Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 8, 2013

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---- — Ex-Butler coach keeps Connersville commitment

CONNERSVILLE (AP) — New Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens isn’t so busy with his new job that he had to break a commitment to appear in Connersville’s bicentennial parade.

Stevens appeared in the parade Saturday, fulfilling a promise to made to former Butler star and Connersville native Matt Howard.

Howard tells WTHR-TV he was “shocked” Stevens made the parade after appearing a news conference Friday in Boston. He told Stevens he could back out, but the coach insisted.

Stevens says the city about 50 miles east of Indianapolis is the first place he drove to after he was hired at Butler. A year ago, he promised Howard that that he’d appear in the bicentennial parade.

On Sunday, Stevens was back at work, watching games in the NBA’s Orlando Summer League in Florida.

NASCAR plate racing yields frantic finish

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There’s one certainty about racing at NASCAR’s most unpredictable tracks: a chaotic ending.

Jimmie Johnson dominated the latest restrictor-plate race Saturday night, winning at Daytona International Speedway for the second time this year and joining another exclusive list at the famed venue.

The five-time Sprint Cup champion became the first driver since Hall of Famer Bobby Allison in 1982 to sweep both points races at Daytona in the same season. Fireball Roberts (1962), Cale Yarborough (1968) and LeeRoy Yarbrough (1969) also accomplished the feat.

Johnson joined them after leading 94 of 161 laps, including 55 of the final 57.

But like so many other races at Daytona and Talladega, where horsepower-sapping plates generally keep speeds below 200 mph, it came with a frantic finish.

Blixt wins rain-delayed Greenbrier Classic

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. (AP) — Jonas Blixt shot a 3-under 67 on Sunday to win the rain-delayed Greenbrier Classic by two strokes.

The Swede emerged from a five-player chase over the final five holes to pick up the $1.1 million winner’s check. He also gets a spot in the upcoming British Open and next year’s Masters for the victory.

Blixt overcame a four-shot deficit at the start of the final round and finished at 13 under. Third-round leader Johnson Wagner (73), Australians Steven Bowditch (68) and Matt Jones (68), and Jimmy Walker (71) tied for second.

Blixt went ahead with a 9-foot birdie putt on No. 16 and wrapped up his second tour win with two pars.

Play on the Old White TPC course was halted for three hours due to thunderstorms.