The Sports Xchange
MARTINSVILLE, Va.—With most of the field wrecking behind him, Kyle Busch took the lead on the final lap and won the First Data 500 on Sunday, Oct. 29, at Martinsville Speedway. It was his fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the season and clinched a position among the Championship Four at the 2017 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 19. Busch led a race-high 183 laps. Martin Truex Jr. finished second, Clint Bowyer was third, Brad Keselowski took fourth and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Cristie Kerr drained a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole on Sunday to win the LPGA Tour's Sime Darby in Kuala Lumpur for her 20th career victory. The 40-year-old American, playing in her 20th year on the LPGA Tour, shot a final-round even-par 71. She made 20 birdies and four bogeys over the final three rounds at TPC Kuala Lumpur for her second win of 2017. Kerr finished with a four-day total of 15-under 269 to win by one stroke over Americans Jacqui Concolino (67) and Danielle Kang (66) and China's Shanshan Feng (71).
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa scored on its opening drives of both halves and added a late field goal to beat Minnesota 17-10 on Saturday, Oct. 28, in Kinnick Stadium. Miguel Recinos' 32-yard field goal gave the Hawkeyes a two-score lead with 5:34 to go. Minnesota responded with its biggest play of the game, a 63-yard pass from Demry Croft to Tyler Johnson. But three incomplete passes later, the Gophers had to settle for a field goal. Minnesota's last-gasp drive was snuffed out when Croft was sacked on fourth-and-4 from the Minnesota 20-yard line.
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel is eligible to play in the remainder of the World Series but will be suspended for five games next season, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Saturday. After hitting a home run in the second inning of Friday's Game 3 off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, Gurriel was seen in the Astros' dugout using his fingers to motion at his own eyes in a mocking gesture. The 33-year-old also appeared to mouth a derogatory term in Spanish.
HOUSTON—Brad Peacock produced a sterling effort in relief and the Houston Astros rode a four-run second inning to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night at Minute Maid Park. The Astros grabbed a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 set for Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.
MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler scored a season-high 25 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to another nail-biting win, 119-116, against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, Oct. 27. Karl-Anthony Towns had season highs with 33 points and 19 rebounds, and Jeff Teague added 17 points and 10 assists for Minnesota, which beat Oklahoma City last Sunday on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Andrew Wiggins.
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair apologized Friday for saying the league should avoid having "inmates running the prison" regarding player protests during the national anthem. As reported by ESPN The Magazine, McNair said "we can't have the inmates running the prison" after other owners in the Oct. 18 meeting talked of business concerns surrounding the anthem protests, a day after owners and players met to discuss social reform
Cleveland Browns rookie defensive end Myles Garrett will not travel with the team to London and has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with a concussion. Garrett, who was the top overall pick of the 2017 draft, was placed in concussion protocol on Tuesday after complaining of symptoms upon entering the Browns' facility. The 21-year-old registered a team-leading four sacks and has 11 tackles in his first three games this season.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had screws inserted in his fractured right collarbone during surgery last week.
The Cleveland Browns are staying with rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, naming him the starter for Sunday's game in London against the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Hue Jackson announced Wednesday that Kizer, who was benched in the second half after throwing two interceptions last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, will make his second straight start.