Women's soccer downs Vandy
After a scoreless opening half, the University of Kentucky women's soccer team (13-5-1, 8-4-1 SEC) scored three goals in the second half to run past the Vanderbilt Commodores 3-0 on Senior Night at the UK Soccer Complex. The Wildcats closed out the regular season on a five-match winning streak and will play the Missouri Tigers in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Wednesday night.
Sophomore Caitlin Landis scored two goals in the game, both on rebound put-backs. Freshman Kennedy Collier scored her first-career goal as a long-range shot found the back of the net.
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Woods 3 strokes out of first place
Tiger Woods birdied five holes on the back nine in his first trip back to Malaysia since winning the 1999 World Cup to end the day three strokes behind first-round leader Troy Matteson at the CIMB Classic on Thursday. Matteson made eight birdies in a bogey-free 8-under 63 for a one-stroke lead over fellow Americans Jeff Overton, Brian Harman and Robert Garrigus.
■ Inbee Park of South Korea shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over local favorite and top-ranked Yani Tseng after the first round of the Taiwan Championship. Park, leading the race for LPGA Tour player of the year, had seven birdies at Sunrise Golf and Country Club. Defending champion Tseng finished the day with six birdies offset by a bogey on the 10th hole.
■ Jamie Donaldson of Wales set a course record 10-under 62 Thursday en route to a four-stroke lead after the opening round of the BMW Masters. Donaldson produced two bogey-free rounds of 31 at Lake Malaren and needed only 24 putts to break the record of 63 set by Noh Seung-yul of South Korea last year.
■ Tag Ridings, Justin Bolli, Cliff Kresge, Michael Putnam, Brad Fritsch and Justin Hicks shared the first-round lead in the Web.com Tour Championship, shooting 6-under 65 in windy conditions.
Media ranks Indiana on top in Big Ten
Indiana was chosen as the top team in the Big Ten and the Hoosiers' Cody Zeller was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year in a vote by conference media. With all five starters back from a team that went 27-9 and reached the Sweet 16, expectations are soaring for the Hoosiers.
■ College basketball powerhouses Kansas and Georgetown have agreed to play annually over the next four seasons with the first game scheduled for Dec. 21, 2013, at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks will also host the Hoyas during the 2015-16 season. The two teams will play at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., during the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons. Despite their pedigrees, Kansas and Georgetown have only met twice previously.
Packers' Jennings requires surgery
Rest and rehab weren't enough to get Greg Jennings back on the field. The Green Bay Packers' No. 1 receiver will have surgery next Tuesday to repair a torn abdominal muscle that has kept him out for most of the season. He would not put a timetable on his return, but said recovery from the 20- to 25-minute outpatient procedure is not season-ending.
■ Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon says he has a torn ligament on the bottom of his right foot and he's hoping to avoid surgery. Garcon described the injury that's sidelined him for four of Washington's past six games as a "plantar plate tear" near his second toe. The plantar plate is a ligament that holds a toe in its joint. Garcon said Thursday that "surgery is an option" that probably would end his season.
■ Denver Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter missed practice Thursday to see a doctor about symptoms he continues to experience following a seizure he suffered in August. Porter, who had no history of seizures, wasn't allowed to fly to the Broncos' last game, at San Diego on Oct. 15, after he began experiencing light-headedness and a racing heart — similar to the symptoms he felt before his seizure.
■ The Cleveland Browns officially belong to Jimmy Haslam. His $1.05 billion purchase of the NFL franchise from Randy Lerner was closed Thursday, just nine days after the sale was approved by the league's owners. Haslam now owns 70 percent of the team, and the truck stop magnate will get the other 30 percent from Lerner in four years.
4 Americans among FIFA nominees
Olympic gold-medal winners Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe of the United States were among 10 candidates selected for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year.
Wambach scored five goals at the London Games, and Lloyd scored twice as the U.S. beat Japan 2-1 in the final before a crowd of 80,203 at Wembley Stadium. Morgan and Rapinoe each scored three times in London.
No American has won since Mia Hamm in 2001 and '02, the first years FIFA presented the women's award.
No progress as lockout deadline passes
The NHL's deadline for playing a full, 82-game season arrived Thursday with no new discussions between the league and its locked-out players. Without a new collective bargaining agreement that would end the league's lockout of players on its 40th day, the NHL vowed to cut the season short. An announcement officially taking a full schedule out of play wasn't immediately planned.
Major money-making events such as the upcoming outdoor Winter Classic and the All-Star game could soon be in peril, too.
"No contact, and I don't anticipate any announcements today," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email Thursday.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
'Honeybadger' hit with drug charge
Police say they arrested four former LSU football players, including one-time Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu, nicknamed "The Honeybadger," after finding them with marijuana at Mathieu's apartment. Baton Rouge police on Thursday said they also arrested ex-LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, and former defensive backs Derrick Bryant and Karnell Hatcher.
Titan duPont was women's fixture
Margaret Osborne duPont, a tenacious and durable U.S. tennis champion who won six Grand Slam singles titles in the middle decades of the 20th century while becoming one of the most dominant doubles players of her era, died Wednesday at her home in El Paso, Texas. She was 94. A fixture in women's tennis for almost a quarter century, duPont won 37 Grand Slam titles, 31 of them in doubles play, placing her fourth on the list of players with the most Grand Slam laurels. Her last, in mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 1962, came at the age of 44.
The last word
The Raiders (2-4) have 40 penalties but only three have been for unnecessary roughness. That's a significant reduction from 2011 when Oakland had 10 unnecessary roughness calls and five roughing the quarterback penalties. Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali doesn't buy the transformation.
"It's a tradition. The Raiders, they come in, they cheap shot, they hit you. I'm not saying names. It is what it is."