Sports Digest: Portage's Bliss second in shot put at NCAAs

2014-06-14T21:30:00Z 2014-06-16T19:22:13Z Sports Digest: Portage's Bliss second in shot put at NCAAs nwitimes.com

Women's track

PORTAGE'S BLISS SECOND AT NCAA MEET: LSU junior Tori Bliss (Portage) placed second in the shot put Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., with a throw of 17.48 meters (57 feet, 4 1/2 inches).

Bliss, who was seeded 11th, finished behind Christina Hillman of Iowa State, whose winning throw was 17.73 (58-4).

Girls tennis

C.P.’S WEN FALLS IN STATE SEMIFINALS: Crown Point junior Qing Wen lost 6-1, 6-0 to Greenwood’s Jake Kawamoto in the semifinals of the IHSAA state singles tournament Saturday at Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis.

Bloomington South’s Denise Azcui defeated Kawamoto 6-4, 6-4 for the title.

Carmel’s Molly Fletchall and Emma Love won the doubles crown.

Boys track

CHESTERTON RELAY 13TH AT NATIONALS: Chesterton's 3,200-meter relay of Kevin Kenney, Marlon Williams, Billy Biehl and Tyler Vore finished 13th in a field of 32 teams Saturday at the New Balance Outdoor Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Chesterton timed 7 minutes, 47.14 seconds, about three seconds slower than their winning time at the state finals. St. Xavier (Ohio) took first in 7:37.26.

Mixed martial arts

SHOCKLEY SUFFERS TKO LOSS IN UFC DEBUT: Jason Saggo took it Josh Shockley early in their opening fight at UFC 174 and didn't let up.

The result for Shockley was a TKO loss that came with just three seconds left in the first round with the Duneland Vale Tudo-based lightweight covering up from Saggo's punches on top.

Saggo (10-1, 1-0 UFC) got an early takedown against Shockley (11-3, 0-1 UFC) and forced him to work from his back. Shockley stayed busy there, but late in the fight he was put in trouble by the Canadian. As Saggo landed ground-and-pound, Shockley was told to get busy defending himself by the referee. But with just three seconds left, and Shockley, in the ref's opinion, unable to better his position, the fight was stopped.

"I'm stoked. This is an amazing life experience," Saggo said. "I heard 10 seconds and was like, 'Time to put on the thrusters.' I just put my hips in and started throwing more leather."

The loss was the first for Shockley since a submission setback under the Bellator banner in Hammond more than two years ago. – Matt Erickson, Times Correspondent

Auto racing

MENARD WINS NATIONWIDE RACE AFTER LOGANO'S MISHAP: Paul Menard won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday when leader Joey Logano was victimized by a flat tire with about five laps remaining.

Menard ended up holding off Sam Hornish Jr. by a half-second for his first series victory since 2006. It was his first Nationwide start of the season.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, followed by pole-winner Kyle Busch and Brian Scott. Regan Smith finished seventh and remained atop the points list.

Menard, one of several Sprint Cup drivers in contention in the event, won the 250-mile, 125-lap race in his No. 33 Chevrolet.

College baseball

IRVINE RIDES 3-RUN 8TH TO CWS WIN OVER TEXAS: Taylor Sparks hit his nation-leading ninth triple of the season to fuel UC Irvine's three-run eighth inning Saturday in the Anteaters' 3-1 victory over Texas in the opening game of the College World Series.

One of the last four teams selected for the NCAA tournament, UC Irvine (41-23) continued to amaze during a postseason run in which it knocked off No. 1 national seed Oregon State and swept a super regional at Oklahoma State.

Pro football

NOLL REMEMBERED AS MUCH FOR TEACHING FOOTBALL AS WINNING FOUR SUPER BOWLS: Chuck Noll was a no-nonsense coach, and his Pittsburgh Steelers followed his lead to win four Super Bowls.

Noll, who died Friday of natural causes at 82, wasn't an entertainer or a charmer when it came to football. He was a winner, the only man to coach four Super Bowl champions, building a dynasty in Pittsburgh for a franchise that hadn't won an NFL title before he arrived in 1969.

"When Chuck became our head coach he brought a change to the whole culture of the organization," Steelers President Art Rooney said Saturday. "Even in his first season when we won only one game, there was a different feel to the team. He set a new standard for the Steelers that still is the foundation of what we do and who we are. From the players to the coaches to the front office down to the ball boys, he taught us all what it took to be a winner."

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