Louisville is the top seed in the NCAA tournament after a topsy-turvy season in college basketball, capped by another round of upsets over the weekend.
That other team from the Bluegrass State won't even get a chance to defend its national title.
While the Big East champion Cardinals surged to the top of the 68-team bracket released Sunday, joined by fellow No. 1 seeds Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga, the school that won it all a year ago was left out of the field. Kentucky was hoping the committee would overlook a dismal performance in the Southeastern Conference tournament, but the Wildcats had to settle for a spot in the second-tier National Invitation Tournament.
As if that's not bad enough for Kentucky fans, Louisville (29-5) gets to rub a little more salt in its rival's wounds by opening the tournament about 75 miles from campus on Kentucky's home court, Rupp Arena in Lexington. The Cardinals will face either Liberty or North Carolina State in a second-round game Thursday. Kentucky plays an NIT game Tuesday - on the road because Rupp is taken for the NCAAs - at Robert Morris.
TORONTO (AP) The Miami Heat equaled the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, pulling away in the fourth quarter Sunday to beat the Toronto Raptors 108-91 for their 22nd consecutive victory.
LeBron James had 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, Dwyane Wade added 24 points and nine assists, and Ray Allen scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the defending NBA champions. Chris Bosh finished with 18 points as the Heat tied the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. The longest is 33 games, set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
Miami will try to move into sole possession of second on Monday when it visits the Boston Celtics - who ended the Rockets' run five years ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant wasn't in uniform when the Los Angeles Lakers tipped off Sunday night against the Sacramento Kings, missing his first game of the season to rest his sprained left ankle.
Jodie Meeks replaced Bryant in the starting lineup. Bryant sprained his ankle last week in the waning seconds of a loss to Atlanta. He played the first quarter in Indiana on Friday night, but sat out the final three quarters of Los Angeles' victory.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - Kevin Streelman finally won on the PGA Tour with a game that looked as if he had done this many times before.
Streelman didn't make a bogey over the final 37 holes on the tough Copperhead course at Innisbrook. He didn't miss a shot over the last 11 holes Sunday on his way to a 4-under 67. That gave him a two-shot win over Boo Weekley in the Tampa Bay Championship. Streelman won in his 153rd start on the PGA Tour. The win put him into the Masters for the second time in his career.
Weekley closed with a tournament-best 63 some three hours before Streelman finished.
PHOENIX (AP) - Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Founders Cup on Sunday to jump to No. 1 in the world, taking advantage of Ai Miyazato's collapse on the 16th hole.
A day after Lewis was penalized two strokes for her caddie's blunder on the short par 4, the American took a two-stroke lead with a birdie on the hole after Miyazato made a double bogey following an errant approach shot that left her with an unplayable lie in a desert bush. Coming off a victory two weeks ago in Singapore, the 28-year-old Lewis won for the seventh time in her LPGA Tour career to end Yani Tseng's 109-week run at No. 1.
Miyazato finished second, three strokes back after a 71.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - David Frost won the Toshiba Classic on Sunday, shooting a final-round 65 to defeat Fred Couples by five strokes and tie the tournament record of 19-under 194 set by Jay Haas in 2007.
Frost joined 2011 winner Nick Price as the only golfers to lead wire to wire in the event's 19 years. It was his fourth career Champions Tour victory and first since last year's AT&T Championship in San Antonio.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Kasey Kahne won his first career Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway after Brad Keselowski struggled on the final restart Sunday.
Tempers flared after the race when Joey Logano leaned inside the car window of former teammate Denny Hamlin to complain about Hamlin spinning him during the race. At the time, Logano was racing Jeff Gordon for the lead.
Logano was pulled away from Hamlin's car by crew members for both drivers in a classic post-Bristol clash that delighted the crowd. ``They're fighting! It's Bristol!'' yelled Clint Bowyer, who saw the action on the infield big screen. Logano wouldn't discuss what he told Hamlin.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Kimi Raikkonen won Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, jumpstarting Lotus' bid to challenge the series' bigger teams for the 2013 championship.
Raikkonen managed to pull off a two-stop strategy while his six nearest rivals all needed three, taking the lead for good on lap 43 of 58 in a race that had seven different leaders. The Finn became the 15th driver in F1 history to earn 20 grand prix wins. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was second.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California raceway crash killed a race car owner and the young cousin of the teenage driver whose vehicle careened off the track before it struck the two victims, authorities said Sunday.
