Mt. Vernon Register-News

April 11, 2013

Sports briefs


The Register-News

---- — Cubs game postponed because of bad weather

CHICAGO — The way their closers were struggling, Cubs manager Dale Sveum and the Brewers’ Ron Roenicke could probably feel each other’s pain.

Both cut the cord this week.

In Chicago, that meant Carlos Marmol was out as closer. In Milwaukee, it was John Axford getting, well, axed.

And on Wednesday, everyone was getting a breather.

The game between the Cubs and Brewers was postponed due to inclement weather, with the makeup scheduled for July 30 as part of a day-night doubleheader.

Scott Feldman, scheduled to start for the Cubs, will pitch Thursday against the San Francisco Giants. With the Brewers off Thursday, Kyle Lohse got pushed back two days and will start against his former team when the Brewers open a weekend series at St. Louis on Friday.

The postponement came on the heels of the Cubs beating Milwaukee 6-3 Tuesday on a night when the game-time temperature was 39 degrees and a steady wind blew through Wrigley Field.

The conditions were no better Wednesday, so the game got called off. Considering the way they’ve been struggling, a breather might not be such a bad thing for these teams.

Both have losing records, with the Brewers at 2-6 and the Cubs 3-5, and it’s been particularly tough for the closers, with Marmol and Axford getting roughed up in the early going.

Jarrett, Bruton Smith headline new Hall nominees

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR champion Dale Jarrett headlined the 25 nominees announced Wednesday for next year’s Hall of Fame class — a list that finally includes track magnate Bruton Smith.

Only five nominees are new to the list, with the other 20 carrying over from last year. Joining Jarrett and Smith as the new nominees were engine builder Maurice Petty, five-time NASCAR weekly series national champion Larry Phillips and 1960 NASCAR champion Rex White. Five people will be selected for induction into the fifth Hall of Fame Class in May 22 voting by a 54-member panel.

The panel will finally get to consider Smith, who many believed had been snubbed by not being among the nominees the last four years. Smith promoted his first race at 18 years old, and later ran the National Stock Car Racing Association, which was seen as an early competitor to NASCAR.

He built Charlotte Motor Speedway, the anchor property in a portfolio that now includes eight tracks hosting 12 Sprint Cup races, the All-Star race and several high-profile motorsports activities. Speedway Motorsports Inc. went public in 1995 and became the first motorsports company to be traded at the New York Stock Exchange. Smith’s Sonic Automotive includes several hundred auto dealerships across the country.

Jarrett was NASCAR’s 1999 champion and his 32 wins rank 21st all-time. Among those victories include three Daytona 500s, two Brickyard 400s and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. Jarrett also won at least one race a year in 11 consecutive seasons from 1993 through 2003, and followed his father, Ned, into broadcasting after his 2008 retirement.