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Sports briefs: Sept. 26

College football

Sun Belt upholds suspension of Western Ky. safety Dowling

The Sun Belt Conference upheld its one-game suspension of Western Kentucky safety Jonathan Dowling following his ejection from Saturday's victory against Southern Mississippi.

The conference on Tuesday rejected WKU's appeal of Dowling's suspension announced on Monday.

Dowling, whose four interceptions — three against Kentucky — are tied with UCLA's Sheldon Price and Mississippi State's Darius Slay for the NCAA lead, will miss WKU's Sun Belt opener Saturday against defending conference champion Arkansas State.

WKU Coach Willie Taggart said Monday that senior Kareem Peterson, a former starter, will replace Dowling. The sophomore transfer from Florida was ejected after a helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Tyre Bracken following his third-quarter touchdown reception.

WKU won 42-17 and is 3-1 for the first time since 2007.

■ Notre Dame is opting out of its series with Michigan, meaning the last scheduled game between college football's winningest programs will take place in 2014. The Fighting Irish recently decided to move to the Atlantic Coast Conference in every sport except football and hockey, though the football team will play five games a year against league opponents, starting no later than 2015.

■ West Virginia running back Shawne Alston was listed as day-to-day with a thigh bruise and his status for Saturday's game against No. 25 Baylor is unclear. Alston, the leading rusher for the ninth-ranked Mountaineers, injured his right thigh against James Madison two weeks ago. He didn't get a carry and saw limited playing time in West Virginia's 31-21 win over Maryland. He has 185 yards rushing and has scored three of the team's five rushing TDs.


College basketball

ESPN to televise six UK women's games

The Southeastern Conference on Tuesday put out a list of women's basketball games on TV this season, and a school-record six Kentucky contests will be shown nationally on the ESPN family of networks. At least five other games will be shown regionally.

The UK Network has not announced its TV plans, and it's still possible other games will be picked up.

UK's nationally televised games are: at Baylor (Nov. 13, 6 p.m., ESPN2), at Louisville (Dec. 2, 2 p.m., ESPNU), at Missouri (Jan. 13, 1:30 p.m., ESPNU), at Vanderbilt (Feb. 10, 4 p.m., ESPN2), at Texas A&M (Feb. 18, 7 p.m., ESPN2), and Tennessee (March 3, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU).

Regionally televised games are: Florida (Jan. 3, 7 p.m., Fox Sports South), Auburn (Jan. 20, 2 p.m., SEC Network), at South Carolina (Jan. 24, 7 p.m., Fox Sports South), LSU (Jan. 27, 3 p.m., Fox Sports South), and Georgia (Feb. 3, 2 p.m., SEC Network).


Tennis

Nadal not sure when he'll make return

Rafael Nadal still has no timetable for his return from a knee injury, and the 11-time Grand Slam champion isn't sure if he'll play the Australian Open in January.

"All that is in my mind is to keep working hard to come back," Nadal said in interviews with European newspapers Tuesday. "I cannot think about the future because it's not like if you break your arm and you know you will have a few weeks like this, then a few weeks like that and then you are back."

The Spaniard hasn't played since losing in the second round of Wimbledon in June to little-known Lukas Rosol. Nadal is recovering from a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee.

"This is a day-by-day thing," Nadal said. "I have checks every day to see how I'm improving. I can't predict what will happen."

Nadal could miss the ATP World Tour Finals in London Nov. 5-12 and Spain's Davis Cup finals against the Czech Republic Nov. 16-18.


UK men's soccer

Conelian, Riggs both score twice in win

Senior Gabriel Conelian and junior Tyler Riggs both scored a pair of goals in the Kentucky men's soccer team's 5-1 win at IPFW (0-10-0) in Fort Wayne, Ind. Senior Matt Lodge also scored his fifth goal of the season for Kentucky (5-4-0). Lodge led the Cats with nine shots, the second most in a game in school history. He's one shot away from tying the school record for most shots in a career.


Golf

Boys' golf regional suspended by rain

Stormy weather forced the suspension of the boys' 9th Region golf tournament at Kearney Hill Links on Tuesday. Play will resume Wednesday with the last group scheduled to tee off at 9:20 a.m.

Americans win Junior Ryder Cup

Casie Cathrea, Karen Chung and Esther Lee led the United States to its third straight Junior Ryder Cup victory, winning singles matches Monday in Olympia Fields, Ill., to finish undefeated in the 141/2-91/2 win over Europe.


The last word

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't let up Tuesday on the replacement referees that he said cost his team a win against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night:

"I've got to do something that the NFL is not going to do: I have to apologize to the fans. Our sport is generated — the multibillion-dollar machine — is generated by people who pay good money to watch us play. And the product that's on the field is not being complemented by an appropriate set of officials. The games are getting out of control."

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