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SPORTS LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER | KENTUCKY.COM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 B3 GOLF EASY RYDER? NOT FOR TIGER WOODS AMONG U.S. TRIO WITH LOSING RECORD IN EVENT By Doug Ferguson Associated Press PHOTOS BY MARK MAHAN Henry Clay’s Logan Cox looked on as a golden retriever interrupted play by running on the field. SOCCER From Page B1 “We played better than in our recent games. We were all on the same wavelength,” Catholic forward Ini Okpokho said. “We came out hard. We didn’t get the result that we wanted, but it wasn’t a loss, and we’re just going to try to keep move forward and do whatever we need to do to keep it relevant.” Henry Clay (9-3-3) had won two in a row coming in, both by shutout. “I think it was a pretty fair match. Both teams worked hard for the ball,” Blue Devils Coach Tim Bernardi said. “I thought they outplayed us for the first 15, 20 minutes of the first half. They really took it to us. Then we kind of settled down and then I thought it became an even match. Both had a couple dangerous chances. “But I thought we did play hard and possessed the ball well tonight. Everyone’s looking forward to the next round — post-season’s coming up in a week.” David Vasquez, starting in place of John Paul Jikang, finished with seven saves for Henry Clay. Jikang “wasn’t ready to go,” Bernardi said. The Devils also played minus their top scoring threat, Thomas Ueland, who is done for the sea- FOOTBALL From Page B1 freshman. And those guys, I thought those guys held up well, especially him.” Defensive coordinator Rick Minter, a longtime friend of Quinn’s high school coach, said there’s something about Quinn. “We practiced him all week,” Minter said. “And we felt like of all the kids, he’s really going to have the most grace under fire. He’s got calm, cool confidence.” That ease was evident as the freshman discussed his first career start. “I wasn’t nervous believe it or not going into The Swamp,” he said Tuesday. “I thought I would be, but I wasn’t. I was just more anxious than I was nervous. … You’ve just got to be able to handle it, to stay calm, be able to handle the adversity. You’ve just got to overcome it and keep fighting.” When he got his hand up and made his first career deflection, his confidence soared, he said. Across the field, senior cornerback Mikie Benton could see it. “He might’ve been a little Lexington Catholic’s Tyler Mattingly, left, battled for the ball with Henry Clay’s Boselli Jevick. son because of a broken foot. Catholic goalkeeper Danny Veach had four saves. “They have a solid defense and their goalie, he’s really good. Both teams played really good tonight,” Henry Clay’s Addison Manley said. “We moved the ball really well tonight. We just couldn’t finish one tonight.” Manley nearly finished one with 6½ minutes left in the first half, but Veach snared the shot with two hands. Henry Clay’s Zach Campbell also had a good look, only to have Veach make a graceful leap and two-handed nervous, but Cody’s the type of player that once the first play’s over, he’s good to go,” Benton said. “He’s quick as lightning out there.” The not-quite-Southeastern Conference-sized cornerback said he has to be physical. “I know people are going to try to pick on me because I’m not that big,” he said. “I just have to try to stay physical, use my speed and just get off blocks.” Whether Quinn starts or not after Rice returns from his thigh bruise, the coaches are confident all three freshman cornerbacks will make UK dangerous in the future. Tiller, a 6-foot, 180-pounder from Homerville, Ga., has nine tackles in three games, including five against Kent State. Harmon, a 6-2, 197-pounder out of Paducah Tilghman, has four tackles and two pass breakups in four games. Their position coach likes what he sees so far. “They’re making progress,” Cassity said. “Have they arrived? Heavens no.” The threesome will be tested severely by No. 6 South Carolina on Saturday. The Gamecocks are the SEC’s fourth-best passing grab. Catholic’s best chance in the first half came on Jackson Rowady’s 46-yard free kick, targeted for the top right corner of the net. Vasquez timed his jump perfectly to make the grab. So both teams extended unbeaten streaks. And had a streaker to add some laughs. Henry Clay 0, Lexington Catholic 0 Goalkeepers—HC: David Vasquez; LC: Danny Veach. Records—HC: 9-3-3; LC: 7-4-4. Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @markmaloneyhl. Blog: offense behind quarterback Connor Shaw, who had a career-best 311 yards and four touchdown passes against UK in last season’s blowout. South Carolina has thrown for 971 yards in its past three games (323.7 average). On Saturday against Missouri, Shaw completed his final 20 passes. If he completes his first four passes against Kentucky, he’ll own the league’s all-time record for consecutive completions. QB Smith practices Quarterback Maxwell Smith, who wasn’t expected to throw on Tuesday as he rested a bruised joint in his throwing shoulder, did practice and throw. That makes him much more likely to be available Saturday. “The original plan was for him not to throw much today, but he felt pretty good so we went ahead and practiced (him), tried to limit his throws a little bit,” offensive coordinator Randy Sanders said. “He looked good, felt good. He’s not 100 percent yet, but I expect by Saturday he’ll be real close.” Jennifer Smith: (859) 231-3241 Twitter: @jenheraldleader Blog: COWBOYS Gentleman’s Club Gentleman’s of the Home able $5 T ! Dance DUELING KARAOKE! Two DJ’s * Twice the fun & excitement Contestants duel for $100 Prize* *$50 cash plus $50 gift certificate MEDINAH, Ill. — No other trio of American golfers has qualified for more consecutive Ryder Cup teams than Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk. Collectively, they have won 146 official tournaments around the world, including 19 majors. That only makes their Ryder Cup record look all the more inferior. They have been the core of the U.S. team since 1997 at Valderrama, where they combined for a 3-6-1 record as the United States lost the cup. Perhaps it was a sign of what was to come. For