Sports News-August 12, 2013

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Jason Dufner took the lead from Jim Furyk on the front nine and held on to win the PGA Championship at Oak Hill.  Dufner closed with a 2-under-par 68 for a 10-under in his first career major title, two strokes ahead of Furyk.  The victory comes two years after Dufner blew a four-shot lead with four shots to play at the PGA Championship in Atlanta.

Brett Gardner has bailed out Mariano Rivera once again.  Rivera blew a 4-2 lead before Gardner homered with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift the New York Yankees over Detroit 5-4.  Gardner's blast came two days following his walkoff single in the tenth inning after Rivera coughed up a 3-1 lead.  Solo homers by Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez left Rivera with his career-high third consecutive blown save.  Alex Rodriguez hit his first homer of the season for the Yankees, who took two of three from Detroit after the Tigers entered the series on a twelve-game winning streak.  

Kyle Busch prevailed in a late race battle with Brad Keselowski to win the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen.  Busch held off Keselowski on a two-lap dash to the finish in the caution-filled race.  Keselowski finished second in this race a third straight time.  Busch took the lead just past the halfway point of the 90-lap race and he held on through a series of cautions over the final 29 laps.

Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher has a lot of new faces on hand including players and assistant coaches.  Yet Fisher thinks his team won't look much different from the squad that finished 12-2 and ranked tenth last season.  Most of the questions at media day yesterday involved the competition for the starting quarterback job now that EJ Manuel plays for the Buffalo Bills.  Fisher says he won't be rushed into making a choice between redshirt freshman Jameis Winston and redshirt sophomore Jacob Coker.  According to ESPN, Winston said yesterday "If I get [Johnny] 'Manziel disease,' I want every one of y'all to get your mics and just start [hitting me] on the head," he told reporters, adding that Manziel was a good person, based on what he'd heard from other athletes.  Florida State will face Pittsburgh in the opener on Sept. 2.

Usain Bolt has recaptured the world championship title in the 100-meters.  The reigning Olympic gold medalist overcame a slow start to pass Justin Gatlin and win in 9.77 seconds.  Gatlin is the only one who has beaten Bolt this season.  Olympic champion Brittney Reese of the United States won her third straight long jump world title and her teammate, Ashton Eaton, won the decathlon title to add to his Olympic gold medal.

Jeremy Scott's bid for an International Associations Athletic Federation World Championships pole vault medal came to an end after the former Norfolk High standout failed to qualify for the finals in Moscow, Russia last Saturday.  According to the Norfolk Daily News, 13 of the 40 competitors advanced to the finals.  Competing in Group B, Scott cleared 5.25 (17-2¾) on his second attempt, cleared 5.40 meters (17 feet, 8½) on his first attempt before missing all three of his attempts at 5.55 meters.

Local Schedule:  Fresno at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Sacramento 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 3 (Bsbl). 

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final            Baltimore          10    San  Francisco      2
      Final            Seattle                2    Milwaukee              0
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers      8    Tampa  Bay              2
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            N-Y  Yankees        5    Detroit                  4
      Final            Cleveland            6    L.A.  Angels          5
      Final            Oakland                6    Toronto                  4
      Final            Kansas  City        4    Boston                    3
      Final            Minnesota            5    Chi  White  Sox      2
      Final            Texas                    6    Houston                  1
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Cincinnati          3    San  Diego              2,  13  Innings
      Final            Atlanta                9    Miami                      4
      Final            St.  Louis            8    Chi  Cubs                4
      Final            N-Y  Mets              9    Arizona                  5
      Final            Colorado              3    Pittsburgh            2
      Final            Washington          6    Philadelphia        0
    
    
          NATIONAL  FOOTBALL  LEAGUE  PRESEASON
    
      Final    Buffalo    44    Indianapolis    20
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL
    
      Final          Washington      74    Connecticut      63
      Final  OT    Chicago            94    Minnesota          86
      Final          New  York          88    Atlanta              82
      Final          Phoenix            77    Tulsa                  56
      Final          Seattle            69    San  Antonio      63

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