Miller goes 2-2 in Day 2 of USAW Nationals
FARGO, N.D. — Kokomo senior Fletcher Miller went 2-2 Friday in his four matches during Day 2 of the USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle Nationals.
After winning all four of his 220-pound class Pool B matches Thursday, Fletcher fell in his first match Friday, a 12-7 decision to Ohio’s Parker Knapp.
He battled back to pick up a 6-1 decision over Connecticut’s Andy Cavanna, then picked up a pin over Illinois’ Edgar Ruano in 5:59, to secure the No. 2 seed in his pool.
Miller was pinned by Utah’s Roy Nash at the 1:04 mark to open his round robin matches, falling to 6-2 overall for the tournament.
Wrestling continues today. But, with his success already in the first two days of the tournament, Miller has ensured himself a top-8 finish in his weight class, giving him All-American honors.
Miller will face North Carolina’s Kacee Hutchinson today in a third-place match.
Fever win for fifth time in six tries
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Shavonte Zellous had 16 points to lead the Indiana Fever to a 77-70 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.
Briann January had 12 points and Erlana Larkins had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Fever (6-8), who have won five of the last six games.
Ivory Latta had 16 points and Matee Ajavon and Kia Vaughn each had 10 points for the Mystics (8-8), who lost for the first time in three games.
The Fever went on a 8-O run late in the game and went ahead when Larkins made two free throws with 3:03 to play for a 68-66 lead. The Mystics tied the game again before January hit a 3-pointer. Indiana never looked back.
NASCAR suspends use of aerial cameras
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR suspended the use of aerial camera systems Friday, nearly two months after a Fox Sports cable snapped and injured fans and damaged some cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Ten people were injured during the Coca-Cola 600 when part of the drive rope landed in the grandstand. Three people were taken to hospitals, and were checked out and released soon after.
Fox successfully used the CATCAM system at the Daytona 500 and the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte. ESPN.com said Friday that the network had planned to use the Batcam system next weekend for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis and the Aug. 11 race at Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Wrigley renovation plan clears another hurdle
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs’ planned $500 million renovation of Wrigley Field has won the approval of another city commission and the support of the local alderman — all but assuring the project will go forward.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday approved the proposal to renovate Wrigley and develop nearby property. The plan includes putting an electronic Jumbotron above the ivy-covered outfield walls of the 99-year-old ballpark.
Alderman Tom Tunney endorsed the plan days after he told the city’s landmarks commission that he didn’t. Tunney said Mayor Rahm Emanuel has assured him there will be no other outfield signs other than the Jumbotron and another large sign for several years.
Approval from the City Council is widely expected because it’s supported by Tunney and Emanuel.
Charlestown QB Daniel leads South past North
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Charlestown’s Aaron Daniel threw for a touchdown pass and ran for two more scores to help Indiana South All-Stars beat the North 27-6 on Friday night in the All-Star Classic.
Daniel completed both of his pass attempts for 57 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown strike to Cardinal Ritter’s Alex Parrett in the first quarter. The 6-foot, 195-pound Daniel ran for 60 yards on six attempts in the game at North Central High School.
Alex Rodriguez, a running back from Lawrence Central, added 79 yards on the ground for the South.
The South blocked three kicks, one on an extra point, another on a field goal that would have cut the lead to eight points in the fourth quarter, and the third on a punt.