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Keselowski holds off Wallace for first career Truck victory
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Brad Keselowski earned his first NASCAR Truck Series win yesterday.
Keselowski passed defending champion Kyle Busch with 75 laps to go and held off Busch’s teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Wallace closed to Keselowski’s back bumper with two laps left, but drifted high in turn one and Keselowski pulled away.
Four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. finished third, followed by Matt Crafton and series points leader Johnny Sauter. Busch crashed with 22 laps left and finished 24th.
Judge drops rape charge against ex-Tigers pitcher
DETROIT – A judge dismissed rape charges against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed, saying a woman’s testimony wasn’t credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place.
The 28-year-old Reed appeared in 27 games for Detroit before being sent to his current assignment with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.
The judge ruled yesterday after a 45-year-old woman testified that Reed sexually assaulted her at a downtown casino hotel after they met at a suburban bar.
Reed said the sex was consensual.
Cowboys LB Holloman has career-ending neck injury
IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeVonte Holloman has what Coach Jason Garrett describes as a career-ending neck injury.
Garrett said yesterday that Holloman has been dealing with a neck issue for a couple of weeks. The linebacker played in Saturday’s preseason game against Baltimore, but came out midway through the fourth quarter.
McIlroy stumbles to 74 in first round; Van Pelt leads by one
PARAMUS, N.J. – Bo Van Pelt had just the round he needed to start the FedEx Cup playoffs. Rory McIlroy could afford an off day, and he finally had one.
With no guarantee of playing beyond this week, Van Pelt combined a great start and a great finish for a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead yesterday at The Barclays.
He is No. 104 in the FedEx Cup. Only the top 100 advance to the next tournament.
McIlroy is the top seed after his amazing summer of winning two majors and a World Golf Championship. But the world’s No. 1 player showed the effects of taking a week off to celebrate. He had a 3-over 74, his worst start to a tournament in two months.
Ryu sets course record at Canadian Women’s Open
LONDON, Ontario – So Yeon Ryu set a course record with a 9-under 63 to take the lead at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open after one round yesterday.
Ryu finished with nine birdies at the London Hunt and Country Club to take a one-stroke lead over fellow South Korean Na Yeon Choi, who chipped in three times during an impressive morning round.
Swede Anna Nordqvist, who was playing with Ryu in the afternoon, was alone in third at 7 under.
Inbee Park, coming off a victory in last week’s LPGA Championship, and Choi were part of a group at 6 under along with Azahara Munoz, Danielle Kang and Xi Yu Lin.
Giguere retires after 16 seasons
DENVER – Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere is retiring after 16 NHL seasons in which he won 262 games, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup championship.
Avs executive Joe Sakic called Giguere a “top-notch goalie.” Giguere served as Semyon Varlamov’s backup last season in Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy’s first season behind the bench.
The 37-year-old Giguere is best known for his time with the Anaheim Ducks. He led the team to two appearances in the Stanley Cup finals, capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy in defeat in 2003 and hoisting the Cup in 2007.
Lynx’s Moore wins MVP award
Minnesota’s Maya Moore won the WNBA most valuable player award after leading the league in scoring.
Moore received the award before the Lynx hosted San Antonio in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals last night.
It’s the first league MVP award for Moore in her four-year career. She averaged a career-best 23.9 points and set a WNBA record by scoring at least 30 points 12 times, including in four straight games. The scoring mark was the third-highest average in league history, trailing only Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi’s 25.3 points in 2006 and 24.1 in 2008.
Moore received 35 of the 38 first place votes, followed by Taurasi and Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry. Los Angeles’s Candace Parker was fourth and Phoenix’s Brittney Griner finished fifth.
Injured Isner withdraws from Winston-Salem Open
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – John Isner’s preparations for the U.S. Open hit a setback yesterday when a sprained ankle forced him to withdraw from the Winston-Salem Open hours before his quarterfinal.
Isner, seeded 13th for next week’s tournament at Flushing Meadows, was to have played Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.
At No. 15, Isner is the highest-ranked American in the U.S. Open. He is to face Marcos Giron, the 2014 NCAA singles champion, in the first round.
Isner’s withdrawal sends Rosol to today’s semifinals, where he will play ninth-seeded Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over 14th-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy.
Also advancing was Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, who beat Belgian qualifier David Goffin, 6-4, 6-2. Janowicz will play the winner of last night’s final quarterfinal between fifth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain and Sam Querrey of the U.S.
Kvitova moves into semis at Connecticut Open
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova moved into the semifinals of the Connecticut Open with a 6-4, 6-1 win yesterday over fellow Czech player Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Kvitova went down by a service break in the third game of the match, but avoided the upset bug that has sent every other seeded player in the tournament packing.
Kvitova will play the winner of last night’s late match between Kirsten Flipkins of Belgium and Australian Samantha Stosur.
On the other side of the bracket, Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia ousted American Alison Riske in three sets, 7-5, 0-6, 6-4.