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Sports briefs: Oct. 8

College basketball recruiting

Ballard's Martin picks Butler

Ballard senior power forward Kelan Martin committed to Butler on Monday. Martin had recently named a top three of Butler, Saint Louis and Texas Tech. The 6-foot-6 prospect took his official visit to Butler over the weekend.

Ballard Coach Chris Renner confirmed to the Herald-Leader that Martin has committed to the Bulldogs.

ESPN ranks Martin as the No. 97 overall prospect in the Class of 2014. He helped lead Ballard to the Sweet Sixteen title game last March, and the Bruins will be the pre-season favorites to win the state championship in 2014.

Martin is one of two Kentucky high schoolers in ESPN's Top 100 for 2014. The other is Ballard point guard Quentin Snider, who committed to Illinois last month.

■ Holmes point guard James "Beetle" Bolden picked up a scholarship offer from West Virginia on Monday, according to his high school coach.

Jason Booher said that Mountaineers Coach Bob Huggins came to the school and offered Bolden a scholarship. It was the second time in the past two weeks that someone from the West Virginia staff had come to Holmes to see Bolden, who also has offers from Xavier, Purdue and Ohio.

Booher told the Herald-Leader that coaches from Xavier, Purdue and Clemson have all stopped by the school in the past couple of weeks. Butler will visit Bolden on Tuesday for the second time in a week, and a scholarship offer from the Bulldogs is a possibility.

Bolden — a 5-foot-11 prospect in the Class of 2015 — led Holmes to the Sweet Sixteen quarterfinals last season before an overtime loss to eventual champion Madison Central.

UK has expressed some early interest in Bolden.

College football recruiting

Wideout Berrios' final five includes UK

North Carolina wide receiver Braxton Berrios released his top five schools Monday, five days before he's planning to announce his college decision. The three-star prospect listed Kentucky, Miami, Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee. Berrios is expected to commit to one of those schools Saturday at noon. Rivals.com ranks Berrios as the No. 39 wide receiver in the Class of 2014. The Cats already have commitments from four receivers in the class: T.V. Williams, Garrett Johnson, Thaddeus Snodgrass and Blake Bone.


Kentuckian defeats top seed at Mid-Am

Davis Boland of Louisville knocked off stroke-play medalist Matthew Mattare of New York in the first round of match play Monday at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Birmingham, Ala.

Boland, 42, sank an 8-foot par putt on the 17th hole to win the match 2 and 1. Mattare, who was the medalist after shooting rounds of 67 and 69 in stroke play, became the first top seed eliminated in the first round since 2007.

"Probably pretty close to the best day of my golfing career," said Boland, who survived a 12-for-8 playoff earlier in the day to make the match-play bracket. "I got a little bit lucky but you have to in match play."

Boland put the match away when he chipped from just off the putting surface to set up the match-clinching putt.

"To do that at the last hole, I was proud of that putt," said Boland, a lumber company sales manager who plays about 20 rounds a year. "It felt great and I was relieved. I didn't want it to go any further."

Martha Leach of Hebron, Ky., defeated Australia's Sue Wooster 1 up in the first round of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur at Asheville, N.C.

■ The University of Kentucky's Liz Breed shot a career-best 6-under 64 to finish second in the Schooner Fall Classic at Norman, Okla. The Cats finished fifth overall with Oklahoma State taking the title.

LSU's Madelene Sagstrom shot 4 under (206) to defeat Breed by two shots for the individual championship.


Davis dominant in 2nd pre-season game

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis made it 2-for-2 on scoring 20-plus points in the pre-season when he had 25 in the New Orleans Pelicans' 94-92 victory against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. Davis also had seven rebounds and a blocked shot in 251/2 minutes of play.

Rudy Gay and Tyler Hansbrough both scored 17 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 97-89 pre-season victory over Boston on in Celtics Doach Brad Stevens' NBA debut.

Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson added 15 each to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 106-87 pre-season victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Derrick Rose added 13 points.

Auto racing

More surgery for Franchitti, Stewart

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will need a second surgery on the broken right ankle he suffered when his car went airborne into the fence during the last lap of the Grand Prix of Houston. Franchitti also fractured two vertebrae in his spine and received a concussion. He had surgery on the ankle Sunday night and remained in the hospital afterward. Franchitti is expected to return to Indianapolis on Wednesday and have a second surgery.

■ NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is recovering from a third surgery on his right leg following an August crash at an Iowa sprint car track. Stewart-Haas Racing said the procedure was done Monday to examine and close a wound on his shin stemming from the broken tibia and fibula he suffered in the Aug. 5 crash at Southern Iowa Speedway.

The last word

Peyton Manning had to make sure Tony Romo wasn't the last man with the ball in his hands in Sunday's NFL game. The Denver quarterback did it by keeping the Broncos out of the end zone in the final moments of a 51-48 victory. Needing a first down but not a touchdown so the Broncos could run out the clock, Manning and Knowshon Moreno shouted at each other in the backfield just before the snap. Manning said:

"He basically was asking me, 'How am I supposed to do that? How can I get a half a yard but not get a yard and a half? I just said, 'You can't! You can't score! You can't do it!'"

Moreno managed to pull off the first down without scoring, and Manning took three snaps to drain the clock to 2 seconds for kicker Matt Prater, who hit the game-winner.