News Summaries from The Sports Network - Saturday, September 20|
Jets list Milliner as doubtful vs. Bears
Florham Park, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner
is listed as doubtful to play in Monday night's game against the Chicago
Milliner missed practice for a second straight day on Saturday due to ankle
and quadriceps injuries.
The 2013 first-round draft pick sat out the season opener with an ankle injury
but returned last week to play against Green Bay.
Wide receiver Eric Decker returned to practice in a limited role on Saturday
after sitting out the previous two days with a hamstring injury and is listed
as questionable against the Bears.
Every other player on the Jets' injury report is listed as probable to play.
Jags promote WR Taylor
Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Jacksonville Jaguars signed wide
receiver Kerry Taylor to the 53-man roster on Saturday, promoting him from the
Taylor played in 10 combined games (four starts) with the Cardinals and
Jaguars in 2013, catching 22 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
Jacksonville needed some depth at wide receiver with rookie Marqise Lee
(hamstring) ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts.
The Jaguars also waived safety Craig Loston.
Vikings add Johnson to receiving corps
Eden Prairie, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Vikings have signed wide
receiver Charles Johnson.
Johnson had been on the practice squad of the Cleveland Browns. He played in
all four preseason games for the Browns this summer and caught six passes for
The Grand Valley State product was selected by Green Bay in the seventh round
of the 2013 NFL Draft and joined the Browns' practice squad last October. He
worked under current Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner with the Browns
East Carolina suspends WR Worthy for 2 games
Greenville, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - East Carolina suspended senior wide
receiver Cam Worthy for two games on Saturday as a result of a school student
code of conduct violation.
The suspension resulted from a late summer verbal disagreement between Worthy
and another male student on campus.
"Since I arrived at ECU we have always had a strong disciplinary response to
any actions by our players," ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill said. "Cam is an
outstanding young man with an exemplary record as a student and representative
of our football program. His family has been involved and fully supportive
throughout this process as has our entire football family."
Worthy leads the Pirates with 302 receiving yards through the first three
games this season.
Luiten takes back lead in Wales
City of Newport, Wales (SportsNetwork.com) - Joost Luiten carded a third-
round, 6-under 65 on Saturday to claim the lead once again at the Wales Open.
Luiten, who was the first-round leader, finished 54 holes at 14-under-par 199
and he is one shot ahead of second-round leader Shane Lowry. Luiten has three
wins on the European Tour, with two of them coming last season.
Lowry, who entered the day with a 1-shot lead over Luiten, is in sole
possession of second place at 12-under 201 following a third-round 68. Gregory
Havret (66) and Thongchai Jaidee (67) are right behind Lowry at 11-under 202.
After shooting a 63 on Friday, Edoardo Molinari fired a 68 Saturday and he is
in fifth place at 10-under 203, while Steve Webster (64), Marc Warren (67) and
Tommy Fleetwood (68) are tied at minus-9.
European Ryder Cup team member Jamie Donaldson (68) is at 8-under 205 with
eight other players, including Nicolas Colsaerts (71), who began the day in
Luiten started off strong and finished even stronger to take a 2-shot lead on
Friday. A birdie on the first had Luiten rolling right out of the gate. He
added two more gains on three and five before closing out his front nine with
four straight pars.
Luiten made it nine straight pars when he rattled off five more from No. 10 to
start the back nine, but it was the final four holes that pushed Luiten into
After his fourth birdie on No. 15, Luiten made par at the 16th before
finishing with back-to-back gains on 17 and 18, propelling him to a 2-shot
lead at minus-14 through 54 holes.
"I'm happy with a good score today," Luiten said. "I played solid, consistent,
hit a lot of greens and holed some nice putts to start with. I didn't really
make a lot in the middle part, but came back strong at the end with three
birdies on the last four, and I'm happy."
Lowry had a strong grip on the lead following a fast start. After making par
on the first, Lowry made back-to-back birdies on two and three. A pair of pars
preceded Lowry's third and final gain of the day on No. 6.
