Sports Digest: Valpo's Vlasic seventh after first round of IGA Public Links Championship

2013-06-28T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:46:12Z Sports Digest: Valpo's Vlasic seventh after first round of IGA Public Links Championship
June 28, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro hockey

HAWKS LAUD BOSTON IN FULL-PAGE AD: The Blackhawks took out a full-page advertisement in The Boston Globe thanking the city and its fans.

The Blackhawks defeated the Bruins on Monday to win the Stanley Cup championship. On Friday, Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz and team chairman John McDonough ran an open letter to the Bruins and the city of Boston. In the letter the Blackhawks extended their "heartfelt appreciation" to the Bruins and the citizens of Boston.

The Blackhawks said Boston "demonstrated respect, good sportsmanship and a genuine love for the great game of hockey." The Blackhawks said Boston reminded Chicagoans of the city's strength. Three people were killed and dozens injured when bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon in April.



FRANKLIN, LEDECKY WIN TITLES: Missy Franklin won the 100-meter backstroke Friday at the U.S. national championships, and 16-year-old Katie Ledecky moved into position to chase one of the toughest feats in swimming.

Franklin finished in 58.67 seconds, setting a U.S. Open and long-course championship record, then told reporters she would not swim the 200 individual medley today.

Ledecky, America's top distance swimmer on the women's side, won for the second time this week at the IUPUI Natatorium. She finished the 400 freestyle in a personal best of 4:04.05. If Ledecky wins the 1,500 free today, she could swim in the 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 at next month's world championships in Barcelona.


Auto racing

EARNHARDT SETS RECORD TO TAKE KENTUCKY POLE: The questions during NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying Friday were how many drivers would raise Kentucky Speedway's record and by how much.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. provided the answer of the eight that broke it, clocking 183.636 mph to wrest the mark from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson and the pole for tonight's race.

KESELOWSKI WINS NATIONWIDE RACE AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY: Brad Keselowski took his final lead on the 156th lap and went on to a rain-shortened victory Friday night in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

Series points leader Regan Smith saw his 28-point advantage over Justin Allgaier coming in whacked to only eight following an engine problem that forced him behind the wall and left him 30th, 17 laps down.


Pro tennis

FEDERER'S CONQUEROR LOSES IN THIRD ROUND: The player who stunned Roger Federer in one of Wimbledon's greatest upsets didn't stick around very long.

Two days after eliminating the seven-time champion on Centre Court, Sergiy Stakhovsky fell to Jurgen Melzer in four sets Friday in the third round at the All England Club.

The 116th-ranked Ukrainian couldn't replicate the serve-and-volley magic that stifled Federer, losing 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to the left-handed Austrian.

Second-seeded Andy Murray trounced Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 under the Centre Court roof to cruise into the fourth round.


Pro football

FUGITIVE IN HERNANDEZ CASE SURRENDERS IN FLORIDA: A third suspect in the Aaron Hernandez murder case surrendered in Florida on Friday, authorities said, hours after a Bristol resident was extradited to Massachusetts.

Ernest Wallace was arrested in Miramar, Fla., state police in Massachusetts said.

Also Friday, Carlos A. Ortiz appeared briefly in Superior Court in Bristol before Massachusetts police took custody. He later appeared in court in North Attleborough, Mass. and pleaded not guilty to a gun charge. He will be held until a July 9 hearing.


Around the horn

Valparaiso's Dave Vlasic was tied for seventh after shooting a 71 during the first round of the Indiana Golf Association Public Links Championship on Friday at Royal Hylands Golf Club in Knightstown. Brad Gray of Logansport and Kyle Cox of Fishers lead as both carded a 5-under-par 66. ... The Northwest Indiana Oilmen saw their six-game winning streak end as they fell to Lexington 9-2 on Thursday night at Oil City Stadium. The Oilmen (10-4) owned a one-game lead over Lexington and DuPage in the Midwest Collegiate League heading into Friday's play. ... Tamika Catchings scored a season-high 28 points after missing two games because of a lower back injury, helping the defending WNBA champion Fever beat the Tulsa Shock 80-69 on Friday to snap a seven-game losing streak. ... The Cubs have been cleared to move forward with their $500 million renovation of Wrigley Field — except for the large video screen that the team's chairman says is an essential element. 

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