Kentucky lands key basketball recruits
For all of his major accomplishments in the realm of recruiting, coach John Calipari never had landed the two best guards in one single class. Until now.
Andrew and Aaron Harrison committed to the University of Kentucky in a made-for-ESPN special from their high school gym in Houston on Thursday. The twins are the two highest-rated guards in the class of 2013, and Scout.com ranks them as the No. 2 and No. 3 overall prospects in the nation. In the end, it came down to Maryland and Kentucky.
The Harrisons will join the latest group of superstar freshmen expected to converge on Lexington for the 2013-14 season and Calipari is well positioned with several five-star prospects.
At 6 feet 5 and 210 pounds, Andrew mixes a unique size and strength with traditional point guard qualities. Aaron, a 6-5 shooting guard, is ranked No. 3 overall by Scout.com and Rivals.com. (Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader)
Also in college basketball — University of North Carolina officials said Roy Williams' second kidney tumor isn't cancerous. The school announced test results Thursday night, a day after the Hall of Fame men's coach had a biopsy of the tumor discovered on his left kidney. The school says the tumor is an oncocytoma, which is a benign growth. Doctors removed the same kind of growth from Williams' right kidney during a 3½-hour procedure on Sept. 19. (AP).
Golf — Ryan Moore matched the course record and his career best with a 10-under 61 in the first round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. He had nine birdies, an eagle — on the 341-yard, par-4 15th — and a boge to take a 1-stroke lead in the Fall Series opener. Brendon de Jonge had a 62, and Tim Herron and John Huh shot 63.
— Branden Grace made five closing birdies to shoot a course record 12-under 60 in the opening round of the Dunhill Links Championship, in Scotland. Grace, who has won three European Tour events this year, played at Kingsbarns, one of three courses hosting the $5 million event. Victor Dubuisson shot a course record 10-under 62 on Old Course at nearby St. Andrews, despite dropping a shot at the 16th hole.
— Paul Simson won the USGA Senior Amateur for the second time in three years, beating Curtis Skinner 4 and 3 at Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, N.J . St. Louisan Jim Holtgrieve lost 2 and 1 to Gerardo Ramirez of San Antonio in the Round of 32.
College athletics — Shawn Eichorst stepped down as the athletics director at Miami (Fla.) to take the same role at Nebraska, which gave him a five-year contract to become Tom Osborne's replacement. For Miami, it's the latest blow to a department bracing for potentially severe NCAA sanctions. Former Maine athletic director Blake James will become the acting AD for the Hurricanes, who were under Eichorst's leadership only since April 2011. Eichorst starts as special assistant to the chancellor Oct. 9 at Nebraska, where the 75-year-old Osborne announced last month that he will retire Jan. 1. (AP)
Horse racing — Keeneland begins its fall meet today with Breeders' Cup berths at stake. Opening weekend features nine graded stakes races totaling more than $3 million with some of the Midwest's top thoroughbreds. Seven of the "Win and You're In" victors qualify for the Nov. 2-3 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park. Today's feature at the track in Lexington, Ky., is the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades, with Magical Moon and Speedinthruthecity considered co-favorites. (AP)