From there it was all routine for Lowry as he made 12 straight pars to finish
his round. It was Lowry's second straight bogey-free round and he has gone 37
holes without a dropped shot after making three bogeys on day one.
"I'm right where I want to be for tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it,"
Lowry stated. "I'm still there. If you had given me this Thursday morning
before I stood on the first tee, I would have taken your hand off. I'm where I
want to be and I feel like I have a chance tomorrow."
Havret did a lot of his damage on the back nine after making two birdies on
the front at five and seven. He started the back nine with back-to-back
birdies on 10 and 11 before adding another pair of gains on 14 and 15 to grab
a share of the lead. A bogey on the par-4 16th dropped Havret back a shot,
however, and he finished his round of 66 with two pars at 17 and 18.
Jaidee also held a share of the lead toward the end of his third round. Jaidee
made three birdies on the front nine and two more on the back at 11 and 15,
getting him into a tie for the lead at minus-12. Jaidee also tripped to a
bogey on 16, however, and he finished with two pars.
NOTES: Luiten won both the Lyoness Open and the KLM Open last season ... In
his last two events, Luiten has finished tied for fourth at the Italian Open
and tied for fifth at the KLM Open ... Lowry is a two-time winner on tour. His
last victory came at the 2012 Portugal Masters. He also won the 2009 Irish
Open as an amateur ... Jaidee has six career victories, while Havret has
three ... Havret also finished runner-up at the 2010 U.S. Open.
Hur joins Reto in lead in Alabama
Prattville, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mi Jung Hur fired a 5-under 67 on
Saturday and she joined Paula Reto in the lead after three rounds of the
Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.
Reto carded a 2-under 70 in round three. The duo ended 54 holes tied at 15-
under-par 201. They shared ninth place three weeks ago in Portland.
Kris Tamulis had the low round of the day as she fired a 7-under 65 at the
Senator Course on the RTJ Golf Trail's Capitol Hill Golf Club. She joined
world No. 1 Stacy Lewis (70) in third place at minus-11. Lewis won this title
the last time the event was played in 2012.
Alison Walshe (71) and Moriya Jutanugarn (71) are tied for fifth at 8-under-
par 208. Ilhee Lee carded a 4-under 68 on Saturday. She moved into a share of
seventh at minus-7, where she was joined by Ayako Uehara (70), Brittany Lang
(70), Sydnee Michaels (72) and Perrine Delacour (69).
Hur birdied the second, but gave that shot right back as she bogeyed the
third. She birdied the fourth to move back to 11-under, then reeled off six
consecutive pars from the fifth.
Reto started with three pars in a row from stumbling to a bogey on the fourth.
She erased that mistake with a birdie on the sixth.
After faltering to a double-bogey at the par-3 seventh, Reto came right back
with birdies at eight and nine en route to making the turn at minus-13.
"I wasn't where I wanted to be with my mental stuff, so I just took a couple
seconds to myself just to rethink everything, just kind of stayed in there.
After that, I just kind of blocked it out and just went on," Reto of what she
did after making double-bogey at the seventh.
Reto came up short of the 11th with her second shot from the rough. That led
to a bogey and Hur drained a short birdie putt at the same hole to forge a tie
The pair went shot for shot down the stretch. They both were inside seven feet
at the 14th and both converted their birdie efforts. Reto drained a 9-footer
for birdie at 16, but Hur answered with a 4-foot birdie putt of her own.
They both reached the par-5 17th with their third shots. Both players made
birdie from inside five feet to remain tied for the lead. They ended with pars
at the last.
"At the beginning of the round, my putting wasn't that good, but after we made
the turn, my putting got better and better," said Hur. "I'm not going to think
about anything like who's playing behind me. I will just focus on my ball."
NOTES: Hur has a piece of the 54-hole lead for the third time in her career
... Hur is in the final group in the final round for the third straight
tournament ... Reto has a piece of the lead for the second straight day, and
those were the first two times she had a share of the lead after any round.
Fathauer moves in front at Web.com Tour Championship
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Derek Fathauer carded a 3-under 67
on Saturday and he moved 1-stroke clear of the field after 54 holes of the
Web.com Tour Championship.
