Fowler gets another win
MILLFIELD — Two-time GNCC ATV national champion Walker Fowler got his eighth win of the season at the 28th running of the Wiseco John Penton GNCC race July 8 at Sunday Creek Raceway.
Fowler, a 2011 graduate of Columbiana, rallied after dropping to last place while getting tangled in a vine midway through the first lap. He moved up to sixth place midway through the race and and took the win as leader Adam McCill encountered track issues with a half a lap to go.
Fowler, who has won eight of the nine rounds, holds an 85-point lead over second-place Adam McGill. The series resumes Sept. 9 in Unadilla, N.Y.
Following the ATV race, Fowler and mechanic Mark Notman boarded their Yamaha to compete in the UTV side-by-side race. The pair finished fifth in the pro class and fifth overall.
Salazar on way back
TOLEDO — Cleveland Indians pitcher Danny Salazar pitched his fourth rehab start of July Sunday and it was his best yet.
Salazar was the winning pitcher as he threw six scoreless inning as Triple-A Columbus blanked Toledo, 3-0, in front of 10,500 fans at Fifth Third Field.
Salazar, who has been on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, gave up three hits and three walks with nine strikeouts in six innings. He threw 84 pitches, including 53 strikes.
Outfielder Daniel Robertson and catcher Adam Moore each had two hits to pace the Clippers. Austin Jackson, also in a rehab appearance, singled and drove in a run as the designated hitter.
The Mud Hens didn’t score a run in the last 21 innings of the Clippers’ four-game sweep.
Salazar threw five scoreless innings with Class A Mahoning Valley on Wednesday.
Chester moves to 9-0
EAST LIVERPOOL — The Chester Old-Timers baseball team improved to 9-0 with a 3-1 win over Hubbard at East Liverpool High School on Sunday.
Bill Sattler earned the complete-game victory and aided his own cause with two hits. Steve Bell and Paul Snatchko also had two hits apiece. Mike Logston added a double.
Chester will play a doubleheader against Westside from Youngstown at 2 p.m. Sunday at East Liverpool High School.
Red Sox, Yankees split
BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer and Jackie Bradley Jr. went over the bullpen wall to steal one from Aaron Judge, helping David Price shut down the New York Yankees 3-0 on Sunday night and giving the Red Sox a split of their day-night doubleheader.
A day after the teams played 16 innings over 5 hours, 50 minutes, they spent another long day at Fenway Park and ended the four-game series the way they started: with the Red Sox 3 1/2 games up in the AL East.
CC Sabathia allowed two hits over six innings in the opener, and Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run to give New York a 3-0 victory.
It was also 3-0 in the nightcap when Judge, the winner of the All-Star Home Run Derby, came up with a runner on first and launched a high fly ball into the Fenway triangle, just in front of the 420-foot marker. Bradley stalked it toward the wall that juts out from right-center, leaped and reached over to pull the ball in.
The sold-out crowd gave a huge cheer, and another after Matt Holliday struck out to end the inning. The Red Sox gathered at the edge of the dugout steps to congratulate Betts — with Price pushing his way through to thank him.
Mulder makes it three in row
STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — Mark Mulder won his record third straight title Sunday in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament, and Stephen Curry rallied to finish fourth.
Mulder had an 11-point victory over fellow former pitcher Derek Lowe and former tennis player Mardy Fish in the modified Stableford event at at Edgewood Tahoe. Players got 6 points for eagle, 3 for birdie, 1 for par, 0 for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey or higher.
Curry had 28 points in the final round — the best round score of the week in the 54-hole tournament — to finish with 60. The NBA star eagled the par-5 18th for a 68.
McCarron stuns Langer
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — For 70 holes, Bernhard Langer did everything necessary to win his fourth straight Constellation Senior Players Championship.
Unfortunately, his performance at Caves Valley will be remembered only for what happened after that.
Langer’s uncharacteristic collapse on Nos. 17 and 18 paved the way for Scott McCarron to win his first major tournament on the PGA Tour Champions in sensational comeback fashion Sunday.
McCarron shot a bogey-free, 6-under 66 to make up a six-shot deficit and beat Langer and Brandt Jobe by a stroke.
“I’ve been working so hard for this,” said McCarron, a 51-year-old Californian. “That was one of my goals this year, to win three events and one of them being a major. So I’ve got one more event to go.”
Big 12 looks ahead
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — When the Big 12 kicks off its football media days today, commissioner Bob Bowlsby will be able to tout a winning record in bowl games last season and the still-growing revenue for the league’s 10 schools.
Three new head coaches will take the podium at a new venue for the annual two-day midsummer gathering, which will be held about 4 1/2 months before the Big 12 plays its first conference championship game since 2010.
What the league really needs this season is to get a team into the College Football Playoff.
There are still many outsiders with negative perceptions of the smallest Power Five league, which hasn’t won a national championship since Texas with Vince Young a dozen seasons ago and has had only one playoff team in the first three years of that final-four format.
“We had a pretty good postseason despite not being in the CFP playoff. Obviously, that’s where we want to be,” said Bowlsby, who recently marked his five-year anniversary leading the league. “It’s a high-stakes game of musical chairs. There are at least five suitors and only four seats. … We know we need to be in more. It’s as simple as that.”
Bowlsby still doesn’t agree with those lingering perceptions from outside the league — and says there are no questions that the Big 12 has good teams, players and coaches — but he did acknowledge feeling “a sense of urgency” in regards to the playoff.