Sports News-July 15, 2013
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American 100-meter record holder Tyson Gay has tested positive for a banned substance and says he will pull out of the world championships next month in Moscow. Gay isn't revealing the substance, but he says he was notified by the United States Anti-Doping Agency on Friday that a sample came back positive from an out-of-competition test May 16. He says he will have his "B" sample tested soon. The 30-year-old Gay fought back sobs in a phone conversation yesterday from Amsterdam, saying: "I don't have a sabotage story. ... I basically put my trust in someone and was let down." Gay was healthy again this season after being constantly plagued by hamstring and groin ailments, along with a surgically repaired hip. He won the 100 and 200 at nationals last month.
After four years of health scares and unemployment put his promising career in doubt, Brian Vickers kept pushing toward the finish line. He got there yesterday as the surprise winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He called reaching Victory Lane "one of the most special events in my life." Vickers pulled into the lead late and took off on the green-white-checkered finish to win NASCAR's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The surprise winner snapped a 75-race losing streak in the series with his third career Cup victory. Vickers drives a part-time schedule for Michael Waltrip Racing and has competed in just his eighth race of the season. Kyle Busch was second and Jeff Burton third. Pole winner Brad Keselowski was fourth and Aric Almirola fifth. Points leader Jimmie Johnson brushed off his 43rd-place start to finish sixth.
Free-agent center Greg Oden will be in Las Vegas this week for face-to-face meetings with officials from the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans, according to sources with knowledge of Oden's plans. The sitdown with Mavericks officials, sources said, is scheduled for later today, as Dallas pushes to join the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat at the forefront of the race to resurrect the career of 2007's top overall pick. Oden, 25, has battled numerous knee injuries and hasn't played in an NBA game since Dec. 5, 2009. He is coming off his third microfracture knee surgery in February 2012.
Creighton All-American Doug McDermott scored a game-high 18 points to lead Team USA past Germany, 92-70, at the World University Games this morning in Kazan, Russia. With the victory, Team USA, which is now 5-2, will play for ninth place tomorrow at 6:00 AM Central against Finland. McDermott needed just 24 minutes to score his 18 points, making 7-15 shots from the field and both free-throw attempts while also grabbing four rebounds. He was joined by three other players in double figures.
Kenny Perry completed his comeback from ten shots down after the second round to win the U.S. Senior Open yesterday at the Omaha Country Club. Perry shot a final-round 63 and won his second straight senior major by five strokes over Fred Funk. Perry's 64-63 finish set a tournament record for the last 36 holes. The 52-year-old Kentuckian started yesterday two shots behind leader Michael Allen, but was in front to stay after he birdied the second and third holes and Allen bogeyed the third. Perry's 63 matched Allen's Friday score for best round of the tournament. He finished with a 13-under 267. Rocco Mediate used three straight birdies on the back nine to get within two shots of Perry. But Perry birdied the 14th & 15th holes, Mediate bogeyed the 16th hole, and Perry's lead was five shots.
The 2013 Women's Match Play Championship will be held at Wild Horse Golf Club in Gothenburg. Prior to Match Play, there will be an 18 hole qualifying round today. The 16 qualifying players will be assigned matches based on their qualifying scores. The championship round will take place in the afternoon on Wednesday. Among the players involved include Snyder's Abbie Hunkie & Columbus' Morgan Smejkal.
Local Scores: Round Rock, TX 10 Omaha Storm Chasers 3 (Bsbl).
Final Philadelphia 4 Chi White Sox 3, 10 Innings
Final Cleveland 6 Kansas City 4
Final Minnesota 10 N-Y Yankees 4
Final Detroit 5 Texas 0
Final Baltimore 7 Toronto 4
Final Tampa Bay 5 Houston 0
Final Oakland 3 Boston 2, 11 Innings
Final Seattle 4 L.A. Angels 3
Final Washington 5 Miami 2, 10 Innings
Final Cincinnati 8 Atlanta 4
Final N-Y Mets 4 Pittsburgh 2
Final Colorado 3 L.A. Dodgers 1
Final Milwaukee 5 Arizona 1
Final San Diego 10 San Francisco 1
Final St. Louis 10 Chi Cubs 6
Final Connecticut 86 San Antonio 84
Final Los Angeles 88 Phoenix 76
Final Seattle 73 Atlanta 65