Regan Smith’s car will honor Aurora shooting victims
DENVER – The Sprint Cup car Regan Smith is driving this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will honor victims of the shootings at a Colorado movie theater.
Smith drives for the Furniture Row Racing Team, whose shop is about seven miles from the Aurora theater where a gunman launched an attack July 20 that killed 12 people and injured 58 others.
The car lists the names of the 12 killed, plus the inscription, “For Those Lost, Those Injured And Countless Acts of Bravery 7/20/12.”
Sadler black-flagged to give Keselowski a historic victory
INDIANAPOLIS – Brad Keselowski took the lead when Elliott Sadler was penalized for jumping a late restart, then held on to win Saturday in a controversial finish to the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Sadler passed Keselowski on a restart with 18 laps to go, but officials ruled that Sadler went too early and black-flagged him. Sadler stayed on the track for several laps, apparently hoping officials would reconsider the penalty before finally coming in with 12 laps to go and giving up the lead to Keselowski.
Keselowski went unchallenged to the finish on the historic 2.5-mile oval.
Hamilton wins pole position at Hungarian Grand Prix
BUDAPEST, Hungary – Lewis Hamilton of McLaren will start from the pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix after winning the qualifying session ahead of Romain Grosjean and world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton clocked 1 minute, 20.953 seconds Saturday to put .413 seconds between himself and Lotus driver Grosjean, who achieved his first front-row start of the season for today’s race.
Red Bull’s Vettel finished in 1:21.416, just ahead of Hamilton’s teammate Jenson Button.
Magic hire Vaughn, 37, to go with their 30-year-old GM
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Magic’s latest makeover continues to have a youthful feel.
Orlando announced the hiring of Jacque Vaughn, 37, as its next head coach Saturday, bringing the latest 30-something member to a basketball operations department after the hiring of 30-year-old general manager Rob Hennigan last month.
Vaughn becomes the 10th coach in team history and replaces Stan Van Gundy, who was fired May 21 despite compiling a 259-135 regular-season record, a franchise-best .657 winning percentage and a 31-28 playoff record.
Haase goes back-to-back at the Bet-at-Home Cup
KITZBUEHEL, Austria – Defending champion Robin Haase of the Netherlands rallied past top-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday to win the Bet-at-Home Cup.
Haase won his second career title in as many finals. The 42nd-ranked Dutchman took control of the match after an hour-long rain delay at 1-1 in the second set.
Kohlschreiber, who dropped to 4-3 in career finals, will move into the top 20 for the first time when the ATP rankings are released Monday.
W.Va.’s Oakhurst Links sold for $410K at auction house
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An auction house said one of the nation’s original golf courses in West Virginia sold for $410,000, but the winning bidder for Oakhurst Links won’t be revealed until bank financing is completed.
Longtime Oakhurst owner Lewis Keller Sr. was disappointed by the bid price because he felt the 30-acre property built in 1884 was worth more to golf from a historical perspective. The 89-year-old Keller had struggled for years to find a buyer.
At Oakhurst, golfers rent hickory-shafted clubs and hit gutta-percha balls off tees fashioned from sand and water.