Sports Digest: Bears sign third quarterback

2013-08-17T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:28:06Z Sports Digest: Bears sign third quarterback nwitimes.com
August 17, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro football

BEARS SIGN THIRD QUARTERBACK: With Matt Blanchard sidelined with a broken left hand, the Bears on Saturday signed quarterback Jordan Palmer and defensive tackle Eric Foster and waived defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson and linebacker Andrew Starks.

Palmer appeared in four contests for Cincinnati during three seasons (2008-10), completing 10-of-15 passes for 49 yards and two interceptions. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder was originally selected by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round (205th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft out of UTEP.

Palmer spent part of the 2012 season with Jacksonville but did not appear in a game for the Jaguars.

The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Foster appeared in 49 games with 19 starts over four seasons (2008-11) with the Colts after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers, recording 117 tackles, six sacks, four pass break ups and three fumble recoveries.

 

Auto racing

ALLMENDINGER HANGS ON FOR NATIONWIDE VICTORY: AJ Allmendinger was so close to he could almost envision coasting through his final lap and capturing the checkered flag.

Then, elsewhere on the course, a car spun out and the subsequent yellow flag meant the pack would have to restart behind the pace car in a two-lap sprint to the finish.

But after leading 73 of the 94 laps, he survived that last, late challenge to win the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

"In a way, I feel like I'm playing with house money because I never expected to be back here at this level," said Allmendinger, making another major step back after his suspension a year ago for failing a random drug test. "I'm just taking it all in and having fun with it."

Allmendinger improved his record to 2 for 2 this year in the Nationwide Series, adding a victory to the one he picked up for Penske Racing in his only previous start at Road America.

 

Track and field

BOLT WINS THIRD CONSECUTIVE 200-METER WORLD TITLE: When Usain Bolt means business, he is still all alone out there.

Bolt coasted to his third straight 200-meter world title, with the race basically wrapped as soon as he entered the finishing straight.

Jamaican teammate Warren Weir never got close to Bolt's world-leading mark of 19.66 seconds, but crossing .13 seconds later for silver still left him enough time to join him in a reggae dance to Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds."

"The energy was great tonight," Bolt said. "The crowd was into it."

While the Russians were beating the heavily favored U.S. women's 1,600 relay team, Svetlana Shkolina edged Brigetta Barrett in the high jump.

The United States got its only gold of the night from 21-year-old Brianna Rollins, who surged at the end of the 100 hurdles to edge Olympic champion Sally Pearson. Her winning time of 12.44 seconds beat the Australian by .06 seconds.

 

Pro soccer

AGUDELO SCORES TO LIFT REVOLUTION OVER FIRE: Juan Agudelo returned to the lineup for the Revolution after a two-month injury absence and scored a dazzling goal in the 54th minute to lead New England to a 2-0 victory over the Fire on Saturday night.

Kelyn Rowe banged in a rebound of a Saer Sene drive in 1st minute of injury time for New England's second goal.

The 20-year old Agudelo took a long, looping pass from midfielder Chris Tierney and nudged a one-touch volley over on-charging Chicago goalie Sean Johnson.

Chicago (9-10-4) had its four-match (3-0-1) unbeaten streak end, being shut out on the road for the fifth time this season. The Fire had scored in 12 consecutive matches.

 

College football

IRISH LINEBACKER SPOND'S PLAYING CAREER DONE: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says linebacker Danny Spond told teammates Saturday that his football career is over with the 14th-ranked Fighting Irish.

Kelly wouldn't disclose the exact reason other than to say it was a medical condition. He says the senior from Littleton, Colo., planned to issue a statement next week.

Spond had a health scare last preseason when he was struck with a headache so severe doctors were concerned he may have had a stroke. He was diagnosed with a kind of migraine marked by debilitating pain. He was hospitalized four days and underwent rehabilitation to learn to walk again.

At practice Saturday, Spond was walking with a cane.

Kelly also said defensive lineman Tony Springmann injured his left knee and is expected to miss the opener against Temple.

 

Horse racing

REAL SOLUTION WINS ARLINGTON MILLION: Real Solution won the Arlington Million on Saturday when first-place finisher The Apache was disqualified to second for bumping Real Solution in the final 200 yards.

Ridden by Alan Garcia, Real Solution was on the outside of The Apache as they came down the stretch. The Apache was on the rail, but ended up about four lanes outside, bumping Real Solution in the process before The Apache, ridden by Christophe Soumillon, beat Real Solution to the wire by a head.

Garcia and trainer Chad Brown filed an objection, and after 6 minutes, the objection was upheld.

"At the top of the stretch I had plenty of horse to go by, and the other horse bumped us more than four times," Garcia said. "Made me lose my momentum. If that didn't happen we might have won by two or three lengths."

Soumillon blamed the move to the right on the giant video screen close to the finish line.

"We were the better horse, but he got scared by the screen and shifted out," Soumillon said. "My horse was on the lead and got a little unbalanced. The screen scared him, but we were the best horse."

The 4-year-old Real Solution ran 1¼ miles on the turf in 2:00.99 and paid $18.80, $8.60 and $6.20. The Apache returned $7.80 and $5.60, and Side Glance paid $12.20 to show.

 

Around the horn

John Huh refused to let tough conditions – and one terrible hole – get him down. He was rewarded with a share of the lead at the Wyndham Championship. The PGA Tour's reigning rookie of the year shot an even-par 70 and joined Patrick Reedatop the field after a soggy third round. Huh and Reed, the second-round leader who shot a 71, were at 10-under 200. ... Kenny Perry finally met his match – for one day, at least. Champions Tour rookie Bart Bryant shot a 10-under 62 to take the second-round lead at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. Bryant took advantage of another serene day at En-Joie Golf Club, making six birdies in his first seven holes to surge past first-round leader Perry. ... RRSN/IFD’s 22nd annual Northwest Indiana Football Kickoff show will run  from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday on WEFM-FM (95.9) and www.rrsn.com.

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