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Rain delays start of Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The start of the Daytona 500 was delayed by an unexpected rain shower that began moments after President Donald Trump and his motorcade finished a parade lap.
Trump’s limousine nicknamed “the beast” exited Daytona International Speedway moments before the sky opened and soaked the track. Drivers returned to pit road.
The start already had been pushed back 13 minutes to accommodate Trump’s trip. Trump made a dramatic entrance hours earlier that set off a raucous celebration at the famed track. He gave the command for drivers to start their engines before taking a ceremonial lap.
Thousands cheered as Air Force One performed a flyover and landed at Daytona International Airport a few hundred yards behind the track. Trump’s motorcade arrived a few minutes later, prompting another loud ovation. Both entrances were broadcast on giant video boards around the superspeedway.
At least a dozen drivers were escorted from the pre-race meeting to a private introduction with Trump.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is on the pole for “The Great American Race.” He hopes to be at the front of the pack when the president and Air Force One depart.
Former All-Star shortstop Tony Fernández dies
TORONTO (AP) — Former All-Star shortstop Tony Fernández has died after a long battle with kidney disease. He was 57.
Fernández made five All-Star teams during his 17 seasons in the major leagues and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series. He won four straight Gold Gloves with the Blue Jays in the 1980s and holds club records for career hits and games played.
A clutch hitter in five trips to the postseason, he had four separate stints with Toronto and played for six other teams. One of those was the New York Yankees, who replaced him at shortstop with a 21-year-old Derek Jeter in 1996. Fernández was slated to slide over to second base, but he broke his right elbow lunging for a ball late in spring training and missed the entire season.
The next year, Fernández caught on at second with the Cleveland Indians and was instrumental in their 1997 American League pennant.
His foundation says Fernández was taken off a life support system Sunday with his family present at a hospital in Weston, Florida. Fernández had been in a medically induced coma and had waited years for a kidney transplant.
Suter, Brewers avoid arbitration, reach 2-year, $2.5M deal
UNDATED (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Brent Suter reached a two-year, $2.5 million deal Sunday that avoids an arbitration hearing that had been set for next week.
Suter returned from Tommy John surgery last September and went 4-0 with a 0.49 ERA in nine relief appearances, helping the Brewers earn an NL wild-card spot.
Suter had mostly been a starter the previous two seasons with Milwaukee before having elbow surgery in July 2018. He is expected to be used out of the bullpen this year.
Suter made $568,300 last year. He asked in arbitration for a $1.25 million salary this year and the Brewers offered $825,000.
The 30-year-old gets a $100,000 signing bonus payable within 60 days and salaries of $900,000 this year and $1.5 million in 2021. His 2021 salary can escalate by up to $250,000 based on innings this year: $50,000 each for 80, 100, 120, 140 and 160.
In other baseball news:
— Free agent pitcher Chad Bettis has signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees with an invitation to big league spring training. The 30-year-old right-hander was 1-6 with one save and a 6.08 ERA in 39 games, including three starts, for Colorado last season. He went on the injured list Aug. 14 with a left hip impingement and didn’t pitch the rest of the year. Bettis has pitched in parts of seven seasons in the majors, all for Colorado. He is 31-31 with one save and a 5.12 ERA in 164 games, 92 of them starts. Bettis was diagnosed with testicular cancer in November 2016 after going 14-8 in the Rockies’ rotation. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy and returned to the majors in August 2017.
— St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-las) was scratched from his second bullpen session of the spring because of a flexor tendon issue. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said the Cardinals hope to have a more concrete time frame for Mikolas return to the mound in a day or two.
Hornqvist has 2 goals, assist and Pens top Red Wings 5-1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Patric Hornqvist had two goals and an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-1.
Hornqvist has 14 goals this season. Sidney Crosby scored his 11th of the season, Kris Letang added his 14th on the power play and Sam Lafferty also scored for Pittsburgh, which moved within one point of first-place Washington in the Metropolitan Division.
Crosby continued a four-game point streak on Sunday. He has six goals and 19 points in 12 games since returning from core muscle surgery on Jan. 14.
Matt Murray made 27 saves for Pittsburgh, which has won 11 of its past 15 games.
Valtteri Filppula scored his fifth of the season for Detroit, which lost its fourth straight game. The Red Wings have been outscored 16-5 in their past four games and 59-23 in their past 16. Detroit has lost 14 of its past 16 games.
T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Villanova beats Temple
UNDATED (AP) — Collin Gillespie has scored a season-high 29 points to lead No. 15 Villanova to a 76-56 victory over Philadelphia rival Temple. Jermaine Samuels added 13 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 10 for Villanova, which won its seventh straight game over Temple while finishing 4-0 in the Big 5.
Quinton Rose scored 22 points and Nate Pierre-Louis had 16 for Temple.
Temple and Villanova have been the standard bearers of the Philadelphia Big 5, the yearly city round-robin series that also includes La Salle, Penn and Saint Joseph’s. The Wildcats already had clinched at least a share of their 27th title with wins earlier this season over the other three Philadelphia rivals. They are now tied with Temple for most Big 5 titles.
In other top-25 games Sunday:
— Luka Garza scored 24 points and Ryan Kreiner added 10 points and No. 21 Iowa came back to beat the Minnesota Gophers 58-55. Minnesota’s Daniel Oturu missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw attempt with a chance to tie the game with 3.8 seconds left and the Hawkeyes came away with a rare road win in the Big Ten. Iowa trailed by eight points with 5:25 remaining but finished the game on an 11-0 run. Oturu scored 15 points and Marcus Carr added 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Minnesota.
LPGA-WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Inbee Park wins Australian Open, ending 2-year title drought
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time major champion Inbee Park saw a seven shot lead shrink to two shots Sunday before winning the Women’s Australian Open by three strokes to clinch her first LPGA title in almost two years.
Park started her final round three shots in front of 19-year old South Korean compatriot Ayeon Cho. She bogeyed the ninth hole but still turned five shots ahead of the field and went out to a seven shot lead early on the back nine at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club. She walked off the 16th green only two shots ahead of American Amy Olsen but finished strongly to claim her 20th LPGA title.