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Sports briefs: June 4

College football

Gametime set for UK's season opener against Western Ky.

Bobby Petrino and Mark Stoops now know what time their coaching chapters will begin at Western Kentucky and Kentucky, respectively. Kickoff for the Aug. 31 season opener for both schools is 7 p.m. at Nashville's LP Field.

Petrino, who previously coached Louisville, Arkansas and the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, starts anew with a Hilltoppers team coming off an appearance in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl, its first as an FBS school. Stoops will begin his head coaching career trying to lift the Wildcats from a 2-10 finish in 2012.

The game marks the second Nashville meeting between the Hilltoppers and Cats in three seasons. Kentucky won 14-3 at LP Field in 2011 and looks to avenge last year's 32-31 overtime home loss to WKU at Commonwealth Stadium.

Horse racing

Frac Daddy to run in Saturday's Belmont

Trainer Ken McPeek confirmed Frac Daddy will run Saturday in the Belmont Stakes. McPeek said the colt would fly to New York from Kentucky on Tuesday.

"Talking to Carter Stewart, the principal partner for Magic City, he's game, you know?" McPeek said. "We still believe this is a really, really good horse, but for whatever reason it hasn't happened for him. Sometimes you throw deep and it goes incomplete, but you can't score if you don't throw."

Frac Daddy has one win in seven career starts. He broke his maiden in his second start last November at Churchill Downs and then finished second in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club.

This year he disappointed McPeek with a sixth-place finish in the Grade III Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park, and then was three-wide on the far turn when seventh behind Orb in the Florida Derby. Frac Daddy ran in the Kentucky Derby and finished 16th.

"He drew outside in the Derby and couldn't get position, and I don't think he handled the slop," McPeek said. "He's worked on a dry track a couple times recently and worked freaky good. I think he's got a big shot at it."

■ Trainer Shug McGaughey said Kentucky Derby winner Orb was maintaining good form the morning after the colt breezed 4 furlongs, his final major work prior to the Belmont Stakes. "He came out of his work good, ate up good, walked this morning, seems to be fine," McGaughey said.

As many as 15 horses could end up running in the Belmont. "(The large field is) more concerning than anything else because not all of them in there belong, but they have as much right to run as anybody else, so I do think the race will be pretty spread out," he said.

French Open

Djokovic rallies past Kohlschreiber

In the first set, Novak Djokovic angrily busted his racket. At the end, he happily threw a punch at the red clay he's so eager to conquer. Djokovic lost a set for the first time in the tournament, then rallied to reach his 16th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal also advanced, celebrating his 27th birthday by beating Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.

Djokovic's celebration was more tempered. He played for the first time since learning that his first coach, Jelena Gencic, had died in Belgrade at age 76. She mentored him for about five years, starting when he was 6. "I feel even more responsible now to go all the way in this tournament," he said. "I want to do it for her, also, because she was a very special person in my life."

The No. 1-ranked Djokovic will next play 35-year-old Tommy Haas, who became the oldest French Open men's quarterfinalist since 1971 by beating Mikhail Youzhny 6-1, 6-1, 6-3.

Victoria Azarenka swept the final nine games and advanced to the women's quarterfinals by beating 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-0.


Former Bills QB Kelly battling cancer

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly said he has been diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw bone and will have surgery on June 7. Kelly is suffering from squamous cell carcinoma, but he has recently undergone tests to show that the cancer is isolated in his jaw and has not spread to other parts of his body.

The announcement was made Monday morning, just before the start of the quarterback's Kelly For Kids charitable foundation's annual celebrity golf tournament. "I am extremely confident in my road to recovery," Kelly said. "I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kellys always do, with toughness perseverance and faith."

Kelly spent 11 seasons with the Bills before retiring following the 1996 campaign. He still holds nearly every significant career franchise passing record — 35,467 yards, 237 TDs and 26 300-yard games — and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.


Penske: Broken part caused violation

Penske Racing said Brad Keselowski's car at Dover failed a post-race inspection because of a broken part in the front of his Ford. Keselowski finished fifth in Sunday's race and NASCAR said afterward the entire front was too low. Team owner Roger Penske said the broken part allowed a front spring to fall. NASCAR addresses infractions and issues penalties on Tuesdays. Keselowski's crew chief, Paul Wolfe, just returned last week from a three-race suspension for using unapproved parts and is on probation through the end of the year. The typical penalty for a car being too low in inspection has been the loss of six points and a $25,000 fine for the crew chief.


Phillips, who represented MLB umps, dies

Richie Phillips, 72, who was head of the former Major League Umpires Association for two decades until a failed bargaining strategy led to his ouster and the formation of another union, died of cardiac arrest Friday in Cape May, N.J.

In 1978 Mr. Phillips became general counsel and executive director of the Major League Umpires Association. He racked up gains in wages and benefits for the umpires, using work stoppages in 1978, 1979, 1984, 1991, and 1995.

But the bare-fisted tactics backfired when he urged the umpires to resign in 1999 in a fight over restructuring the umpiring system. Baseball accepted the resignations of 42 of the more than 50 umpires who signed resignation letters. The union pressed for reinstatement, but 22 were out, replaced by minor-league umpires. Insurgent umpires threw out Mr. Phillips along with his union and started a new one.

College baseball

Gamecocks advance to super regionals

LB Dantzler drove in two runs as South Carolina beat Liberty 6-4 and captured the Columbia Regional on Monday, the Gamecocks' 27th straight NCAA Tournament win at home. The Gamecocks (42-18) advanced to the best-of-3 super regional round for the fourth straight season and 11th time since 2000.

Hunter Renfroe had three hits and two RBI, Alex Detz and Adam Frazier each added two hits and Mississippi State beat Central Arkansas 6-1 to win the NCAA regional at Starkville, Miss.

The last word

Richard Gasquet was asked to describe where he felt pain after losing to Stanislas Wawrinka in the French Open despite taking the first two sets.

"In the soul, for sure. A little bit in the leg, too. But more in the soul."