Sports Digest: Travis lifts IU baseball team past Stanford

2014-05-31T21:30:00Z 2014-09-09T23:11:07Z Sports Digest: Travis lifts IU baseball team past Stanford nwitimes.com

College baseball

TRAVIS LIFTS HOOSIERS PAST STANFORD: Sam Travis homered and drove in two runs; Joey DeNato pitched into the eighth inning, and Indiana held off Stanford 4-2 at the Bloomington regional Saturday.

Stanford (31-24) will play Youngstown State (17-37) in an elimination game today. Indiana (44-13) will face the winner tonight.

Travis finished with three hits and two RBIs, including a solo home run in the fifth. He also broke a 1-1 tie in the third on an RBI single, scoring Nick Ramos.

DeNato allowed two runs and six hits through 7 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Indiana's Kyle Schwarber drove in the game's first run on an RBI single in the first. Will Nolden added an RBI single for the Hoosiers in the eighth.

YOUNGSTOWN ST. ELIMINATES INDIANA ST.: Patrick O'Brien pitched into the seventh inning and Youngstown State earned its first NCAA tournament victory, eliminating Indiana State 5-2 on Saturday in a regional game in Bloomington.

Indiana State (35-18) took the lead when Landon Curry scored on a wild pitch in the first inning, but Youngstown State answered with three runs over the next two innings.

Pro golf

MICKELSON SAYS HE'S COOPERATING IN TRADING PROBE: Hall of Fame golfer Phil Mickelson confirmed that FBI agents investigating insider trading approached him this week at the Memorial Tournament. The five-time major champion said Saturday he has done "absolutely nothing wrong."

A federal official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission are analyzing trades Mickelson and Las Vegas gambler Billy Walters made involving Clorox at the same time activist investor Carl Icahn was attempting to take over the company. When Icahn's intent became public, the stock price jumped.

The official was unauthorized to speak about the investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. Reports of the investigation appeared in several newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal.

Pro tennis

NADAL'S BAD BACK OFFERS OFF-COURT DRAMA AT FRENCH: The closest thing to intrigue or drama involving Rafael Nadal on Saturday came after his 31st consecutive French Open victory concluded.

That's when the eight-time champion revealed that a painful back is slowing his serves — and, all in all, giving him more trouble than his opponents so far. Nadal defeated 65th-ranked Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-2, 7-5, 6-2.

For now, leave the on-court theatrics to others. Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, for example, was clutching at aching hamstrings while being taken to 7-all in the fifth set by No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber before their third-round match was suspended for fading light. No. 23 Gael Monfils acknowledged tanking a set en route to a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2 victory over No. 14 Fabio Fognini, who was docked a point for chucking his racket near a ball boy.

Next for Nadal is 83rd-ranked Dusan Lajovic of Serbia, who beat Jack Sock of the United States 6-4, 7-5, 6-3. Another American, Donald Young, lost in five sets to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, leaving No. 10 John Isner as the last U.S. man.

Women's fourth-round matchups set up Saturday included No. 4 Simona Halep against No. 15 Sloane Stephens, and 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova against Lucie Safavora.

Auto racing

KYLE BUSCH 2-FOR-2 AT DOVER WITH NATIONWIDE WIN: Kyle Busch raced to his second victory of the weekend at Dover, taking the checkered flag Saturday in the Nationwide Series race to set himself up for a tripleheader sweep.

Busch followed his dominant win Friday night in the Truck Series with another stellar run in Nationwide. He led 124 of 200 laps for his 66th career victory in NASCAR's second-tier series. He has 134 wins spread over NASCAR's three major series.

Busch had a three-race sweep in 2010 at Bristol. He'll start second behind pole-winner Brad Keselowski today in the Sprint Cup race.

Trevor Bayne was second, followed by Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth and Chase Elliott.

POWER WINS FIRST OF TWO DETROIT GRAND PRIX RACES: Will Power won the first of two races at the Detroit Grand Prix.

Power finished 0.3308 seconds ahead of Graham Rahal on the bumpy, 13-turn, 2.36 mile street circuit on Belle Isle.

Around the horn

The Northwest Indiana suffered their first loss of the season Saturday at DuPage, falling to the Hounds 8-1. ... Briann January scored 20 points to help the Fever beat the New York Liberty 70-66 on Saturday.

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