Rain postpones Chase opener in Chicago to noon Monday
Sunday's rain at Chicagoland Speedway forced NASCAR to postpone the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. NASCAR rescheduled the race for Monday at noon Eastern.
The forecast didn't look good from the start, but because the facility has lights, NASCAR waited all day for a window to dry the track. Officials got the window and had the track almost dry, but the sky opened again roughly six hours after the scheduled start.
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"We appreciate the fans hanging in there with us and we know that rain presents an issue that nobody has much control over and it's uncomfortable," NASCAR president Mike Helton said earlier Sunday. "But I think it's in everybody's best interest to try to get it in and we've got time to wait and see."
Time ran out about 8 p.m., with NASCAR releasing teams after the almost-dry track was soaked by a heavy rain. It marks the first Chase race since the championship series debuted in 2004 to be postponed. The only Chase race that failed to be run to its conclusion was the 2007 event at Kansas, which was called for darkness after a rain delay halted action in the middle of the event. The race resumed, but ran only 210 of the scheduled 267 laps.
Matt Kenseth will start from the pole at Chicagoland when the race goes off on Monday, and he said he didn't think the full day of rain would present many problems for drivers.
"I think it will change the first 40 or 50 laps until the track gets rubbered up again, then I think it will be similar to what it has been all weekend," Kenseth said.
Men's soccer routs 15th-ranked Brown
Sophomore standout Tyler Riggs scored a pair of goals in the Kentucky men's soccer team's 5-1 rout of No. 15 Brown in the championship game of the Gamecock Classic on Sunday in Columbia, S.C. Kentucky (6-2-1) outshot Brown 21-10 and also got goals from Josh Mulvany, Josh McCrary and Brendan Murphy.
■ Kentucky's women's soccer team (7-1-0) suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday night 2-1 to 24th-ranked Dayton. Josie Grant's goal in the 31st minute ended UK goalie Kayla Price's 274-minute scoreless streak. Kelsey Hunyadi scored the Wildcats' goal on a penalty kick with 4:31 left to play.
■ Kentucky men's tennis junior Anthony Rossi defeated Duke's Luke Marchese 6-3, 6-3 to win the singles title at the Duke Fab Four Invitational on Saturday. Rossi, ranked 95th nationally, defeated No.-4 ranked Henrique Cunha of Duke in the semifinals.
■ UK's men's golf team finished first overall and Cody Martin was second individually at the UK Bluegrass Fall Invitational at the University Club of Kentucky.
Blue-White game set for Oct. 26
Kentucky's annual Blue-White men's basketball scrimmage will be played at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. Ticket information has not yet be released.
Spain, Argentina reach Davis Cup finals
Novak Djokovic's ailing back didn't hold up Sunday, meaning Rafael Nadal won't have to face his main rival in the Davis Cup finals. Djokovic tried to help Serbia stage a comeback in their semifinal against Argentina despite a lingering back problem, but had to retire when trailing 7-6 (5), 3-0 against Juan Martin del Potro. That sent Argentina into the final against Spain, which advanced after Nadal routed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-0, 6-2, 6-4 on clay in Cordoba.
"I feel disappointed to end this tie this way," Djokovic said. "My condition was 60 percent of what I had expected."
Injuries are about the only thing that has slowed Djokovic this season. He entered the weekend with a 64-2 record, having won three majors. One of those two losses came when he had to retire with a sore shoulder against Andy Murray in the Cincinnati finals last month.
Trainer Clabes gets his first career win
Trainer Jacob Clabes earned his first career victory Sunday when Kirby won by 63/4 lengths in the third race at Turfway Park. Kirby, a 2-year-old daughter of Closing Argument, was second out of the gate in the 11-horse field but first thereafter, setting all the pace and finishing the 6-furlong maiden claiming race in 1:14.14.
Clabes, 35, took out his trainer's license in 2010 after serving as an assistant for three years to his father, longtime Kentucky horseman Gene Clabes.
"I grew up around horses," Jacob Clabes said. "In fact, I spent a lot of early mornings in the summer on the backside of Turfway Park, when my dad trained horses there."
■ Turallure came on from the outside to win the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile over Courageous Cat to earn a spot in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs. Julien Leparoux guided Turallure to victory in the Grade I race for 3-year-olds and up in an unofficial time of 1:32.92 on firm turf at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Right One took third.
■ Unbridled Humor, the 4-5 favorite, beat Thai Haku by 1¾ lengths Sunday in the $100,000 Noble Damsel Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park. Ramon Dominguez rode for trainer Graham Motion as Unbridled Humor ran one mile in 1:34.09 over the firm course.
Dixon wins to keep title chances alive
Pole-sitter Scott Dixon won the Indy Japan on Sunday to stay in contention for the IndyCar series championship with two races to go. The Target Chip Ganassi driver held off Will Power — who moved into the championship lead — to capture his second IndyCar win of the season.
Power moved into first place in the standings with 542 points, 11 ahead of Dario Franchitti, who finished in eighth place after being penalized for hitting Ryan Briscoe's car on the 26th lap.
"It was a good day for us points-wise in the championship, but I'm really not worried about points right now," said Power. "I just need to keep finishing in front of (Franchitti) the rest of the way and we'll be fine. We'll keep chipping away like we have been."
Dixon, who finished 3.4375 seconds ahead of Power, is 59 points out of first place with two races to go. The final two races of the season are in Kentucky and Las Vegas are on ovals.
Danica Patrick, who started 23rd on the grid, moved up to finish in 11th place. Defending Indy Japan champion Helio Castroneves finished 22nd.
Vols wide receiver out for season
Tennessee receiver Justin Hunter has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will need season-ending surgery. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound wideout was hurt on Tennessee's first passing play in Saturday's 33-23 loss to Florida. He landed awkwardly on his left knee while making a 12-yard reception. Hunter came into the game leading the Southeastern Conference in receiving and ranked 10th nationally. He had 17 catches for 314 yards with two touchdowns.
The last word
Just as with last week, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who threw for a rookie record 432 yards, wasn't in the mood to celebrate after a loss:
"We've just got to get it right. We're go ing to get it right," Newton said. "But I'm not the person to just sit up here and say, 'Well, we have next time.' I'm not that type of person. I want it right now, and I want to get it right now."