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In brief: Wildcats turn to defense to beat Vandy

Sun., Feb. 21, 2010

Men’s basketball: John Wall sank a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left and had a big blocked shot to send No. 2 Kentucky to a 58-56 win over No. 17 Vanderbilt on Saturday night at Nashville, Tenn.

Wall’s free throws gave the Wildcats a 57-53 lead, but John Jenkins answered with a 3-pointer to pull Vanderbilt within a point.

Kentucky’s Eric Bledsoe missed a pair of free throws, but Wall responded by blocking a 3-pointer by Jenkins on the other end and grabbing the ball before being fouled. He made 1 of 2 free throws.

A.J. Ogilvy caught a long in-bounds pass, but his runner in the lane bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Durant helps spoil McGrady’s debut

NBA: Tracy McGrady’s dazzling Knicks debut couldn’t stop the surging Oklahoma City Thunder, who got 36 points from Kevin Durant and beat New York 121-118 in overtime at New York for their eighth straight victory.

Durant made the go-ahead jumper with 16 seconds left in his 27th consecutive game with at least 25 points, the longest streak since Allen Iverson also did it in 27 in a row from Jan. 12-March 9, 2001.

Rodgers leads Hoyas past Notre Dame

Women’s basketball: Sugar Rodgers scored 24 points to lead No. 14 Georgetown to a 76-66 upset over No. 4 Notre Dame at Washington.

Georgetown withstood a late rally by the Irish (23-3, 10-3), who closed to 62-60 on Natalie Novesel’s two free throws with 5:21 to play. Georgetown scored the game’s last seven points to secure the win.

Poulter reaches Match Play final

Golf: Ian Poulter closed out Sergio Garcia on the 12th hole, 7 and 6, to reach the final of the Match Play Championship at Marana, Ariz.

Paul Casey and Camilo Villegas exchanged a series of great shots and clutch putts through 23 holes in the other semifinal until twilight in the high desert made it too difficult to continue.

They will return this morning to see who gets to face Poulter and a chance at the $1.4 million prize.

Durant leads Mayakoba Golf Classic: Joe Durant posted birdies on the final two holes for a 2-under-par 69 and a two-stroke lead in the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

The 45-year-old Durant, a four-time tour winner, had a 14-under 199 total on the Mayakoba Resort’s El Camaleon course. Charles Warren (65) and J.P. Hayes (69) are tied for second.

Armour, Simpson tied at Allianz Championship: Tommy Armour III and Tim Simpson were tied for the lead at 13 under after the second round of the Allianz Championship at Boca Raton, Fla.

Armour put together a stretch of five straight birdies on the back side to finish with an 8-under 64.

Simpson, who had Deep Brain Stimulation surgery to stop a left hand tremor five years ago, joined Armour after he eagled the par-5 18th.

Pettersen takes 5-stroke lead at LPGA Thailand: Suzann Pettersen of Norway shot a 4-under 68 to extend her lead to five strokes after three rounds at the LPGA Thailand event at Pattaya, Thailand.

The 2007 champion completed her third straight bogey-free round and is 18-under 198 for the tournament.

After a sluggish start, Song-Hee Kim birdied three of the last four holes for a 68. She finished three rounds with a 13-under 203.

Busch wins Fontana race; Patrick 31st

Auto racing: Kyle Busch barely overtook Greg Biffle out of the final turn of a green-white-checker finish to win by .051 seconds in the NASCAR Nationwide race at Fontana, Calif., with Brad Keselowski right behind them.

Joey Logano led 130 laps and was up front when the final caution came out, but ended up fifth. Danica Patrick was 31st in her second NASCAR race.

Velasquez wins by knockout at UFC 110

MMA: Unbeaten Texan Cain Velasquez has knocked out Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira at 2:20 of the first round in the featured heavyweight bout at UFC 110 in Sydney, Australia.

Velasquez unleashed a flurry of punches to knock the Brazilian down, then began another set of combinations to his head before the referee stopped the fight.

In earlier bouts, Ryan “Darth” Bader beat light heavyweight Keith Jardine by knockout, and Brazilian Wanderlei Silva claimed a unanimous decision over England’s Michael Bisping.

Silva, nicknamed “The Axe Murderer,” staged a late flurry to claim the fight in front of a crowd of nearly 20,000 in UFC’s first foray into Australia.

Bader finished Jardine off with a flying knee and big left hook 2:10 into the third round.

Querrey to face Isner in Memphis final

Tennis: Sam Querrey and John Isner will meet in the final of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, Tenn., just days after they were selected for the United States’ Davis Cup tie against Serbia in March.

Isner beat Philipp Petzschner of Germany 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the first semifinal before Querrey defeated hard-hitting Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-3, 6-4.

Sharapova wins Cellular South Cup: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova beat Sofia Arvidsson, 6-2, 6-1, to win the Cellular South Cup at Memphis, Tenn.

Sharapova had only played one match this season, losing in the opening round of the Australian Open. It is the 21st title of Sharapova’s career.

Williams retains Dubai title: Venus Williams successfully defended her Dubai Championships title, beating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-3, 7-5 in the final at Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Williams broke Azarenka a third time at 5-5 in the second set and served out for the win.

MLB adds to banned substances list

Miscellany: Major League Baseball has added 12 performance-enhancing substances and 30 stimulants to the banned list in its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The MLB memorandum, dated Friday, was posted in the New York Yankees clubhouse at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. Each player also received a copy.

The memorandum said the updates became effective with the start of spring training this year.

Kriet takes lead at Bassmaster: Jeff Kriet upped his haul to 32 pounds, 1 ounce to take the lead after the second day of the Bassmaster Classic at Birmingham, Ala.

Kriet began the day in third place and moved past first-day leader Kevin VanDam with the biggest bag of the day at 15-10. VanDam, the reigning Angler of the Year, had a haul of 12-7 for a two-day total of 31-15.

MLS willing to start season: Major League Soccer is willing to start the season under the rules of its expired labor contract.

MLS president Mark Abbott decided to go public with comments about bargaining after seeing players start to speak out a day earlier.

“We’ve communicated that the league doesn’t have an intention of commencing a lockout,” he said.


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