Digest for 07-27-14


LOCAL

Bias, 14, hits ace at Harbor Oaks

Brooks Bias, 14, reportedly sank a hole-in-one at Harbor Oaks Golf Course on Saturday.

Giants add Peavy in trade with Red Sox

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox shipped veteran Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

The Giants hope the move bolsters their rotation as they are locked in a tight battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers for NL West supremacy.

Boston acquired two minor league pitchers, Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree, in exchange for the 33-year-old Peavy and cash considerations. Escobar and Hembree were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

A former National League Cy Young Award winner, Peavy was 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 outings for the Red Sox this season. The right-hander’s run support average of 2.76 was the second-lowest among all AL starting pitchers.

Love won’t play for Team USA at worlds

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has informed USA Basketball that he will be unable to participate with the men’s national team this summer.

Love cited his current status with the Timberwolves as the reason he will be unavailable. The three-time All-Star has recently been involved in trade speculation after informing Minnesota he will not re-sign with the team when his contract expires.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors have reportedly been the teams with the most interest in landing Love.

The news comes just days before Team USA is set to begin training camp for the FIBA World Cup.

Harvick wins Brickyard 400 pole with new track record

INDIANAPOLIS — Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for the Brickyard 400 after a dominating performance in Saturday’s qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Harvick, in his first season as driver of the No. 4 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing, posted the fastest lap in all three rounds of knockout qualifying at this historic 2.5-mile racetrack. His lap at 188.470 mph during the final round earned him the top starting position for Sunday’s 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race here.

The 38-year-old Harvick scored his 10th career pole in Sprint Cup, including his second at Indianapolis. He started on the pole and won the 2003 Brickyard 400. Harvick now leads the series with four poles this season.

Harvick turned a lap at 188.889 mph during the first qualifying round, which set a new track record at Indianapolis. The previous record was 187.531 mph, set by Ryan Newman in 2013. Harvick’s best lap in the second round was clocked at 188.281 mph.

It’s the 14th time this season that a new track record has been set in the series.

Packers give WR Nelson contract extension

DE PERE, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers signed wide receiver Jordy Nelson to a contract extension on Saturday.

According to multiple reports, Nelson and the team agreed on a four-year extension worth $39 million.

“Jordy’s hard work and dedication has made him a good player, teammate and a core member of this team,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. “We are pleased to come to an agreement that will extend his Packers career.”

Nelson, 29, is coming off a season in which he caught 85 passes for 1,314 yards — both career highs — and eight touchdowns.

Selected by Green Bay in the second round of the 2008 draft, the Kansas State product has 302 receptions for 4,590 yards and 36 touchdowns in his career.

Report: Lakers hiring Scott as head coach

Byron Scott will reportedly be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The former Lakers star has agreed to a four-year, $17 million deal to replace Mike D’Antoni in Los Angeles, ESPN.com reported Saturday evening.

Scott was fired in April 2013 at the end of his third season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He has also coached the Nets and Hornets since a 14-year playing career that included three NBA title runs with the Lakers in the 1980s.

D’Antoni resigned as Lakers coach in April after one of the worst seasons in franchise history and less than 18 months after he was brought in to replace Mike Brown early in the 2012-13 season.

NORTH AMERICA

Furyk moves 3 clear in Canada

ILE BIZARD, Quebec — Jim Furyk carded a 5-under 65 on Saturday and he extended his lead to three strokes after 54 holes at the Canadian Open.

Furyk, a two-time winner of this event, ended three rounds at 15-under-par 195. He missed tying the tournament’s 54-hole scoring record by a single stroke.

Tim Clark fired a 6-under 64 and jumped into second place at minus-12. Kyle Stanley shot 68 and is alone in third at 10-under 200. Jamie Lovemark carded a 67 on Saturday and he is fourth at minus-9.

Tim Petrovic, who shared the lead after the first two rounds, stumbled to a 2-over 72 and dropped into a tie for fifth at 8-under 202. He was joined there by Joe Durant (67), Scott Brown (69) and Canadian Graham DeLaet (70).

Graeme McDowell (70) stands at minus-7 and is one of four players tied for ninth.

WORLD

Nibali closes in on Tour de France title

PERIGUEUX, France — Italian Vincenzo Nibali is set to become the winner of the 2014 Tour de France after a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s time trail.

German Tony Martin won Stage 20 after completing the 54-kilometer ride from Bergerac to Perigueux in a time of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 21 seconds. It was his second stage won of this year’s Tour.

Nibali crossed the finish line 1:58 behind Martin, but increased his lead in the overall standings.

With the Nibali in firm control of the yellow jersey, Saturday was a race to reach the podium in Paris.

Only 15 seconds separated Frenchmen Jean-Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot and Spaniard Alejandro Valverde in a heated battle for second and third at the start of the stage.

Peraud placed seventh to jump ahead of Pinot for second. He trails the leader by 7:52. Pinot is 32 seconds behind his countryman after finishing 12th, while Valverde is another 1:31 slower in fourth after placing 28th Saturday.

The Tour concludes on Sunday with the traditional finish along the Champs Elysees in Paris.