Sports Shorts

Kentucky hoopsters upset No. 11 Florida to revive NCAA hopes

Julius Mays’ two free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining capped Kentucky’s comeback from a seven-point deficit for a 61-57 upset of No. 11 Florida yesterday that revived its NCAA tournament prospects. Archie Goodwin’s 16 points led the way in a game that Wildcats coach John Calipari described Friday as “do or die” for his defending national champions. Kentucky needed a signature win to maintain its hopes for an NCAA tournament bid. Kentucky (21-10, 12-6) still needs another win in next week’s Southeastern Conference tournament to bolster its bid. The Wildcats outscored the Gators 11-0 over the final 7:28 for their second win over a Top 25 opponent. Murphy’s 17 points led Florida (24-6, 14-4), which missed its final 11 shots. (AP)

Messi scores off the bench to extend league record

Lionel Messi came off the bench and scored a stunning goal to seal a 2-0 home win for Barcelona over bottom club Deportivo La Coruna yesterday that stretched its lead at the top of La Liga to 14 points. With an eye on AC Milan’s visit in the Champions League on Tuesday, Barca left World Player of the Year Messi and five Spanish internationals out of their starting lineup at the Nou Camp. Messi came in with 30 minutes to go. The forward fluffed one effort five minutes from time but made no mistake in the 88th minute when he exchanged passes with Alexis and dinked a delightful chip over the onrushing Aranzubia into the net. It was Messi’s 40th La Liga goal of the campaign and a record-extending 17th straight league match he had found the net. (Reuters)

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