all their individual achievement, none has a winning record in the Ryder Cup. They have been on six teams together — Woods missed in 2008 at Valhalla while recovering from knee surgery — and the only celebration they shared was that remarkable comeback at Brookline. “I would have expected and definitely wished for a much better record than that,” Furyk said Tuesday. It leads to a question that brings to mind the chicken and the egg. Do they all have losing records because they are playing on losing teams? Or does the U.S keep losing because this triumvirate has losing records? “I think it’s both,” Woods said Tuesday. “In order to win cups, you have to earn points. And we certainly have not earned points. And on top of that, Phil, Jim and myself have been put out there a lot during those years. So if we’re not earning points, it’s hard to win Ryder Cups that way.” So much has been expected. So little has been delivered. And they are running out of time to leave a lasting impression. Furyk is 42 and has gone four of the last five PGA Tour seasons without winning, though the exception was in 2010 when he won three times and was voted player of the year. Even so, he had to rely on being a captain’s pick for the first time. Mickelson, also 42, has qualified for nine straight teams dating to 1995. He will set an American record for most Ryder Cups when the matches began Friday. Even so, he narrowly qualified for the team this year. They will be leaned on heavily again at Medinah as the U.S. tries to win back the cup. The Americans headed out for the first full day of practice under warm sunshine in the Chicago suburbs. They played fourball matches among the three groups, which was evident when Bubba Watson and his pink-shafted driver drove through a dogleg on the 440yard 11th hole and over the gallery’s head. He still played that shot (and they won the hole). U.S. captain Davis Love III finally showed his hand — and confirmed some obvious pairings in mind — by sending out Woods and Steve Stricker, Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, Watson and Webb Simpson. Other pairings were Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson, Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, and Furyk and Brandt Snedeker. There were few surprises on the European side. European captain Jose Maria Olazabal had Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood in one group; Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Sergio Garcia and Paul Lawrie in another; and Mark Kaymer, Nicolas Colsaerts, Francesco Molinari and Peter Hanson in a third. Furyk referred to McIlroy as a “marked man” last week, and not many could argue. The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland already is a twotime major champion, with both wins by eight shots. He has established himself as No. 1 in the world without debate, and has won three of his last six tournaments against the strongest field. Woods, despite his 86 wins and 14 majors, has never had a winning record in the Ryder Cup. He has combined to go 6-3-0 in his last two events to raise his career record to 1314-2. NFL From Page B1 league’s sponsors. Walk away from Vegas and our precious fantasy leagues. Until you’re prepared to do that, why should the NFL even remotely care about what you think? The league’s “explanation” regarding Monday night’s controversial last-second Seattle touchdown Tuesday crossed into the “Do you really think we’re morons?” zone. The NFL determined that the replacement referees’ only mistake was missing Seahawks receiver Golden Tate’s blatant offensive pass interference push on Green Bay defensive back Sam Shields in the end zone on a Hail Mary prayer. But they followed the proper instant replay protocol on a “touchdown” that replays clearly showed was a Green Bay interception that should’ve secured a 12-7 Packers’ victory. Were you really expecting a mea culpa, an admission that the NFL owners were wrong taking such a strident stand against the regular officials who are part-time employees? You’ve got to remember something. Billionaires never apologize. They never think they have to. It’s occasions such as these when I’m happiest that I’m no longer one of the perspective-challenged who invest far too much emotionally in the relative trivialities that are sports. There are more serious problems grip- SHOWTIME STARTS 12 NOON 15 Hours of Continuous Entertainment 6 DAYS A WEEK! Kentucky’s Best Showgirls! ad rcle Ro ll sse Ru New Ci COWBOYs Cav oad ay dw oa Br eR rth No O CHUCK BERMAN | MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE From left, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Jason Dufner are members of the U.S. team for this week’s Ryder Cup in Medinah, Ill. TED S. WARREN | ASSOCIATED PRESS Officials tried to sort out the final play of what turned out to be a Green Bay Packers’ loss to the Seahawks in Seattle. The NFL’s explanation didn’t pass the smell test to most fans. ping the world currently, but it’s an avalanche of blown calls and overall poorly officiated NFL games over the last two weeks that galvanized public consensus Tuesday that few other issues could. It’s all everybody’s talking about, writing about, screaming about. The fans are mad because they naively think that the NFL is their game. The players are mad because they know this isn’t as much a power struggle between the owners and the referees as it is another skirmish between the owners and the players’ union. And the message the NFL is sending is that the billionaires who call the shots aren’t backing down no matter how strong the criticism from the millionaire players or the blue-collar fan base. Are you kidding me? The NFL’s not sweating this. They’re not worried that they must have a deal with the real refs and soon. They’re loving this. They’re popping champagne corks in their Fifth Avenue penthouse suites because they know they’re dealing with an audience that can’t walk away from its weekly football fix. That audience will take whatever football — no matter how insulting to the senses — they can get, so there’s no inclination for the NFL to fix a mess of its own doing.

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