brackets! We messed up some brackets! We even messed up my bracket."