DAYTONA BEACH, FL (AP) - A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.
Patrick made history up front at the Daytona 500 today, only to see Johnson make a late push ahead of her and reclaim his spot at the top of his sport.
It was the second Daytona victory for Johnson, a five-time NASCAR champion who first won "The Great American Race" in 2006.
Patrick, the first woman to win the pole, also became the first woman to lead the race. She was running third on the last lap, but faded to eighth at the finish.
Johnson raced past defending NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski on the final restart and pulled out to a sizable lead that nobody challenged over the final six laps.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. settled for second place. Mark Martin was third.
Keselowski, who overcame two accidents earlier in the race, wound up fourth.
Patrick was clearly disappointed with her finish but admitted she wasn't sure what move to make if she was going to try for the win.
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Note: ASU's Stanley Broaden is a former Ashley High track standout.
WINSTON-SALEM, NC (ASU) -- Appalachian State University men's track and field team clinched its 19th Southern Conference Indoor title on Sunday at the JDL Fast Track.
The men came from behind after trailing Samford by 8.50 points on day one of the championships as they scored 183.50 overall points to earn the SoCon title.
After breaking the SoCon and App State record in the preliminary round of the 60m hurdles, sophomore Stanley Broaden claimed the title as he finished first overall in the finals with a 7.90, while Samford's Bo Gilroy-Ackerson came in second with a 8.22. The win marks the second year in a row the Apps have clinched the 60m hurdles title as AJ Dohanic won last year for Appalachian.
The Black and Gold took home the second and third-place finishes in the 200m dash as Broaden and Justin Thomas both had strong showings. Broaden finished in second with a 22.34, while Thomas placed third overall with a 22.37.
The Mountaineers earned 18 points in the mile run as the senior duo of Alex Taylor and Chris Moen took the top-two spots. Taylor crossed the line at 4:12.29 to garner the first-place title, while Moen ran a 4:13.88 to finish in second.
Moen paced Appalachian in the 5,000m run as he finished third overall with a 14:42.22, while Michael Lilley and Brian Graves finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
App State picked up two points in the 60m dash and the 400m dash as freshman Marshall McRae placed eighth in the 60m and sophomore Trey Edgerton finished in eighth in the 400m, each earning one point towards the Apps overall team score.
Sophomore Raphael Rojas finished in third-place in the 800 as he crossed the line at 1:54.35, earning six points for the Apps.
The 4x400m relay team of Tyler Combs, Edgerton, Rojas and Broaden placed second overall as they finished just steps behind Western Carolina, crossing the line at 3:20.38.
After claiming the shot put title on day one, senior Jared Stalling claimed the weight throw title, tossing for 18.83m and earning his second title of the championships, while Zane Lail finished in fifth scoring four points for the Apps.
Appalachian clinched the triple jump title on day two as junior Jamal Tiller set a facility record jumping 15.41m in the finals, while Adedeji Adeneye placed third overall with a 14.40m jump.
The Mountaineers captured the title as they scored 183.50 overall points, while Samford finished in second with 179 points and Western Carolina finished third overall with 161.50 points.
App State had five individual champions as Stalling earned both the shot put and weight throw title and Broaden broke the SoCon and App State record in the 60m hurdles.
Appalachian will be back in action Saturday, March 2 as several athletes will travel to Blacksburg, Va. for the Virginia Tech Last Chance Meet in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships. The meet is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Christian MacDonald fanned a career-high six in a career-long 7 and 2/3 innings as UNCW earned a split of a doubleheader against Lehigh with a 6-1 win in the nightcap. The Mountain Hawks topped the Seahawks, 4-1, in the opener.
The Seahawks evened their record at 4-4 with the series win while Lehigh dropped to 1-2.
Michael Bass and Joe Bertone led the Seahawks with two hits apiece in the second game.
In the opener, LU starter Mike Burke (1-0) stymied the Seahawks over 5 and 1/3 innings. He allowed one run on two hits and a pair of walks. UNCW’s Jordan Ramsey (0-2) was the tough luck loser, going the distance and allowing four unearned runs while tying his career-high with seven strikeouts.
