Sports Digest: Magic expected to guarantee Moore's contract for next season

2013-06-29T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:46:19Z Sports Digest: Magic expected to guarantee Moore's contract for next season nwitimes.com
June 29, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro basketball

MAGIC EXPECTED TO GUARANTEE MOORE'S CONTRACT FOR NEXT SEASON: The Orlando Magic reported on its team website Saturday that it intends to guarantee the salary of E'Twaun Moore (E.C. Central/Purdue) for 2013-14.

Serving primarily as a backup to point guard Jameer Nelson, Moore played in 75 games last season, his second in the NBA, starting 21 times. He averaged 7.8 points, 2.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game.

 

Pro golf

VLASIC 15TH AT PUBLIC LINKS: Jerry Vlasic of Valparaiso placed 15th in the Indiana Golf Association Public Links Championship on Saturday at the Royal Hylands Golf Club with a two-round score of 2-over-par 144.

Kyle Cox of Fishers won by eight strokes, finishing 12-under par.

 

Pro hockey

HAWKS' SAAD ON ALL-ROOKIE TEAM: Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers and fellow finalists Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens and Brandon Saad of the Blackhawks are among those chosen for the NHL's All-Rookie team Saturday.

Joining the three forwards were St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen, and defensemen Jonas Brodin of the Minnesota Wild and Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers.

Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association

Huberdeau took top rookie honors by posting 14 goals and 17 assists while playing in Florida's 48 games this season. Gallagher had 15 goals and 13 assists in 44 games, and Saad had 10 goals and 17 assists in 46 games for the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.

Schultz posted eight goals and 19 assists in 48 games, logging an average of nearly 21 1-2 minutes of ice time. Brodin averaged over 23 minutes in 45 games and had 11 points.

Allen went 9-4 in 15 games with a 2.46 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.

AVALANCHE LOOKING AT MACKINNON FOR 1ST PICK: The Colorado Avalanche have plenty to choose from with the first pick of a talent-rich NHL draft.

Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones. Jonathan Drouin and Aleksander Barkov. They're all among the candidates to go first today at the Prudential Center.

Colorado won the draft lottery and has flirted with the idea of picking a puck-moving defenseman in Jones. But it appears the Avalanche are leaning toward a forward to take No. 1 overall, possibly the 17-year-old MacKinnon.

MacKinnon, a 6-foot, 182-pound center, is a solid two-way presence with strong hands, stick handling and skating skills. He's considered a natural scorer and very good puck distributor.

The Florida Panthers hold the second draft pick and the Tampa Bay Lightning are No. 3. The Blackhawks pick 30th.

 

Pro football

COLTS SAFETY LEFEGED ARRESTED ON GUN CHARGE: Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested early Saturday after officers found a semi-automatic pistol in the car he was riding in, police said.

Lefeged was a front-seat passenger in a Chevy Camaro that fled a traffic stop for speeding in northeast Washington just after midnight. Officers smelled marijuana in the car and found a plastic bottle of vodka and orange juice in the center console and a semi-automatic pistol under the front passenger seat, police documents show. A receipt and purchase paperwork showed Lefeged bought the gun this year for about $900, police said.

Lefeged and another passenger were caught when they tried to run from the car in different directions, police said. The driver ran away and was not immediately caught.

Lefeged was being held without bond at D.C. jail on a weapon charge. He faces a preliminary court hearing Tuesday.

 

Auto racing

RAIN WASHES OUT NASCAR RACE AT KENTUCKY: Rain Saturday night forced NASCAR officials to postpone the Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway until today.

The 400-mile event was rescheduled for noon today.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start on the pole in a Chevy alongside Carl Edwards' Ford.

It was the circuit's first postponement since last year's season-opening Daytona 500. The marquee event ran the following night for the first time in its history.

Today's rescheduling creates the first day Cup race for the 1.5-mile oval after two events at night.

Showers were forecast all day around the state, which arrived around mid-afternoon with a heavy downpour followed by sporadic rain. NASCAR delayed the start and held out hope for a late start with jet driers on the track, but another band of rain led officials to postpone the race just after 9 p.m.

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