Sports log: Logano surges past Hornish for win


Joey Logano held off Sam Hornish Jr. on the last lap to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday in Joliet, Ill. Logano, the lone Sprint Cup regular in the race, earned his second Nationwide win of the year and No. 20 for his career. He also won at Dover in June. Hornish held on for second, giving car owner Roger Penske the top two spots. Austin Dillon finished third, earning a $100,000 sponsor’s Dash 4 Cash bonus. Elliott Sadler had the lead on a restart with 24 laps remaining, but the defending race winner faded as Hornish moved in front on the track where he won an IndyCar race in 2002. Hornish looked in position to secure the victory when Logano roared into the lead and went on to the victory . . . Marc Marquez won the US Grand Prix in Monterey, Calif., to become the youngest rider in MotoGP history to win consecutive races. The 20-year-old Honda Team rider held of Stefan Bradl by 2.2 seconds for his third victory of the year. Marquez won last week in Germany . . . Race organizers say Italian Andrea Antonelli, 25, died in a crash at the World Supersport motorcycle race in Moscow. Antonelli died after losing control of his Kawasaki ZX-6R bike in rainy weather and crashing during the opening lap.


Serena cruises to Swedish Open title

Serena Williams won her 53d WTA title by beating Johanna Larsson, 6-4, 6-1, in the final of the Swedish Open in Bastad. The 24-year-old Swede broke to lead 3-1 in the first set before Williams fought back to 3-3. Larsson advanced to 4-3 before caving in to the American’s strong serve and losing the next three games. Williams dominated the second set, breaking Larsson’s serve twice. ‘‘It was really good to come here and win after a disappointing Wimbledon, so hopefully this confidence will help me for the rest of the year,’’ said Williams, who lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon to Sabine Lisicki. . . Fabio Fognini saved three match points before beating qualifier Federico Delbonis, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, to win the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg for his second title in two weeks. The 12th-seeded Italian extended his winning run to 10 matches. He won his first career title, also on clay, last week in Stuttgart . . . Yvonne Meusburger won her first WTA title by defeating Andrea Hlavackova, 7-5, 6-2, at the Gastein Ladies tournament in Bad Gastein, Austria . . . Ivo Karlovic won the Claro Open Colombia in Bogota, routing hometown favorite Alejandro Falla, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) for his fifth career title.


Manager defends Bedard’s decision

Houston manager Bo Porter defended Erik Bedard’s decision to remove himself from Saturday night’s game against Seattle with a no-hitter going in the seventh inning because of a high pitch count, adding he wouldn’t have let the lefthander stay in much longer. Bedard chose to leave the game with one out in the seventh because he had thrown 109 pitches. ‘‘I've had three shoulder surgeries. I'm not going over 110,” Bedard said. “I'd rather pitch a couple more years than face another batter.’’ Porter said he would have pulled Bedard at 120 pitches . . . The Astros cut veterans Carlos Pena and Ronny Cedeno. The 35-year-old Pena, a former Northeastern University star who hit 39 homers in 2009 with Tampa Bay, hopes to get picked up by another team. ‘‘I feel I have a lot of ball left,’’ said the first baseman. . . . Giants lefthanded reliever Jeremy Affeldt will be sidelined up to six weeks with a strained left groin.


Florida linebacker in doghouse again


Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison was suspended for at least the first two games of the regular season after being arrested in Gainesville, Fla., for the second time in five weeks. The sophomore was arrested early Sunday for barking at a police dog and resisting arrest. According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Morrison walked up to an open window on a police car and barked at a K-9 dog named Bear. The dog responded by barking back, prompting an officer to arrest Morrison for interfering with a police canine. Both charges are misdemeanors. Morrison told officers he made a ‘‘woof-woof’’ sound at Bear because the dog barked at him. Morrison was arrested June 16 for allegedly punching a bouncer, and received deferred prosecution on the simple battery charged . . . Former Auburn basketball player Korvotney Barber drowned in Panama City Beach, Fla. Police said a passerby found the 26-year-old’s body Sunday at 3:49 p.m. Barber averaged 10.9 points and 7.2 rebounds during his four-year Auburn career ending in 2008-09.


New Zealand rolls in America’s Cup

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New Zealand overcame the loss of its jib early in the race and routed Italy’s Luna Rossa in their second head-to-head matchup in the America’s Cup challenger series in San Francisco. The Kiwis beat Luna Rossa by 2 minutes, 20 seconds and lead 6-3 in the Louis Vuitton Cup round-robins. The team with the most points after five round-robins advances to the Vuitton finals, which will determine the opponent for defending champion Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup match starting Sept. 7 . . . Tamika Catchings had 23 points and 10 rebounds as the Indiana Fever swept the home-and-home series from the host Washington Mystics with a 65-52 WNBA victory. Shavonte Zellous scored 12 points for the Fever . . . Maya Moore hit a 3-pointer and made a key steal in the final minute to lift the Minnesota Lynx to their sixth straight victory, 82-77, over the host Phoenix Mercury . . . Phil Woosnam, the former Welsh soccer star who served as the North American Soccer League’s commissioner and had a brief stint as coach of the US national team, died Friday in Dunwoody, Ga. He was 80. He died of complications related to prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Obituary, B9.