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Kentucky names Phillips as successor to Brooks

Kentucky offensive coordinator Joker Phillips will eventually become the Wildcats’ head coach following Rich Brooks’ retirement.

Brooks, 66, has not set a timetable for his retirement. He signed a contract extension through 2011 Friday that will pay him $1.6 million a season.

Phillips, who just completed his third season with the Wildcats, played for Kentucky from 1981 to 1984.

Also: Former Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker has multiple personalities — a revelation in an upcoming book.

“Breaking Free” will chronicle Walker’s life with multiple personality disorder, according to Shida Carr, a publicist at Simon & Schuster.

Carr said the book will be published in August, but gave no other details.

Clemson running back James Davis has returned to college after earlier announcing his intentions to turn pro.

Davis has led Clemson in rushing the past three years.

Former Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid said he will transfer to Texas Southern for his final season rather than keep himself eligible for the NFL Draft.

HOCKEY

Penguins star Crosby sprains ankle in defeat

Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby badly sprained his right ankle while ramming into the boards in the first period during the Penguins’ 3-0 home loss to Tampa Bay.

Crosby, tied for the NHL scoring lead with 63 points, was shooting from the right circle when Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger rammed him with his stick. Crosby dropped to the ice but managed to swipe at the puck a second time before ramming awkwardly into the rear boards, his left leg up.

Crosby’s right ankle appeared to twist to the side as that leg absorbed the impact of the collision.

The Penguins said Crosby would be re-examined today by team doctors.

Also: The Wranglers lost 4-3 on the road to the Bakersfield (Calif.) Condors in an ECHL game.

Aaron Power, Jason Krischuk and Brandon Kaleniecki scored for Las Vegas (23-7-7).

Mark Derlago scored twice for Bakersfield (11-20-7), including the game winner with 2:06 left.

MISCELLANEOUS

Rockets star McGrady aims to play tonight

Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady said he probably will end an 11-game absence, a day after saying his left knee needed more time to heal.

McGrady has been sidelined with a bone bruise, a strained tendon and patellar tendinitis in the knee. He said Thursday he was “unlikely” to play against San Antonio today because the injury was still painful and limiting his movement.

But he made it through the Rockets’ practice Friday and labeled himself “75 percent” ready to face the Spurs.

Also: Lindsay Tarpley scored two goals as the U.S. women’s soccer team beat Finland 4-1 in Guangzhou, China, to take the lead at the Four Nations Tournament.

The Americans next play China on Sunday.

Erik Vendt set a U.S. record in the 1,000-yard freestyle at the Southern California Grand Prix in Long Beach.

The 27-year-old Olympian won in 8 minutes, 36.49 seconds, lowering the mark of 8:42.64 set by Robert Margalis on March 1, 2007.

The UNLV men’s and women’s swim teams won three meets against Mountain West Conference opponents at Buchanan Natatorium.

In the men’s meet, the Rebels (4-1, 3-1 MWC) beat Wyoming 171-128, and the women (4-2, 4-1) defeated Wyoming 168-132 and New Mexico, 162-122.

 

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