Pacers want actions to make statement vs. Hawks
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Pacers must protect their home court Tuesday night against Atlanta to avoid falling into a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-seven first round series.
The Hawks expect Indiana to change a few things. That could include All-Star Paul George defending Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague. But they remain confident they can win a third straight game in Indy - against the Eastern Conference's top seed and NBA's best home team.
Teague has scored 53 points in his last two games against Indiana. Pacers coach Frank Vogel declined to say what other changes he has planned to deal with the Hawks' array of 3-point shooters.
Colts free agent signee retires as Gordy re-signs
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Phil Costa won't be the Indianapolis Colts' starting center this fall.
The former Dallas Cowboy was placed on the reserve-retired list Monday. The move comes five weeks after Indy signed the 6-foot-3, 302-pound free agent.
General manager Ryan Grigson says Costa thought it was in his best interest to retire.
The announcement comes on the same day Indy announced cornerback Josh Gordy, a restricted free agent, signed his qualifying offer. Last season, Gordy had nine tackles, three passes defensed and one interception in 12 games.
Last week, the Colts signed fullbacks Stephen Campbell and Cameron White from two of the NFL's regional combines.
Al Unser Jr. to race again at Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Al Unser Jr. will race again at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during a Sportscar Vintage Racing Association event in June.
The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner will compete in the "Indy Legends Pro-Am." The June 8 feature on Indy's road course is for veterans of the Indianapolis 500 and already has an announced field that includes Lyn St. James, Willy T. Ribbs and Mark Dismore.
The 40-minute race of American muscle cars will include 1967 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs. The Indianapolis 500 veterans will be paired with amateur drivers, each taking a 20-minute stint. Five minutes will be allotted for driver change.
Unser Jr. is a two-time IndyCar champion. He has 34 career victories and won the Indy 500 in 1992 and 1994.
Wood homers, allows 1 run in Cubs' win
CHICAGO (AP) - Travis Wood hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs to back his nine-strikeout performance on the mound, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.
Wood gave up a run and six hits over seven innings. His four RBIs and nine strikeouts matched career highs.
Bronson Arroyo allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings for Arizona. The Diamondbacks have lost nine of 10 games and have the worst record in the majors.
Welington Castillo hit a two-out bloop single to right field to score Starlin Castro from second for a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Ryan Kalish followed Castillo's RBI single with a single of his own to extend the inning. Bronson Arroyo fell behind in the count 1-0 before Wood hit a hanging slider for a three-run shot into the left field bleachers. It was Wood's seventh career home run.
White Sox beat Tigers 3-1, but lose Sale to DL
DETROIT (AP) - Jose Abreu and Dayan Viciedo hit RBI doubles in the seventh inning, and the Chicago White Sox rallied for a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.
Chicago scored three runs in the seventh off Anibal Sanchez after managing only one hit in the first six innings. John Danks allowed six hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings, but the Tigers could score only one run off him.
Ronald Belisario got five outs in relief for the White Sox, and Matt Lindstrom pitched the ninth for his second save.
The White Sox scored three runs on four hits in a top of the seventh that took about 25 minutes. Abreu's tying double was upheld after a replay review, and Chicago scored another run when a call at the plate was overturned following a review.
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