Sports briefs: July 15

July 15, 2013 

College football

Heisman winner Manziel leaves Manning camp due to illness

Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel left the Manning family's football camp a day early after missing some of his assignments as a counselor and coach.

"After missing and being late for some practice assignments, Johnny explained that he had been feeling ill. Consequently, we agreed that it was in everyone's best interest for him to go home a day early," said a statement emailed Sunday by camp spokesman Greg Blackwell.

The camp is run by Saints quarterback Archie Manning and his two NFL QB sons, the Broncos' Peyton and the Giants' Eli.

The Texas A&M quarterback is the only freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. The school had no comment beyond the camp's statement, a university spokesman said.

The camp, held at Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La., began Thursday and ended Sunday. Penn State to open '14 season in Ireland

Penn State will open its 2014 football season against the University of Central Florida in Ireland, the first international game for either team. Officials from both schools along with the Gaelic Athletic Association announced Sunday in Dublin that the game will be played at Croke Park on Aug. 30, 2014, and will air on ESPN2.

"Our players and coaches are so excited to go to Ireland and play a college football game in such a historic and outstanding venue," Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said. "I have great respect for coach (George) O'Leary and his team and playing UCF in Ireland will be a fantastic experience for all the players, coaches and fans."


Minor league baseball

Legends' rally in fifth fells Delmarva

The Lexington Legends came from behind with four runs in the fifth inning and held on for a 5-4 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds Sunday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The Legends trailed 4-1 after Delmarva's Creede Simpson hit a three-run homer in the top of the third inning.

Terrance Gore was hit by a pitch leading off the bottom of the fifth inning for the Legends. He scored from first on Mark Threlkeld's double to center field. Threlkeld came home on a single by Bubba Starling, cutting the Delmarva lead to one at 4-3. Starling moved to second on a single by Cam Gallagher, and scored the tying run on a double by Michael Antonio as Gallagher moved to third. Fred Ford's sacrifice fly brought Gallagher home with the go-ahead run.

Legends starter Daniel Stumpf (7-7) worked six innings and got the win. Clayton Schulz pitched the seventh and eighth innings, and John Walter earned his second save with a scoreless ninth. D'backs' Davidson stars in Futures Game

Matt Davidson of the Arizona Diamondbacks hit a two-run homer and the United States beat the World Team 4-2 on Sunday in the All-Star Futures Game, baseball's annual showcase for top minor league prospects.

The opening event for three days of All-Star festivities at Citi Field, the Futures Game certainly had a New York Mets flavor to it in the team's home ballpark. Two of the club's touted pitching prospects, Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard, started on the mound and each worked a scoreless inning.

Miami's Christian Yelich and Boston's Garin Cecchini each had an RBI double. Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Jesse Biddle earned the win and Washington right-hander A.J. Cole got a save.

Davidson, selected the game's MVP, connected off losing pitcher Michael Ynoa of the Oakland Athletics. Chicago Cubs second baseman Arismendy Alcantara homered for the World team off Red Sox right-hander Anthony Ranaudo.

Lexington Legend Miguel Almonte pitched a scoreless seventh for the World team with one strikeout. Former Legend Delino DeShields was 0-for-2 at the plate for the U.S. team.


Indycar

Dixon sweeps Toronto two-day event

Scott Dixon swept the doubleheader weekend at Toronto with an easy victory Sunday on the street circuit at Exhibition Place.

It's Dixon's third consecutive win — in seven days — and it vaulted him from seventh in the standings to second.

His 32nd career victory also gave Dixon sole possession of seventh on the all-time wins list. His victory Saturday moved him into a tie with teammate Dario Franchitti, Sebastien Bourdais and Paul Tracy. Dixon was challenged briefly twice on a pair of late restarts, but he smoothly pulled away. The race ended under caution because of an incident between Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay on the final restart.

IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves was second and Sebastien Bourdais third to claim his second podium of the weekend.


International basketball

UK signee Harper contributes to U.S. win

University of Kentucky women's basketball signee Linnae Harper had four points, seven rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes off the bench for the United States in its 69-49 win over Canada to capture the 2013 Lanzarote International Invitational championship Sunday morning in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. Harper will join the team as it departs for the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, hosted by Lithuania from July 18-28.


Tour de France

British rider Froom wins 15th stage

British rider Chris Froome showed why he remains the overwhelming Tour de France favorite by winning the grueling 15th stage up to Mont Ventoux to extend his lead over main rival Alberto Contador.

Froome attacked about two-thirds of the way up the mammoth 13-mile Ventoux and his brutal acceleration was too much for two-time former champion Contador. The Spaniard dropped back and finished about 1 minute, 40 seconds behind. Colombian Nairo Quintana was second.

The win means Froome effectively made up the time he lost in Friday's sprint stage, when Contador caught him with a surprise attack. Ventoux is one of the most famed climbs in the Tour's 110-year history. Britain's Tom Simpson collapsed and died on it during the 1967 Tour.


Horse racing Marketing Mix wins Sunset Handicap

Marketing Mix became the third female to win the $100,250 Sunset Handicap, defeating defending champion Dhaamer by a length on closing day of the spring-summer meet at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Marketing Mix ran 1½ miles on the turf in 2:26.78 and paid $3.40, $2.20 and $2.10 as the 7-10 favorite. She joined Typecast (1972) and Petite Ile (1990) as the only females to win. It was Stevens' third career win in the Sunset and first since 2001.

Dhaamer returned $2.20 and $2.10, while Extensive was another 6¾ lengths back in third and paid $3.40 to show.


The last word

"Ryan Newman is the biggest stupid idiot out here. He's a big ogre and can do whatever he wants because he can probably kick anybody's butt. So no sense getting in a fight with him. Glad he's out of a job.''Kyle Busch commenting on the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio about a wreck that involved Newman and his brother Kurt Busch. Newman recently learned his contract with Stewart-Haas Racing will not be renewed in 2014.

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