Kentucky catcher Griffin Joiner lifted an 0-2 pitch to the wall in rightfield with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning, scoring three runs, propelling the Wildcats to a 3-1 victory over No. 5 Florida State on Sunday on the final day of the Renegade Classic in Tallahassee, Fla. UK's Kelsey Nunley pitched seven strong frames with only one run and two hits allowed.
That victory for No. 6 Kentucky (4-1) came after a dominating 10-0, six-inning victory over Georgia Southern earlier in the day.
Kentucky's victory over Florida State was the 56th for Coach Rachel Lawson over a top-25 team, including her 31st over a top-10 team and 16th over a top-five team.
Next up for Kentucky is the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Invitational in Kennesaw, Ga. The Cats will play five games in three days, starting with matchups against Southern Illinois and Morehead State on Friday.
Clippers' Griffin sidelined by staph infection
Blake Griffin is out indefinitely with a staph infection in his right elbow, leaving the Los Angeles Clippers without their All-Star forward as they fight for playoff positioning. They got off to a rough start in his absence Sunday, falling 131-108 to the Thunder in their most lopsided loss of the season.
"It's tough," Chris Paul said. "Tough loss, tough losing Blake. We'll try to regroup and be ready for the next one."
Griffin will have surgery Monday in Los Angeles and be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.
Coach Doc Rivers said that when he learned that Griffin would be out, he "threw things around the room."
"Obviously, I'm more concerned about him than anybody else," he added, "because infections are no joke."
Griffin is averaging 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 50.1 percent. He was third in the league's MVP balloting last year.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will take Griffin's roster spot in next Sunday's All-Star game in New York. West coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors will pick who replaces Griffin in the starting lineup.
■ James Johnson scored a season-high 20 points in his return to the starting lineup, DeMar DeRozan had 18 and the Toronto Raptors beat San Antonio 87-82 Sunday night, denying Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich his 1,000th career victory.
■ Kevin Love scored a season-high 32 points, LeBron James flirted with a triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 120-105. James scored 22 with 10 rebounds and eight assists in three quarters. Kyrie Irving added 28 points and 10 assists.
Goodwin hits game-winner in D-League
Phoenix Suns guard Archie Goodwin, on assignment with Bakersfield in the D-League, hit an 18-footer with 3.1 seconds left that gave the Jam a 139-137 win at Reno on Sunday. The former University of Kentucky standout finished with a game-high 35 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Kim wins LPGA playoff in Bahamas
South Korean rookie Sei Young Kim won the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title, holing an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with countrywoman Sun Young Yoo and Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn.
"Just before the last putt I was super nervous, but I was fine," Kim said.
The 22-year-old Kim shot a 1-under 72 in the completion of the delayed third round and closed with a 68 to match Yoo and Jutanugarn at 14-under 278 on Atlantis Resort's Ocean Club course.
"It's definitely a dream," Kim said. "I'm really happy. Since 10 years ago, it's what I've dreamed of."
Kim birdied the par-5 18th in regulation, chipping from the front greenside rough to 3 feet — to earn the last spot in the playoff. She won on the hole a few minutes later.
A five-time winner on the Korea LPGA, Kim tied for sixth at the LPGA Tour's Q-school to earn a card.
■ Paul Goydos closed with a birdie for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke victory over Gene Sauers in the Champions Tour's Allianz Championship at Boca Raton, Fla.
Goydos chipped to a foot from behind the par-5 18th green and tapped in for his second victory in 12 career starts of the 50-and-over tour. He won twice in 507 starts on the PGA Tour.
"Statistics are a wonderful predictor of the past," Goydos said. "Part of it is experience and maturity. If I played like I did today 10 years ago, I don't think there's any way I would have won this tournament. I didn't have my best game, but I got it around."
■ Former Stanford star Patrick Rodgers won the Web.com Tour's Colombia Championship for his first professional title, beating Steve Marino with an 8-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff. The 22-year-old Rodgers birdied the final hole of regulation after hitting into a hazard on the par 5. He chipped out sideways and hit a wedge to 3 feet.
"This is huge," said Rodgers, making his seventh start on the tour. "I've already had so many ups and downs in my pro career. To be out here and win so early is a dream come true. I'm really excited for the rest of the season."
Horse racingJockey Castellano reaches milestone
Javier Castellano got the 4,000th win of his career Sunday, prevailing aboard Captain Stan in the 10th race of the day at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
"Thank God for the opportunity," said Castellano, after his fellow jockeys joined him in the winner's circle for a brief ceremony. "I've been riding a lot of good horses lately."
The 37-year-old Castellano has won the Eclipse Award in each of the past two years. He was aboard Bernardini for the win at the 2006 Preakness, guided Ghostzapper to victory at the 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic and has won 67 Grade I races overall — including two at Gulfstream on Saturday.
He's the 67th jockey with 4,000 victories.
Reds and Frazier agree on $12 million deal
All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract, avoiding arbitration. In four major league seasons, Frazier is hitting .258 with a .325 on-base percentage. He has 73 homers and 235 RBI. He had career highs of 29 homers, 80 RBI and 20 stolen bases last season and was selected to his first All-Star game.
■ Michael Bradley scored in the 27th minute, Clint Dempsey added his 40th career goal later in the first half, and the Americans snapped a five-game winless skid with a 2-0 victory over Panama on Sunday in Carson, Calif.
■ Host France scored twice early in the second half to defeat the U.S. women's national team 2-0 in a tuneup game for the World Cup. U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris was making just her fifth international appearance and playing in place of suspended Hope Solo.
The last word
L.A. Clippers Coach Doc Rivers after Sunday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, which came without star Blake Griffin and guard J.J. Redick:
"We're depleted right now, but no one feels sorry for us. I don't feel sorry for us. You know what I mean? You've just got to figure it out and keep playing."