Fathauer finished three rounds at 12-under-par 198. He will go for his first
tour win on Sunday. Fathauer's total of 198 missed the tournament's 54-hole
scoring record by one stroke.
The second round was completed earlier Saturday after play was suspended by
darkness on Friday night. There was a weather delay on Friday and three more
stoppages during the third round on Saturday.
First- and second-round leader Zac Blair stumbled to a 1-over 71 in the third
round. He dropped into second place at minus-11, while the tour's all-time
wins leader Jason Gore is one stroke back at 10-under 200. Gore carded a 66 on
Tyrone Van Aswegen (67), Jim Herman (65) and Adam Hadwin (67) share fourth
place at 8-under 202. Travis Bertoni (68) is alone in seventh at minus-7 on
the Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.
Fathauer opened with a birdie on the first and a par on the second. He poured
in three consecutive birdie chances from the third to jump into the lead at
Blair, who started the day at minus-12, opened with six straight pars. There
was a 2-shot swing in Blair's favor at the par-5 seventh. Blair converted a
birdie, while Fathauer tripped to a bogey.
Fathauer joined Blair atop the leaderboard as he chipped in for birdie on the
ninth. After three pars in a row from the eighth, Blair reclaimed the lead
with a long birdie putt on No. 11.
After returning from the second, and longest weather delay of the day, Blair
made a mess of the 14th as he walked off with a triple-bogey, which dropped
him to 11-under.
Fathauer also stumbled as he found water on the 15th and that led to a double-
bogey. That dropped Fathauer into a share of the lead, but he got one stroke
back when he birdied the 16th. Fathauer parred the last two holes to lead by
one after three rounds.
"It was nice to bounce back with a birdie," said Fathauer of the 16th. "I want
to stick to my game plan. I really want to do this for myself."
Blair parred the last four holes to end round three one stroke off the lead.
"Every week you tee it up you want to win. I'm going to go out, play my game
and see where I am at the end of the day," Blair stated.
NOTES: Fathauer is looking for his first tour win ... He was in the final
group last week, but stumbled into a share of eighth ... Fathauer leads the
tournament with 17 birdies, which raises his season total to 342, which is
most on tour ... Blair's best previous finish on the Web.com Tour was a tie
for ninth at the Utah Championship.
Funk, Goydos share lead in Hawaii
Oahu, HI (SportsNetwork.com) - Fred Funk fired a 10-under 62 in the second
round Saturday and he soared into a share of the lead at the Pacific Links
Funk was joined at 15-under-par 129 by Paul Goydos, who posted a 9-under 63 in
round two. Their total of 129 set a new tournament record. Bill Glasson set
the old mark of 131 in 2012.
Corey Pavin's 11-under 61 was the low round of the day on Saturday at Kapolei
Golf Course. Pavin, who was a playoff loser at this event last year, moved
into a share of third. Vijay Singh carded a 7-under 65 to meet Pavin at
Tom Pernice, Jr. scorched the course for a record 60 in the opening round, but
managed just an even-par 72 in round two. He fell into a tie for fifth.
Mark Calcavecchia (65), Doug Garwood (63), Jim Carter (66) and Michael Allen
(68) stand alongside Pernice at 12-under 132.
Rocco Mediate (65) headlines a group of five players that are one shot back at
Funk opened with three pars in a row and followed with four consecutive
birdies from the fourth. His run ended with a bogey on the par-3 eighth, but
he bounced back with a birdie on the ninth to make the turn at minus-9.
The nine-time winner on the Champions Tour continued his hot play on the back
nine with birdies at 10 and 11. Funk poured in a 25-footer for birdie on the
12th to make it four in a row.
Funk got up and down for birdie on the par-5 14th and that gave him a piece of
the lead with Pavin. Funk followed a pair of pars with a 2-putt birdie on the
par-5 17th and a 7-foot birdie effort at the last.
"I just hit my irons really close. I had seven of my birdies were a combined
11 or 12 feet, we added up. That was no stress there, other than making a
couple 3-footers. Then I made a couple other ones," Funk said. "I just hit the
ball really well with the irons today. I was kind of keyed in on those."
