Star Tracking …
May 28, 2001
INDIANAPOLIS Roger Penske climbed into Victory Lane again at the Indianapolis 500, this time on the back of a young spiderman from Brazil. Helio Castroneves led a dominant pack of stars back to auto racing's biggest event and then celebrated by climbing the fence in his best Spiderman impersonation. It is his trademark in Indy racing's rival league but a new sight at the 500, boycotted for the past five years by most of the top teams and drivers from Championship Auto Racing Teams. Castroneves and fellow Brazilian Gil de Ferran gave team owner Penske a 1-2 finish and CART a sweep of the top five.
COLUMBUS, Ohio Matthew Maniscalco doubled in three runs in a nine-run first inning as Mississippi State beat Kent State 14-4 Sunday to win the NCAA regional championship at Bill Davis Stadium. Redshirt freshman Matthew Brinson hit two home runs for Mississippi State for the second game in a row and was selected as the tournament's outstanding player. The game was a dramatic turnaround from the tournament opener. The Bulldogs needed to score a run in the ninth to force extra innings, then won 9-8 in 10 innings on Enrico Jones' one-out single.
May 28, 1997
INDIANAPOLIS The hair is shorter now, and tinged with gray. No more flowing locks for Arie Luyendyk. The rivals now are drivers named Stewart, Boat and Buhl. No more Andrettis and Fittipaldis. Ah, but he is still the Flying Dutchman. He was a link to the past in a year when the Indy 500 was full of new faces and engines and ended in a confusing restart. When Luyendyk made that sharp left turn into Victory Lane on Tuesday for his second Indy 500 triumph, the politics, dwindling crowds and two days of rain delays were forgotten for a moment.
Former Meridian Community College pitcher Jason Walters is turning pro after signing Saturday with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Walters, 19, a former standout at Petal High, is scheduled to report to Vero Beach, Fla., around June 6. Walters was picked in the 11th round of the last year's draft by Los Angeles. In 1996, Walters' only season at MCC, he went 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a team-high five saves over 16 appearances. In 24 innings, the big right-hander struck out 30, while walking only eight.
May 28, 1992
OXFORD C.M. "Tad" Smith, who guided athletic programs at the University of Mississippi for almost 25 years, died Wednesday at the Golden Age Nursing Home in Greenwood. He was 86. A graveside service for Smith is planned at 10 a.m. Friday at Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford.
Sports Faces …
She doesn't have the voice or the high profile of boxing's premier ring announcer in Michael Buffer, but Detroit native Amy Hayes is bringing her own style.
Hayes was featured at the opening of the program and got more ring time annoucing the fighters and the final results of the decisions.