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Sports briefs: Oct. 22

College Basketball

Saul Smith on unpaid leave after being charged with DUI

Minnesota assistant basketball coach Saul Smith, the son of head coach Tubby Smith, was placed on indefinite unpaid leave by the university after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The school announced the punishment Sunday for the 32-year-old Smith. It said Smith was pulled over by police early Saturday morning after leaving a downtown Minneapolis restaurant and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 3.

In a statement distributed by the university, Athletics Director Norwood Teague cautioned against quick judgment but said he and Tubby Smith were "taking this matter seriously." Teague said the school's values "dictate that our coaches and staff be positive role models for our student-athletes."

Smith, a former University of Kentucky point guard, is in his sixth season on his father's staff at Minnesota.

Horse racing

Sutherland announces retirement

Jockey Chantal Sutherland caught the racing world off guard on Sunday when she abruptly announced her retirement following a seventh-place finish aboard Crushin Hard in the Bunty Lawless Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

The 36-year-old Sutherland had become one of the sport's leading female riders, racking up 931 victories, 71 stakes wins and more than $47 million in purses won. She gained national headlines as the regular rider of multiple Grade I winner Game On Dude but recently lost that mount to Rafael Bejarano following a runner-up finish in the Grade I Pacific Classic.

"Horse racing has been my life for the past 14 years," Sutherland said in a statement posted on her Web site. "I've reached many of the goals that I set for myself. I've lived out many of the dreams I had as a little girl, back when I was riding my pony, mucking stalls, feeding cows, aspiring to finally become a professional jockey and racing in stakes races on a worldwide stage. I'm so very blessed and grateful of the life that I have lived and career that I've had."

Sutherland, who married Dan Kruse this past spring, combined with Game On Dude to make history in 2011 when she became the first female jockey to win the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap.

Sutherland's final win came aboard Castletown on Sept. 3, 2012, at Del Mar in California.

UK sports

Asher scores hat trick for UK men's soccer

In his second career start at forward, junior Dylan Asher — celebrating his birthday — got the eighth hat trick in program history, leading the Kentucky men's soccer team to a 5-1 victory against Florida International on Sunday evening at the UK Soccer Complex.

Kentucky (8-6-1, 3-1-1 Conference USA) played its second consecutive game without injured leading scorer Tyler Riggs. The Wildcats shifted Asher, a two-time All-Conference USA defender, to forward.

"I've been working really hard in training and I'm glad to see the goals pay off," Asher said.

■ For the first time since the 1999 season, Kentucky's women's soccer team (12-5-1, 7-4-1 SEC) has seven Southeastern Conference victories in a season after a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Auburn on Sunday afternoon at the UK Soccer Complex. It was the Wildcats' fourth straight victory.

"At halftime, I thought Auburn wanted it more than us," UK Coach Jon Lipsitz said. "They were playing harder than us. We just talked about little things we had to do with our front line to be able break down their back line and I am happy with how we responded."

Auburn's Tatiana Coleman scored the Tigers' goal, her 12th of the season, in the 30th minute. Arin Gilliland got Kentucky on the board early in the second half. The first goal of Olivia Jester's career was the game-winner.

■ Kentucky's volleyball team finished the third set on a 16-6 run to finish off a 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-19, 25-22) of LSU on Sunday afternoon in Memorial Coliseum. Junior Whitney Billings led the way with her 23rd career double-double — 16 kills and 14 digs.

■ Kentucky's rifle team (3-0) broke numerous program records, including total aggregate score, aggregate smallbore score, individual aggregate score and individual smallbore while defeating fourth-ranked Army 4,716—4,638 on Sunday.

The third-ranked Cats took a commanding lead early, posting a 795 in prone and finishing smallbore with a season-high 2,348.

Henri Junghänel fired a program-best 592 in smallbore, surpassing his previous personal collegiate and program-best 590. Later, Junghänel shot 594 in air rifle to bring his aggregate total to 1,185, also a new program record.


Gainey shoots 60, gets 1st PGA victory

Tommy Gainey narrowly missed golf's magic number. He happily settled for a course-record 60 at Sea Island, and his first PGA Tour win Sunday in the McGladrey Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga.

Gainey became the fourth player this year to rally from at least seven shots behind in the final round to win on the PGA Tour. He made seven straight 3s on his way to a 29 on the back nine, and then had to wait more than two hours to see if Jim Furyk or anyone else could catch him.

Tournament host and Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III drove into the water on the 16th and made double bogey. Furyk made a 12-foot par save on the 17th hole to stay one shot behind, but he pushed his approach well right on the 18th and made his first bogey in 56 holes.

"It's been a hard year for me and finally, we got it right," Gainey said.

Gainey, a 37-year-old from South Carolina with a homemade swing who is known as "Two Gloves" for wearing black gloves on each hand, wound up with a one-shot victory over David Toms, who closed with a 63. Toms also needed a birdie on the 18th hole to catch Gainey, but he pushed his drive well right into the bunker and had little chance of reaching the green.

"I was thinking about what kind of putt I was going to have before I ever hit the fairway," Toms said. "You get ahead of yourself and that's what happens."

Suzann Pettersen won the HanaBank Championship for her ninth LPGA Tour title, beating Catriona Matthew with a 5-foot birdie putt on the third hole of playoff after blowing a big lead. Seven strokes ahead of Matthew at the start of the round, Pettersen shot a 2-over 74 on Sky 72 Golf Club's Ocean Course in Incheon, South Korea.


Stoudemire sidelined by knee injury

New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire is expected to miss the start of the regular season and be out two to three weeks because of an injured left knee.

He returned to New York on Sunday for another evaluation, and an MRI revealed a ruptured benign cyst, the team said.

Stoudemire had played in only one pre-season game, sitting out the first two because of a bruised left knee. He scored 18 points Friday against Toronto in 27 minutes, then sat out again Saturday against Boston in Albany.

The last word

The New York Giants managed to rally for a 27-23 victory against the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon, but Giants defensive end Justin Tuck doesn't relish having to play against Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III twice a season. Tuck said:

"I'm pretty mad at the football gods for putting him in the NFC East. To face that guy twice a year is going to be a headache. It's hard to game-plan that guy. He takes away from your enthusiasm for the game when you play a play perfectly and he still has 4.3 speed to make plays. I don't think there is anybody in the league just like him. If I was going to run an offense and they asked me (Michael) Vick, Cam Newton or RG3, I'm taking that guy hands down."