Digest for 07-16-13


LOCAL

Bradford throws gem in East Texas victory

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Zach Bradford of Pine Bluff allowed one run on five hits with one walk and struck out 10 Sunday in leading the East Texas Canes to a 5-1 win over Diamond Post 21 during the BP Invitational, part of the Alaska Airlines Tournament Tour.

The win is Bradford’s second for the Canes, a 19-under summer league team.

STATE

Report: Rockets sign Young to three-year deal

FAYETTEVILLE — The Houston Rockets have signed former Arkansas guard B.J. Young to a three-year contract, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The exact terms of the contract were not known, but the newspaper reported it had a “small first-year guarantee.” Young signed with the organization after playing for Houston’s summer league team in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month.

Young — who left Arkansas after his sophomore season — was not selected in the 2013 NBA Draft.

He joined Houston’s summer league team as a free agent and averaged 11.8 points, 1.8 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 18.5 minutes in four games. It included a 15-point outing against the Brooklyn Nets last Thursday and a 20-point performance in a championship game loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder a day later.

Former UA sprinter Gay tests positive

American 100-meter record-holder Tyson Gay will pull out of the world championships next month in Moscow after admitting to testing positive for a banned substance.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency informed Gay Friday that a sample from an out-of-competition test on May 16 came back positive. Gay did not reveal the substance.

The “B” sample will be tested soon.

The 30-year-old Gay won the 100- and 200-meters at nationals in June.

NATIONAL

Spieth claims first win in playoff at John Deere Classic

SILVIS,Ill. — Jordan Spieth outlasted David Hearn and Zach Johnson with a par on the fifth playoff hole on Sunday to capture his first career win at the John Deere Classic.

Spieth birdied five of his last six holes in regulation, including a chip in from a greenside bunker at the 18th, to close out his third straight 6-under 65 and meet 2012 champion Johnson (68) and Hearn (69) at 19-under-par 265.

The 19-year-old American became the first teenager to win a PGA Tour event since 1931.

“Honestly, I don’t even know what to say right now,” Spieth said after the win.

Perry rallies to Senior Open win

OMAHA, Neb. — Kenny Perry fired a 7-under 63 on Sunday to rally for a 5-stroke victory at the U.S. Senior Open Championship.

Perry, who was 10 strokes off the pace at the end of the second round, captured his second straight major victory at 13-under-par 267. He won his first major title two weeks ago at the Senior Players Championship.

Perry became just the ninth player in Champions Tour history to capture consecutive majors.

“I came in here on a high with a lot of confidence, and this golf course really fit a long hitter,” said Perry. “I mean, if you could hit it fairly straight, you could really take advantage of this golf course.”

Vickers a surprise winner at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. — Brian Vickers, a part-time driver for Michael Waltrip Racing in the Sprint Cup Series this season, won Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 after making a late-race pass on Tony Stewart at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Vickers moved ahead of Stewart and took the lead for the first time with 16 laps remaining. A caution for debris in the closing laps set up a two-lap overtime finish. After the restart, Vickers pulled ahead of the field, while Stewart ran out of fuel and slowed on the track, allowing Kyle Busch to take second. Vickers beat Busch to the finish line by 0.58 seconds.

It was Vickers’ third career Sprint Cup victory but his first since August 2009 at Michigan, which ended his 75-race winless streak.

WORLD

Froome widens Tour lead with Stage 15 win

MONT VENTOUX, France — Britain’s Chris Froome increased his lead in the Tour de France by winning Sunday’s grueling Stage 15.

Froome completed the 242.5-kilometer trek from Givors to the peak of Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day in five hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds. He beat Nairo Quintana after the pair attacked during the strenuous 21-kilometer climb up Mont Ventoux, crossing the finish line 29 seconds ahead of the Colombian rider.

It was Froome’s third career stage win in the Tour and the second this year after he claimed the yellow jersey with last Saturday’s triumph at Ax 3 Domaines.