Goydos, who was two groups behind Funk, flew out of the gate with three
birdies in the first four holes. Another birdie at the seventh moved him to
At the 11th, Goydos spun his approach back into the hole for eagle. After a
birdie on No. 14, he drained an 18-footer for birdie at the 15th.
Goydos parred his next two holes before knocking in a 4-footer for birdie at
the 18th to join Funk in the lead.
"I played really good. I kind of finished a little circus-like. I made a
couple birdies, but I made a bad shot on 16 and hit a series of bad shots on
17 and was saved by the putt. I played 18 very well and made a birdie, so I
was kind of all over the place," Goydos stated. "All in all, a very good day."
NOTES: Funk and Goydos are among 10 players in the field this week that have
previously won in the state of Hawaii ... Funk has won five of the 10 times he
had at least a piece of the lead after two rounds, while Goydos has a piece of
the lead after two rounds for the first time in his Champions Tour career.
Wozniacki, Ivanovic to meet in Tokyo final
Tokyo, Japan (SportsNetwork.com) - Former world No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and
Ana Ivanovic will meet for the title at the Pan Pacific Open after winning
semifinal matches on Saturday.
The second-seeded Wozniacki outlasted Spain's Garbine Muguruza, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2,
in the first match before the third-seeded Ivanovic upended top-seeded
Angelique Kerber of Germany, 7-5, 6-3. Kerber was last year's runner-up.
Wozniacki, the 2010 Tokyo winner, saved 19 of the 23 break points she faced
Saturday, holding off the more aggressive Muguruza. The Spaniard had 53
winners, but also committed 50 unforced errors.
Ivanovic was down 5-3 in the first set, then rolled from there. She dropped
just three of the next 13 games to advance to her sixth final of 2014.
The 26-year-old Serb is 3-2 in finals this year. She beat Venus Williams in
Auckland to start the season and topped Jovana Jaksic in Monterrey in April
before losing to Maria Sharapova in Stuttgart a few weeks later. Ivanovic then
beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova at the Wimbledon tune-up in Birmingham before
falling to Serena Williams in the Cincinnati final prior to the U.S. Open.
This is Ivanovic's first event since a stunning second-round exit at Flushing
Meadows. She hasn't dropped a set this week.
Wozniacki is also playing for the first time since the U.S. Open, when she
fell to Serena Williams in the final. The Dane is 22-4 since Wimbledon, with
three of those losses coming against the top-ranked Williams.
Sunday will mark her third final of 2014. Before the loss to Williams in New
York, Wozniacki won the Istanbul title against Roberta Vinci in July. She is
22-14 lifetime in title matches.
Ivanovic is 14-7 all-time in finals, including a loss to Martina Hingis in the
2007 Tokyo title match.
Wozniacki beat Elena Dementieva for the 2010 Tokyo crown.
Ivanovic is 4-2 lifetime against Wozniacki, including a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win in
the semifinals at Monterrey earlier this year. The two have never met in a
This week's champion will collect $196,670.
Pliskova rallies past Kirilenko to reach Seoul final
Seoul, Korea (SportsNetwork.com) - Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic
rallied for a three-set victory over Russia's Maria Kirilenko in the
semifinals of the Korea Open.
The second-seeded Pliskova earned a 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 win on Saturday and
will face American Varvara Lepchenko for the title. The fifth-seeded Lepchenko
also came from behind to post a 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) win over countrymate
Pliskova, whose lone WTA title came last year in Kuala Lumpur, will play in
her fourth final of 2014. She lost to Ekaterina Makarova in Pattaya City back
in February and fell to Eugenie Bouchard in May at Nuremburg before last
week's loss to Sabine Lisicki in Hong Kong.
Kirilenko, who entered the tournament as a wild card, was the 2008 Seoul
winner and the runner-up in 2007. She hadn't been past the second round in any
of her seven previous events this year, a season that started in April after a
recovery from a knee injury.
Lepchenko, seeded fifth this week, will play in her first WTA final. Her best
previous result was a semifinal loss to Angelique Kerber at the U.S. Open
tune-up in Stanford last month.
