Archive for Sunday, August 28, 2011

National briefs: Hurricane wreaks havoc on sports schedule

August 28, 2011


The Philadelphia Phillies and Florida Marlins were unable to sneak a game in Saturday as Hurricane Irene plowed its way up the East Coast.

Top-ranked women’s tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, though, made quick work of Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska at the New Haven Open, where officials moved up the start time of the final and worked overnight to remove the two-ton scoreboards from the top of the tennis stadium with hopes of getting in the final on an outdoor court.

A bevy of sporting events were either postponed, had their start times moved up or had their format altered in the days leading up to a storm that was predicted to cut a destructive path up the eastern seaboard, with its effects reaching all the way to Canada.

As Irene’s first showers arrived in New York, the site of the U.S. Open was quiet and nearly empty, a stark contrast to the customary hustle and bustle two days before the Grand Slam tennis tournament’s start.

Normally, thousands of fans attend the celebrity-and-music-filled Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, but that event was canceled Friday. And while dozens of players usually would be scattered around the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, a light rain pushed them off the courts before noon.

In Philadelphia, the Phillies and Marlins hoped to outplay the weather. Their game scheduled for today was switched to Saturday afternoon but the game was postponed before the first pitch because of rain. The regularly scheduled night game Saturday was already called off the night before. Both games will be made up in a split-doubleheader on Sept. 15.

What it all means for Philadelphia: a grueling stretch of 33 games in 31 days.


Woodland ties 13th at Barclays

Edison, N.J. — Dustin Johnson beat the rain and everyone else Saturday at The Barclays to win the opening FedEx Cup playoff event.

Matt Kuchar had a one-shot lead going into the round. Johnson closed with a 6-under 65 for a two-shot win.

The Barclays was reduced to 54 holes because of Hurricane Irene. If the third round could not be finished Saturday, then it would have reverted to a 36-hole event and Kuchar would have been declared the winner.

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland tied for 13th place after finishing the day with a 6-under 65. Woodland will advance to next weekend’s Deutsche Bank Championship, a continuation of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Wie catches lead at Canadian

Mirabel, Quebec — Defending champion Michelle Wie shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday in the Canadian Women’s Open for a share of the third-round lead with Ai Miyazato and Tiffany Joh.


CB Talib won’t be suspended

Tampa, Fla. — Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib won’t be suspended for any of the 2011 season for his arrest in connection with an offseason shooting in Texas.

The fourth-year pro from Kansas University is facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police in the Dallas suburb of Garland say they believe the 25-year-old player and his mother shot at a man in March.


KC leads early but loses 3-2

Kansas City, Kan. — Bobby Warshaw’s first career coal, in the second minute of stoppage time, gave FC Dallas a 3-2 comeback victory over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.

Warshaw’s header, off an assist from Brek Shea, broke a three-match winless streak for Dallas (13-7-7).

Sporting (9-8-9) led 2-0 after Omar Bravo’s goal in the 68th minute, but Daniel Hernandez scored on a free kick in the 70th and Maicon Santos headed in an equalizer in the 88th minute.

Kei Kamara put Kansas City up, 1-0, with a goal in the 22nd minute, and Bravo doubled that lead off an assist from Teal Bunbury before Dallas rallied.

Bunbury was sent off in the 76th minute, after drawing his second yellow card for a foul on Jair Benitez.

Auto Racing

Keselowski wins at Bristol

Bristol, Tenn. — Brad Keselowski moved a step closer to making the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship by winning Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

It was Keselowski’s third victory of the season, and his second since breaking his ankle in a crash while testing earlier this month.

Keselowski has been on a tear since the injury. He won at Pocono, finished second at Watkins Glen, third at Michigan and has now won Bristol. His three wins should be enough to at least earn him one of the two wild cards into the 12-driver Chase.

Martin Truex Jr. finished second and Jeff Gordon was third despite dominating most of the race.


Ex-player wanted for murder

Atlanta — Javaris Crittenton was wanted on a murder charge as police searched on Saturday for the former NBA player in Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Crittenton has been charged in the fatal shooting of 22-year Jullian Jones, a mother of four who was gunned down Aug. 19 on an Atlanta street.

A spokesman with the Atlanta police said Crittenton was not in custody.

Crittenton, who averaged 5.3 points and 1.8 assists in his career, last played in the NBA during 2008-09. He was sidelined by an ankle injury the following season, during which he and teammate Gilbert Arenas were suspended for a gun-related incident in the Wizards’ locker room.

College Basketball

Oklahoma holds alumni game

Norman, Okla. — Hollis Price and Quannas White were among the last group of Sooners to make it to the Final Four. Blake Griffin almost got there, too.

And for Oklahoma to reach the same heights again, Lon Kruger wants all of the players from the program’s past to be unified with those from the present.

More than 100 former players turned out for a reunion weekend that featured a Legends Alumni Game on Saturday. Price and White, the backcourt tandem from the Sooners’ 2002 Final Four run, played — albeit on opposite teams — and Griffin came out as a spectator.


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