Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 9, 2014

Sports briefs for Sunday, March 9

Kokomo Tribune

---- — NW’s Miller advances in gymnastics

LAFAYETTE — Northwestern gymnast Amber Miller fared well in the Lafayette Jeff Sectional on Saturday.

Miller tied for third place on vault with a score of 9.275. By placing in the top six, the Tiger senior advanced to the Valparaiso Regional on Friday.

Miller also was seventh on bars (8.1), 11th on floor (8.35) and 11th in the all-around competition (32.7).

“I’m really proud of the girls,” Northwestern coach Ashley Miller said, referring to Amber Miller, Payton Gross and Hannah Bilodeau. “All of them got their highest score on vault and bars. That was really good to see and they were really excited.”

Logansport won the sectional with a score of 106.5. Western (93.175) and Northwestern (88.05) were sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 13-team field.

Western had three gymnasts place in the top 15 of the all-around — freshman Ashton Western (12th place, 31.35), sophomore Kelly Myers (14th, 30.975) and junior Madeline Shepherd (15th, 30.850).

Keselowski holds on for Nationwide win

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brad Keselowski overcame electrical trouble and held off Kyle Busch on Saturday to win the Nationwide Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time.

In his eighth start on the desert track, Keselowski earned his 28th career Nationwide win on his 20th track.

Kyle Larson was third, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth in front of rookie Chase Elliott, who posted his first top-five finish.

Busch came up from a 37th-place start to finish second on his hometown track, but couldn’t catch Keselowski’s Penske Ford.

Keselowski lost three spots early after sliding through his pit box. He later lost power because of a faulty alternator, forcing him to turn off equipment.

He still navigated through traffic on the final laps in an exciting finish.

Kings’ Landry out for the season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings say reserve forward Carl Landry will miss the remainder of the season with a medial meniscus tear in his right knee that will require surgery.

The team said Saturday a recent MRI exam revealed the injury, and surgery would be scheduled later. The former Purdue standout missed his fifth straight game Friday night against Toronto with what was being listed as a sore knee.

Landry, in his second stint with Sacramento, averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 12.9 minutes over 18 games with one start this season.