Digest for 07-02-13


STATE

Former Razorback Wright arrested in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE — Former Arkansas linebacker Tenarius Wright was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning.

Wright, 23, was pulled over at approximately 2:50 a.m. in Fayetteville after the officer saw that the SUV he was driving did not have a light illuminating the license plate, a preliminary police report said. During the traffic stop, the officer said the driver, Wright, had watery bloodshot eyes and there was a smell of alcohol coming from the driver, according to the report.

Wright was booked in the Washington County Detention Center at 9:15 a.m. and was released on $1,055 bond at 11:51 a.m., according to the Washington County Detention Center’s website. He faces misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated, violation of implied consent, having no license plate light and driving his vehicle under unsafe conditions.

The report said Wright refused to submit a breathalyzer and the SUV he was driving had two cracks in the windshield in the driver’s line of sight.

After his five-year career at Arkansas (2008-12), Wright was not selected in the 2013 NFL draft. He was initially reported to agree to terms of an undrafted free-agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs in May.

NATIONAL

A-Rod cleared for rehab stint

MINNEAPOLIS — The New York Yankees have cleared third baseman Alex Rodriguez to begin a rehab assignment that could have the three-time American League MVP back in the team’s lineup shortly after the All-Star break.

The Yankees announced Monday that Rodriguez, who has yet to play this season while recovering from surgery performed in January to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, will join the organization’s Single-A affiliate in Charleston, S.C. and play a minimum of three innings at third base in Tuesday’s game against Rome (Ga.).

Park wins third straight major

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Inbee Park’s dominant season continued on Sunday, as she cruised to a historic 4-stroke victory at the U.S. Women’s Open.

In addition to recording her third consecutive win and her sixth overall this season, the 24-year-old South Korean captured her third straight major victory this year, joining Babe Zaharias as the only women in LPGA history to do so.

Park also became just the fourth person on tour to win three majors in a calendar year. She is joined by Zaharias (1950), Mickey Wright (1961) and Pat Bradley (1986). She will have a chance to become the first male or female golfer to win four majors in a season at the Women’s British Open at St. Andrew’s in August.

Park closed with a 2-over 74 during her final round at Sebonack Golf Club to finish the tournament at 8-under-par 280 and collect her fourth career major victory. Park also won the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open to go along with her three majors this season.

I.K. Kim also shot 74 on Sunday to finish in second place at 4-under 284, while So Yeon Ryu (72) was to only other player to finish in red numbers at minus-1.

Haas takes three-stroke victory at AT&T National

BETHESDA, Md. — Bill Haas fired a 5-under 66 on Sunday and secured a 3-stroke victory at the AT&T National.

Haas shared the overnight lead with three others before separating himself from the pack with a trio of birdies from the par-4 eighth at Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course. He finished at 12-under-par 272 and notched his fifth career PGA Tour win.

Roberto Castro, another overnight leader, carded a 2-under 69 and finished alone in second place at 9-under 275.

D.H. Lee shot 7-under 64, the low round of the final day, and jumped into a tie for third at 8-under. He ended alongside Jason Kokrak, who carded a 69.

Pit strategy helps Kenseth earn checkered flag

SPARTA, Ky. — Matt Kenseth claimed his Sprint Cup Series-leading fourth win of the season after taking a gamble on his final pit stop in Sunday’s rain-delayed Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

The 400-mile event at this 1.5-mile racetrack was scheduled for Saturday night but persistent rain forced postponement until the following afternoon.

During the last round of stops under caution with 24 laps to go, Kenseth and his crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, decided to take fuel only while the other frontrunners made two-tire stops. Kenseth came out of the pits first.

Jimmie Johnson put on a dominating performance during the race by leading 182 of 267 laps. Johnson exited the pits in second, but after the restart, the five-time series champion got loose and spun around in front of Joey Logano in turn 2.

Kenseth held off challenges from Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray on the final restart with 17 laps left. He crossed the finish line 0.7 seconds ahead of McMurray.

WORLD

Gerrans wins Stage 3 of Tour in photo finish

Australian Simon Gerrans edged out Slovakia’s Peter Sagan in a thrilling photo finish to capture Stage 3 of the 2013 Tour de France.

Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil, Michal Kwiatkowski and Philippe Gilbert rounded out the top five.

Gerrans completed the 145.5-kilometer ride from Ajaccio to Calvi in a time of 3 hours, 41 minutes and 24 seconds. Belgian Jan Bakelants, winner of the second stage, maintained the yellow jersey by a one-second margin. Julien Simon, Gerrans and Kwiatkowski sit behind Bakelants in the overall standings.

Monday’s ride was the last of the trio of Coriscan stages. The race heads back to mainland France for today’s team time trial in Nice.

— From wire reports