Sports – Monday, August 8th, 2016
If you were looking forward to Packers preseason football last night, you were likely disappointed. The Hall of Fame Game against the Colts was cancelled due to unsafe field conditions at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Representatives of the hall and both teams met several hours before the scheduled 7 p.m. kickoff to discuss the turf, and the Packers and Colts felt the field was not safe. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said the decision to cancel the game was the right one when it came down to player safety. The most noticeable problems were bare spots around midfield, and several players said painted areas were too hard. Rubber pellets used in the turf came loose and were scattered in several spots and needed to be removed. The Packers will now open up the preseason on Friday at Lambeau Field against the Cleveland Browns.
Two home runs and an RBI triple in the 5th inning helped the Diamondbacks to a 9-3 win in the series finale against the Brewers Sunday afternoon. The game was tied at 3 entering the bottom of the 5th, when Jake Lamb knocked a two run homer, Chris Owings tripled to score Rickie Weeks, and pinch hitter Phil Gosselin hit a two run homer to give Arizona an 8-3 lead. Jimmy Nelson took the loss, he drops to 6-11. The Brewers return home to open a series against Atlanta tonight. Pregame at 5:45, first pitch at 6:20 on News/Talk 1450 KFIZ.
Denny Hamlin prevailed in a four-lap dash to the checkered flag to win a wreck-fest at newly paved Watkins Glen International on Sunday. It’s the first road course win of Hamlin’s career as he survived a race that had eight cautions for 24 laps and two red flags for 30 minutes. Joey Logano finished second, followed by Brad Keselowski, AJ Allmendinger and Tony Stewart.
Russell Knox saved par with a 12-foot putt on the final hole to beat Jerry Kelly by a stroke Sunday in the Travelers Championship, hours after Jim Furyk shot the first 58 in PGA Tour history. Knox closed with a 2-under 68 for a 14-under 266 total at TPC River Highlands. Kelly, the 49-year-old Madison native finished in 2nd with a 64 and a 13 under 267. Justin Thomas and Patrick Rodgers finished tied for third at a 12-under 268.