Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 20, 2013

Tuesday's sports briefs


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Rudicel records ace at Chippendale

Dr. Rich Rudicel scored a hole in one during Sunday Couples play at Chippendale G.C. He used a 9-iron to ace No. 17, which played 110 yards. Ron and Bonnie Harris and Carla Rudicel witnessed the shot.

Rudicel’s ace was his first in more than 50 years of playing golf.

Women’s bowling league has openings

The Steel Magnolias League, a women’s bowling league at Kokomo Sport Bowl, has openings for three-member teams. The league meets at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays.

The league will hold a meeting Aug. 27, and begin play Sept. 3.

Questions should be directed to league secretary Rae Weaver at 765-453-2684.

Stewart picks Martin to take No. 14 reins

Out for the season with a broken leg, Tony Stewart turned to one of NASCAR’s most respected drivers to take over the No. 14.

At 54, Mark Martin is up for the challenge of taking the wheel for his good friend.

‘‘Hopefully, we can turn the 14 car back over to Tony an even stronger organization than what it was when he stepped away and got injured,’’ Martin said. ‘‘That’s the thing that I really want to work hard to do, is when it’s all said and done with, I hope that they can look back and say they were glad that they had me as a part of the organization.’’

Martin was released from his part-time schedule at Michael Waltrip Racing on Monday and will drive the No. 14 Chevrolet in 12 of the final 13 Sprint Cup races for Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart, a three-time Cup champion, will miss the rest of the season while he recovers from the broken right leg suffered in a sprint car crash Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway.

Nationwide Series driver Austin Dillon will drive the No. 14 on Oct. 20 at Talladega. Dillon filled in for Stewart on Sunday at Michigan and finished 14th.

Martin entered 16 of 23 races as part of a shared ride in the No. 55 with Michael Waltrip at Brian Vickers at MWR. Vickers, who won this season at New Hampshire, will now drive the No. 55 Toyota for MWR in 12 of the final 13 races. He was originally scheduled to drive just three more times. Waltrip will race the No. 55 at Talladega as previously scheduled.

Martin has 40 wins and 56 poles in 870 career Sprint Cup starts.

‘‘My motivation for racing is not for points, it’s for racing,’’ Martin said. ‘‘I want to race, and I want to finish.’’

— The Associated Press

Prep football player dies after making tackle

FAIRBURN, Ga. (AP) — The death of a suburban Atlanta high school player who suffered a spinal cord injury during a preseason football game has prompted an investigation by Georgia authorities.

De’Antre Turman, a 16-year-old junior at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga., fractured a vertebrae in his upper spinal cord during a scrimmage Friday night, investigators in the Atlanta area’s Fulton County Medical Examiner’s officials have said.

Georgia High School Association Executive Director Ralph Swearngin told CBS Atlanta on Monday that among other things, the agency will investigate what type of equipment Turman was wearing.

One of Turman’s coaches from an after-school college prep program told WXIA-TV that the teen appeared to go limp immediately after tackling the receiver from the opposing team.

“It was a fundamental tackle,” Glenn Ford told the television station, adding that the teen’s head was up at the time of impact and nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary about Turman’s technique.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Turman — nicknamed “Tre Tre” — had already been offered a scholarship to the University of Kentucky.