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Sports briefs: April 10

UK Sports

Bat Cats hold off Austin Peay

Freshman right-hander Kyle Cody worked into the sixth inning and eight of nine starters collected hits to lead the 13th-ranked Kentucky baseball team to a 6-3 win against Austin Peay on Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Kentucky (23-9) got two runs in the fourth, a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth, and fended off an eighth-inning Austin Peay rally.

Trevor Gott struck out the side in the ninth inning and earned his eighth save of the season.

Next up for the Cats is a three-game series at home this weekend against Tennessee. Game 1 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Junior outfielder Ginny Carroll laced a bases-loaded, walk-off single into right to cap a three-run, seventh-inning rally and No. 20 Kentucky turned back visiting Marshall in softball. The win was UK's fourth in a row. The wild seventh inning started with the game tied 1-1. Marshall scored twice before true freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley got out of the jam with a strikeout and back-to-back groundouts. UK answered in its half of the seventh. Nunley threw all seven innings, allowing three runs — two earned — on eight hits with four strikeouts.

Five Cats collected hits in the game with Carroll finishing 1-for-4 with an RBI. Maisie Steed and Christian Stokes were also 1-for-4 with each scoring a run, while Lauren Cumbess went 1-for-4 with an RBI and Nikki Sagermann was 1-for-3 with a run scored.


NBA

Kanter needs surgery on left shoulder

Jazz center Enes Kanter will have surgery Wednesday to repair damage in his dislocated left shoulder and miss the rest of the season. Utah GM Dennis Lindsey said various medical experts were unanimous in deciding surgery was the best option for Kanter's long-term health, decreasing the odds of another dislocation.

"Enes is disappointed. He's competitive, he's tough and he wanted to jump all in to the playoff race we're currently in," Lindsey said before Utah's game against Oklahoma City. "Competitors, sometimes you've got to save them from themselves. ... and he plays such a physical style."

The injury occurred March 27 against Phoenix when 7-foot-2, 265-pound Suns center Hamed Haddadi fell on Kanter as they battled over a loose ball. Kanter was averaging 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds. The third overall pick out of Kentucky in the 2011 draft had become a key part of Utah's rotation during the stretch run.

■ The New York Knicks romped to their first Atlantic Division title since 1994, getting 36 points from Carmelo Anthony and beating the visiting Washington Wizards 120-99 on Tuesday night for their 13th straight victory. Anthony put this one away with 21 points during the Knicks' 37-point third quarter that gave them a 95-71 lead. The NBA's scoring leader added eight rebounds and six assists while becoming the first Knick since newly elected Hall of Famer Bernard King with five straight 35-point games. John Wall scored 33 points for the Wizards, who lost their 10th in a row at Madison Square Garden.

"We know he's hot and we tried to get the ball out of his hands, but he's very efficient and can score in various ways," Wall said about Anthony. "Hats off to him."

Jermaine O'Neal was called for goaltending on James Harden's last-second three-point shot and the Houston Rockets defeated the Phoenix Suns 101-98. Harden scored 33 points and Omer Asik tied his career high with 22 rebounds for the Rockets, who needed a win and a Utah loss to Oklahoma City to clinch a playoff berth.

On the final play, Harden dribbled down the clock and shot his three from the wing. It bounced high off the rim and O'Neal tipped it as it came down, just after the buzzer sounded. Referees huddled on the court, then reviewed the play and ruled it the winning basket, setting off a wild celebration.

Terrence Jones played 23 minutes and added 11 points, six rebounds and two assists for the Rockets.

LeBron James scored 28 points in 30 minutes, Udonis Haslem had his first double-double of the season and the Miami Heat moved a step closer to wrapping up home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs by topping the visiting Milwaukee Bucks 94-83 on Tuesday night. The Heat tied a franchise single-season record by winning for the 61st time, getting there with five games remaining. Miami needs only one more win or one San Antonio loss to clinch the top overall seed for the entirety of the playoffs.

"We've done so many great things this year by just playing the game at a high level, playing for one another," James said. "Along the way, when those accolades come as far as team wins, the streak that we had, we really enjoy it."


College basketball

McLemore, Oladipo declare for NBA Draft

Ben McLemore is one and done at Kansas. Ricky Ledo is none and done with Providence.

McLemore, Kansas' talented freshman guard, was among several underclassmen who wasted little time in declaring for the NBA Draft on Tuesday, the day after the college season ended. Ledo, Providence, R.I., native, practiced with the Friars this season but never played because he failed to qualify academically. Practice was enough, apparently, to make him a possible first-round pick.

Indiana All-American Victor Oladipo announced he was giving up his senior season to enter the draft. New Mexico's Tony Snell also announced he was going pro, too.

McLemore, a second-team All-American, is expected to be a lottery pick in June after breaking the Jayhawks' freshman scoring record held by Danny Manning.


Horse racingWise Dan to face 4 in Maker's 46 Mile

Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan will face four others, including defending race winner Data Link, as a field of five were entered for Friday's Grade I, $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland.

Wise Dan, whose last race was a victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita in November, galloped on the turf course on Tuesday morning under exercise rider Damien Rock and received a time of :38.60 for 3 furlongs from Keeneland clockers.

Wise Dan, with Jose Lezcano aboard, will break from post position five and carry top weight of 123 pounds, conceding two to five pounds to his rivals.

Data Link, who won the Grade III Canadian Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 23 in his most recent start, will be ridden by Javier Castellano and break from post position four.

Mr. Commons, Wertheimer and Frere's Silentio are also entered.


Minor-League baseball

Legends fall to Tourists in 13 innings

Matt Wessinger of Asheville parlayed a leadoff walk in the 13th inning into the winning run as first baseman Fred Ford's error allowed him to score and the Tourists came away with a 4-3 victory over the host Lexington Legends.

Weissinger advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch before Ford muffed Jason Stolz' grounder. Lexington tried to tie it in its half of the 13th, but Ethan Chapman, who hit a one-out single and stole second second base, was stranded when Raul Mondesi struck out, ending his 0-for-6 night. Michael Antonio went 3-for-6 for Lexington and Cameron Gallagher was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Eddie Butler went six innings for Asheville and struck out seven. Robert Padilla got the win after he came on in the 10th and pitched three innings with five strikeouts. Lexington's Cory Hall got the loss, allowing two hits and a run in three innings of relief.


The last word

Bubba Watson's son, Caleb, isn't even old enough to walk yet, let alone carry a golf bag. But the defending Masters champion said the 1-year-old will still be his caddie for the Wednesday's Par 3 Tournament at Augusta, Ga. Or maybe it will be the other way around. Watson said:

"We'll be carrying him. So I guess we'll be caddying him."

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