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Sports briefs: Aug. 16

College Basketball

Miss Basketball Moss transfers from Florida to Thomas More

Sydney Moss, Kentucky's 2012 Miss Basketball and the daughter of former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss, has transferred from the University of Florida to Division III Thomas More College.

The member of the SEC all-freshman team will be immediately eligible at Thomas More as a sophomore. Moss averaged 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in her season at Florida. She played in all 37 games while starting 24, helping the Gators to a 22-15 record. Thomas More, near Moss's home in Boone County, has reached seven straight NCAA Tournaments, though the Saints are still seeking their first Final Four appearance.


Brady back at practice after scare

Tom Brady is back at practice one day after hurting his knee.

The New England Patriots quarterback took part in the third day of joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It isn't known if he'll play Friday night when the teams meet in an exhibition game.

Brady jogged from sideline to sideline with his teammates at the start of practice. He sprained his left knee about midway through Wednesday's practice when Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn knocked New England left tackle Nate Solder into him. In his absence, Ryan Mallett played with the first offensive unit and Tim Tebow quarterbacked the second team.

College Football

Ricky Williams coaching at small school

Ricky Williams is the new running backs coach at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, bringing years of knowledge of the game to the small Catholic school looking to build its program.

Incarnate Word Coach Larry Kennan called Williams "one of the biggest names in Texas football" and says he'll be a boost to his team. The 1998 Heisman Trophy winner and NFL All-Pro who led the league in rushing in 2002 is looking forward to getting back on the football field a year after his retirement from the NFL.

Track and Field

Top Russian athlete backs new law

The intensifying debate over a new Russian law that has been criticized in the West as anti-gay moved into the realm of global sports Thursday in Moscow when one of Russia's most prominent athletes backed the measure even as competitors from other nations at the world track and field championships criticized it.

Yelena Isinbayeva, the world champion pole-vaulter and the biggest star in Russian track and field, said she supported the new law, which bans "propaganda on nontraditional sexual relationships," and she urged athletes to respect Russia's views on sexuality.

U.S. runner Nick Symmonds on Tuesday dedicated his silver medal in the 800-meter race to gay friends, and several Swedish athletes painted their nails in rainbow colors as a sign of solidarity.

Isinbayeva described such criticism as disrespectful: "Maybe we are different than European people, than other people from different lands. We have our law, which everyone has to respect."


RiverDogs sweep Legends in Charleston

The Charleston RiverDogs completed a sweep of a doubleheader over the visiting Lexington Legends with a rain-shortened 8-4 win in the second game. The RiverDogs took the first game 1-0.

Ericson Leonora's solo homer in the fourth inning was the only run of the first game. In the second game, the RiverDogs took the lead with three runs in the first and the Legends came back to tie at 3-3 on Alex Hudak's solo homer in the second inning and Bubba Starling's two-run triple in the fourth. But the RiverDogs sent nine to the plate in the fifth, scoring five runs on five hits to break it open.

■ South Lexington defeated Meridian, Idaho 18-1 in 31/2 innings in the Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series at Ocala, Fla. The team advanced to the semifinals, where it will play Ocala, Fla. Friday at 8 p.m.

  Kingsbridge, N.Y. won 7-3 to oust South Lexington from the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series at Hammond, Ind.


Wimbledon champ Bartoli abruptly retires

Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, who won Wimbledon just 39 days ago, on Wednesday in Cincinnati tearfully announced her retirement from the sport, effective immediately. Citing recurring pain and injuries, Bartoli insisted that she would not change her mind,

"This will be my last one," she said of her opening-round loss in Cincinnati to Simona Halep. "I will have won Wimbledon this year in 2013, and I will stop with that. It was magnificent. ... It becomes an ordeal when I can't even really walk because I have so much pain in my Achilles tendon, or I have so much pain in my shoulder or my rib or in my lower back that I can't even serve after one set."

Roger Federer overcame a rough start at the Western & Southern Open on Thursday in Cincinnati and emerged from his string of subpar showings since Wimbledon. He rallied to beat Tommy Haas 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Federer has won in Cincinnati an unprecedented five times, including last year. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic needed only 50 minutes to beat qualifier David Goffin, 6-2, 6-0. Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov upset third-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4.


Celtics swap Melo for ex-King Greene

The Celtics traded center Fab Melo and cash considerations to the Grizzlies on Thursday for forward Donte Greene.

Melo, 23, averaged 1.2 points and 0.5 rebounds in only six games for the Celtics last season. The No. 22 pick in the 2012 draft, Melo spent most of last season with Boston's D-League affiliate. Greene, 25, did not play last season after breaking his ankle in August 2012. A 2008 first-round pick, Greene holds career averages of 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in four seasons with the Kings.

  Chris Stroud doesn't want any rust in his game for the PGA Tour's playoffs. Ross Fisher just wants to make it that far. Stroud and Fisher each shot 6-under 64 on Thursday in Greensboro, N.C., to share the first-round lead in the Wyndham Championship.

Eight players — defending champion Sergio Garcia, Matt Jones, Robert Garrigus, Jordan Spieth, Trevor Immelman, Morgan Hoffman, Patrick Reed and Andrew Svoboda — shot 65.

The last word

It's suddenly good to be a Dodger fan with the team on a 40-8 run. Fans that for years left in the seventh inning to beat the Southern California traffic are staying till the end, lest they miss Yasiel Puig running the bases or running into a wall. Said Manager Don Mattingly:

"I notice it because by the time I get out of here there's still traffic and it takes me a while. I guess it's a good thing, though."