Sports Digest: RailCats swept in Lincoln series

2013-08-11T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:32:14Z Sports Digest: RailCats swept in Lincoln series nwitimes.com
August 11, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

RAILCATS DROP SERIES TO LINCOLN: The RailCats were schellacked 14-4 to lose all three games in a road series to the Lincoln Saltdogs.

Starter Alain Quijano allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings. He struck out one Saltdogs hitter, the only K of the day for five RailCats pitchers.

The Saltdogs hit five homers, including three from Bryan Pounds and one by former RailCat Matt Forgatch.

Adam Klein was 3-for-5 and drove in two runs for the RailCats.

 

Pro basketball

SKY SLIP PAST LYNX IN OT: Elena Delle Donne forced overtime with a clutch 3-pointer and had a career-high 32 points to lead the Sky to a 94-86 victory over Minnesota on Sunday.

Delle Donne added five points in the extra period for East-leading Chicago (15-7) while Sylvia Fowles added 31, including six in the extra session.

Seimone Augustus led a balanced Lynx attack with 26 points, Maya Moore had 19 while Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson had 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Courtney Vandersloot had 13 and Epiphanny Prince added 10 for Chicago.

The Sky rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to lead in the late going before Augustus' go-ahead jumper with 47.3 seconds left in regulation gave the Lynx a 77-76 lead.

 

Auto racing

KYLE BUSCH FINAL WINS AGAIN AT WATKINS GLEN: Kyle Busch finally has that elusive second win at Watkins Glen International, atoning for a year ago when he lost a certain victory on the last lap.

On a two-lap dash to the finish in the caution-filled Sprint Cup race Sunday, Busch barely held off Brad Keselowski, who finished second in this race for the third straight time.

A year ago, Busch watched victory slip away when he slid off course on the final lap on a track coated with oil from a blown engine.

Marcos Ambrose, seeking his third straight Cup win at The Glen, was on the pole and led for 51 laps. But his luck finally ran out just past the halfway point of the 90-lap race.

He had to pit under caution after Busch had come in under green. That gave Busch the lead and he held on through a series of cautions over the final 28 laps. Ambrose crashed late trying to make a late run and finished 23rd.

The field didn't have to worry about five-time Watkins Glen winner Tony Stewart. The driver known as Smoke is out indefinitely after breaking his right leg Aug. 5 in a sprint car race in Iowa. Stewart, who has had two operations, saw his streak of 521 consecutive Cup starts end. Max Papis drove Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet on Sunday and finished 15th. Several drivers had stickers on their cars honoring Stewart with the message: "Get Well Smoke 14."

Track & Field

BOLT REIGNS AGAIN IN 100 AT WORLDS: His legs were hurting, the rain was pouring and he was trailing late in the race.

Doesn't matter. This is Usain Bolt.

And nothing gets in the way of him and first place, especially when he's driven as he was Sunday night in the 100-meter final at the world championships.

Bolt blew by Justin Gatlin with about 30 meters to go and never glanced back. He also didn't even crack a smile when he crossed the finish line because this took a lot more work than the world's fastest sprinter usually needs.

Gatlin was second and Bolt's Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter took third.

EATON OF U.S. WINS DECATHLON WORLD TITLE: Ashton Eaton of the United States won the decathlon world championship title on Sunday to add to his Olympic gold medal.

He completed his collection with a season-leading total of 8,809 points in a 10-event competition many consider the toughest.

"It feels good. It was the last thing I had left on my list to do," said Eaton, who rallied after a relatively sub-par first half of the two-day competition. "Now I've done everything there is to do in multi-events."

Michael Schrader of Germany won the silver medal with 8,670 points in his first major championship since the 2008 Beijing Olympics after an injury-plagued career. Damian Warner of Canada earned the bronze with 8,512 points.

Pro tennis

FEDERER TRYING TO RE-ENERGIZE GAME IN CINCI: Roger Federer usually feels good when he arrives in Cincinnati for a tournament he has won more times than anyone else. This week, not so much.

Federer is trying to reconstruct his game and keep his back healthy at the Western & Southern Open, a Masters series tournament he won for an unprecedented fifth time last year. He likes the fast blue surface and the quiet time away from the courts.

Throughout his career, he's used the tournament as a springboard to the U.S. Open. He's in more of a rebuilding mode entering the event, which opened Sunday with two men's matches.

After a stunning loss second-round loss at Wimbledon, Federer's had surprising exits in two other tournaments to lower-ranked players. He's also been bothered by a bad back.

 

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