Speed Reads

May. 14, 2013 @ 04:36 AM

Rachel Tevis picked up a hat trick — scoring goals in the 12th, 50th and 62nd minutes to lead the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy girl's soccer team to a 3-0 win over Montgomery late Saturday night.


Chase relay team wins regionals


BUNKER HILL — The Chase High School 4x800 relay team of Josh Parks, Juan Castrellon, Jacob Wise and Andrew Mech turned in a personal best and school record time of 8 minutes, 31 seconds to win the Western North Carolina 2A regional championship.

The quad qualified for this weekend's state championship at N.C. A&T in Greensboro.

Parks also qualified, individually, for the state meet with a fourth-place finish in the 800.


GWU baseball drops late decision to High Point


HIGH POINT — Gardner-Webb walked four consecutive batters in the bottom of the 11th Sunday afternoon and High Point scored on the final two to take a 5-4 win.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs (25-24-1, 9-11 Big South) rallied with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game, and used another play at the plate to cut down a potential game-winning run to end the bottom of the ninth. JJ Nazzaro singled to lead off the top of the ninth and Benji Jackson followed with a one-out double to put the tying runs in scoring position.

Brad Collins doubled down the left field line to tie the game – his league-leading 24th two bagger of the season. Gardner-Webb fell to 10-10 this season in one-run games.

The Panthers (26-26, 12-9 Big South) had a chance to win the game in the ninth on Ryan Retz’ single to left, but the winning run was cut down at the plate on a throw from Alex Newman to end the inning and send the game into extras.

After both teams failed to get runs across in the 10th, Benji Jackson walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Brantley Smith’s double to left for a 4-3 lead. Gardner-Webb couldn’t capitalize further, and High Point got the runs it would need in the bottom half.

Brett Gemmell led off with a double to right and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. A walk to Spencer Angelis put men at the corner, and made the double play an option, but Retz also drew a walk on four pitches to load the bases. Devin Bujnovsky then tied the game by coaxing an RBI walk,

Cody Manzella drew the game winning free pass, driving home Angelis for the final score.


Jags' Blackmon says problem is 'a poor decision'


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon says he doesn't have an alcohol or substance-abuse problem, adding that his issue is "making a poor decision."

Blackmon was suspended last month for the first four games of the 2013 season for violation the league's substance-abuse policy.

He spoke publicly for the first time Monday, apologizing to teammates and saying he's looking to "put it in the past."

He says, "If you want to ask if I have a problem? I have a problem with making a poor decision."

He declined comment when asked whether he planned to enroll in a rehabilitation program.

Blackmon pleaded guilty last summer to aggravated DUI, which put him in the league's substance-abuse program. Although he declined to reveal what triggered his suspension, he may have failed a random test.


IndyCar hires Walker as competition chief


INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar drivers and owners have always considered Derrick Walker to be a beacon of leadership.

Now he's switching to what Walker describes as the "dark" side.

The well-respected former team owner was hired Monday as IndyCar's new head of competition, ending the worst-kept secret in Indianapolis. Speculation that the 68-year-old Scotsman would lead the competition department kicked into high gear last week when four-time series champ Dario Franchitti, also a Scot, said Walker had been hired.

Turns out, it was all true.

"I know I'm not going to please everybody every day," Walker said. "There are going to be some days when some people will think I'm a jerk and there will be some days where I probably will be a jerk. I just hope there's more good days than jerk days."

Walker takes over May 27, the day after the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to be run. Until then, he will continue to serve as general manager for Ed Carpenter Racing, the one-car team owned by Tony George's stepson. George's family owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway and George was the founder of the IndyCar Series.

It's a whole new start for Walker, who is now talking about containing costs, improving safety and helping the cars go faster if they continue to protect the drivers.

Drivers and owners like the fact that he understands the racing business from the ground up.


Saints sign 6, waive 3 after rookie camp


METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has signed six players who received tryouts at rookie camp last weekend.

The signings announced Monday include that of Brent Leonard, who was Louisiana-Monroe's leading receiver last season. Also signed were defensive end Baraka Atkins, defensive back Korey Lindsey, kicker Jose Maltos, running back Khiry Robinson and guard Jeremiah Warren.

Atkins has played two seasons in the NFL since Seattle drafted him in 2007. Lindsey, a 2011 Cincinnati draft choice, has been with five NFL teams. Warren was on New England's practice squad for much of 2012, his rookie season. Maltos and Robinson are rookies.

Loomis says the Saints also have waived ex-West Virginia running back Shawne Alston, former Utah cornerback Ryan Lacy, and 2012 practice squad center Ryan Lee.