Friday, April 24
Mets win 11th straight to tie team record, 6-3 over Braves
NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Murphy drove in four runs and the New York Mets matched a franchise record with their 11th straight victory Thursday, walking their way to a 6-3 win over the Atlanta Braves behind Bartolo Colon.
The streaking Mets, with the top record in the majors despite injuries to several critical players, finished 10-0 on their first homestand of the season after sweeping a trio of NL East rivals.
This is the fifth time the Mets have won 11 games in a row, and the first since 1990. Next stop, the Subway Series beginning Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
Murphy hit an early three-run double, and the 41-year-old Colon outpitched All-Star Julio Teheran in a matchup of unbeaten starters. New York took advantage of eight walks and tied the 1986 World Series champions for the best start in team history at 13-3.
Study: Cutting football, other sports 'ill-advised' for UAB
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new study concludes that UAB's decision to cut football, rifle and bowling "was ill advised" based on net cash flow.
The study says the three sports would essentially have broken even. It was conducted by California-based consultant OSKR, which had initially been chosen by a task force to reevaluate the initial report UAB had cited in dropping the sports. UAB then fired OSKR citing critical articles written by co-author Andrew Schwartz on the decision and hired another firm.
Schwarz and Daniel Rascher said unnamed UAB football supporters paid $20,000 for them to complete the 156-page study but that "no conditions were placed on our work from these donors."
Rascher and Schwarz also said UAB owes them $22,400 for work done before UAB fired them.
Hunter-Reay hoping for another pick-me-up at Alabama track
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — If ever there was a track where Ryan Hunter-Reay can count on a pick-me-up, it's Barber Motorsports Park.
The two-time defending race champion returns this weekend for Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Alabama after a rough start to the season that included a disappointing performance in Long Beach and a penalty that still mystifies Hunter-Reay.
He built momentum with last year's win at Barber two weeks after touching off a seven-car pileup and went on to win the Indianapolis 500.
Says Hunter-Reay: "Hopefully we can get going on the same tone here this year."
IndyCar docked Hunter-Reay three points and placed him on probation for three races after an accident in New Orleans.
NASCAR-BUSCH CHASE WAIVER
NASCAR CEO says he'd like to make room for Busch in Chase
NEW YORK (AP) — NASCAR chairman Brian France is not sure if Kyle Busch will be granted a waiver to be part of the championship chase when he returns from injury, but said Thursday the sanctioning body would like to "accommodate" him.
Busch broke his right leg and left foot in a crash into a concrete wall in the Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway the day before the season-opening Daytona 500.
He'll miss his ninth race this weekend at Richmond International Raceway, but has indicated he'll return to racing this season. The only way he'd be eligible to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship is if NASCAR grants him a waiver, and he wins a race that would qualify him for the 16-driver field. He'd also have to be inside the top 30 in points.
Waltrip to drive No. 55 at Talladega
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 55 Toyota in next week's race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.
Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 winner, is co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing and occasionally competes in the four restrictor-plate races on the NASCAR schedule.
Brett Moffitt had been driving the car since last month, when Brian Vickers had to go back on blood thinners to treat clots. Vickers has raced just twice this season, since Waltrip drove the Daytona 500.
Waltrip has four career wins in plate races. He has 57 previous starts at Talladega.
Aaron's, a partner of Waltrip's since 2000, will sponsor the car.