C.M. Newton to receive Lapchick Character Award
Former Kentucky athletic director C.M. Newton was among four members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to be selected as the 2012 recipients of the Lapchick Character Award. The award is named after Hall of Fame coach Joe Lapchick and recognizes those who have shown his character traits. The awards will be presented at a luncheon at the New York Athletic Club on Nov. 15, and the honorees will be recognized that night at Madison Square Garden during the 2K Sports Classic.
Newton has impacted basketball on the collegiate and international levels as a coach and administrator. A graduate of Kentucky, where he was recruited by Adolph Rupp and was a member of the 1952 national championship team, Newton had a record of 500-374 as the coach at Transylvania College, Alabama and Vanderbilt. He was the athletic director at Kentucky as it recovered from NCAA violations, served as chairman of the NCAA men's basketball tournament selection committee and rules committee, and was instrumental in international basketball as an assistant coach to the 1984 U.S. team and later as director of USA Basketball.
As a coach, he signed the first African-American scholarship athletes to play at Transylvania and Alabama, and while athletic director at Kentucky he hired the school's first African-American head basketball coach, Tubby Smith.
The other coaches who will be honored are Cathy Rush, Morgan Wootten and the late Pete Newell.
Garcia ends PGA Tour win drought
Sergio Garcia claimed a two-stroke win Monday in the rain-delayed Wyndham Championship for his first victory on the PGA Tour since the 2008 Players Championship. He finished with a 66 to wind up at 18-under 262, win $936,000 in prize money and maybe seal a spot on the European Ryder Cup team. Tim Clark was at 16 under following his 67 in the final tour event before the FedEx Cup playoffs, and Bud Cauley finished 15 under after his 68.
Legends held to one hit in 5-1 loss
Greensboro Grasshoppers pitchers Jake Esch and James Nygren combined to hold the Lexington Legends to one hit in a 5-1 victory Monday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Esch (1-1) went seven innings, allowing only Brandon Meredith's leadoff double in the second inning. Nygren worked the final two innings, giving up a run on a double-play grounder in the ninth. James Wooster and Matt Smith homered for Greensboro, which had 11 hits.
Babe Ruth World Series
Southeastern 15-year-olds win again
Southeastern Lexington improved to 3-0 in pool play and clinched a spot in the single-elimination tournament with a 4-2 victory over Brazoswood, Texas, on Monday in the 15-year-old Babe Ruth World Series in Van Buren, Ark. Southeastern has one game remaining in pool play before the tournament starts Thursday. Southeastern took a 4-0 lead in the first inning Monday. Aaron McGeorge and Tanner Hart combined on a five-hitter.
Auburn studies replacing poisoned trees
Its landmark oaks all but dead 18 months after a University of Alabama fan was arrested on charges of poisoning them, Auburn University has laid out a plan for replacing the trees at Toomer's Corner and said work could begin as early as March. A report issued by the school said bare branches lacking leaves will continue to die, leaving the two trees "aesthetically dead if not actually dead." The report added, "The long-term outlook for the trees is not good." The study, released Friday after experts assessed the trees' health following a recent pruning, said a preservation committee will make a report to the university's president soon on whether to continue trying to save the trees or replace them. The replacement process wouldn't begin for six months at the earliest, and it could be as far as 18 months away. Alabama fan Harvey Updyke is charged with poisoning the trees with a potent herbicide during Auburn's national championship run in the 2010 football season.
LSU loses recruit to academics
Former Iowa State forward Calvin Godfrey's plans to transfer to LSU have fallen through after the player was unable to meet academic requirements. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound Godfrey spent his freshman season at Iowa State before playing at Howard College in Texas last season. He was one of new LSU coach Johnny Jones' first recruits.
Jockey thrown when horse breaks leg
Jockey Junior Alvarado was treated at a hospital for abdominal pain after being thrown when his mount, Pete's Parley, fractured his left foreleg and stumbled Monday near the eighth pole in the second race at Saratoga Race Course. The horse was removed from the racetrack in an ambulance van and euthanized. The 26-year-old Alvarado, a native of Venezuela, began the day as the fifth-leading rider at the meeting. Alvarado was later released from the hospital.
■ Nebraska horse trainer Kim Veerhusen was suspended and fined $1,500 pending an investigation of a horse that tested positive for a powerful stimulant called "frog juice" that's barred from use in the United States. A urine sample showed a horse named Cheatin' Cowboy may have had "frog juice," known scientifically as dermorphin, in his system when he finished second at a race July 15 at Horsemen's Park in Omaha, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. Veterinarian Richard Porter told the Journal Star that dermorphin is 40 times more potent than morphine in its ability to stop pain.
The last word
Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington was a little late when he tried to save second baseman Ian Kinsler from getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes:
"I tried to get to home plate quick enough, but I'm not Speedy Gonzalez."