51s shut out in finale, fail to finish at .500

Cesar Ramos and two Portland relievers shut out the 51s on four hits Monday as the Beavers denied Las Vegas in its bid to finish the season at .500 with a 5-0 Pacific Coast League victory in Portland, Ore.

The 51s ended their season 71-73.

Ramos (5-6) gave up three hits in six innings, and reliever Edwin Moreno, who pitched two innings, yielded the final 51s hit in the seventh. Michael Ekstrom pitched a perfect ninth for the Beavers (60-84).

Craig Stansberry drove in three runs for Portland.

The 51s, who got off to a slow start by losing eight of their first 10 games, finished fourth in the four-team Pacific South Division, 151/2 games behind the first-place Sacramento River Cats.


Schumacher records record-tying NHRA win

Tony Schumacher raced to his eighth victory at the U.S. Nationals in Clermont, Ind., tying Don Garlits for the most Top Fuel wins at historic O’Reilly Raceway Park.

Schumacher, who has been to the last eight final rounds at the event and 10 overall since he began his career at this race in 1996, powered to his fourth victory of the season and 60th of his career.

He had a time of 3.861 seconds at 314.17 mph in his dragster to hold off rival Larry Dixon, who trailed with a 4.208 at 228.58 in his dragster.

Ashley Force Hood (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners of the final regular-season event in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The Countdown to 1, NHRA’s six-race championship playoffs, begins Sept. 18 at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte, N.C.

Force Hood, who made $100,000 for her victory, became the third female to win the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and the first in Funny Car when she beat teammate Robert Hight in the final round for her second win of the season.

Force Hood joined Shirley Muldowney, who won the race in Top Fuel in 1982, and two-time Indy Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Angelle Sampey in the record books when she crossed the finish line in 4.170 at 294.75 in her Ford Mustang.


Runnning Brook Gal wins $2 million race

Runnning Brook Gal, a 2-year-old Utah filly, got a clean break on a wet track and wasted no time before getting into a full sprint to win the $2 million All American Futurity, the biggest event in quarter horse racing.

The second-fastest qualifier in trials, Runnning Brook Gal wasn’t slowed by a light drizzle and covered the 440-yard track at Ruidoso Downs, N.M., in 21.144 seconds. It was the third All American victory for trainer Paul Jones but the first for owner Albert Richard of Roosevelt, Utah.

Shesa First Ratify ran second, with New Mexico-bred First Corona Call third.

Also: UNLV wide receiver Rodelin Anthony might not play Saturday because of a sprained right foot. The Rebels host Oregon State at 8 p.m. at Sam Boyd Stadium.

As for linebacker/end Jason Beauchamp (sprained right ankle), his availability might be a game-day decision. If he plays, it probably will be at just one of the two spots.

UNLV’s Alicia Lugo was named the Mountain West Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week after posting two road shutouts last week as the Rebels beat North Carolina State 1-0 and played 24th-ranked Duke to a 0-0 double-overtime tie.

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