Calipari invites Eddie Sutton to reconnect with Kentucky
John Calipari has a respect for University of Kentucky basketball history that extends even to some of its darker corners.
The UK coach said in an interview with the Tulsa World this week that he has invited former Wildcats coach Eddie Sutton back into the fold.
Sutton, a College Basketball Hall of Famer, lives in Tulsa, Okla., where Calipari is scheduled to make an appearance next week.
Sutton resigned from Kentucky under pressure in 1989 after a 13-19 season and amid allegations of NCAA wrongdoing, although he was not cited in any charges.
"I said, 'Come on in, man. Come on in to practice,'" Calipari told the Tulsa World. "I'm not into all that other stuff. My whole thing is Eddie Sutton has been great for the game of basketball and great for college coaches and has helped many, many programs."
Sutton told the Tulsa paper he has friends in Kentucky and a return would give them a chance to visit. "A lot of people, they understood the situation," he said.
Giants waive ex-Cat Newton
Former University of Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton was waived by the NFL's New York Giants on Thursday. The Giants signed Newton as an undrafted free agent and were experimenting with him as a tight end. Newton was replaced on the roster by rookie tight end Chase Clement out of LSU.
Not quite into his second NFL season, Browns running back Trent Richardson has already undergone knee surgery, broken some ribs, hurt his ankle and strained a muscle in his shin. He's been battered and bruised, but Richardson is confident he'll be able to stay on the field this year and the remainder of his career. Don't you dare put a label on him. "Injury prone," he said, "is not going to be me." Richardson missed practice on Thursday with a strain in his lower right leg he sustained while running last week.
The Bluegrass Warhorses will hold their first open tryout Saturday morning at Scott County High School in Georgetown. The Warhorses — Lexington's new indoor football team — are scheduled to begin playing early next year in the Continental Indoor Football League. Their first game is scheduled for Feb. 1. Saturday's tryout will start at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. For more information on the team, visit BluegrassWarhorses.com.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Paterno family sues NCAA
From former players to faculty members, a mini-cross section of the Penn State community has partnered with the late head coach Joe Paterno's family in suing the NCAA to overturn the landmark sanctions against the school for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. While the Paternos are the headliners among the plaintiffs in the civil suit filed Thursday in Centre County court, 19 others with ties to Penn State are also seeking a jury trial to reverse what they call the NCAA's swift and unlawful punishment of the storied football program.
American belatedly awarded gold
Nine years later, Adam Nelson can finally call himself an Olympic gold medalist. The American was officially elevated Thursday to shot put champion from the 2004 Athens Games, taking the gold that was stripped from a Ukrainian rival for doping. Nelson finished second in Athens behind Yuriy Bilonog, who was stripped of the gold medal by the IOC in December.
Phelps co-owns Pimlico favorite Cerro
Cerro, a 3-year-old colt partly owned by 18-time Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps, is the early favorite for the $100,000 Canonero II Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday. Phelps and his former coach, Bob Bowman, share an ownership interest.
Tennessee routs Florida in Word Series
Melissa Brown had a two-run double in Tennessee's three-run first inning, and Ellen Renfroe limited Florida to four hits and struck out nine to help the Lady Vols beat the Gators 9-2 on Thursday in the second game of the Women's College World Series. Tennessee (50-10) advanced to face Washington on Friday.
Kimberlee Souza lined the first pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning over the left center-field wall to give Washington a 4-3 win.
Kim Bruins hit a two-run home run in a four-run fifth inning to help Texas beat Arizona State 6-3.
Starling's late homer lifts Legends
Bubba Starling's 420-foot home run to center field in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie, and the Lexington Legends went on to a 5-2 win over Hagerstown Thursday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The Legends took a 2-0 lead into the top of the eighth, but with two outs, the Suns singled and homered to tie. Starling's home run, his sixth of the year, cleared the 16-foot high center field wall. The Legends and Suns play again Friday night at 7:05 p.m.
U.S. team overpowered by Belgium
Christian Benteke scored two of Belgium's three second-half goals in a decisive 4-2 win over the United States in an international friendly Wednesday. Boasting a squad including 10 English Premier League players, Belgium overpowered a U.S. team that has some work to do on defense before it can think about making the field for next year's World Cup in Brazil.
Ohio St. president takes potshots at UK
The president of Ohio State University said Notre Dame was never invited to join the Big Ten because the university's priests are not good partners, joking that "those damn Catholics" can't be trusted, according to a recording of a meeting he attended late last year.
At the December meeting of the school's Athletics Council, Gordon Gee took shots at schools in the Southeastern Conference and the University of Louisville, according to the recording, obtained by The Associated Press under a public records request.
The university called the statements inappropriate and said Gee is undergoing a "remediation plan" because of the remarks.
During his comments, Gee also questioned the academic integrity of schools in the Southeastern Conference, and the University of Louisville. The top goal of Big Ten presidents is to "make certain that we have institutions of like-minded academic integrity," Gee said. "So you won't see us adding Louisville," a member of the Big East conference that also is joining the ACC.
After a pause followed by laughter from the audience, Gee said the Big Ten wouldn't add the University of Kentucky, either.
The last word
Manteo Mitchell found himself in the spotlight at the London Olympics for breaking his leg during his team's (successful) relay qualifying.
"I kind of let out a (scream) and just said, 'OK, I can either stop right here or keep on going and do this for my team.' I was determined to get to the finish line, even if it could've ended my career."