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Sports briefs: Sept. 7

BASKETBALL

Hornets sign ex-Cat Miller; Gillispie released from hospital

The New Orleans Hornets have signed 2012 second-round draft pick Darius Miller out of Kentucky.

Miller, a 6-foot-8 small forward, was drafted 46th overall after being named the 2012 Southeastern Conference Sixth Man of the Year and helping UK to the national title in New Orleans.

Miller, who played four years for the Wildcats, averaged 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 26.1 minutes last season.

The Hornets are not disclosing the terms of the deal for Miller, citing team policies.

Miller was the third player drafted last June by the Hornets, who selected Kentucky big man Anthony Davis first overall and Duke guard Austin Rivers 10th.

■ Texas Tech Coach Billy Gillispie was discharged from the hospital on Thursday after a six-day stay amid an investigation into alleged player mistreatment.

University Medical Center spokesman Eric Finley said Gillispie left the hospital after 3 p.m. Thursday. Messages were left seeking comment from Gillispie and Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt.

The university is investigating allegations that Gillispie mistreated players, Hocutt said. Gillispie called 911 on Friday morning, just hours before he was set to meet with Hocutt to discuss what the AD had heard from players on Aug. 29.

■ Ex-Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller will be inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., on Friday night along with Don Nelson, the winningest coach in NBA history, and Nike co-founder Phil Knight. Miller's sister Cheryl is already enshrined.

Ralph Sampson, the only three-time college player of the year, and Jamaal Wilkes, who won two NCAA titles at UCLA and four in the NBA, will be inducted.

Also to be honored are seven-time NBA All-Star Chet Walker; the All American Redheads, known as the female Harlem Globetrotters; two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain; former Soviet coach Lidia Alexeeva; Don Barksdale, the first black player on the U.S. Olympic team and in the NBA All-Star game; two-time NBA MVP Mel Daniels, and longtime NCAA referee Hank Nichols.


GOLF

McIlory, three others share lead after 64

Rory McIlroy, just three days after he won the Deutsche Bank Championship, put on a dazzling show Thursday at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind.

McIlroy, flawless with his irons, birdied his last two holes for an 8-under 64 and was part of a four-way tie for the lead with Indiana native Bo Van Pelt, U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson and Graham DeLaet, the Canadian who is quietly becoming the Cinderella of these FedEx Cup playoffs.

"He hits it great, putts it great and top of that, he's just a really nice kid," Tiger Woods said of McIlroy.

Woods made a 30-foot chip-in on his last hole for a 65.

Because of heavy rains earlier in the week players were able to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the short grass. Sixty players in the 70-man field were at par or better. Forty players were in the 60s. All but five holes played under par, and the average score was 69.47.

Raphael Jacquelin of France and Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay shot 5-under 65s in the opening round of the KLM Open to set the course record at Hilversumsche Golf Club in the Netherlands.

Jiyai Shin weathered a two-hour weather delay and shot a 9-under 62 to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va.

With 33 players still on the course when play was halted by darkness Thursday, the 24-year-old South Korean was two shots ahead of the field. Dewi Claire Schreefel of the Netherlands used an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole (her 16th) to reach 7 under before play was suspended. Four players were at 6-under 65.


UK SPORTS

Volleyball sweeps past Duquesne

Led by the 10 kills apiece from middle blockers Alexandra Morgan and Sara Schwarzwalder, the 19th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team earned its second consecutive sweep with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-18) win over Duquesne on the opening night of the Ameritas Players Challenge in Lincoln, Neb.

■ Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari announced via Twitter that rapper Drake would be one of the coaches for this year's UK NBA Alumni Game on Sept. 15.

■ The Kentucky and Louisville women's soccer teams try to keep their undefeated records alive on the opening night at the Cardinal Classic Friday night at 7:30. "Both of us have RPIs in the top 25 so it's a pretty exciting game to say the least," UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. UK is 4-0 for the second consecutive season and is 7-2-1 in the all-time series with U of L. The Cardinals are also 4-0.


AUTO RACING

Newman to stay with Stewart-Haas

Ryan Newman has signed a one-year contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing for next season.

Newman is in the final year of the deal he signed in 2009. He said Thursday he took a pay cut just as almost every driver has.

SHR is searching for heavy sponsorship for next year. Office Depot said Sunday it won't be back as co-primary of Tony Stewart's car. Newman is on the bubble of making the Chase for Sprint Cup championship heading into Saturday night's race at Richmond, Va.

■ NASCAR on Thursday passed a rule that will curb the ability of teams to set up their cars in a way that gives the driver easier rear steer. The rule goes into effect next week at Chicago, when the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins, and many believe it is aimed directly at powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports. Drivers have alleged for months that Hendrick made gains in the rear housing this season that gave its cars an aerodynamic advantage.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Ealey charged, to miss home opener

Jacksonville State running back Washaun Ealey won't play in Saturday's home opener against Chattanooga following his arrest on misdemeanor marijuana charges. University police arrested the 23-year-old at a campus apartment on Wednesday. He was reportedly alone after returning from an early-morning workout.

The former Georgia running back was charged with second-degree marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ealey rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. He injured his right knee in the Gamecocks' season-opening game at Arkansas last week and was held to nine yards on four carries.

■ The University of Oregon is implementing random drug testing of all its athletes, following a media report earlier this year that estimated from 40 to 60 percent of the football team smoked marijuana. Oregon's previous drug policy allowed for testing when there was reasonable suspicion. The random tests have not begun. The policy still faces a public hearing in early October.


The last word

In a league of crazy traditions, Texas A&M should be right at home in the Southeastern Conference. The Florida Gators will become the first conference member to visit College Station, Texas.

Besides their yelling and singing, Aggies fans rarely sit down for four quarters. Each time A&M scores a point, Aggie males kiss their date. Twice a game, the fans sway back in forth in unison.

While coaching at Baylor, Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease traveled twice to College Station. Said Pease:

"The thing I remember is in the third quarter and you look up there and they're all swaying, you can't look or you're going to get, like, vertigo. Those stands start moving. It can get loud. They're into it and they get their little yell people going and all the kissing going on if they're scoring. ... It's a distraction."

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