Sports Digest: Stanley Cup viewing Wednesday

2013-09-14T21:15:00Z 2013-09-30T21:00:07Z Sports Digest: Stanley Cup viewing Wednesday nwitimes.com
September 14, 2013 9:15 pm

Auto racing

KYLE BUSCH DOMINATES TO WIN AT CHICAGOLAND: Pole-sitter Kyle Busch dominated from start to finish, leading 195 of 200 laps en route to winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday.

Busch faced few serious threats, building his lead to seven-plus seconds to earn his 10th win in 20 Nationwide Series starts this season.

It was Busch's 61st career win in 264 career Nationwide starts, and his 123rd overall win across all three of NASCAR's top series.

Busch also won Friday's Camping World Truck Series race and goes for a second career weekend sweep in today's opener of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship playoffs. Busch previously won races in all three series on the same weekend at Bristol in August 2010.

Joey Logano finished second, followed by Nationwide Series points leader Sam Hornish Jr., Austin Dillon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Brian Vickers, Matt Kenseth, Parker Kligerman, Kevin Harvick and Nelson Piquet Jr. rounded out the top 10.

 

Pro golf

FURYK TAKES 1-SHOT LEAD AT BMW: Jim Furyk was 10 shots worse than his 59, though it was still enough for him to take a one-shot lead in the BMW Championship.

Furyk three-putted from 30 feet on the final hole Saturday at Conway Farms for a 2-under 69, giving him the lead over Steve Stricker going into the final round. Furyk on Friday finished with a birdie on the ninth hole for a 59, only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot golf's magic number.

Furyk, winless since the Tour Championship in 2010, was at 13-under 200. Stricker holed out for eagle on the 15th hole and shot 64 to get into the last group.

Tiger Woods, assessed a two-shot penalty after his second round, had a 66 and was four shots back.

 

Pro baseball

COLE PITCHES PIRATES PAST CUBS: Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and got home run help from Marlon Byrd and Jose Tabata, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Cubs 2-1 Saturday night.

The Pirates have won five of six. They began the day one game behind St. Louis for the NL Central lead.

Cole (8-7) gave up one run and five hits. The rookie struck out seven and walked three.

Byrd hit a solo home run off James Russell (1-6) in the seventh to put Pittsburgh ahead 2-1.

It was Byrd's 23rd home run of the season and second in 17 games since being acquired Aug. 27 from the New York Mets in a trade. He is hitting .323 for the Pirates.

JIMENEZ LEADS INDIANS PAST WHITE SOX: Ubaldo Jimenez pitched 8 1/3 strong innings, and Asdrubal Cabrera and Lonnie Chisenhall homered to lead Cleveland to an 8-1 victory over the White Sox on Saturday night that helped the Indians keep pace in the Al wild-card race.

Cabrera hit a two-run homer, and Chisenhall added a three-run shot in a five-run fourth inning that powered the Indians to their 11th straight win against Chicago and third in a row overall to improve to 80-68. Texas, at 81-66, holds one wild-card spot and Tampa Bay at 80-66 has the other.

Jimenez (12-9) scattered eight hits and struck out eight to win his third straight start.

Chicago starter Andre Rienzo (2-2) lasted just four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks.

 

Pro hockey

STANLEY CUP VIEWING WEDNESDAY: The city of Chicago and the Blackhawks will host a public viewing of the Stanley Cup from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage at Millennium Park.

Fans will be allowed to take photos. Lines will begin forming at 8 a.m. on the east side of the pavilion.

 

Around the horn

Maya Moore had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Sky 79-66 Saturday to secure home-court advantage throughout the WNBA playoffs. Sylvia Fowles led Chicago with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Elena Delle Donne had 14 points. The Sky (24-10) lost for just the second time in 11 games and will be the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. ... Alex scored the tiebreaking goal in the 86th minute; Sean Johnson made four saves, and the Fire (11-11-6) beat the New England Revolution 3-2 on Saturday night. Juan Luis Anangono and Mike Magee also scored for Chicago, which pulled into a tie with Philadelphia for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 39 points. ... With teen amateur Lydia Ko of New Zealand in pursuit, Mika Miyazato of Japan held a one-stroke lead after two rounds at the Evian Championship.

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