Kyle Busch ended two weeks of frustration Friday night by leading the final 42 laps to win the Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
It was a good day for Indianapolis 500 winners in NASCAR qualifying.
Indy 500 champion calls it one of the most difficult decisions of his life.
Kevin Love put on quite a show in his college debut. Fittingly, he was besieged afterward by autograph seekers shoving everything from basketballs to photos at him. Love had 22 points and 13 rebounds, helping No. 2 UCLA dominate Portland State 69-48 on Friday night, its fifth consecutive season-opening win under coach Ben Howland.
Kansas State guard Blake Young figured teammate Michael Beasley would break some records during his time with the Wildcats. He just didn’t know it would happen in his first game. Beasley had 32 points and a Big 12 Conference-record 24 rebounds in his debut at Kansas State, leading the 25th-ranked Wildcats to a 94-63 victory over Sacramento State on Friday night.
For a man who had just won his first basketball game of a new season, Tennessee’s Bruce Pearl didn’t sound happy. The coach expressed concern about the performance of his starting five and his team’s overall tenacity after his seventh-ranked Volunteers’ 80-63 win over Temple on Friday night. “The first few possessions we did not get anything done that we talked about before the game,” Pearl said.
He liked the 107 points Kansas scored. The 78 his fourth-ranked Jayhawks gave up to a much smaller Louisiana-Monroe in their season opener Friday night did not please coach Bill Self. The undersized Warhawks shot 51 percent, just the third opponent in Kansas’ last 75 games to do so. “We challenge the ball in the backcourt and they get numbers behind us.
Joe Torre thinks there’s a chance Alex Rodriguez could join him in Los Angeles, and the new Dodgers manager sure sounded hopeful. “It’s possible,” Torre said Friday, repeating that phrase twice as a small grin crept across his face. “You’ve got four or five clubs maybe that figure to be in the sweepstakes.
Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins, New York Mets third baseman David Wright and Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki won Silver Slugger awards Friday, complementing the Gold Gloves they earned earlier this week. Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, Detroit second baseman Placido Polanco and Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin also won both awards.