Pliskova won the only prior meeting with Lepchenko, a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 triumph
five years ago at an ITF event in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
This week's champion will claim $111,389.
Niculescu upsets Cornet to win China final
Guangzhou, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Monica Niculescu of Romania upset
second-seeded Alize Cornet in straight sets on Saturday to win the Guangzhou
International Open tennis event.
Niculescu improved to 2-2 in her career WTA finals with a 6-4, 6-0 win over
Cornet. The 26-year-old veteran won her first title last year in Brazil. Her
best previous finish this year was a semifinal appearance in her native
"I was so happy to finish in the end because it was very hot and very humid,
and I was very, very tired," said Niculescu. "But to finish so strong was
amazing for me. I have many emotions right now, but most of it is joy and
confidence. It's my second WTA title and that's just an amazing feeling."
Serves plagued Cornet, who fell to 4-5 in finals with the defeat. The 24-year-
old had 12 double faults compared to none for Niculescu.
Cornet actually held a 4-2 lead in the first set, then didn't win another
Niculescu pocketed $111,163 for her victory.
Abril retains WBA lightweight title
Helsinki, Finland (SportsNetwork.com) - WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril
held his title on Saturday, winning a 12-round majority decision over Edis
Tatli at Hartwell Arena.
Abril (19-3) won by scores of 114-114, 116-112, 117-111 in his first defense
of the belt since March, 2013, when he beat Sharif Bogere by unanimous
decision in Las Vegas.
The previously unbeaten Tatli (23-1) controlled the early rounds, but Abril
had more fight down the stretch.
Mendoza beats Hirales for IBF Light Flyweight title
Tecate, MX (SportsNetwork.com) - Javier Mendoza defeated Ramon Garcia Hirales
in a unanimous decision Saturday to capture the vacant IBF Light Flyweight
Mendoza (22-2-1, 18KOs) took one card 116-109 and the other two at 115-110 to
take down Hirales (20-5-1, 12KOs).
Mendoza knocked Garcia down with a body blow in the fifth and again in the
10th. Hirales was penalized a point in the eighth round for a low blow.
Goffin, Sousa to battle for Metz crown
Metz, France (SportsNetwork.com) - David Goffin of Belgium and Portugal's Joao
Sousa will meet for the title at the Moselle Open after winning semifinal
matches on Saturday.
The eighth-seeded Goffin followed his upset of top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win over Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff, while Sousa
knocked out second-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils on Saturday with a 7-6 (8-6),
Saturday's results will put an end to the run of five straight Metz titles by
Goffin has had a strong second half of 2014, winning 14 of his last 16 ATP
World Tour matches through Saturday. After losing in the first round in eight
of his first 10 events of the season, he captured the title in Kitzbuhel for
his first career ATP tournament victory, then reached the quarterfinals at
Winston-Salem and fell in the third round at the U.S. Open prior to this
The 23-year-old started the year ranked 110th in the world and is now 45th. He
will play in his second career ATP final.
Sousa needed just 88 minutes to oust Monfils, the 2009 Metz winner and 2005
runner-up. He saved all but one of the nine break points he faced and avenged
a second-round loss to Monfils in Montpellier back in February.
Sunday will mark the third career final for the sixth-seeded Sousa, who won
his lone previous title last September in Kuala Lumpur. He reached the Bastad
final in July and lost to Pablo Cuevas.
Goffin and Sousa met recently in the second round of the U.S. Open, with the
Belgian rolling to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 victory.
The 2014 Metz titlist will earn $100,000.
Gaughan prevails in Kentucky Nationwide race
Sparta, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brendan Gaughan saved his best for last to
win Saturday night's 300-mile Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
Gaughan made a bold move in passing Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon for the lead
with six laps to go, as he used the outside lane to get around both rookie
drivers. Dillon, who is Gaughan's teammate at Richard Childress Racing,
started on the pole and dominated most of this race by leading 155 of 200
The eighth and final caution for an incident involving Landon Cassill set up a
seven-lap shootout to the finish. Elliott led the way while Gaughan ran in
fourth for the restart.
