Former tennis star Matt Emery added to staff as an assistant
Former University of Kentucky tennis player Matt Emery has joined Cedric Kauffmann's staff as an assistant, the Wildcats' new head coach announced Tuesday. Emery, the son of former longtime UK coach Dennis Emery, served as a volunteer assistant for the Cats last season.
"Matt was born to be a collegiate coach with his ability to relate to players and his endless knowledge of the game of tennis," Kauffmann said. "Matt has incredible experience after serving as a volunteer assistant with us last year and a very successful stint as an assistant coach at Maryland. We are both alumni of this great university and know what it means to wear Kentucky across your chest."
Emery played for the Cats from 2001-05, helping UK to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons. He ended his career with 58 singles wins and 36 doubles wins.
"It's an honor to return to my alma mater and have the privilege of contributing to a program and university which has played such an important role in my life," Emery said.
Former UK assistant AD Fligg dies
Jack Fligg, a former UK assistant athletics director for football operations under Bill Curry and Hal Mumme, died Saturday at his Marietta, Ga., home after battling cancer and Parkinson's disease.
The longtime high school and college football coach was at UK from 1989-99. He retired after the Wildcats' appearance in the 1999 Outback Bowl.
Fligg is survived by his wife, Jonell, three children and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Mount Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta.
Miles unclear about Mathieu's future
LSU Coach Les Miles on Tuesday declined to close the door completely on the possibility, however remote, of Tyrann Mathieu playing football for the Tigers in 2013.
"Tyrann can be a student at LSU," Miles said after practice, adding that he is "not in any way speculating" about whether Mathieu could play for the Tigers again. "He will not be on this football team this year — I guarantee that's a fact. So I have no idea beyond that."
Miles indicated he was ready to put his emphasis back on preparing the Tigers for the upcoming season. He stressed that it was time to be concerned about getting the Tigers ready for the season-opener against North Texas on Sept. 1.
However, questions kept coming about the dismissal of Mathieu, an All-America cornerback and 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist.
"I certainly am rooting for Tyrann and whatever his future is. But I'm not focused on that," Miles said. "I've got games to play and I've got 104 guys I have to be ready for. I know that this is a very key time in his life and I hope the decisions that he makes are in his best interest for the long-term. So we'll help in any way we can."
Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU team last Friday for what reportedly was the latest of several failed drug tests.
Report: UCLA's Muhammad ruled ineligible for overseas exhibitions
UCLA's Scout.com site reported Tuesday night that Shabazz Muhammad will miss the Bruins' upcoming three-game trip to China because of eligibility issues. Muhammad, who spent his senior season as Kentucky's most coveted recruit, will sit out the exhibition trip as the NCAA continues to investigate who paid for some of his unofficial recruiting visits. A CBS Sports report in February outlined details of those visits and said the NCAA had warned schools recruiting Muhammad that his eligibility could become an issue.
Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes, told CBS that outside sources paid for some of Muhammad's visits, but he said the family went through the proper channels and the NCAA was aware of the money source. "When we were approached by the NCAA, we cooperated naturally," he told CBS in February. "We had told the truth from the beginning and had disclosed everything."
Muhammad signed with UCLA two months later, picking the Bruins over Kentucky. Just because Muhammad is ineligible now doesn't mean he won't be cleared by the start of the season. Kansas guard Rio Adams and UNLV forward Anthony Bennett were recently cleared in time for foreign trips after passing the review process.
U.S. Amateur Golf Championship
Thomas makes cut; Newcomb on bubble
Bobby Wyatt finished at the top in qualifying at the U.S. Amateur championship in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. Wyatt, a junior at the University of Alabama, shot a 2-under 68 Tuesday at CommonGround golf course for a two-day qualifying score of 9-under 132 to snag the top seed heading into match play. He also tied the 36-hole tournament record for stroke play, accomplished previously in 2011 by Gregor Main and in 1994 by Hank Kim.
Wyatt will face the lowest seed once the field of 64 golfers for the first round of match play is finalized early Wednesday by a playoff at the Cherry Hills golf course among 17 players at 2-over competing for the last 14 spots. One of those golfers is Patrick Newcomb, a Marshall County graduate who will be a senior at Murray State in the fall.
Former St. Xavier standout Justin Thomas, who will be a sophomore at Alabama this fall, tied for 13th to finish well above the cut and advance. Thomas was tied for second going into Tuesday's play, but five bogeys and a triple bogey in his first 10 holes sent him down the leader board. He rallied with four birdies down the stretch.
Albarado fined; jail still a possibility
Jockey Robby Albarado was fined $500 on Tuesday for a misdemeanor assault conviction stemming from a scuffle with his former girlfriend, but the Preakness-winning rider's legal problems aren't behind him yet. At the sentencing in Louisville, Judge Ann Bailey Smith set a Nov. 14 hearing to decide whether Albarado violated conditions of his release in a previous assault case. Albarado could be sent to jail for up to a year if he's found to have violated those terms.
Foltynewicz, Gominsky lead Legends
Lexington Legends ace Mike Foltynewicz (14-3) pitched seven shutout innings and outfielder Justin Gominsky knocked in four runs in the team's 10-1 victory against the Savannah Sand Gnats in Georgia. Foltynewicz gave up four hits and struck out six batters. Brandon Meredith added two hits and two RBI.
Big East picks its new commissioner
The Big East on Tuesday hired CBS executive vice president Mike Aresco to be commissioner of a conference now in rebuilding mode. Aresco has been a vice president in charge of programming for CBS since 1996. He's handled the network's contract negotiations with the NCAA for the rights to the men's basketball tournament, and negotiated CBS's 15-year deal with the Southeastern Conference.
The last word
New York Giants players were looking forward to sleeping in their own beds following their last practice of training camp Tuesday in New Albany, N.Y. Several players were blaming their aching backs on the twin mattresses bought by the team. At 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, tight end Martellus Bennett said he was not surprised at the relative uproar about the beds:
"We're big humans. Every bed is small. You can't put a damn dinosaur in a twin-sized bed."