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December 6, 2013

Sports briefs for Friday, Dec. 6

Shurn leads unbeaten USF over Taylor

UPLAND — Former Kokomo standout Skylarr Shurn had a monster game to lead the unbeaten Saint Francis women’s basketball team to an 84-71 victory at Taylor on Wednesday.

Shurn connected on 14 of 19 shots in uncorking a 34-point night for the Cougars. Shurn hit her only 3-pointer of the game and was 3 of 8 from the free-throw line. Akyah Taylor added 23 points for USF, which improved to 11-0 overall and 2-0 in the Crossroads League.

On the other side, former Tipton standout Taylor Degenkolb scored eight points off the bench for Taylor (3-6, 0-2 CL).

Saint Francis’ women are back in action on Saturday with a huge matchup atop the NAIA women’s rankings. The No. 2-ranked Cougars host top-ranked Indiana Wesleyan at 1 p.m.

Stewart wins Myers Brothers award

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tony Stewart thought he was making a whirlwind trip to Las Vegas to play the role of supportive team owner.

After missing the final 15 weeks of the season with a broken leg suffered in a sprint car accident in August, the three-time NASCAR champion had no official reason to attend Thursday’s annual Myers Brothers awards ceremony.

So as the ceremony was winding down, Stewart began to alert his pilots it was almost time to make the trip back to North Carolina.

Instead, he heard National Motorsports Press Association President Kenny Bruce describing Stewart in his introduction of the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Myers Brothers Award for contributions to the sport. He made the long walk to the front of the ballroom without the use of a cane as the audience of industry participants rose to give Stewart a standing ovation.

Stewart needed assistance climbing the stairs, but it was the only help he required as he collected his surprise award and warned his competitors he’ll be ready for the season-opening Daytona 500 in February.

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