Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Sports digest


UK's Cook injured

Staff/Wire reports

Wideout Tommy Cook probably will miss the 2004 season after injuring a knee during the spring game Saturday. Cook tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee making a cut.

The senior will undergo reconstructive knee surgery. Cook redshirted in 2000. If he misses the entire season because of the injury, he could file an appeal with the NCAA to gain another year of eligibility. UK would support such an appeal.

Cook is the Wildcats' leading returning receiver from last season, when he caught 21 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown. The three-year starter has caught 63 passes for 796 yards and six touchdowns in his career.

"I have encouraged Tommy, and he has agreed," Wildcats coach Rich Brooks said, "to be with the team next season and help develop our young receivers."

BCS PROPOSAL: A proposal for adding another game that would match the top two teams after the BCS bowls was discussed by the commissioners of all 11 Division I-A conferences. Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said the main emphasis of the meeting, which included representatives from the BCS bowls and ABC Sports, was how to implement a fifth BCS game, which was agreed to in March.

Tennis

PECKSKAMP CAPTAIN: Former University of Cincinnati great John Peckskamp has been selected team captain of the 2004 U.S. Men's 50 Team by the United States Tennis Association.

The four-man team will compete in this year's Fred Perry Cup international competition in Antalya, Turkey, May 3-8. Peckskamp, 51, was selected on the basis of his strong singles clay-court record over the last few years.

Peckskamp, owner of Town and Country Capital, was an Ohio state high school singles champion, a member of the Junior Davis Cup and played No. 1 at UC, where he was a four-time NCAA qualifier (1971-74).

He will be joined on Cup team by Tom Smith, Oliver Scott and Skip Walther.

WIMBLEDON: The men's champion will receive $1,077,270 at the current exchange rate, with the top woman getting $1,002,174.

Harness racing

A BETTING 1ST FOR JUG: The Little Brown Jug is promoting a first for harness racing: a future wager for the Jug and its filly companion race, the Jugette. A team of experts will select 23 horses for the two races, with three advance wagering pools.

The first will be the weekend of June 26, a week after the North America Cup at Woodbine; the second will be the weekend of July 24, a week after the $1 million Meadowlands Pace; and the third will be the last weekend in August.

The Jug is Sept. 23 at Delaware (Ohio) County Fairgrounds.

Ducks vs. Admirals tonight at Gardens

Game 5 of the AHL West Division semifinal series between the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and Milwaukee Admirals is at 7:35 p.m. today at Cincinnati Gardens. The best-of-7 series is tied at two games apiece. Winger Corey Perry, 18, a first-round pick of Anaheim last June, is expected to make his pro debut tonight for Cincinnati.

Auburn penalized for infractions

Auburn's program was put on two years' probation, with the NCAA cutting one scholarship but clearing the university of major rules violations. Auburn was exonerated of accusations involving large sums of money and expensive cars given to high school prospects Chadd Moore (now a member of the Cincinnati Bearcats) and Jackie Butler. But the NCAA found that an AAU coach, Mark Komara, was acting as a representative of Auburn when arranged to wire $3,125 for Butler and get a 1996 Dodge Stratus for Moore.

Deng declares for NBA draft

Duke forward Luol Deng, who led Atlantic Coast Conference freshmen in scoring and rebounding last season, has made himself available for the June 24 NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 Deng, who averaged 15.1 points and 6.9 rebounds last season for the Blue Devils, didn't hire an agent, leaving open the option to return to Duke.




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