Earnhardt Jr. passes Keselowski late, wins at Pocono for first time

June 09, 2014|Sports Digest

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Taking a late lead in the Pocono 400, Dale Earnhardt Jr. held on to win Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. With five laps remaining, Earnhardt overtook Brad Keselowski, who was attempting to remove debris from the front grille of his car. This was Earnhardt's second win of the season — he also was victorious at the Daytona 500 in February — and his first at Pocono, where his father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., won twice. Keselowski, who also finished second last week in the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway, had the day's most dominant car until the debris caused some engine troubles. "Dale and I were pretty equal, but Dale made the best move at the end," Keselowski said. "I thought I had a chance to clean [the debris] off and not lose time and I misjudged it." Kurt Busch was third, pole-sitter Denny Hamlin was fourth and rookie Kyle Larson finished fifth. Jimmie Johnson, who had won the previous two races, recovered from a pit-road collision to finish sixth. With his second win of the season, Earnhardt is guaranteed to be among the top 16 winners after 26 races and will be in the Chase for the Cup. Jeff Gordon moved past Matt Kenseth and into the points lead with the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.

Keith Groller, Tribune Newspapers

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Women's college lacrosse: Two weeks after winning their second straight national title, Salisbury senior Ashton Wheatley and junior Bethany Baer (Westminster) on Saturday were named Division III Goalkeeper and Midfielder of the Year, respectively. Wheatley made 412 saves, fourth all time in program history, while maintaining a 5.61 goals-against average over her career. Baer scored a career-high 48 goals this season and recorded 13 assists, and she led the Sea Gulls in draw controls with 61 and in ground balls with 41.

College sports: Johns Hopkins finished a program-best third in the 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division III standings. The Directors' Cup is awarded annually by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics based on the schools' athletic success in up to 18 sports. Hopkins has finished in the top 10 four straight years. Its previous best finish was seventh last year.

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