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Sports briefs: April 23

Horse racing

Isn't He Clever, with Asmussen as trainer, possible for Derby

Isn't He Clever, winner of the Borderland Derby and eighth in the Arkansas Derby in his most recent start, was transferred to trainer Steve Asmussen, owner J. Kirk Robison said. Isn't He Clever, a gelded son of Smarty Jones, had been under the care of Henry Dominguez but arrived at Asmussen's barn at Churchill Downs on April 17.

"We moved him to Steve's barn because there are more opportunities for him on the dirt being in Kentucky and out in the East than if we brought him back (to New Mexico)," Robison said.

Robison said the Kentucky Derby is still under consideration for Isn't He Clever, who with $191,333 in graded stakes earnings is 21st on the graded stakes earnings list.

Asmussen already has two likely Kentucky Derby starters in Sabercat, winner of the Delta Jackpot last year, and Daddy Nose Best, who defeated Isn't He Clever in the Grade III Sunland Derby.

"We're evaluating our options," Robison said. "The Derby is still under consideration, but I've always said I would never enter the Derby if I didn't think the horse would be competitive. The horse will go out for some exercise this week, but won't have a work till next weekend. The decision will be based on Steve's opinion."

UK Sports

UK men's tennis falls in SEC finals

The fourth-ranked Georgia men's tennis team won the doubles point and three of the four singles matches that ended to defeat sixth-ranked Kentucky 4-1 and win the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship on Sunday in Starkville, Miss.

Kentucky junior Anthony Rossi and sophomore Tom Jomby were named to the all-tournament team.

"I just felt Georgia was a little too good at the end of the match today," UK Coach Dennis Emery said. "We weren't able to get anything going there at the end of our rotation and that was the key to the match. Give Georgia a lot of credit, they played really good today."

The loss for Kentucky (26-5) ends its undefeated run against SEC foes this season. The Wildcats were 11-0 in SEC during the regular season.

■ UK's softball team lost 3-2 at Mississippi State on Sunday when the Bulldogs' Kaili Smith singled in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. UK's Ginny Carroll was 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a two runs scored.

NHL playoffs

Flyers clobber Penguins in series clincher

Claude Giroux wrapped up a dominant series with his sixth goal, Ilya Bryzgalov had his first outstanding effort in net and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Sunday to win their Eastern Conference opening-round series in six games.

Giroux scored only 32 seconds into the game, and the Flyers rolled from there. Bryzgalov allowed 20 goals in the first five games. He settled down in Game 6 and gave up only Evgeni Malkin's goal in the second period.

Tyler Seguin scored at 3:17 of overtime, Tim Thomas made 36 saves, and the Boston Bruins beat the host Washington Capitals 4-3 to tie the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at three games apiece. The defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins never trailed, but narrowly avoided being eliminated by the seventh-seeded Capitals. Game 7 is Wednesday night in Boston.

NBA

Lakers' World Peace ejected for elbow

Metta World Peace was subdued and contrite in the Los Angeles Lakers' locker room, apologizing to Oklahoma City's James Harden for throwing the elbow that sent them both to the locker room in the second quarter. They both missed a beauty of a game that could echo into the post-season for two division leaders.

Kobe Bryant scored six of his 26 points in the second overtime alongside an unorthodox Lakers lineup, and host Los Angeles rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half for a 114-106 victory.

Yet everything after halftime was colored by the drama and violence that occurred 1:37 before the break. World Peace had just dunked over Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka on a fast break and was headed back upcourt when he ran into Harden. While pounding his chest with his right arm, World Peace raised his left elbow over Harden's shoulder and cleanly hit Harden in the back of the skull.

"I got real emotional and excited, and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with the unintentional elbow," said World Peace, who had scored 12 points and played solid defense on Durant. "I hope he's OK. Oklahoma, they're playing for a championship this year. I apologize to the Thunder and James Harden. It was just unfortunate."

The Thunder didn't immediately announce whether Harden, who scored 14 points, had a concussion. Bryant and other Lakers acknowledged World Peace is likely to face a multi-game suspension with just one game left in their regular season.

"I'm just happy my teammate is all right," said Durant, who scored 35 points on 11-for-34 shooting. "It was a bad play. Hopefully Ron didn't do it intentionally or have any malicious intentions on that. We've got to move past that."

■ Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 10 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings handed the host Charlotte Bobcats their 20th straight loss 114-88. Cousins picked up his 13th technical foul, which will come with an automatic one-game suspension. Cousins appeared to exchange words with rookie Bismack Biyombo as the two ran back down the court after a Sacramento basket, drawing a double technical. Cousins shook his head when asked about it after the game, saying, "It's part of being DeMarcus Cousins."

LeBron James had 32 points and eight rebounds and the Miami Heat pulled away in the final minutes to beat visiting Houston 97-88 and eliminate the Rockets from post-season contention. Courtney Lee (WKU) and Patrick Patterson (UK) had 14 apiece for the Rockets.

Kevin Love passed all concussion tests and was cleared by the NBA to return to the court, but the Minnesota Timberwolves decided to shut their All-Star power forward for the final two games of the season. Love is fourth in the league with 26 points per game and second in rebounding with 13.3 per game.

Etc.

EKU softball's Howes sets HR records

Eastern Kentucky junior Raquel Howes broke school softball records for home runs in a season and career in the Colonels' 13-4 victory at Eastern Illinois on Sunday. Howes hit her 14th home run of the season in the fourth inning. It was the 29th home run of her career, breaking Shyenne Hussey's school mark. Howes added an RBI single in the sixth and another in the seventh. She finished 3-for-5 with six RBI and three runs scored.

■ On a day when Formula One was able to focus more on racing than politics, the Bahrain Grand Prix was held without a hitch as Sebastian Vettel completed a wire-to-wire victory in a race that was unaffected by the ongoing anti-government protests that escalated this week. With layers of security checkpoints around the Bahrain International Circuit, there was no sign of protesters anywhere near the track during the 95-minute race, though smoke from burning tires several kilometers away drifted over the circuit at one point.

The last word

Chicago White Sox pitcher Phil Humber, who threw the 21st perfect game in major-league history on Saturday, said Sunday that he hadn't yet been contacted by the Hall of Fame. He said he's not sure what they'll want him to send from his historic outing:

"A couple of years ago I didn't even know if I'd get a major-league win ... Hopefully, I get to keep as much of it as I can. I doubt I'll throw one again, so it would be nice to have as much to remember it by as I can."

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