Up Next: The Seahawks have the midweek off before hosting the Hughes Bros. Baseball Challenge beginning on Friday. UNCW will take on Stony Brook at 4 p.m. with San Diego and Gardner-Webb opening the weekend at noon.
How it happened (Game 1): Lehigh plated four unearned runs as a dropped fly ball and passed ball accounted for all four runs scoring in the first inning. UNCW answered with a run in the bottom of the first, but neither team could score after that.
How it happened (Game 2): Leading 2-1 in the eighth, UNCW’s Corey Dick and Christian Wolfe belted two-run pinch hit home runs to make it 6-1. Andy Auston snapped a 1-all deadlock in the sixth with a sacrifice fly.
Seahawks Dealing: Ramsey allowed seven hits and walked one while MacDonald allowed just four hits and a walk before making way for the bullpen. Ramsey dropped his ERA to 3.55 while MacDonald lowered his to 2.61. MacDonald was making his second career start and his previous career-long outing was just 2 and 2/3 innings last weekend against Kent State.
Notes: The Seahawks moved to 2-2 all-time against Lehigh … UNCW managed just two hits in the first game of the day … On the weekend, UNCW allowed just one earned run and limited LU to a .170 batting average … UNCW pitchers combined for a 0.36 ERA … The Seahawks turned four double plays on the weekend, raising their season total to nine … Michael Bass and Tyler Molinaro extended their hitting streaks to four games … Bass, who hit .556 in the series, has reached base safely in all eight games … UNCW head coach Mark Scalf improved to 694-541-1 in 22 seasons.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- Visiting Elon rallied from an early deficit to win its seventh straight match and edge UNCW, 4-3, in women’s tennis Sunday at the UNCW courts.
The Phoenix improved to 7-1 since a season-opening loss at nationally-ranked UNC Chapel Hill. The Seahawks had their two-match winning streak snapped and now stand 3-2 on the season heading into a 2 p.m. match Monday against Wright State in Wilmington.
“We lost a tough battle today to a very good Elon team,” said first-year UNCW Head Coach Evan Clark. “We had our chances and we will learn from the loss.”
UNCW secured the early doubles point by winning at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions before Elon, coached by former Seahawk standout Elizabeth Perry Anderson, took four of the six singles matches to avenge a 4-2 loss last February to the Seahawks.
UNCW’s No. 3 doubles team of Christine Kharkevich and Alyssa Ritchie was the first off the court following an 8-2 thumping of Elon’s Bryn Khoury and Maria Camara Ruiz. UNCW’s No. 2 tandem of Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales then wrapped up the early point with an 8-4 decision over Barbora Lazarova and Taylor Casey.
The Seahawks pushed the score to 2-0 in singles when Cameron bageled Lazarova, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 5 singles before the Phoenix picked up a point at No. 4 singles with Khoury’s 6-4, 6-1 verdict over UNCW junior Olga Blank.
Frida Jansaker then topped Christina Riley at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-2, to even the score at 2-all and Jordan Johnston’s 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over Angie Sekely at the top of the lineup gave the Phoenix a 3-2 edge.
However, Ritchie brought the Seahawks back with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 come-from-behind triumph against Viviana Stavreva at No. 3 singles, setting up a showdown between Ruis and Kharkevich at the No. 6 slot. Ruis outlasted the UNCW freshman, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, to clinch the match for the Phoenix.
Monday’s match with the Raiders is the third match in a four-match home stand for the Seahawks.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW tallied 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth to cruise past UMBC, 14-4, in action in the UNCW Seahawk Clash tournament Sunday at Boseman Field. The Seahawks were unable to complete the doubleheader sweep, falling to Gardner-Webb, 4-2, in the nightcap.
The Seahawks moved to 6-7 on the season as they finished the Seahawk Clash with a 2-1 record. UNCW returns to action March 1 as it opens the Charleston Southern Buccaneer Invitational with games against Valparaiso (11 a.m.) and No. 4 Tennessee (1 p.m.).
