Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 12, 2013

Sports briefs, Oct. 12


Kokomo Tribune

---- — U.S. beats Jamaica in Cup qualifying

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore scored second-half goals to give the United States a 2-0 victory over Jamaica on Friday night and clinch first place for the Americans in their World Cup qualifying group for the third straight cycle.

The sides had played to a stalemate through the first 77 minutes before Alejandro Bedoya got the ball on the wing. He crossed to Zusi, whose shot from about 12 yards beat goalkeeper DuWayne Kerr and ignited his home-team crowd of 18,467 decked out in red, white and blue.

Fans packed into Sporting Park had barely settled back down before Edgar Castillo, like Zusi a second-half substitute, found Altidore in front of an open net for another goal in the 81st minute. Altidore scored for his sixth straight international start.

The U.S. (6-2-1), which clinched its seventh straight World Cup berth last month, has 19 points and a four-point lead over second-place Costa Rica (4-2-3), which lost 1-0 at third-place Honduras (4-3-2).

Jamaica (0-5-4), whose only World Cup appearance was in 1998, was eliminated.

Koepka grabs lead at Frys.com Open

SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — After a year spent traveling the world, Brooks Koepka suddenly is in a position to play a lot more golf at home.

Koepka surged to the top of the leaderboard Friday in the Frys.com Open with a 7-under 64. He had a two-shot lead among the early finishers at CordeValle.

The 23-year-old Floridian had no status at the start of the season and decided to work his way up through the Challenge Tour in Europe. He won three times to earn a full European Tour card. If he were to win the Frys.com Open — his first start in a regular PGA Tour event — Koepka would have a PGA Tour card, too.

He was two shots ahead of Robert Garrigus (63) and Jim Herman (66).

The Frys.com Open is the PGA Tour’s 2014 season opener. The season is starting in October instead of January for the first time in history. The official season ends next September at the Tour Championship, although there will be a six-week break leading to the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

Colglazier, Wagner hit aces at Wildcat Creek

Greentown’s Randy Colglazier and Kokomo’s Paul Wagner recorded holes in ones during separate rounds Friday at Wildcat Creek G.C.

Colglazier used an 8-iron to ace No. 7, which plays 127 yards. John Clark and Bob Taylor witnessed the shot.

Wagner used a 6-iron to ace No. 15, which plays 135 yards. Julie Wagner, Bill Johnson and Jack Archer witnessed the shot.

Kyle Busch grabs Nationwide victory

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch raced to his 11th Nationwide Series victory of the year Friday night, giving him a season sweep at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch edged Nationwide series title contenders Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr. to win for the eighth time in the series at Charlotte. Busch has a record 62 Nationwide victories.

The win wasn’t quite as easy as his victory at the track in May when he led 186 of the 200 laps. Busch, who started from the pole, only led 36 laps this time after struggling during the first half of the race.

He took the lead from Hornish with eight laps to go and pulled away. Dillon, the points leader, finished second, while Hornish was third. Hornish remains eight points behind Dillon in the standings.