Friday, May 22
Donley helps Indiana top Ohio State 5-3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Scott Donley's three-RBI double broke a tie in the eighth inning and sixth-seeded Indiana beat Ohio State 5-3 Thursday in an elimination game of the Big Ten tournament.
Kyle Hart pitched six scoreless innings for the defending Big Ten champion Hoosiers (33-21). Hart allowed six hits and no runs or walks. Indiana will play the loser of the Michigan vs. Iowa game on Friday.
The Buckeyes (35-20) didn't get on the board until Nick Sergakis' RBI groundout scored Ronnie Dawson in the seventh inning. Craig Nenning followed with an RBI single to tie it 2-2.
Brad Hartong gave Indiana a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the fourth inning.
Seventh-seeded Ohio State has lost five-straight games after losing to Iowa in their tournament opener on Thursday.
INDY 500-KIMBALL'S CHALLENGE
For Kimball, racing competitively is all about numbers
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Charlie Kimball will check his blood-glucose numbers constantly before, during and after Sunday's Indianapolis 500.
He doesn't have a choice.
The California native was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2007, and the only way he can win is to keep those numbers at the proper level.
His team understands, allowing him to take practice breaks when necessary and tracking his sugar levels throughout races with a special monitor inside the cockpit of his No. 83 car. And if he needs something to help him during the race, Kimball can switch a specially designed valve to drink orange juice instead of water.
IndyCar officials and team members say Kimball has never had a problem during a race.
Indy 500 veteran Briscoe slides into ride ahead of carb day
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ryan Briscoe will replace the injured James Hinchcliffe in the Indianapolis 500.
Briscoe arrived in Indianapolis on Wednesday, just in time to get fitted for the car, and headed onto the track for the first time Thursday for a familiarization session. The former Indy 500 pole winner will practice in traffic for the first time Friday.
He got a call from team co-owner Sam Schmidt this week after Hinchcliffe was injured in a wreck during practice on Monday. Briscoe was preparing to head to France next week for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but the 33-year-old Australian is a the natural choice to slide into the No. 5 entry for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport.
Logano says NASCAR can learn from IndyCar on safety crews
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Joey Logano says NASCAR can learn something from the near-fatal accident involving IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe this week and the importance of having a regular safety crew at each race.
Hinchcliffe's left leg was pierced by a piece of his car's suspension during practice Monday for the Indianapolis 500. The fast action of the series-hired safety team helped extract Hinchcliffe before he suffered catastrophic blood loss.
Logano says "they basically saved his life" and suggested NASCAR look at what IndyCar did "and try to improve our sport."
IndyCar has a travel safety team of more than 30 people, with at least 18 at each race, according to its website. NASCAR has an emergency response plan in place, too, but uses different staffs at each track.
Boston will host Labor Day IndyCar street race in 2016
BOSTON (AP) — IndyCar racing is coming to Boston.
The Grand Prix of Boston is planned for Labor Day weekend in 2016. A route has been planned for the South Boston waterfront, where it would make a loop through public streets. The tentative route has 11 turns over 2.25 miles.
Organizers said at a news conference on Thursday that there is a five-year deal, with plans to build a long-term relationship. IndyCar CEO Mark Miles says the plan is to make the race the season finale.
Miles says he has shown the layout to defending series champion Will Powers and says "He already has it in his crosshairs and is expecting to do well."
Massy Kuramoto leads Senior PGA Championship
FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) — Massy Kuramoto had the only under-par round with a 1-under 71 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship in cool, damp conditions on the testy Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.
The 59-year-old Kuramoto, a 30-time winner on the Japan Tour, is the chairman of the PGA of Japan and plays on the side, something he does well enough to have won the 2014 Japan Senior Open.
Kuramoto had a one-stroke lead over defending champion Colin Montgomerie, Billy Andrade, Barry Lane, Jean Francois Remesy and Bart Bryant.
Sweaters and rain jackets were the uniform of the day and scoring on the rugged Dye Course's twisting fairways and small greens did not come easily.