Sports Digest: Kenseth wins opening Chase race

2013-09-15T21:15:00Z 2013-09-30T21:00:07Z Sports Digest: Kenseth wins opening Chase race
September 15, 2013 9:15 pm

Auto racing

KENSETH WINS OPENING CHASE RACE: Matt Kenseth restored order to a chaotic week for NASCAR with a steely victory over teammate Kyle Busch in the opening race for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Kenseth went into Sunday's race at Chicagoland Speedway as the top seed in the field. But he flew completely under the radar while last week's attempts by at least three teams to manipulate the results at Richmond took center stage of the opening race of the Chase.

He had to wait out two rain delays that totaled six hours, 30 minutes and passed Busch on a restart with 27 laps remaining.

Busch finished second for a 1-2 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota.

Kevin Harvick was third as Chase drivers grabbed the top six spots.


Pro baseball

PIRATES EDGE CUBS: Francisco Liriano took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before faltering in his first no-decision this season, and pinch-hitter Justin Morneau singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth Sunday to lead the Pirates over the Cubs 3-2.

Liriano didn't allow a hit until Junior Lake singled into the hole between third base and shortstop leading off the seventh. Shortstop Jordy Mercer made a diving effort and stopped the ball on the outfield grass, but Lake easily beat the throw.

INDIANS TOP SOX, HALF-GAME OUT IN WILD CARD: Nick Swisher homered from both sides of the plate for the 13th time; Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer, and the Cleveland Indians beat the White Sox 7-1 Sunday to pull within a half-game of Tampa Bay and Texas in the AL wild-card race.

The Indians achieved a franchise first by sweeping a four-game series from the White Sox for the third time in a season. Last-place Chicago has lost six in a row, and at 58-91 is 33 games under .500 for the first time since finishing 1976 with a 64-97 record, according to STATS.


College football

GREEN RUSHES FOR 158 AS WILDCATS BEAT WESTERN MICHIGAN: Treyvon Green made his case to be moved up on the depth chart for  Northwestern.

Green rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns; quarterback Kain Colter ran for 106 yards and a score and passed for another, and the Wildcats beat Western Michigan 38-17 late Saturday night.

With starter Venric Mark sidelined, Northwestern was just as explosive with Green — who is the Wildcat's No. 3 running back.

Despite the victory, Northwestern dropped a spot to No. 18 in the latest Associated Press poll.


Pro boxing


The end of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s career is in sight, because even the best fighter of his era can't beat Father Time. He'll be 38 and another $150 million or so richer when his lucrative contract with Showtime ends, and by then even the fighter raised from birth to be in the ring will likely have had his fill.

Appreciate his spectacular skills while you can. After what Mayweather did Saturday night to Canelo Alvarez, it's hard to argue when he proclaims himself as one of the greatest ever to lace on the gloves.

Mayweather was favored 117-111 and 116-112 on two ringside scorecards while a third inexplicably had the fight 114-114.


Around the horn

Izzy Castro Marques made two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Connecticut Sun edged the Fever 82-80 on Sunday. Karima Christmas led the playoff-bound Fever (16-18) with 21 points. ... Jim Furyk will have to wait one more day to try to end three years without a PGA Tour victory. The final round of the BMW Championship was suspended Sunday because of steady rain. Furyk, who has a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker, was still about two hours away from even teeing off. Players will return this morning for the conclusion.

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