Sports Digest: Randy Bernard steps down as IndyCar CEO

2012-10-28T21:30:00Z 2012-11-01T19:55:08Z Sports Digest: Randy Bernard steps down as IndyCar CEO nwitimes.com
October 28, 2012 9:30 pm

IndyCar

RANDY BERNARD STEPS DOWN AS INDYCAR CEO: Randy Bernard stepped down as CEO of IndyCar on Sunday, bringing an end to a three-year reign that was disrupted this season by several attempts by team owners to have him ousted as head of the series.

The decision was announced following an executive session conducted by teleconference Sunday by the 11-member Indianapolis Motor Speedway board of directors.

Jeff Belskus, the president of IMS and president and CEO of Hulman & Co., will step in as interim CEO of the IndyCar Series.

Bernard, who has two years remaining on the contract he signed when he joined IndyCar in 2010, will stay on in an advisory position.

Both the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are owned by the Hulman-George family, which holds four spots on the 11-member IMS board and four spots on the 10-member Hulman & Co. board.

The decision for Bernard to step down was made by the IMS board, which felt a "mutual separation" was the only way to stop speculation over his job security.

Pro tennis

SERENA WILLIAMS WINS WTA TITLE: Her year filled with titles and trophies over, Serena Williams can at last admit it: This was a title she had her eye on.

Not that any more evidence of her all-consuming, powerful game was needed, but Williams gave it anyway. She dismissed Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3 Sunday to win the WTA Championships for the third time and finish the year with another title, but not the top ranking.

"Now that I can be honest, I really wanted to win," Williams said. "I wanted it so bad, but I didn't want to say it. ... It was really important for me to end the year with this title in particular."

Williams ended the year with a 59-4 record and seven titles. Since her first-round loss at the French Open, she is 31-1, winning Wimbledon, the Olympic gold medal and the U.S. Open.

 

Women's soccer

CRUSADERS OPEN HORIZON TOURNEY PLAY TUESDAY: Valparaiso University (10-5-3, 3-2-2) earned the third seed in the Horizon League tournament after defeating Green Bay 1-0 in its regular-season finale Saturday.

Valparaiso, which reached double figures in wins for the eighth time in the last 12 years, will host sixth-seeded Loyola at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Eastgate Field.

CALUMET COLLEGE TAKES FINALE: Maritza Salas scored on a pass from Sandra Narvaez in the 96th minute to give Calumet College a 1-0 overtime victory over visiting Illinois Tech in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play Saturday.

Amy Gasiorowski made four saves for the Crimson Wave, which finished its season 6-12 overall, 4-7 in CCAC play.

 

Men's soccer

CRIMSON WAVE WINS ON SENIOR DAY: Donovan Cole scored on a pass from Jesus Avalos in the 28th minute to give Calumet College a 1-0 Senior Day win over Illinois Tech on Saturday.

Fernando Perez made eight saves for the Crimson Wave, which ended its season 7-11 overall, 5-6 in the CCAC. It was the final match for Crimson Wave seniors Andrew Goralczyk, Avalos and Rob Thome.

 

Women's basketball

CALUMET COLLEGE BEATS IUN IN OPENER: Rebecca Dill and Karina Robinson each scored 13 points to pace Calumet College in a 55-45 victory over visiting Indiana University Northwest on Saturday night at the Rittenmeyer Athletic Center on Alumni Court. Robinson also pulled down 12 rebounds.

Megan Holland led the RedHawks with 18 points.

 

College football

WALKER POWERS PUMAS PAST KENTUCKY WESLEYAN: Julian Walker caught six passes for 86 yards and also threw two touchdown passes to lead St. Joseph's College to a 38-27 victory at Kentucky Wesleyan (2-7, 0-6) in Great Lakes Valley Conference action Saturday.

Quarterback Billy VandeMerkt was 13-of-30 passing for 183 yards and a touchdown for the Pumas (5-4, 4-2 GLVC). He also rushed for 57 yards and a TD.

St. Jospeh's running back Braxton Shelton rushed 21 times for 157 yards, while Gavin Voss (Wheeler) kicked a 36-yard field goal.

 

Prep football

MARIAN LOOKING FOR COACH: Marian Catholic is looking for a head football coach after Dave Mattio resigned from the position.

Varsity high school coaching experience and valid teaching certificates are requirements. A full-time staff position at Marian Catholic is negotiable with the football job. Interested applicants should send a letter, resume and references to Principal Sr. Kathleen Anne Tait by Dec. 1 at Marian Catholic High School, 700 Ashland Ave., Chicago Heights, IL 60411. Details may be obtained by contacting Sister Kathleen via email at ska@marianchs.com.

 

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