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Sports briefs: Oct. 20

College volleyballLSU ends 12th-ranked Cats' 11-match winning streak

Kentucky's volleyball team, ranked 12th in the nation, won its first two sets against LSU before losing 3-2 Sunday in Memorial Coliseum. The Cats had won 11 straight matches before falling 25-21, 25-15, 24-26, 25-9, 16-14.

"Credit LSU for being aggressive in sets three and four," UK Coach Craig Skinner said. "We had to claw our way back in set five and gave ourselves a chance to win, but didn't capitalize. Our intensity and aggressiveness in sets three and four wasn't where it needs to be against a very good LSU team. We're going to have to find out how to get that back in practice this week."

UK dropped to 17-3 on the season and 7-1 in Southeastern Conference play. LSU is 10-7 overall and 5-3 in the SEC.

Three Cats reached double figures in kills with Lauren O'Conner leading the way with 15 and four blocks. Shelby Workman added 13 kills with nine digs, and Anni Thomasson had 10 kills and 21 digs.

Horse racingHillstar victorious in Canadian International

British-bred Hillstar won the $1 million Pattison Canadian International, defeating Big Blue Kitten by three-quarters of a length Sunday at Woodbine in Toronto.

Hillstar, ridden by Ryan Moore and trained by Michael Stoute, ran 11/2 miles in 2:29.0 on the turf course.

"The horse felt very relaxed, very comfortable all the way around," said Moore, also the winner last year aboard Joshua Tree. "He had a big class edge over the whole field. It was just a matter being in a good spot and keeping it straight forward."

British-bred Brown Panther bolted past the starting gate before the race and kept running around the course, eventually dumping jockey Richard Kingscote, who was unhurt but banged his riding helmet against his leg in frustration. Brown Panther is co-owned by former English soccer star Michael Owen.

"Long way to come for nothing!" Owens tweeted. "Thank goodness horse and jockey are both OK."

Irish-bred Just The Judge won the Grade I $500,000 E.P. Taylor for fillies and mares, and British-bred Caspar Netscher took the Grade II $300,000 Nearctic Stakes.

College football

SEC first to put four in AP poll's top five

The Southeastern Conference reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four teams in the top five — all from the western division. Mississippi State stayed No. 1 after a weekend off. The Atlantic Coast Conference's Florida State held its ground at No. 2 after beating then-No. 5 Notre Dame 31-27.

Mississippi remains No. 3. Alabama jumped three spots to No. 4 after a 59-0 victory against Texas A&M. Auburn moved up a spot to No. 5 during a bye week, taking advantage of losses by previously unbeaten Notre Dame and Baylor.

The Irish dropped two spots to seventh. Baylor fell to No. 12 after losing 41-27 at West Virginia.

Thirty times since 2001 a conference has placed three teams in the top five of the AP Top 25. The SEC had done it 16 times since 2009.

Fencing

Lexington's Kiefer seventh at World Cup

Lexington's Lee Kiefer advanced finished seventh in the first Foil World Cup of the season in Cancun, Mexico, on Saturday.

Kiefer began the day with a 15-3 win over Iman Blow of Brooklyn, N.Y., and followed that with another quick victory over Poland's Martyna Synoradzka 15-2.

After a 9-7 win against Great Britain's Natalia Sheppard in the round of 16, Kiefer lost to two-time reigning senior world champion Arianna Errigo of Italy 15-6 in the quarterfinals.

NBA

Celtics defeat Nets in 44-minute game

Jared Sullinger had 21 points and 19 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Brookyln Nets 95-90 on Sunday in an experimental 44-minute game.

The idea of a shortened game arose during the NBA coaches' offseason meeting as a way to analyze and compare the flow of the game with that of the league-standard 48 minutes.

While an average game takes 2 hours, 15 minutes, the game Saturday took 1 hour, 58 minutes. Instead of the customary 12-minute quarters, Sunday's game featured four 11-minute periods along with a reduction of mandatory timeouts from three to two during the second and fourth quarters.

Former University of Kentucky star Marquis Teague had four points, three assists and one turnover in 10 minutes for the Nets.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 14 points, six rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes in the Charlotte Hornets' 101-96 preseason loss to the Chicago Bulls. He was 6-for-11 from the field.

Golf

Martin wins his 1st PGA title in Las Vegas

Ben Martin made a 45-foot eagle putt to regain the lead and finished with a 20-foot birdie putt for a 3-under 68 and his first PGA Tour victory Sunday in the Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas. Martin played his final four holes at the TPC Summerlin in 4-under par.

Kevin Streelman ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch to overtake Martin for the lead, and Streelman hit a wedge into 5 feet on the 18th hole. Martin, who led by as many as four shots on the back nine, hit a 6-iron over the water to the back of the green on the par-5 16th.

His eagle putt broke back to the left over the final few feet and dropped in the cup to put Martin back in the lead.

Moments later, Streelman missed his short birdie attempt.

Martin two-putted for par on the 17th, and then rolled in a birdie putt he didn't need for a two-shot victory. The 27-year-old from South Carolina won in his 56th career start.

"It was an awesome way to finish," Martin said. "I didn't feel like I had much going all day. Four under on my last four to cap my first win was just awesome."

Jay Haas became the 18th player to win a Champions Tour title at 60 or older, closing with a 5-under 66 for a two-stroke victory in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic in Conover, N.C. The 60-year-old has 17 victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning nine times on the PGA Tour.

Kyu Jung Baek won the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship in her first tour start, beating fellow South Korean In Gee Chun and American Brittany Lincicome with a 4-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff in Incheon, South Korea. The 19-year-old Baek made the winning putt after Lincicome missed her birdie try from 41/2 feet.

Mikko Ilonen beat top-seeded Henrik Stenson 3 and 1 to win the World Match Play Championship in Ash, England. Ilonen also won the Irish Open this year and has five European Tour titles.

The last word

Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson on being eliminated from the series' playoffs Sunday:

"I went down swinging, and I take pride in that. Am I disappointed in our Chase? Absolutely. In the last two weeks, people have turned on the radio and there have been plenty of articles have been written this week. Frustration was high between (crew chief) Chad (Knaus) and I and the fact that we haven't been able to produce like we wanted to. We went down swinging. We had a chance and came up short."

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