Sports briefs: May 5

May 5, 2014 


Sandberg has adventurous trip to the ballpark

Sunday's trip to the ballpark wasn't anything but routine for Philadelphia Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg on Sunday.

With the Broad Street Run tying up many Philadelphia roads, Sandberg's car service driver took an alternate route to Citizens Bank Park from the manager's Center City residence. But the driver missed the exit for the ballpark and wound up at the Philadelphia International Airport.

Instead of returning to I-95, the driver then tried to reach the ballpark via side roads. However, a traffic jam that was caused by the 10-mile race forced Sandberg to exit the car a mile from the ballpark and take to foot. The only problem was the manager had to cross Broad Street, which was full of runners, in order to reach his destination.

"It was full strength of runners at that point and there were no gaps," Sandberg recounted following the Phillies' 1-0 win over Washington on Sunday. "I talked to the policeman and told him I've got to get to the stadium. He said, 'Well, if you want to risk it, you can go and kind of get with the runners and then get across. I actually ran about 50 feet."

Toronto Raptors Coach Dwane Casey had his own problems getting to Sunday's Game 7 against the Brooklyn Nets.

With traffic snarled due to road closures related to the Toronto marathon, Casey got stuck in traffic soon after leaving his midtown home. More than half an hour into his journey, having failed to make significant progress, he turned his car around and drove home, then took the subway to the downtown arena.

Fellow riders recognized Casey, snapping photos of the coach and posting them to social media.

"I didn't think anybody would recognize me but I guess the shirt gave me away," Casey said, tugging on his black Raptors logo warm-up shirt.

Casey, a former University of Kentucky standout and assistant coach, said it's the first time he's used Toronto's subway since last summer. "It's great, I recommend it to everybody, just not on Game 7."

■ Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, playing for Hagerstown on a rehab assignment, hit a three-run homer to break a 1-1 tie and the Suns went on to a 10-8 win over the Lexington Legends on Sunday. Ramos underwent surgery after breaking the hamate bone in his left hand March 31.


Transy men win eighth straight HCAC title

Transylvania's Clay Hinton, an Elizabethtown graduate, shot a four-round score of 296 at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Golf Conference Championship to lead the Pioneers to their eighth straight conference title. Transylvania totaled a 1,195, far ahead of second-place College of Mount St. Joseph's at 1,242 in the tournament, which was played at at the Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind., and Eagle Rock Golf Course in Defiance, Ohio.

Hinton shot a final-round 75 and also had rounds of 73, 76, and 72 to finish in a three-way tie for first at the event with Hanover College's Robert Bader (St. Xavier) and Rose-Hulman's Sanders Park. Park earned the MVP award after winning a seven-hole playoff.

The Pioneers had two other top-eight finishers at the meet — Jantzen Latham (Muhlenberg County) in fourth with a 301 and Nicolas McCarthy (East Jessamine) in fifth with a 305.

Transylvania Coach Brian Lane was also named HCAC Coach of the Year for the eighth time.

Bernhard Langer won the Champions Tour's Insperity Invitational for the third time, closing with a 1-under 71 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Fred Couples at The Woodlands, Texas. Langer finished at 11-under 205 to become the 10th 20-time winner on the 50-and-over tour.

"I'm hoping to add to that number," Langer said. "I hope I'm not done yet. I'm very blessed to have won 20 times in 6½ years. It's been a great run and a wonderful achievement. I just feel like I'm playing some of my best golf in my career."

Felipe Aguilar thought a birdie on the final hole might give him a chance to win. He did one better by holing out a pitching wedge from 142 yards for eagle, capping a remarkable 28 on the back nine to win The Championship at Laguna National, a European Tour stop in Singapore. Aguilar closed with a 10-under 62 and wound up winning by one shot over Anders Hansen and David Lipsky, who were two groups behind and couldn't catch him.

■ Former University of Kentucky standout Mallory Blackwelder finished tied for seventh in Symetra Tour event in Ft. Myers, Fla. It was her first top-10 of the, season. Blackwelder finished at even par, seven shots behind winner Min Seo Kwak, and earned $2,317.

UK sports Softball swept ahead of SEC Tournament

Kentucky softball's Nikki Sagermann hit her team-leading 12th home run of the season in the sixth inning, but No. 16 Georgia defeated the 10th-ranked Wildcats for the third straight game, 3-1, at Athens, Ga.

Kentucky (41-14, 13-11 Southeastern Conference), which finished with a winning record in conference play for the fourth consecutive season, is the No. 7 seed in the SEC Tournament and will play at 4 p.m. Wednesday on ESPNU against No. 10 seed Mississippi State at Columbia, S.C. The Cats are 1-9 all-time in the SEC Tournament. UK won two of three games at Mississippi State earlier this season.

Horse racing

Honeymoon sweet for Nashoba's Gold

Nashoba's Gold won the $200,250 Honeymoon Stakes by a length at Santa Anita on Sunday for her second straight stakes victory. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Nashoba's Gold ran 11⁄8 miles on the turf in 1:48.61. She earned $120,000 for the victory, her third win in four career starts for the gray filly trained by Carla Gaines.

Miss France won the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket by a neck Sunday in England, giving trainer Andre Fabre his first victory in the race for fillies. The 7-1 shot held off Lightning Thunder, which went off at 14-1, while Ihtimal was third. Manderley, a 100-1 shot, was in front with a furlong to run and finished fourth.


Bickell powers Blackhawks past Wild 4-1

Bryan Bickell had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the visiting Minnesota Wild 4 -1 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Brandon Saad scored his first two goals of the postseason, and Chicago earned its sixth consecutive win despite stretches of lackluster play in the second and third periods. Corey Crawford made 18 saves in another solid performance.

The last word

NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski figured he was just being aggressive, down six laps and hoping some breaks would allow him back into contention Sunday at Talladega. Other drivers were left shaking their heads after Keselowski spun and triggered a 14-car wreck when he was so far behind. Jeff Gordon, among those caught up with about 50 laps to go, said;

"Brad does a lot of smart things out there on the race track and then he does some things that make you just shake your head and go, 'Really? How does a guy that's a champion, that's been that successful make such silly decisions?'"

Added Gordon: "It's extra frustrating when the car's six laps down out there, making some of the moves he was making. That was disappointing, but everybody's got a right to race. He was trying to do something. I'm just not sure what."

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