September 24, 2011 - 1:01 am
Newman eyes Loudon repeat: takes pole, targets second win
Ryan Newman was the final car out and the fastest on the track, turning a lap of 135.002 mph to win the pole Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
Newman won the pole for the second time at New Hampshire this season. He started first in July and went on to win his only race of the season. Newman is seventh in the points standings and has three poles this year.
Newman almost didn’t take a qualifying run. Rain delayed qualifying with five cars left. Newman made it worth the wait.
Red Bull Racing driver Kasey Kahne was second and Brian Vickers third. Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.
Had rain wiped out qualifying, the field would have been set on practice times. Busch struggled early and would have started in the 30s had that happened.
Also: Del Worsham raced to the provisional qualifying lead in Top Fuel at the NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis.
Worsham, who led the points standings for most of the season before falling to No. 3, powered his dragster to a 3.869-second run at 318.54 mph to lead the 16-car field. He also has two Funny Car victories at the famed all-concrete track.
Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were provisional qualifying leaders at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
Europe takes one-point lead after first day of Solheim Cup
Europe overcame a spirited rally by the United States in the fourballs to lead 4½-3½ after the first day of the Solheim Cup in Dunsany, Ireland.
With the sides tied 2-2 after the morning foursomes, rookie Caroline Hedwall and fellow Swede Sophie Gustafson put Europe ahead 3-2 with a 5 and 4 win over Vicky Hurst and Brittany Lincicome.
Europe led in the other three matches at that stage, but Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer came back from one down with two to play to beat Europe’s Laura Davies and Melissa Reid by one hole.
Also: John Daly walked off the course at the Austrian Open in Aztenbrugg after a dispute with officials over a ball drop.
After completing the 15th hole, Daly was told by the referee he had dropped his ball in the wrong place after it landed in an unplayable position under a TV tower.
Instead of accepting the two-shot penalty, he decided to quit.
Robert Coles of England shot a 7-under-par 65 for the best round of the day to share the lead at 7-under 137 with Joost Luiten of the Netherlands, Thomas Norret of Denmark and Gaganjeet Bhullar of India after the second round.
Steve Stricker said his left arm feels so weak that he cannot guarantee being fit enough to play in the Presidents Cup in Australia in November.
Stricker, who has a herniated disk and a bone spur in his back, said making the U.S. team is a goal and he desperately wants to play. Two years ago, he teamed with Tiger Woods to go 4-0 in the Presidents Cup.
Falemaka’s double-double lifts volleyball team past Aztecs
Sekola Falemaka and Daryn Glenn each posted double-doubles in kills and digs as the UNLV volleyball team opened Mountain West Conference play with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-22) victory over San Diego State at Cox Pavilion.
Falemaka had 13 kills and 13 digs, and Glenn had 10 kills and 12 digs as the Rebels (8-6) snapped a five-match losing streak against the Aztecs.
Also: The UNLV women’s soccer team surrendered three unanswered goals in a five-minute span in the second half as Long Beach State rolled to a 4-1 nonconference victory.
Katherine Orellana scored for the Rebels (3-7-1) on a penalty kick in the 65th minute to forge a 1-1 tie, but the 49ers scored back-to-back goals in a 35-second span in the 70th and 71st minutes and capped the scoring with a tally in the 75th minute.
The UNLV men’s soccer team was blanked by fifth-ranked UC Irvine 4-0 in a nonconference match in Irvine, Calif.
The Rebels (1-6) were outshot 16-9.
Sierra Vista High product Andrew Fontein had three saves in posting his second shutout for the Anteaters.
UNLV sophomore Lucia Batta won two matches in Flight One of the UNLV Invitational at Fertitta Tennis Complex, beating Natalia Salum of New Mexico State, 6-2, 6-0, and Callie Craig of Utah, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Freshman Manon de Lanlay won her first college match in Flight Two, beating Johanna Vang of Northern Arizona, 6-1, 6-1.
The UNLV women’s swimming and diving team was picked to finish fourth in the Mountain West Conference this season, according to a vote of league coaches.
Defending champion San Diego State was picked to finish first.
McLain’s U-turn turns into arrest for former Tigers’ ace
Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Denny McLain was arrested at the Michigan border with Canada on a fugitive fraud warrant issued in Louisiana.
Customs agents learned of the warrant Thursday when McLain became disoriented while driving through a construction zone and inadvertently drove onto the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jeffery Wilson said. McLain turned around before entering Canada.
"He asked if he could turn around when he realized where he was at," Wilson said. "Whenever you come up to the border, you’re inspected, and the officer took his ID."
The warrant was issued Aug. 26 by the St. Charles Sheriff’s Department in Louisiana. The alleged fraud involved more than $1,500, St. Charles Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange said.
Also: Danny Litwhiler, who had an 11-year major league career in the 1940s with the Phillies, Cardinals, Braves and Reds, died in Clearwater, Fla., at age 95.
Litwhiler was an All-Star in 1942 with Philadelphia and a member of the Cardinals’ 1944 World Series championship team. He had a lifetime average of .282 with 107 home runs and 451 RBIs in 1,057 career games.
Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre will be a color analyst for the Southern Mississippi-Rice football game Oct. 1 at Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Miss.
The three-time Most Valuable Player said in a statement he is not committing to a career in broadcasting but wants to "check out the view from the press box."
Favre played at Southern Miss from 1987 to 1990 before beginning a 20-year NFL career that included a Super Bowl title with the Green Bay Packers.
Tate George, who hit one of the most memorable shots in Connecticut basketball history, then went on to a brief NBA career, surrendered to federal authorities in New Jersey to face charges stemming from what prosecutors say was a Ponzi scheme.
George, 43, used his company, which he purported to be a real estate investment firm, to run a more than $2 million scam, prosecutors said.
George is perhaps best known for a shot he made playing for Connecticut, when his last-second turnaround jumper at the buzzer in 1990 gave the Huskies a victory in an NCAA regional semifinal game against Clemson.
Michael Chang beat Jim Courier 8-3 in the final of the HSBC Tennis Cup in Washington, D.C.
Chang beat Pete Sampras 6-4 to advance to the final, and Courier got past Andre Agassi, 7-6 (4). Sampras won the opening event of the Champions Series Tour on Thursday at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The tour makes a stop at the Thomas & Mack Center on Oct. 15.