"I love my restarts," Gaughan said. "It was an awesome restart."
Gaughan scored his second career Nationwide win, while Brian Scott crossed the
line in second and Dillon third to give RCR a 1-2-3 sweep at this 1.5-mile
racetrack. Gaughan's first victory in the series came in June at Road America,
a four-mile road course in Wisconsin.
"It means a lot, especially the way I did it in passing Chase Elliott and my
teammate Ty Dillon," Gaughan said of his first Nationwide win on an oval.
"Great race teams and great young race car drivers (Elliott and Dillon), but
this old dog still had a little something left."
Gaughan led 12 laps early in the race before Dillon took command. But Dillon
gave up the top spot when Elliott pulled ahead of him just before the sixth
caution flag waved for an accident involving Eric McClure following a restart
on lap 175.
"These restarts are tough," Dillon said. "I thought the top (of the track) was
the way to go, and I spun the tires a little bit, and (Elliott) was able to
get around me. It's just hard racing."
Elliott, the current points leader, finished fourth, while his JR Motorsports
teammate, Regan Smith, placed fifth. Elliott holds a 20-point advantage over
Smith with six races to go.
Cale Conley, who runs a partial schedule for RCR, was sixth.
Chris Buescher, Michael McDowell, Justin Boston, who made his Nationwide
debut, and Ross Chastain completed the top-10.
Dillon trails Elliott by 38 points, and Scott is 55 points behind.
Record win for Custer in New Hampshire truck race
Loudon, NH (SportsNetwork.com) - Sixteen-year-old Cole Custer became the
youngest driver ever to win a NASCAR national touring series race after he
passed Matt Crafton for the lead following a restart with just four laps to go
in Saturday's UNOH 175 Camping World Truck event at New Hampshire Motor
Custer, who is the son of Stewart-Haas Racing executive vice president Joe
Custer, started on the pole and put on a dominating performance by leading 148
of 175 laps. He had run in front for 144 of the first 147 laps before pitting
for a four-tire change during a caution. He dropped to seventh in the running
order for the restart.
Erik Jones remained on the track and took over the lead when Custer and the
other frontrunners pitted during the caution. Jones was the only one on pit
road that had a four-tire change.
After the restart with 23 laps to go, Crafton pulled ahead of Jones to take
Four of the five cautions in this race occurred during the final 30 laps. The
first 100 laps ran under green.
The final caution for an incident involving Brennan Newberry and Darrell
Wallace Jr. set up a four-lap shootout to the finish. Newberry spun out when
he made slight contact with Wallace while they were battling for a top-five
After the last restart, Custer quickly drove past second-place Wallace and
then overtook Crafton for the lead. Custer beat Wallace to finish line by 1.15
seconds for his first truck victory in just his seventh start. His win
occurred when he was 16 years, 7 months and 28 days old.
"I was really worried because it was so hard to pass," Custer recalled when he
had dropped to seventh in the field with 25 laps left. "I couldn't believe we
got through all of those guys. We had some great restarts which helped us a
Custer's No. 00 Chevrolet team is sponsored by Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner
Gene Haas' company, Haas Automation.
Last year when Custer was age 15, he became the youngest race winner in NASCAR
K&N Pro Series history. Custer won two races in that series in 2013, including
a victory here at New Hampshire.
"I've been coming to these (Truck Series) races since I was really young, and
I've looked up to this series and everybody racing in it," he said. "I could
have never imagined being here racing and even winning a race. I can't even
explain how amazing this is."
Joe Shear Jr. serves as Custer's crew chief in trucks this season. Shear had
previously been the crew chief for Johnny Sauter at ThorSport Racing.
"I thought there was enough laps left that everybody would put four (tires)
on, and I did it, but nobody else did, and it shocked me," Shear said of his
late-race pit strategy. "But obviously we prevailed."
Jones, who drove Kyle Busch's No. 51 Toyota to a seventh-place finish in this
race, previously held the record as the youngest driver to win a NASCAR
national touring series event. Jones scored the victory in the truck race at
Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 8, 2013 when he was 17 years, 5 months
and 9 days old.
