Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 12, 2013

Sports in Brief: 08/12/2013


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Muskegon blanks Wolves, 55-0

MUSKEGON — Eric James ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third Saturday night as the Muskegon Mustangs beat the Traverse City Wolves 55-0 in a Great Midwest Football League game.

James scored on a pair of three-yard runs and connected with John Ross on a 25-yard scoring strike.

The Mustangs led 34-0 at half and finished with 558 yards in total offense.

Traverse City had four turnovers. Kajuantae Pennington returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown.

The win put Muskegon at 8-2. Traverse City fell to 5-5.

Smith recovers, back at practice

CORTLAND, N.Y. — New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith has fully participated in practice despite a sore right ankle that shortened his NFL debut at Detroit on Friday night.

Smith twisted the ankle on a play in the third quarter of the Jets’ 26-17 loss, but he says an X-ray and MRI exam revealed “great results” and calls it a “little ankle injury.”

Smith was cleared by the Jets’ trainers Sunday morning. He had a solid practice with the first-team offense and threw consecutive touchdown passes to Konrad Reuland in goal-line drills.

Smith, competing with Mark Sanchez for the starting job, says he is not completely healed and was “slower” on drop backs. But he says it was important for his teammates to see him tough out minor injuries.

Bolt still the fastest in the 100

MOSCOW — His legs were hurting, the rain was pouring and he was trailing late in the race.

Doesn’t matter. This is Usain Bolt.

And nothing gets in the way of him and first place, especially when he’s driven as he was Sunday night in the 100-meter final at the world championships.

Bolt blew by Justin Gatlin with about 30 meters to go and never glanced back. He also didn’t even crack a smile when he crossed the finish line because this took a lot more work than the world’s fastest sprinter usually needs.

Gatlin was second and Bolt’s Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter took third.

Of all Bolt’s titles, this one will have a special meaning, considering he false-started two years ago in the final to lose his crown.

Now, it’s his again.

“It’s always great to get back your title,” said Bolt, who won in 9.77 seconds. “I’m happy with myself I got it done.”

Stewart released from the hospital

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart has been released from the hospital and is resting at home.

His team, Stewart-Haas Racing, tweeted the news on Sunday night: “TonyStewart is out of the hospital & resting as comfortably as he can at home. Thx for the thoughts & prayers.” The tweet closed with a “SmokeWillRise” hashtag.

Stewart broke his right leg in two places last Monday night in a sprint car race in Iowa and is out indefinitely after two surgeries to repair the damage.

A five-time winner at Watkins Glen International, Stewart missed race Sunday, snapping his streak of 521 consecutive Cup starts and dropping him six spots to 17th in the Sprint Cup standings.