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Keselowski wins in Iowa
NEWTON, Iowa – Brad Keselowski held off the charging Michael McDowell last night to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway.
Keselowski, the Sprint Cup driver commuting from Pocono in Pennsylvania, led 146 of 250 laps for his third Nationwide victory of the season and second in two starts.
Trevor Bayne was third, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. and Ty Dillon.
Dillon races to first Truck win of season at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. – Austin Dillon pulled away on the final restart to win the Truck Series race yesterday at Pocono Raceway.
Dillon raced to his first Truck victory of the season. His win came a week after his brother, Ty, won the Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Johnny Sauter, Joey Coulter, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Blaney completed the top five.
Goldschmidt has fractured left hand, goes on DL
PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has a fractured left hand and is headed to the disabled list.
Goldschmidt, runner-up in National League MVP voting last season, was hurt when he was hit by a pitch from Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning of Friday night’s 9-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Diamondbacks placed Goldschmidt on the 15-day DL and there was no word on how long he is expected to be sidelined.
Fan falls over wall before Mets game, breaks arm
NEW YORK – A baseball fan injured his arm yesterdasy when he fell over a railing above an outfield wall before a game at the New York Mets’ stadium
San Francisco Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker said his team was taking batting practice at Citi Field when he saw the man fall near him onto the warning track in left field. Parker said he saw a bone protruding from the man’s arm.
The fan was identified by friends as Nick Gambacorta, and they said he was in his 30s. Joseph Piacentino III told the Associated Press that Gambacorta was on outing with local bus operators, supervisors and their families.
Dodgers’ Maholm out for season with knee injury
LOS ANGELES – Left-hander Paul Maholm was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Los Angeles Dodgers because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which will sideline him for the rest of the season.
Maholm, 32, was injured during the seventh inning of Friday night’s 8-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. He ran to cover first base after Scott Van Slyke made a diving stop on Arismendy Alcantata’s grounder behind the bag, then took the throw and hit the front of the bag with his right foot before tumbling over.
Indians unveil statue of Thome at Progressive Field
CLEVELAND – Jim Thome’s point-the-bat hitting stance, a powerful symbol of the most successful era in Cleveland Indians history, is now a permanent fixture at Progressive Field.
The Indians unveiled the statue yesterday to honor the franchise’s leader in home runs. Thome hit 337 homers for Cleveland, playing for the Indians from 1991-2002 and again in 2011.
Thome joins some select company. His statue stands in the team’s Heritage Park behind center field and is adjacent to one honoring Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller.
Garcia clings to 3-shot lead over McIlroy at Bridgestone
AKRON, Ohio – Sergio Garcia still has a three-shot lead in the Bridgestone Invitational. It just doesn’t feel that big.
Garcia had a six-shot lead at one point yesterday until he made his first bogey in 38 holes and wound up with a 3-under 67. Rory McIlroy made a late charge, closing with back-to-back birdies for the second straight day and shooting a 66.
They will be in the final pairing today at this World Golf Championship, a renewal of sorts from the final round at the British Open. McIlroy had a big lead at Hoylake. Now it’s Garcia’s turn to see if he can hold on at Firestone.
Defending champion Tiger Woods had a 72 and was 15 shots out of the lead.
Canadiens agree with Subban on eight-year deal
MONTREAL – The Canadiens agreed to terms with defenseman P.K. Subban on an eight-year deal.
A day after an arbitration hearing that would have led to a one-year contract, the team and Subban reached accord yesterday on a long-term arrangement.
Subban, who already has a Norris Trophy and Olympic gold medal, would be under contract through the age of 33. He had 10 goals and 43 assists last season.
Record crowd sees Man U top Real Madrid in Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ashley Young scored twice in the first half, and Manchester United beat Real Madrid, 3-1, yesterday in front of the largest crowd to see a soccer game in the United States.
The crowd of 109,318 at Michigan Stadium broke the previous U.S. mark of 101,799, set at the Rose Bowl for the 1984 Olympic final.
Serena Williams tops Petkovic in Stanford semis
STANFORD, Calif. – Serena Williams reached her fourth final of the season by taking the last eight games to beat Andrea Petkovic, 7-5, 6-0, yesterday in the Bank of the West Classic.
The top-seeded and top-ranked Williams is 3-0 in finals so far in 2014, winning titles at Brisbane, Miami and Rome.
In today’s final at the hard-court tournament, Williams will face Angelique Kerber or Varvara Lepchenko.
Petkovic was trying to become the ninth player – and first since 2010 – to beat both Venus and Serena Williams in the same tournament. Petkovic eliminated Venus in the quarterfinals Friday.
Pospisil, Raonic to meet in first all-Canada final
WASHINGTON – Setting up the first all-Canadian final on the men’s tennis tour, 13th-seeded Vasek Pospisil edged sixth-seeded Richard Gasquet of France, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5, last night at the Citi Open, where he’ll face Milos Raonic for the title.
Pospisil was two points from losing while serving and trailing 5-4 in the third set. But he came back to hold there, then broke in the next game when Gasquet’s signature backhand broke down and produced three errors.
In his first career final today, Pospisil will meet second-seeded Raonic, who advanced earlier by beating Donald Young of the United States, 6-4, 7-5.
Goffin beats Thiem in Kitzbuehel for first ATP title
KITZBUEHEL, Austria – David Goffin of Belgium rallied to beat fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, yesterday to win his first ATP tour title at the Kitzbuehel Cup.
The 78th-ranked Goffin stretched his unbeaten streak to 20 matches since his first-round defeat at Wimbledon, including three challenger events he won in July.
After losing the opening set, Goffin saved two break points at 1-1 in the second before reeling off seven straight games for a 2-0 lead in the third. He broke the Austrian again to close out the win. Both players appeared in their first career ATP final.
Goffin is the first Belgian to win a tournament since Xavier Malisse triumphed in Delray Beach in 2007.