March 30, 2013

Sports Digest

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HARNESS RACING

SCARBOROUGH DOWNS: Scarborough Downs will open its 63rd racing season Saturday at 4 p.m.

The 10-race card will be highlighted by the $5,500 Free For All event during the ninth race, which will start at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The five horses and drivers that will take part in the event are Haverford Hanover, Justin Mahar; Mr. Nice Guy, Kim Ireland; Real Special, Drew Campbell; Wholly Louy, Gary Mosher; and Johnny Z, Shawn Thayer.

The track will begin its Friday schedule (4:05 p.m. post) next week and race on Thursdays from June 20 through July 25.

GOLF

Good week only gets better for Wheatcroft, who leads after two rounds in Houston Open

Steve Wheatcroft hates going to Monday qualifiers. He was reminded Friday why they can be worth it.

Wheatcroft, who narrowly qualified for the Houston Open at the start of the week, ran off three straight birdies early in his round and kept bogeys off his card for a second straight 5-under 67. That gave him a one-shot lead over D.A. Points and Jason Kokrak going into the weekend at Redstone Golf Club.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Germany's Marcel Siem shot a 4-under 68 to maintain a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Hassan II Trophy in Morocco.

TENNIS

SONY OPEN: Andy Murray advanced to the final by rallying past No. 8-seeded Richard Gasquet 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2 in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Murray's opponent Sunday will be No. 3-seeded David Ferrer, who beat No. 15 Tommy Haas, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR: A deal to loan Mark Martin to Joe Gibbs Racing as a replacement driver for injured Denny Hamlin fell apart when Michael Waltrip Racing said Martin will fulfill his commitment to their team.

The announcement from MWR came roughly 24 hours after JGR said Martin will take over the No. 11 Toyota next weekend at Martinsville and drive the car until Hamlin returns from a fractured vertebra in his lower back. Hamlin is expected to miss at least five races.

BOXING

JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT: Brandon Rios said he learned all he needs to know about his opponent Mike Alvarado by battling him through seven vicious rounds in October.

"I saw in his eyes after I hurt him with a body shot in the fifth round, I knew I would finish him and that he knew he couldn't hurt me," said Rios, who won their junior welterweight bout by seventh-round TKO.

It's why Rios (31-0-1) won't change anything about his approach in Saturday's rematch in Las Vegas.

SOCCER

FRENCH LEAGUE: Paris Saint-Germain opened an eight-point lead as it warmed up for a Champions League quarterfinal against Barcelona, winning 1-0 at home against Montpellier.

 

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