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Sports briefs: Jan. 26

UK sports

Cats have 46 on SEC honor roll

Forty-six Kentucky Wildcats earned a place on the 2012 Fall Sports Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll announced by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.

UK's total of 46 tied for the fourth-most among the 14 league teams. UK had 20 representatives from the football team, six from men's soccer, 14 from women's soccer and six from volleyball.

The 2012 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2012 Spring, Summer and Fall terms.

The Kentucky men's tennis team advanced to the championship match in the Lexington regional of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Kick-Off Weekend with a 4-2 win over Michigan State on Friday afternoon.

UK improved to 4-0 on the season in the doubles competition. Junior Tom Jomby highlighted singles play with a 6-0, 6-1 win over the Spartans Drew Lied. Jomby did not drop serve the entire match.


Tennis

Murray upsets Federer, heads to finals

Andy Murray has finally beaten Roger Federer at a Grand Slam.

The U.S. Open champion beat 17-time major winner Federer 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 Friday at the Australian Open, calling it a massive confidence boost as he attempts to win his second consecutive major.

Murray, who missed his chance to serve out the match at 6-5 in the fourth set, will play defending champion and top-seeded Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final. Djokovic cruised past David Ferrer in straight sets in just under 90 minutes — 21/2 hours less than Murray's semifinal.

Advantage Djokovic.


Cheerleading

Weather postpones championships

The inaugural State Competitive Cheer Championships scheduled for Saturday have been postponed because of the weather, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced Friday.

The event, to be held in Bowling Green, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23.

The KHSAA said more details will be forthcoming for coaches and participants in the coming days as housing and travel logistics are worked out.


Cycling

Amnesty offered for doping testimony

Cyclists will be offered a chance to confess to past doping offenses without fear of retribution in an attempt to uncover the full scale of the Lance Armstrong scandal and drug use in the sport.

The UCI agreed Friday to introduce a "truth and reconciliation" commission with the World Anti-Doping Agency, cutting out the independent panel established to investigate the governing body's links to Armstrong.

UCI President Pat McQuaid said he wants to ensure cycling has "drawn a line in the sand finally — and for the last time" on doping scandals that have tarnished the credibility of the sport.

The UCI's reputation has been badly damaged by accusations its leaders covered up suspicious doping tests given by Armstrong during his 1999-2005 run of Tour de France victories and improperly accepted donations from him totaling $125,000.


Track and field

Murray St. bus overturns, injures four

Police say a bus carrying the Murray State University women's track team has rolled over on icy Interstate 69 in southwest Indiana, injuring four people.

Murray State spokeswoman Sherry McClain says the team was traveling in two minibuses from the college in Murray, to a meet at Indiana University in Bloomington Friday morning when one of the buses hit a patch of ice and turned on its side. She says four students had minor injuries and two were taken to a nearby hospital for observation.

Murray State athletics director Allen Ward says the team still plans to participate in the IU Relays Friday and Saturday.


Skating

Davis, White shine in short dance

With no competition in the United States, Meryl Davis and Charlie White have to settle for beating themselves. The Olympic silver medalists and 2011 world champions posted a career high in the short dance Friday in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Their score of 79.02 points topped not only the 76.17 they scored at the 2011 Grand Prix final, but their 76.89 from last year's U.S. championships.

Ashley Wagner is bringing a halt to the roller coaster that has been U.S. women's figure skating. The defending champion did exactly what everyone expected — hoped — she would do, easily winning the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Thursday night. Her score of 67.57 was more than two points ahead of Agnes Zawadzki, and three points better than 2008 U.S. champion Mirai Nagasu.


NFL

Bengals sign linebacker Maybin

The Bengals signed linebacker Aaron Maybin to a reserve future contract on Friday. Maybin, a 2009 first-round pick of Buffalo out of Penn State, has played for the Bills and Jets, leading the latter in sacks (six) and forced fumbles (four) in 2011. Maybin has appeared in 47 career games, and was released by the Jets Nov. 13 last year. He will count on Cincinnati's active list beginning Feb. 4.


Golf

Woods out front at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods made it look easy in the rain Friday on the North Course at Torrey Pines and finished his day atop the leaderboard in the Farmers Insurance Open.

Woods put himself into great position going into the weekend with a 7-under 65. He finished his second round with the lead, though several players were still on the soggy courses. One of them was Ross Fisher of England, who was two shots out of the lead with five holes remaining on the South Course.

Chris Wood shot an 8-under 64 Friday for a three-stroke lead on Michael Campbell and two others after the third round of the Qatar Masters. Wood started the day two shots behind Ryder Cup stars Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer but moved up the leaderboard with five birdies on the front nine en route to a 15-under 201.


College basketball

Indiana star charged in shooting

Former Indiana University basketball starter Devan Dumes has been charged with shooting at an Indianapolis home while his brother and 1-year-old nephew were inside. WRTV-TV reports the 26-year-old Dumes appeared in Marion County court Friday on charges of criminal recklessness and carrying a handgun without a license.


The last word

Losing at Duke never goes over well. Jay Williams, current ESPN analyst and former national Player of the Year at Duke described it.

"Typically after you lose a game at Duke University, it's kind of like there's a death in the family ... It's like you lost the national championship because that's the way Coach K prepares."

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