No. 3 Creighton shuts out Cats, hasn't given up goal this season
The 21st-ranked Kentucky men's soccer team's high-powered offense couldn't stop No. 3 Creighton's shutout streak, falling 2-0 in front of 2,557 fans at Morrison Stadium in Omaha, Neb. The Bluejays (7-0-0) have yet to surrender a goal this season.
The Wildcats (6-3-1), who entered the match second in the nation in scoring, kept Creighton off the scoreboard until the second half. Andrew Ribeiro scored the first in the 54th minute. Ethan Finlay followed with another goal off a deflection shortly after in the 59th minute.
Kentucky's Tyler Riggs, who entered the game with 20 points this season, only managed two shots, one on goal.
Up next for the Wildcats is a matchup with Evansville at 7 p.m. Friday at the UK Soccer Complex.
NASCAR tries to break up 2-car tandems
NASCAR tweaked two rules for next month's race at Talladega Superspeedway, apparently in an effort to limit the two-car tandem racing that has dominated at its two fastest tracks.
The first change ordered Wednesday was an increase in the size of the restrictor plate that will be used in the Oct. 23 race. The larger holes in the carburetor plates should lead to an increase of horsepower that could make the cars 2 to 3 mph faster.
NASCAR also ordered an adjustment on the pop-off valve in the cooling system that should lower the maximum water temperature in engines. A threat of overheating could prevent cars from staying hooked together for too long.
Drivers discovered over the last year that it's faster to run at Daytona and Talladega in two-car tandems. That style has replaced the popular two- and three-wide packs, and fans have been lukewarm about the tandem racing.
The larger restrictor plate could push speeds over 200 mph, but the combination of the pop-off valve change likely means the cars won't be able to stay locked together for as many laps.
Chad Johnston, crew chief for Martin Truex Jr., predicted that drivers will have to swap positions more. That could make it dicey, he said, because drivers will have to swap while also avoiding the two-car packs closing in behind them.
"The chances of something going wrong on a swap are going to go up obviously, but hopefully it will eliminate or lessen the two-by-two racing," Johnston said.
■ Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have the Diet Mountain Dew brand on his car starting with next year's Daytona 500. The new paint scheme for NASCAR's most popular driver was unveiled Wednesday. Diet Mountain Dew will replace the Pepsi-owned brand AMP Energy that has been featured on the car since 2008. Pepsi is the primary sponsor for Earnhardt in 20 races each year. The National Guard has the other 16 events.
■ Scott Miller will join Michael Waltrip Racing as executive vice president of competition at the end of the season. Speculation was that the team is bolstering its competition department in anticipation of the signing of Clint Bowyer to drive a third Toyota for the team. Miller has left Richard Childress Racing, where he served as director of competition.
Modano retires after 21 seasons in NHL
Mike Modano announced that he is retiring after 21 seasons in the NHL, a career that includes a Stanley Cup championship along with 561 goals and 1,374 points — both of which are records for U.S.-born players. "It's just time," he said in a phone interview from Dallas, taking a break between playing 36 holes of golf. "I didn't get any calls after July 1 and I figured that was it."
Only it wasn't. The 41-year-old Modano said Vancouver assistant general manager Lorne Henning offered him a chance last week to continue his career with the Canucks. "I told him I had to pass because I hadn't touched a weight or unzipped my bag since we lost in San Jose," he said.
Wrist surgery sidelines Verplank
Scott Verplank had surgery to rebuild his left wrist and will be off the PGA Tour for about five months. The surgery last Friday in Cleveland came one month after Verplank was in contention on the back nine of the PGA Championship until his tee shot came up a fraction short on the 17th green and led to a double bogey.
Verplank said that was one of the few weeks — and there weren't many — when his wrist felt strong enough for golf.
"For three or four weeks, it was OK and I played good," he said. "The rest of the time, it was a massive struggle."
■ Randal Lewis defeated two-time defending champion Nathan Smith on the first extra hole to advance to the finals of the USGA Mid-Amateur in Richmond, Texas. Lewis, a 54-year-old financial manager from Alma, Mich., will attempt to become the oldest U.S. Mid-Am champion when he faces Kenny Cook, a 6 and 5 winner over John Engler, in Thursday's 36-hole finals.
■ Martha Leach of Hebron defeated Robin Burke 3 and 2 to reach the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur in Virginia Beach, Va.
Idyllic wins Jugette in straight heats
Idyllic, with David Miller driving, held off hard-charging Rocklamation by a neck to win the $175,410 Jugette on Wednesday afternoon at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
Idyllic rolled to a 101/4-length victory over Whats New Pussycat in the first elimination. Swinging Beauty made a late move in the stretch to outrun Strike An Attitude and Rocklamation in the second.
The last word
Dwight Freeney is used to hearing the criticism. Every year, it seems, the so-called experts call the Indianapolis Colts' defense too small, too soft, too one-dimensional. Now that his team is off to an 0-2 start, the six-time Pro Bowler said:
"I don't think it could get any worse. What are they going to say, that we're worse than the worst?"