Sports digest: Dixon wins third in a row in IndyCar
Scott Dixon raced to his third consecutive victory Saturday with an unlikely victory in the opener of a weekend doubleheader at Road America in Elkhart, Wisconsin, as IndyCar welcomed fans to its races to first time this season.
Dixon took the lead shortly after a warning flag and beat Will Power by 2. 5386 seconds. Alex Palou, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Colton Herta followed in order them.
This marked the first time spectators were allowed in an IndyCar event this season after they were not permitted in races at Fort Worth or Indianapolis. (AP)
Creed takes Truck Series race: Sheldon Creed won the NASCAR Trucks Series race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway when rain washed out the last stage. Creed won for the first time in the series, taking the second stage just before a thunderstorm hit on the trail. Kentucky native Ben Rhodes was next and Matt Crafton third. (AP)
Johnson contributes to NHRA return: Tommy Johnson Jr. topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday at the NHRA Nationals at Indianapolis in the show’ return from a four-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Steve Torrence led to Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle, Jason Line in Pro Stock and Top Fuel. (AP)
Fish contributes celebrity golfing: Former tennis player Mardy Fish birdied the last five holes Saturday to take a three-point lead over former Buffalo defensive tackle Kyle Williams in the American Century Championship in Stateline, Nevada. The celebrity tournament has been played without fans at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. (AP)
Art Collector wins Blue Grass: Art Collector took a big step toward the Kentucky Derby, pulling away from the filly Korean Skydiver from the stretch at the Blue Grass at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, for his first graded stakes victory. Ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Art Collector coated 1 1/8 mile in 1: 48. 11 and paid $6. 60, $4 and $3. 20. \$ 4 was returned by swiss Skydiver. 20 and $3. 40, also Rushie paid $4. (AP)
Texas D-lineman commits to Mizzou: Missouri added another piece to its future defensive lineup on Saturday, landing a pledge from three-star defensive end Jonathan Jones from McKinney, Texas. Jones, rated the country’s No. 40 strongside defensive end by 247Sports.com, had recently narrowed his final choices to Baylor, Colorado, Missouri Nebraska and Texas. At McKinney, Texas, High School last season, a Class 6A school in Texas, Jones had 55 tackles, 16 for losses, eight sacks and four pass breakups. (Dave Matter)
Pac-12 commissioner has COVID-19: Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has tested positive for COVID-19.
Scott, 55, tested positive late last week after experiencing flu-like symptoms and can be self quarantining at the direction of his doctor, according to a statement from the conference.
Scott is continuing to continue his duties as commissioner remotely. (AP)
Duke hires Lawson: Kara Lawson and Duke reached an agreement Saturday to her to become the new women’s basketball coach, the school announced.
Lawson, currently a Boston Celtics assistant coach, held a virtual meeting with the team Saturday afternoon. She was in Orlando, Fla., where she coached the Celtics through a practice Saturday morning.
Lawson, 39, a former Tennessee and WNBA player who won a golden medal with all the U.S. at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will replace Joanne P. McCallie, who resigned on July 2 later 13 years training the Blue Devils. (AP)
Former Pistons stadium imploded: Among Michigan’s most treasured sports and entertainment places has been turned to rubble on Saturday with a series of controlled explosions.
The shell and roof of the Palace of Auburn Hills, which was home to three championship Detroit Pistons teams and three Detroit Shock teams and played host to some of the planet’s biggest musical acts during its almost 30-year run, crumbled to the floor after a series explosive pops. The arena’s remaining portion had been removed.
The Palace, which opened 1988, held more than 22,000 individuals for NBA games and around 23,000 for concerts and other shows, according to nba.com. (AP)
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