Cats' Macumber wins women's SEC championship
Cally Macumber achieved something no other Kentucky women's runner had accomplished in 23 years when she won the Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championship on Friday in Nashville.
Macumber stayed at the front of the pack for the entire 6,000-meter race, but trailed Florida's Florence Ngetich with roughly 100 meters to go. Macumber surged down the stretch to claim the victory by more than four seconds with a time of 20:23.29.
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It was the first individual conference title for any UK woman since Valerie McGovern in 1989.
"Today was more about strategy," Macumber said. "In the last 100, it kind of clicked and I thought I could get (Ngetich). I just went for it and gave it all I had. I tried to hang with the leaders to then go for the kick. Thankfully I was able to do that.
"I'm really excited because the team ran well. (Teammate) Chelsea Oswald was there pushing me the whole time. It's just a good feeling."
Macumber, a junior in cross country, has won two individual races this season, to go along with a top-10 at every meet the Wildcats have competed in.
Oswald finished third in the women's race with a time of 20:35.03. The UK women were fifth overall, while the men's team was sixth. Luis Orta was 10th for the men's team's best individual finish.
Colonels sweep OVC season honors
The Eastern Kentucky cross country team finished off a dominant regular season in the Ohio Valley Conference by winning all of the league's post-season awards.
Junior Soufiane Bouchikhi and sophomore Ben Toroitich were named Co-Male Athletes of the Year, while sophomore Ann Eason was selected Female Athlete of the Year by a vote of league head coaches on Friday, the eve of the OVC Cross Country Championships.
In addition, Amos Kosgey and Julia van Velthoven were voted men's and women's freshmen of the year.
Volleyball rallies out of 2-0 hole vs. Vols
Kentucky's volleyball team, which trailed 2-0 in the match as well as by eight points in the fourth set, rallied for a 3-2 victory (21-25, 27-29, 25-14, 25-22, 15-5) at Tennessee on Friday night. The win over the Vols was the Cats' first in Knoxville since the 2008 season.
"We knew we had it in us to compete in big matches like this," UK Coach Craig Skinner said. "Our seniors literally willed us to a win."
Senior Ashley Frazier paced the Cats' attack with 18 kills. Setter Christine Hartmann had 51 assists and 11 digs. Libero Stephanie Klefot had 19 digs and seven assists.
■ After getting her fourth shutout in the past five games, Kentucky women's soccer goalkeeper Kayla King was named the Southeastern Conference's defensive player of the week.
Perry two shots back in San Antonio
Mark Calcavecchia shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead over Kenny Perry in the suspended first round of the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship. Perry (Lone Oak, Western Kentucky) was 3 under with three holes left when play was suspended.
■ Robert Garrigus shot a 7-under-par 64 to take a two-stroke lead ahead of Jbe' Kruger, who upstaged Tiger Woods in their second-round pairing at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Kruger had eight birdies Friday. Woods was five shots behind Garrigus.
■ Peter Hanson shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over defending champion Rory McIlroy after the second round of the European Tour's BMW Masters in Shanghai.
■ Suzann Pettersen shot a 7-under 65 to share a two-stroke lead with Inbee Park halfway through the LPGA's Taiwan Championship.
Davis has double-double in win vs. Heat
Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the New Orleans Hornets' 96-89 victory against the Miami Heat on the final night of the NBA pre-season. Darius Miller added six points for the Hornets. ... Brandon Knight had 16 points and three assists in the Detroit Pistons' 104-88 victory against the Atlanta Hawks. Tayshaun Prince had 15 for the Pistons. ... Doron Lamb scored 12 points in 23 minutes off the bench in the Milwaukee Bucks' 100-76 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Tyler Hicks dies from crash injuries
Tyler Hicks, the son of Scott County boys' basketball coach Billy Hicks, died Friday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital from injuries suffered in a Tuesday night car crash on the Bluegrass Parkway, WKYT reported. Tyler Hicks played for his father from 2000 to 2004, earning All-State honors and playing in the Sweet Sixteen.
Lawrence Co. star commits to Murray
Taylor Porter announced Friday that she will play college basketball at Murray State. The senior point guard will become the first player ever from Lawrence County High School to play women's Division I basketball, Coach Roger Van Harless said. Porter was an honorable mention selection on the Herald-Leader's 2012 All-State team.
■ Trenia Barbee scored 24 points and Laura Carroll (Paintsville) had 22 in the Asbury women's season-opening 93-65 victory against visiting Mid-Continent. Barbee also had eight rebounds and nine steals.
NHL cancels games through November
The NHL lockout forced the cancellation of all games through the end of November. The NHL announced Friday that 326 regular-season games from Oct. 11 through Nov. 30 were lost — more than 26.5 percent of the schedule.
The last word
Because he's a former Cup champion, teams haven't been shy to roll the dice on NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, known as much for his outbursts and controversy as his driving skills. Asked in a recent telephone interview if he viewed his latest opportunity with Furniture Row Racing as a second chance, Busch chuckled and said:
"I might be on my fifth chance."