Crafton, the defending series champion and current points leader, ended up
finishing third after he had to start last in the 30-truck field. He did not
make a lap in qualifying, held earlier in the day, due to an electrical issue
with his No. 88 Toyota.
"Just got beat," Crafton said of the last restart. "I spun the tires and
couldn't get it in fourth gear. Once I spun the tires, I was screwed. I
couldn't get it in gear, and (Custer) got that run on me."
Crafton now holds a seven-point advantage over second-place and ThorSport
Racing teammate Sauter, who finished fourth.
John H. Nemechek completed the top-five.
Ryan Blaney placed 10th and fell 17 points behind Crafton. Wallace, who
finished in the runner-up spot for the fourth time this season, is 35 points
out of the lead.
"I would've had to wreck (Custer) to get by him," Wallace said. "Four tires
prevailed for him, so congrats to Cole. That kid is always fast. So it's cool
to see that new winner."
Six races remain this season. The series will be at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Hamilton narrowly beats Rosberg for Singapore GP pole
Singapore (SportsNetwork.com) - Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes will start on the
pole for the Singapore Grand Prix after edging his teammate and championship
rival, Nico Rosberg, by the slimmest of margins -- 0.007 seconds -- in
Rosberg, the current Formula One world championship leader, held the
provisional pole after completing his final lap around the 3.259-mile (5.065-
kilometer), 23-turn Marina Bay Street Circuit in 1 minute, 45.688 seconds. But
seconds later, Hamilton topped Rosberg with a lap in 1:45.681 for his sixth
pole of the season and the 37th of his F1 career.
The top-nine drivers in qualifying were separated by margin of only 0.569
"Quite an exciting qualifying session there," Hamilton said. "I guess nobody
was really expecting to see so much suspense and how close everyone was. We
had some good laps in the first and second qualifying rounds. The Ferraris
were very close. But the way it ended was good for our team."
Hamilton started on the pole and won the Singapore GP in 2009. He also started
first in this race two years ago but ended up retiring in the early going to a
Two weeks ago, Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix after starting on the pole.
He enters Sunday's Singapore GP 22 points behind Rosberg.
Four of the last five races in Singapore have been won from the pole position.
"Tomorrow should be interesting," Hamilton said. "Looking after the tires
won't be easy, but I think it will be a good race to watch for the fans."
Rosberg was attempting to win his eighth pole of the season. When informed
that Hamilton had beat him for the top starting position, Rosberg shouted,
"Damn it," over his team radio in frustration.
"When I think back about that (final) lap, seven-thousandths (of a second) is
nothing," Rosberg said. "A little bit here or there, I could have done it. But
that's the way it is. Lewis did a good job to get the pole. So fair play.
Second place, it's OK. Obviously, first would be better, but it's a long race
Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull qualified third, finishing 0.173 seconds behind
"It's definitely encouraging," Ricciardo said. "We came into this weekend
hoping that if we could be within two or three-tenths (of a second) it should
give us optimism about our chances in the race to stay with them (Mercedes). I
think we ended up a bit closer than we thought we would. So it was a good
Ricciardo's teammate, Sebastian Vettel, the four-time F1 world champion and
winner of the last three Singapore GPs, will start fourth. Vettel has yet to
win a grand prix this season.
Fernando Alonso placed his Ferrari fifth on the starting grid. Alonso posted
the quickest lap in Friday's opening practice session and Saturday's final
practice. He is a two-time winner of this race (2008 and '10).
Felipe Massa from Williams qualified sixth, while Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen
placed seventh. Raikkonen turned the fastest lap in Q1 but had to abort his
final run in Q3 due to a technical issue.
Massa's teammate, Valtteri Bottas, took the eighth spot, followed by Kevin
Magnussen from McLaren and Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat.
Untapable unbeatable in Cotillion Stakes
Bensalem, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Leading 3-year-old filly Untapable stalked
the leaders and then had to work down the stretch in winning Saturday's $1
million Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing.
