Sports Digest: Valparaiso University football scrimmage today

2013-08-16T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:28:04Z Sports Digest: Valparaiso University football scrimmage today nwitimes.com
August 16, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

PHILLIES FIRE MANAGER MANUEL, PROMOTE SANDBERG: Charlie Manuel was fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, with his team way out of the pennant race and in a tailspin since the All-Star break.

Manuel, the winningest manager in franchise history, was replaced by Hall of Famer and former Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies' third-base coach. Sandberg managed the Phillies' Triple-A team at Lehigh Valley the previous two seasons.

Sandberg took over Friday night as the Phillies played the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

"These guys are professional players, they're getting paid well," said Sandberg, who was introduced at a news conference before the game. "Sometimes players have to dig deeper, play with pride, play with heart and or the name on the front of the uniform."

The 69-year-old Manuel led Philadelphia to the franchise's second World Series title in 2008 and brought the team back to the series in 2009, when they lost to the Yankees in six games.

Manuel was 780-636 with the Phillies and won five straight NL East titles from 2007-2011.

DUNN HITS 28TH HOMER AS SOX BEAT TWINS: Adam Dunn hit his 28th home run, and Jose Quintana tossed six sharp innings to lead the White Sox to a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

Quintana (7-4) scattered six hits over 6 2-3 innings, giving up two runs and striking out seven.

Jeff Keppinger also homered to help Chicago snap its season-worst, 10-game road losing streak.

Nate Jones pitched a scoreless eighth and Addison Reed worked the ninth for his 29th save in 34 chances.

ARRIETA PICKS UP FIRST WIN WITH CUBS: Jake Arrieta threw seven shutout innings, leading the Cubs to a 7-0 victory over St. Louis Cardinals.

Arrieta (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out seven for his first win with the Cubs. The hard-throwing right-hander was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in a July 2 trade. Before Friday, his only other day on the Cubs' roster was as the 26th man for a doubleheader against Milwaukee on July 30.

The Cubs snapped a four-game losing streak with the win and are 7-7 this season against the Cardinals.

 

College football

VALPO SCRIMMAGE TODAY: Valparaiso’s annual Brown and Gold scrimmage takes place at 1:30 p.m. today at Brown Field. The event is free to the public.

 

Auto racing

LOGANO SETS TRACK RECORD, WINS POLE: On another record-setting day at Michigan International Speedway, Joey Logano raced to one of the fastest qualifying speeds in NASCAR history.

Logano won the pole at 203.949 mph Friday in his No. 22 Ford, breaking the track record set by Marcos Ambrose last year. Ambrose's mark of 203.241 came on the first Sprint Cup weekend on a newly paved surface at MIS. His record lasted 14 months.

Logano's speed was the ninth-highest by a NASCAR pole winner – and the fastest since Bill Elliott set the record of 212.809 at Talladega on April 30, 1987.

 

Track and field

FRASER-PRYCE WINS, FELIX INJURED IN 200 FINALS: Allyson Felix flew out of the blocks, same as usual. She tried to settle into her rhythm around the turn, as she always has.

Then everything went horribly wrong for the American sprinter. She suddenly screamed and began hopping before falling to the track with a torn hamstring.

There went her world championships. There possibly went her season, too, as Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the 200 meters.

Felix's fall was one of several did-that-just-happen moments for the Americans.

Earlier, shot putter Ryan Whiting lost out on gold when an official ruling was reversed during the event.

David Storl was at first red-flagged for a foot fault within the circle. The German thrower protested vehemently and a photographer at the scene showed officials pictures of what happened. The official changed his mind and let the winning throw stand. The U.S. team did not file a protest.

Everything went right for the U.S. 1,600 relay team as the Americans won their fifth straight world title in convincing fashion with LaShawn Merritt strolling across the finish line.

 

Around the horn

PGA Tour rookie Patrick Reed shot a 6-under 64 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the Wyndham Championship. He had an 11-under 129 total. Organizers moved up the third-round tee times Saturday to try to dodge a threat of rain, with players going off in threesomes at the first and 10th tees. ... Australians Brady Watt and Oliver Goss advanced to the U.S. Amateur semifinals Friday along with Canada's Corey Conners and England's Matt Fitzpatrick, marking the first time that an American has failed to reach the final four. ... RRSN/IFD’s 22nd annual Northwest Indiana Football Kickoff show will run  from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday on WEFM-FM (95.9) and www.rrsn.com.

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