Dale Wondergem Jr., 68, and Marcus Johnson, 14, were in the pit area when they were hit about 6 p.m. Saturday at the Marysville Raceway Park, about 40 miles north of Sacramento, according to the Yuba County Sheriff's Department. Wondergem, of Grass Valley, was pronounced dead at the scene, and Marcus Johnson, of Santa Rosa, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at a hospital, authorities said.
Marcus Johnson was identified by authorities as the cousin of 17-year-old driver Chase Johnson, who was not injured in the collision.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) - Rafael Nadal rallied from a set and 1-3 down in the second to beat Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday, giving the Spaniard his third title in four tournaments since returning from a seven-month injury layoff.
Nadal improved to a career-best 17-1 on the year, including 14 straight match wins. He's won three titles - two on clay while runner-up in another on his favorite surface - since returning from a left knee injury.
Maria Sharapova defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-2 to win her first title of the year in the women's final between two former top-ranked players.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Two members of Steubenville's celebrated high school football team were found guilty Sunday of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl, and Ohio's attorney general warned the case isn't over, saying he is investigating whether coaches, parents and other students broke the law, too.
Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, were sentenced to at least a year in juvenile prison in a case that has rocked this Rust Belt city of 18,000 and led to allegations of a cover-up to protect the Steubenville High team, which has won nine state championships. Mays was ordered to serve an additional year for photographing the underage girl naked.
SETON HILL LACROSSE
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Members of the Seton Hill University community tearfully gathered Sunday at Saint Joseph Chapel, known on the small Catholic university hilltop campus outside Pittsburgh as ``the heart'' of the school, to memorialize victims of a fatal bus crash - especially head lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley, who was remembered as warm, outgoing and a natural leader.
Players and coaches from Seton Hill were among 23 people aboard when the bus crashed into a tree Saturday morning on the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Harrisburg. The team was headed to an afternoon game at Millersville University, about 50 miles from the crash site in central Pennsylvania. Police are investigating the cause.
Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, died of her injuries at a hospital, Cumberland County authorities said. Quigley was about six months pregnant, and her unborn son didn't survive. The bus driver, Anthony Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown, died at the scene.
MIAMI (AP) - NFL free agent Donte Stallworth was hospitalized Saturday with serious burns after the hot air balloon carrying him and two other people crashed into power lines above South Florida, his agent said.
The 10-year NFL veteran won't suffer any permanent damage from the accident in Homestead, said Drew Rosenhaus, Stallworth's agent. Rosenhaus said one of the passengers was Stallworth's girlfriend, but he would not say whether she was hurt.
The basket carrying three hot air balloon passengers crashed into the power lines while airborne, according to Miami-Dade Police spokesman Roy Rutland. Two passengers were injured and transported to a trauma center, Rutland said. A third passenger in the basket was not injured.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil parted ways with his agent after a paperwork mix-up forced the Denver Broncos to waive him instead of signing him to an $8 million contract.
Dumervil and the Broncos had come to an agreement Friday for the defensive lineman to take a $4 million pay cut. But Dumervil's agent, Marty Magid, didn't fax the signed contract to the Broncos in time to meet Friday's 1:59 p.m. deadline and the Broncos cut Dumervil so they wouldn't be on the hook for the $12 million they owed him in the original contract.
Magid told USA Today that Dumervil contacted him Saturday to say he wanted to move in another direction.
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) - Felix Neureuther of Germany defied the pain of a back injury to edge out overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher and win the men's season-ending slalom race on Sunday.
Neureuther, who limped off the course after crashing out of Saturday's giant slalom, said he had three early morning injections to fight his injury. Neureuther won his second slalom of the season by finishing 0.36 seconds ahead of Austrian Hirscher in a two-run time of 1 minute, 52.20 seconds. The German finished second in the standings.
In the women's giant slalom, Tina Maze rebounded from her heartbreaking World Cup slalom title loss to American Mikaela Shiffrin by ending her season with a victory.
ARE, Sweden (AP) - Alex Fiva of Switzerland won the overall World Cup ski cross title, with some help from world champion Jean Frederic Chapuis of France, who held off Germany's Armin Niederer to win Sunday's race.
In the women's race, World Cup leader and world champion Fanny Smith of Switzerland won all three of her starts after failing to qualify for the finals the previous day.