Sports Digest: IHSAA sets semistate slate

2014-06-08T21:30:00Z 2014-09-09T23:08:13Z Sports Digest: IHSAA sets semistate slate nwitimes.com

Prep baseball

SEMISTATE SCHEDULE SET: The IHSAA released Saturday's baseball semistate schedule with locations, putting two Lake County teams at the same site in Plymouth.

Andrean (29-4) will play Bishop Dwenger (19-11) at noon region time on Saturday in the Class 3A semistate with the winner setting a date at Victory Field in the state title game. Class 4A's Lake Central (23-10) will play Nobelsville (27-8) in the game that follows, approximately 2:30 p.m.

In Class A, Washington Township (23-8) will travel to the Kokomo Semistate to play Rockville (27-3) at noon.

Auto racing

FROM RED INDY TO GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED AT TEXAS: Juan Pablo Montoya brought up the idea of how cool he thought green-white-checkered finishes could be for IndyCar only moments after his third-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway.

"No way," Will Power quickly responded. "Not in IndyCar."

Except that is exactly what had just happened Saturday night after a late caution led to a restart with two laps left at the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked track.

Ed Carpenter hung on for another oval victory over the hard-charging Power, who after a costly penalty earlier was on fresh tires and very likely could have won with one more lap.

"So if you have a red flag and wait, then that's OK," Montoya then asked during an entertaining and friendly 3 1/2-minute debate between the Team Penske drivers about late flags and restarts.

"No, I don't like that either," said Power, still the season points leader over Helio Castroneves, another Penske driver.

Texas came two weeks after the rare red flag in the closing laps of the Indianapolis 500 that set up the second-closest finish ever at the Brickyard.

Pro golf

CRANE NABS PGA TOUR TITLE IN MEMPHIS: Ben Crane won the St. Jude Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title since 2011, closing with a 3-over 73 for a one-stroke victory.

Crane went wire to wire for his fifth career victory. He played 30 holes on the last day because of rain delays at TPC Southwind, finishing the final 12 holes of his third-round 69 in the morning to take a three-shots lead into the final round.

He two-putted for bogey on the final hole to finish at 10-under 270.

Troy Merritt was second after a 71. Webb Simpson (65), Matt Every (70) and Carl Pettersson (69) were 8 under, and Ian Poulter had a 64 to tie for sixth at 7 under,

Phil Mickelson, among those tuning up for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, left winless in his 20th event since the British Open. He tied for 11th at 6 under after a 72.

COURSE RECORD HELPS INBEE PARK TO LPGA TITLE: Inbee Park won the Manulife Financial Classic for her first LPGA Tour title in more than 11 months, matching the course record with a 10-under 61 for a three-stroke victory.

A week after losing the top spot in the world ranking to Stacy Lewis, Park finished at 23-under 261 at Grey Silo for her 10th LPGA Tour title and first since the U.S. Women's Open.

The 25-year-old South Korean player had only one bogey in 72 holes — on the fourth hole in the first round. On Sunday, she played the front nine in 5-under 31 and added birdies on Nos. 10, 12-14 and 18.

US FINISHES OFF CURTIS CUP WIN: Alabama's Emma Talley wrapped up the United States' Curtis Cup victory, beating Britain and Ireland's Bronte Law 4 and 3 in the opening singles match at St. Louis Country Club.

The United States won 13-7 to improve to 28-7-3 in the biennial competition, rebounding from a 10 1/2-9 1/2 loss in 2012 at Nairn in Scotland — the Americans' only loss since 1996.

After Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse and Mississippi State's Ally McDonald halved their rain-delayed foursomes match with Stephanie Meadow and Georgia Hall, the United States needed only one point in the eight singles matches to regain the cup. Talley, the U.S. Women's Amateur champion from Princeton, Kentucky, was quick to provide it with the victory over Law.

McDonald and Southern California's Annie Park also won singles matches for the U.S, and Stackhouse, the first black player in U.S. Curtis Cup history, halved her match.

Pro basketball

SILVER: NBA'S FIGHT WITH STERLING ALMOST OVER: Donald Sterling hasn't quite given up the fight, but Adam Silver thinks the time is coming.

The NBA commissioner said Sterling still hasn't signed off on the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, or agreed to drop his lawsuit against Silver or the NBA. But Silver believes he ultimately will, because Shelly Sterling's agreement with the league covers the NBA's legal responsibilities in case of a suit.

"So in essence, Donald is suing himself and he knows that," Silver said.

Silver also said before Game 2 of the NBA Finals that there is "absolutely no possibility" of rescinding the lifetime ban or $2.5 million fine he handed down to Sterling following his racist remarks.

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