National Sports Briefs
LONG POND, Pa. ó Pocono Raceway has moved qualifying for both of its Sprint Cup dates this season to Saturday.
The NASCAR track shifted away from the traditional Friday date.
The track holds races this season on June 12 and Aug. 7. The track will run regular practice sessions on Fridays.
Track president Brandon Igdalsky announced the move on Monday. He says the move was made to allow more race fans the chance to see the run for the pole position.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. ó Zenyatta won Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards on Monday night, besting the only horse ever to beat her on the track.
Zenyatta was 19-0 before losing her final race to Blame in the Breedersí Cup Classic last November. She cost owners Jerry and Ann Moss only $60,000 when they purchased her as a yearling in 2005, and she went on to win 13 Grade 1 stakes and more than $7 million.
Zenyatta was is now a broodmare at Laneís End Farm in Kentucky.
HONOLULU ó Davis Love III will be the next U.S. Ryder Cup captain, two people with knowledge of the plan told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the official announcement was not until Thursday at Medinah.
Love played on six Ryder Cup teams, winning the pivotal point at The Belfry in 1993. He played on only one other winning team, the great American comeback in 1999 at Brookline. His career record was 9-12-5.
RALEIGH ó Retired NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett and former NFL receiver Ricky Proehl headline this year’s list of inductees to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
Jarrett won the Daytona 500 three times and the 1999 Winston Cup championship.
Proehl played for Wake Forest and appeared in four Super Bowls, winning twice. He also had the tying touchdown catch with about a minute left in the Carolina Panthers’ narrow loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 38 in 2004.
The other inductees include: prep basketball coach Larry Lindsey, late Wake Forest sports radio announcer Gene Overby, tennis coach Tom Parham, trainer Al Proctor and former Elon football coach Jerry Tolley.
The class will be inducted on May 12.
LAS VEGAS ó Let’s get this straight: The International Tennis Hall of Fame says it’s going to announce a Class of 2011 inductee on Thursday, but it won’t reveal until then who was elected?
Hmmm. Where is the Hall’s announcement going to be? At the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. And who happens to be the only 2011 nominee in the recent-player category?
Yes, that’s right ó Andre Agassi, who retired in 2006.
Agassi owns a career Grand Slam and won eight major singles championships.
From staff reports Salisburyís varsity basketball teams will be on the road tonight at Lexington to make up CCC games.... read more