Sports Digest: Pumas win shortened football game

2013-10-05T21:15:00Z 2013-12-12T22:26:13Z Sports Digest: Pumas win shortened football game nwitimes.com
October 05, 2013 9:15 pm

College football

PUMAS WIN SHORTENED GAME: Julian Walker caught a pair of touchdown passes from Billy VandeMerkt as St. Joseph's College won their rain-shortened conference opener, 35-9, against Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday.

The game ended with 10:40 remaining in the third quarter.

Walker opened the scoring with a 39-yard catch in the first quarter and added an 11-yard score with five seconds left before halftime.

The Pumas (4-1, 1-0 Great Lakes Valley Conference) held a 35-3 lead at the half.

 

Pro baseball

ORTIZ HITS 2 HRS; RED SOX LEAD RAYS 2-0: David Ortiz homered twice, the second shot chasing David Price in the eighth inning on Saturday night, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 to take a 2-0 lead in the AL division series.

It was the first two-homer postseason game for the Red Sox designated hitter. Ortiz was a star for the 2004 Boston team that won the franchise's first World Series title in 86 years and is the only player remaining from that team.

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and scored three runs for the AL East champions.

The Rays will need a victory in Game 3 on Monday in St. Petersburg, Fla., to avoid a sweep in the best-of-five series.

 

Auto racing

KENSETH TAKES NATIONWIDE RACE AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY: Matt Kenseth is proving to be unbeatable at Kansas Speedway.

The winner of the last two Sprint Cup races at the track, Kenseth hopped into his Nationwide car and drove it to victory Saturday, taking advantage of a late-race wreck involving Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch to conserve enough fuel for the end.

Kenseth crossed the finish line well ahead of Paul Menard, who got around Regan Smith on the final lap to take second. Busch finished fourth and Justin Allgaier was fifth.

Kenseth held on despite worn tires to win his second Nationwide win of the season. He'll try to extend his lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship today.

DIXON WINS, MOVES WITHIN 8 POINTS OF HELIO: Scott Dixon won the first race of the Houston Grand Prix on a disastrous day for Penske Racing and IndyCar championship leader Helio Castroneves.

Castroneves entered Saturday's race with a 49-point lead over Dixon with three events left on the schedule. But a gearbox issue early in the race led to an 18th-place finish for Castroneves.

Then a slow pit stop by the Penske team for Will Power allowed Dixon to take the lead.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver cruised to his series-best fourth win of the season and cut his deficit to eight points in the standings.

Dixon swept the Toronto doubleheader in July to climb into the championship race. He'll try for another sweep today on the course through Reliant Park.

 

Pro golf

AMERICANS SEIZE CONTROL IN PRESIDENTS CUP: The Americans are assured of being in the lead going into the final round of the rain-plagued Presidents Cup.

Zach Johnson holed out from the 15th fairway for eagle to complete a swift turnaround and give the Americans yet another point. That was the only foursomes match that finished before it became too dark to continue Saturday at Muirfield Village.

But this much was clear — the Americans are in control and have been the whole way.

Another rain delay kept the matches from finishing for a second straight day, this time more because of time needed to drain the golf course. The Americans had an 11½-6½ lead with four matches unfinished. The Internationals were up in two of them, the Americans led another and one was all square.

 

Billiards

MAJESTIC HOSTING TOURNAMENT: The Greater Midwest Poolplayers Association will host the South Shore Midwest Pocket Billiard Championships Wednesday through Oct. 13 at Majestic Casino and Hotel in Gary.

Amateurs are welcome to participate in all events, which include open 8-ball and 9-ball and three-player team, for men and women. On-site entries will be taken prior to each event. Eight-time world champion Nick Varner will conduct skill shot exhibitions at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday, and be available for photos and autographs.

For registration and details, call Cecil Messer at (219) 465-8101; email cmessermidwst@frontier.com, or visit www.gmpaonline.com.

 

Around the horn

Despite 10 saves from Kaytlyn Owens, Calumet College fell 2-0 to Judson University in women's soccer action. ... Chinese star Shanshan Feng shot a 9-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over American Stacy Lewis after the third round of the Reignwood LPGA Classic.

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