Against the Retrievers, UNCW exploded for 10 runs on five hits, capped by a grand slam from sophomore Casey Rowland, in the bottom of the fifth to break a 4-all tie and evoke the eight-run rule.
Earlier in the contest, UMBC held a 3-0 lead when the Seahawks took advantage of a wild pitch, two hit batters and a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fourth to plate four runs and take a 4-3 lead.
The Retrievers knotted the score, 4-all, in the top of the fifth on a run-scoring single by Hall, setting up the Seahawks outburst in the bottom half of the frame.
Rowland was 2-for-3 at the plate with four RBI and three runs scored to pace a
Seahawks lineup that pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of five walks and three hit batsmen. Sophomore Morgan McCann was 2-for-2 while senior Lauryn Buckworth and freshman Erin Brown drove in two runs apiece.
Sophomore Jordyn Schmidt picked up the win for the Seahawks in the circle as she improved to 3-1 on the season. Schmidt allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in five innings of work. She struck out three.
Versus Gardner-Webb, UNCW struck in the bottom of the first as Brown reached base on a fielder’s choice and later scored on a wild pitch to give a Seahawks an early 1-0 lead.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs would take the lead in the top of the second, using a wild pitch and run-scoring singles from junior Samantha Meenaghan and junior Morgan Baker to build a 3-1 advantage.
UNCW would cut the Gardner-Webb lead in half in the bottom of the second, using a run-scoring single from freshman Taylor Matkins to make it a 3-2 contest.
Sophomore Kellie Beres would close out the scoring in the fourth, restoring the Runnin’ Bulldogs two-run advantage with her single to left field that brought home sophomore Taylar Pridgen and made a 4-2 game.
Beres was 3-for-4 with a RBI while Meenaghan and Pridgen tallied two hits apiece to highlight a Gardner-Webb lineup that finished with 11 base knocks.
Junior Ashley Rhyne picked up the win in the circle for the Runnin’ Bulldogs as she improved to 1-2 on the season. Rhyne allowed two runs on four hits and three walks in seven innings in the circle. She struck out seven.
McCann was 2-for-4 while Matkins and Rowland accounted for the other two UNCW base hits in the contest. Rowland was tagged with the loss to even her season mark at 3-3. She allowed four runs (three earned) on 11 hits and one walk. She was credited with five strike outs.
WILMINGTON, NC (CFCC) -- WILMINGTON - The Cape Fear Community College women's basketball team just can't seem to catch a break. The Lady Sea Devils lost their ninth consecutive game this afternoon against nationally-ranked Catawba Valley Community College 72-42 in Wilmington.
After a slow start, CFCC battled back to tie the game about midway through the first period, but their momentum was short lived as Catawba Valley ran away with the lead after halftime.
CFCC's Alexis Redd scored 15 points, got seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
CFCC's current record is 8-13 overall and 4-9 in conference play.
The Lady Sea Devils will host their last game of the regular season next Saturday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the Schwartz Center.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- Freshman forward Samantha DeFreese came off the bench to score 13 of her career-high 15 points in the first half to lift visiting Northeastern past UNCW, 67-52, in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action Sunday at Trask Coliseum.
The Huskies won their second straight game to improve to 15-10 overall and 8-6 in the CAA. The Seahawks, honoring their three seniors on Senior Day with the weekend pairing, now stand 3-22 and 2-12.
Senior guard Kashaia Cannon and junior center Jewel Tunstull of NU led all scorers with 16 points apiece. DeFreese’s 15 points made it three players in double figures for the Huskies, who shot 42.1 percent on the day.
NU was playing without leading scorer Deanna Kerkhof, who averages 13.7 ppg. The senior guard was sidelined with an injury and did not play in her second straight contest.
Freshman guard Dana Brown matched her career-high with 14 points, equaling her previous total of 14 points at Towson on Jan. 27, and shared team-high honors with senior Karneshia Garrett. Garrett collected her 11th double-double of the season and the 18th of her career with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
The two teams were meeting for the first time since the Feb. 10 matchup in Boston was snowed out by Nemo and the Huskies led for all but 1:09 of the contest.
After taking a 33-24 lead at halftime, NU saw its lead dwindle to one point early in the second stanza before the Huskies pulled away down the stretch.
