Digest for 07-30-13


NATIONAL

Former Red Sox star Scott dies

GREENVILLE, Miss. — George “Boomer” Scott, a Delta native who spent 14 seasons mostly with the Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers, has died, the Delta Democrat Times reported.

According to multiple sources, Scott was 69. The Delta Democrat Times reported he was 71.

Scott was a three-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner who grew up in Greenville and lived there during retirement. In 1975, his fourth season with the Brewers, he led the league with 36 home runs, 109 runs batted in and 318 total bases.

He was traded to the Red Sox, with whom he played his first six seasons, in 1976, and stayed with the team until 1979, when he also played with the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees in his final playing season.

Cowboys, NBC partner to unveil ‘FreeD’

OXNARD, Calif. — NBC Sports and the Dallas Cowboys are working with Replay Technologies Inc. to prove a new 360-degree “FreeD” look at red-zone plays for viewers watching the NFL on the network and fans at the Cowboys’ newly-renamed AT&T Stadium, the team officially announced Monday.

“FreeD” stands for free dimensional video. The technology will debut Sept. 8 during the first NBC “Sunday Night Football” game of the season between the New York Giants and the Cowboys.

“FreeD” will use 24 high-speed cameras mounted in AT&T Stadium — 12 on each side of the field lined from the 20-yard line to the back of each end zone — to provide replays of key red-zone plays from a 360-degree perspective, it was announced on the team’s website.

Newman outduels Johnson for Brickyard 400 win

INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Newman had always dreamed of winning a race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Newman, who grew up roughly 150 miles north of this historic 2.5-mile racetrack, won the Brickyard 400 after benefiting from a two-tire pit stop late in the race and then outrunning Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps.

With 26 laps remaining, Newman pitted for just two new right-side tires. Johnson, who had led 73 of 160 laps, made his last stop one lap before Newman, but the five-time Sprint Cup Series champion and four-time Brickyard 400 winner opted for a four-tire change, which took 17.2 seconds and cost him valuable track position.

After the cycle of green-flag stops was completed with 12 laps to go, Newman grabbed the lead for good, holding a three-second advantage over Johnson at the time. Newman went on to beat Johnson at the finish by 2.7 seconds for his first Brickyard 400 victory in his 13th attempt.

U.S. holds off Panama to claim Gold Cup

CHICAGO — Brek Shea came off the bench to net the lone goal in a 1-0 United States win over Panama on Sunday in the final of the Gold Cup at Soldier Field.

The Americans dominated possession throughout the match as Panama packed things in defensively and attempted to counter.

And although the tactic seemed to frustrate the U.S. a bit, the breakthrough finally came in the 69th minute after Shea had just been introduced.

Panama was bidding to win its first Gold Cup after twice beating Mexico in this year’s tournament on its way to the final.

WORLD

Wiebe outlasts Langer to win Senior British Open

SOUTHPORT, England — Mark Wiebe parred the fifth playoff hole on Monday to defeat Bernhard Langer and capture his first major victory at the Senior British Open.

Langer, the 2010 champion, double bogeyed his final hole on Sunday to fall into a tie with Wiebe at 9-under-par 271, and the duo traded pars on two playoff holes Sunday evening before play was suspended for darkness.

They returned to Royal Birkdale Golf Club Monday morning and they each parred the third playoff hole when play resumed before splitting bogeys on the fourth, leading to Wiebe’s deciding par on the fifth extra hole when Langer failed to get up and down for par.

Snedeker wins by 3 in Ontario

OAKVILLE, Ontario — Brandt Snedeker posted a 2-under 70 on Sunday and it was more than enough for him to win the Canadian Open by three strokes.

Snedeker finished at 16-under-par 272. The win was his sixth on the PGA Tour.

“This is one I circled at the beginning of the year, I wanted to play well here,” Snedeker said. “I didn’t have my best stuff today, but I rolled the ball fantastic, I fought really well. The course played so tough today. It was a lot fun coming down the stretch today.”

Dustin Johnson birdied the 16th hole to tie Snedeker atop the leaderboard but hit his tee shot out of bounds on 17, then left his fourth shot in a fairway bunker. That led to a triple bogey, which dropped Johnson out of the lead.