Untapable, trained by Steve Asmussen, went off as the 1-2 favorite in the
eight-horse field for the 1 1/16-mile stakes with her regular rider Rosie
Napravnik in the saddle.
Owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, the filly let Jojo Warrior and Cassatt to run
on the lead as the favorite sat third in the clear off the rail.
On the far turn, Untapable began her advance three-wide and drew even with the
leaders coming out of the final turn. The filly and Jojo Warrior were on even
terms at the top of the stretch, but Untapable was unable to put away the
It was not until she was inside the furlong pole that Untapable gained a clear
lead, but still had to hold off 9-2 second pick Sweet Reason nearing the wire.
Untapable posted a length victory over Sweet Reason with Jojo Warrior
finishing third and Little Alexis fourth. Rounding out the order of finish
were Cassatt, Joint Return, Vero Amore and House Rules. Stopchargingmaria was
an early scratch.
"Just awfully glad with her race today," Asmussen said. "Watching the races
earlier, speed's been holding pretty good. Rosie used a little of her to stay
fairly close to a fast pace and awfully happy to see her back in the winner's
The time for the Cotillion was 1:42.71 on a fast track.
Untapable gained her fifth victory in as many starts this year versus 3-year-
old fillies. The Cotillion win was worth $562,000 to bring her career bankroll
to $1,896,725 with seven wins in 10 starts.
The filly ran against 3-year-old males in the Haskell Invitational nearly two
months ago when she finished fifth to Bayern as the 7-5 favorite. When facing
other fillies, Untapable has won the Rachel Alexandra, Fair Grounds Oaks,
Kentucky Oaks and Mother Goose Stakes.
Next for Untapable will be the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Friday,
"The Distaff, very tall order. Close Hatches, very promising mare this year,"
Asmussen noted. "We need to get out to California and get ready for that."
Untapable returned $3.00, $2.40 and $2.10. Sweet Reason paid $4.00 and $2.80,
and Jojo Warrior paid $3.60 to show.
Bayern beats California Chrome in 35th PA Derby
Bensalem, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bayern, the Haskell Invitational champ, set
the pace and upset Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome in
Saturday's $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing.
California Chrome, making his first start since the Belmont Stakes on June 7,
went off as the 9-10 favorite in the eight-horse field with Bayern the 7-2
Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Martin Garcia, Bayern got a great start
in the 1 1/8-mile stakes with California Chrome breaking from the inside post
and racing third along the inside.
Bayern continued to set a moderate pace as California Chrome remained along
the rail up the backstretch, a place he's not comfortable. C J's Awesome was
Bayern opened his lead down the stretch and cruised to a 5 3/4-length victory
leaving California Chrome up the track.
"I didn't want to over-ride him today because he had a long break and the
first time back," California Chrome's jockey Victor Espinoza said. "He's still
good and he will be coming back for the Breeders' Cup and he'll be a different
Finishing second was West Virginia Derby winner Tapiture with 5-1 third choice
Candy Boy third and Noble Moon and C J's Awesome in a dead heat for fourth.
California Chrome was sixth followed by Protonico and Classic Giacnroll.
Bayern set a new track record for 1 1/8 miles by stopping the timer at 1:46.96
on a fast track.
"We'll just enjoy this race," Baffert assistant Jim Barnes noted. "Bob and
Kaleem (owner Kaleem Shah) will get together and decide where Bayern will
Bayern, taking on 'Chrome' for the first time, won his second $1 million
stakes to go along with his Haskell victory. The $562,000 boosts the colt's
earnings to $1,639,680 with five wins in nine career starts.
"A lot of kudos to Bob Baffert, Jimmy Barnes and Mike Marlowe, The Baffert
team they do an incredible job. Kudos to them," owner Kaleem Shah said.
Bayern was coming off a disappointing last in the 10-horse Travers four weeks
ago. Prior to the Haskell, the colt won the seven-furlong Woody Stephens
Stakes by seven lengths on the Belmont Stakes program.
Bayern paid $9.00, $3.60 and $4.00. Tapiture returned $5.80 and $4.00, and
Candy Boy paid $4.20 to show.
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