NU still led, 37-30, at the 18-minute mark when the Seahawks closed the deficit to 37-36 when Brown heated up from the outside. The rookie from Cary, N.C., drained back-to-back three-pointers to narrow the deficit to just one point with just over 17 minutes remaining.
But Tunstull keyed a 10-1 spurt for the Huskies and A’leve Mark’s free throw with 12:38 left increased the score to 47-37.
Brown then connected on a pair of free throws and Kelva Atkins added her only basket of the game to get the Seahawks within six, 47-41, at 10:48, but it was the closest UNCW could get in the final period.
NU answered with a pair of buckets from Cannan to bump the lead back to 51-41 and pushed the margin to as many as 15 points in the final minutes.
DeFreese came off the bench to power the Huskes to a 33-24 lead at intermission. The freshman from Bergenfeld, N.J., made 6-of-7 shots en route to 13 points as NU led by as many as 12 markers in the opening period.
After UNCW senior forward Chelsea McGowen scored on a layup at 15:55 to cut the deficit to 7-6, the Huskies used a 12-2 run to gain some breathing room. A conventional three-point play DeFreese capped the spurt and increase NU’s lead to 19-8.
UNCW answered with eight consecutive points to close the gap to 19-16, but the Huskies went on another run, this time scoring eight straight points of their own to push the margin back to 27-16 on another jumper by DeFreese.
NU built its largest lead of the opening period, 31-19, with 2:04 left before the Seahawks scored five straight points and a layup by DeFreese with 33 seconds left gave the Huskies a nine-point advantage at intermission.
The Seahawks have four games remaining in the regular season and travel to Fairfax, Va., on Thursday to take on George Mason at 7 p.m. The Huskies travel to Towson on Thursday for their next outing.
GAME NOTES: The Huskies evened the all-time series at 6-all and 3-3 in Wilmington…NU outscored UNCW in the paint, 34-20…NU’s bench outscored its UNCW counterparts, 19-5…Tunstull scored 14 of her 16 points in the second period…Junior guard Jessica Freeman of UNCW fouled out with 1:27 remaining, her first disqualification of the season…The Huskies scored their final 10 points at the free throw line, going a perfect 10-of-10 at the charity stripe…NU committed just nine turnovers…The Huskies won the rebounding battle, 40-35…Freeman and Atkins each collected four assists…The two teams combined for just 8-of-39 behind the arc.
BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) -- The Brunswick Community College men's basketball team beat Aiken Technical College on Sunday 80-60. The Dolphins improve to 18-10 on the season. BCC will play Cape Fear CC on Wednesday in Wilmington.
DURHAM, NC (AP) - Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon scored a season-high 27 points and No. 6 Duke routed Boston College 89-68 on Sunday.
Mason Plumlee added 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Blue Devils (24-3, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). They shot nearly 54 percent - 62 percent during the first half - and outscored BC 48-17 during the 15½ minute span that put this one out of reach by halftime.
Freshman Amile Jefferson added a season-high 14 points, Quinn Cook had 12 and Seth Curry finished with 11 for Duke, which had five double-figure scorers for the fifth time.
Ryan Anderson scored 23 points to lead the Eagles (12-15, 4-10). They had 16 turnovers, were held to one field goal during a 10-minute stretch that coincided with Duke's dominating early burst and lost their fourth in six games while dropping to 0-7 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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UNIONDALE, NY (AP) - Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti's first NHL goal snapped a tie midway through the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied to beat the New York Islanders 4-2 and snap a three-game losing streak Sunday night.
Sanguinetti, a former first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers, fired a snap shot from the top of the right circle over the glove hand of goalie Kevin Poulin at 10:17. The 24-year-old defenseman, who has battled injuries throughout his career, had one assist in 20 NHL games before Sunday. He spent most of last season with AHL Charlotte.
John Tavares and Matt Moulson had given the Islanders a 2-0 lead midway through the first period, and New York seemed on its way to a third straight victory.
But Eric and Jordan Staal scored 45 seconds apart late in the second period to tie it at 2.