Sports Digest: Chesterton's Whitaker finishes eighth at World University Games

2013-07-13T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:41:14Z Sports Digest: Chesterton's Whitaker finishes eighth at World University Games nwitimes.com
July 13, 2013 9:15 pm

Auto racing

KYLE BUSCH WINS NATIONWIDE RACE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: Kyle Busch needed some OT to grab that checkered flag.

Once he did, he bowed twice to the crowd.

He could have done it one more time — one for each green-white-checkered finish he needed to survive to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Busch dominated in regulation, then proved he had the car to beat in three attempts of NASCAR's version of overtime to win the Nationwide Series race.

Busch needed to drive 213 laps of a scheduled 200-lap race to win his seventh race of the season. He snapped a four-race winless streak and won his 58th career Nationwide race.

DIXON WINS RACE, FRANCHITTI WINS APPEAL: Long after Scott Dixon raised the winner's trophy for the second week in a row, controversy and comedy hung over the first of two races through the streets of Toronto.

What was certain was that Dixon's win Saturday at Exhibition Place was the 31st of his career and moved him into a tie for seventh all-time with teammate Dario Franchitti, Sebastien Bourdais and Paul Tracy.

It was also official that Bourdais finished second for his first podium since the 2007 Champ Car season. He didn't get much of a celebration, though: His trophy slipped off the pedestal and smashed into thousands of pieces.

So he raised the biggest chunk he could find in triumph on a podium shared with Dixon and third-place finisher Franchitti.

Then right before the traditional champagne spray, the party turned serious: IndyCar had stripped Franchtti of his finish for blocking Will Power on the final restart. Franchitti's Target Chip Ganassi Racing appealed the penalty, and the driver was summoned before series officials at least an hour after the race.

It left the final finishing order undecided for two hours as the Ganassi team presented data from the incident.

The end result? Almost two hours after the race, Franchitti was returned to his third-place finish.

Pro golf

STENSON HOLDS OFF MICKELSON: Henrik Stenson held off a resurgent Phil Mickelson at the Scottish Open by shooting a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.

Mickelson was in a group of four players in a tie for second after making six birdies in his last 11 holes for a 66 on Saturday. His performance has the American talking up his improving links game before next week's British Open.

Branden Grace and first-round leader John Parry were tied with Mickelson after each shooting 66, along with J.B. Hansen (69).

ALLEN'S LEAD SHRINKS TO 2 AT US SENIOR OPEN: Kenny Perry and Fred Funk made charges in the U.S. Senior Open on Saturday, each pulling within two shots of leader Michael Allen with one round to go.

Perry, going for a second straight win in a senior major, shot 6-under-par 64 to match Corey Pavin for the low round at Omaha Country Club. Funk shot 67 after making a long birdie putt on No. 18.

Allen, who had a 63 Friday, ballooned to a 2-over 72. He started the day with a 5-stroke advantage over Rocco Mediate. It was the largest lead after 36 holes in the tournament's 34-year history.

Allen was at 8-under 202 for the tournament.

PARK SHOOTS 61 TO TAKE LEAD AT MANULIFE: South Korea's Hee Young Park shot a career-best 61 on Saturday to move into the lead after the third round at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Park was 10 under for the round and 20-under 193 overall, one stroke better than American Angela Stanford and two shots ahead of Scotland's Catriona Matthew.

Park nearly chipped in on the 18th hole for an eagle before tapping in a short putt for her sixth birdie on the back nine.

Pro basketball

FEVER USE HUGE 3RD QUARTER TO BLOW OUT LIBERTY: Erlana Larkins scored a season-high 15 points and the Fever used a big third quarter to rout the New York Liberty 74-53 on Saturday night.

Indiana (5-8) led by three at the half before blowing the game open in the third, outscoring New York 31-6. After the Liberty scored the first basket of the second half, Indiana had 11 straight points, including five by Larkins.

Kara Braxton scored with 5:10 left in third to make it 48-38, but that was the Liberty's last basket of the period.

Swimming

WHITAKER EIGHTH AT WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES: Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton) placed in the 200 fly for the United States at the World University Games. Whitaker finished in 2:00.49 at Kazan, Russia.

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