Mathies likely late 1st-round or early 2nd-round WNBA pick
In Kentucky's most recent NCAA Tournament run, A'dia Mathies' name was pronounced at least 10 different ways by various announcers, commentators and moderators. The senior guard won't mind much how it's pronounced on Monday night as long as it is called as a part of the WNBA Draft, which will be shown live on ESPN.
Mathies, the Cats' second-leading scorer all-time with 2,014 career points, wasn't one of the top players selected to sit anxiously at a table in the ESPN studio, but several mock drafts indicate that she likely will go late in the first round (first 12) or early in the second.
Most recent mock WNBA drafts have Mathies going as high as No. 10 to as low as No. 16.
In 2011, forward Victoria Dunlap became UK's first WNBA first-round draft pick went she went with the 11th overall pick.
Mathies finished her Kentucky career ranked in the top 10 of 13 career lists, including tops in steals and games played.
The Kentucky Miss Basketball out of Iroquois finished her UK time with 2,014 points, 670 rebounds, 320 steals and 349 assists.
Her 2,000-point mark puts her in an elite Kentucky group that only includes Valerie Still, Dan Issel, Jack "Goose" Givens and Kenny Walker.
Mathies, the two-time defending Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, led Kentucky to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight three times in four years and helped the Cats win 111 games, including a 64-3 mark at home.
■ The 18th-ranked Kentucky softball team lost 6-3 to third-ranked Florida on Sunday at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington. Lauren Cumbess, who took the loss after giving up five earned runs, was 2-for-4 at the plate. She hit her team-leading ninth home run of the season and has a nine-game hitting streak.
■ Kentucky's men's tennis team, ranked eighth nationally, lost 4-3 on Sunday at No. 22 South Carolina. "Another really tough loss for us today," Coach Cedric Kauffmann said. "Out of our 10 losses this season, we are in eight of them with chances to win but have just come up a little short. ... I still really believe we are still a team that can make a run (at) the end of the year."
Kentucky earned the No. 8 seed in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. The Cats will face ninth-seeded Mississippi State at 7 p.m. Thursday at Oxford, Miss.
■ Kentucky's women's tennis team pulled off an upset on its Senior Day, defeating South Carolina 4-3 at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex. The Gamecocks are rated 27th in the nation. At No. 1 singles, Kentucky's Nadia Ravita defeated Jaklin Alawi 7-5, 0-6, 6-4.
Mylute works at Churchill Downs
Mylute, runner-up to Revolutionary in the Grade II Louisiana Derby, continued his preparations for the Kentucky Derby with a 6-furlong breeze in 1:12.20 on Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.
Working under Shaun Bridgmohan in company with two other Tom Amoss trainees, Mylute recorded fractions of :12.60, :24.80, :36.60, :48.40 and 1:00.20, and galloped out 7 furlongs in 1:25 and a mile in 1:39. He started about 8 lengths behind the duo of workmates and finished 8 lengths in front at the wire.
"I wanted him to pass those horses down the lane and then finish once he got by them," Amoss said. "He did those things, so the work went well."
Amoss said Mylute would have two more works prior to the Kentucky Derby on May 4, but they would be much easier than Sunday's move. "If anybody was interested in Mylute as a Derby prospect, today's work was the one they needed to see," he said. "It was a serious work and he looked very good. Mylute is going to do nothing to impress anyone in his next two works. He's going to work by himself and they are going to be slow and easy half-mile works."
■ In other Kentucky Derby news, Grade I Arkansas Derby winner Overanalyze arrived in good order at Churchill Downs on Sunday. "We were hoping for an improved performance in his second start off the layoff," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "We were hoping for a big effort, but he actually exceeded our expectations."
Later Sunday, Overanalyze was to be joined in the Pletcher barn by Grade I Wood Memorial winner Verrazano.
Also expected to arrive at Churchill Downs from Oaklawn Park on Sunday evening were Will Take Charge, Oxbow and Falling Sky. Will Take Charge won the Grade II Rebel over stablemate Oxbow, who finished fifth in the Arkansas Derby. Falling Sky was fourth in that race.
■ Following the running of the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, runner-up Palace Malice and third-place Charming Kitten returned to Pletcher's barn at Churchill Downs on Saturday night.
"We were happy, but it's frustrating at the same time," Pletcher said. "We would have loved to win, but we were very pleased with their efforts. Both came out of the race well."
■ On Sunday, the connections for Uncaptured, Merit Man and Departing confirmed that their horses are no longer under consideration for the Derby. Also, Den's Legacy, sixth in the Arkansas Derby, did not fly to Kentucky as originally planned. Trainer Bob Baffert sent him back to his California base.
Liggins leads Tulsa to D-League semis
DeAndre Liggins scored 20 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, including going 5-for-5 from three-point range, to lead the Tulsa 66ers past the Canton Charge 100-98 on Sunday in the NBA D-League playoffs. The 66ers advanced to the semifinals.
On assignment from the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, Liggins also had seven rebounds and three assists.
"We needed an extremely good night like DeAndre had," Tulsa Coach Darko Rajakovic said. "We needed somebody to push us forward and DeAndre did an amazing job."
Liggins hit three of his three-pointers in a two-minute span at the end of the third quarter. Liggins averaged 12.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists in the series.
"I've been taking thousands of (three-point) shots in practice," he said. "That's why I'm down here (at Tulsa), to get repetition."
■ LeBron James scored 24 points, Dwyane Wade added 22 and the Miami Heat set a franchise record for home wins in a season, topping the Chicago Bulls 105-93 on Sunday. Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen each scored 15 for Miami, which improved to 36-4 at home — topping the 35-6 mark by the 2004-05 Heat.
■ Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones blocked five shots, the most by a Houston Rockets player this season with two games to go, in a 121-100 rout of the visiting Sacramento Kings. Jones, who also had nine points, three rebounds, three steals and an assist, has played a more prominent role with the team the past six games. He has averaged 9.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 23.7 minutes per game.
■ Trey Burke announced his decision to leave Michigan early for the NBA Draft. Burke, The Associated Press national player of the year, led Michigan to the NCAA title game, where the Wolverines lost to Louisville. The 6-foot point guard averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game in 2012-13.
3 Legends pitchers combine on shutout
Lexington starter Daniel Stumpf and relievers Daniel Hernandez and Cory Hall teamed up for a six-hit shutout as the Lexington Legends defeated the Greenville Drive 4-0 on Sunday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Stumpf (1-0) worked the first five innings and got the win. He allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out six.
The last word
Leave it to defending Masters champion Bubba Watson to offer perspective after making a 10 on the 155-yard 12th hole Sunday:
"You know, it's funny, if you're not going to win, you've got to get in the record books somehow. So I'm a guy who got a double-digit score on a par 3."