KWBG Sports for April 8th

Posted on 08 April 2013 by KWBG

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) – Jimmie Johnson pulled away on a restart with eight laps to go and won the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Johnson has earned eight victories at Martinsville, a mark topped only by Richard Petty’s 15 and Darrell Waltrip’s 11. Clint Bowyer (BOY’-ur) was second, followed by Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne (kayn) and Kyle Busch.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Martin Laird has won the PGA’s Texas Open with a 14-under total, two shots ahead of Rory McIlroy. Laird closed the tournament by tying the course record with a 9-under 63 after beginning the round four shots behind third-round leader Billy Horschel. Horschel shot a 1-under 71 to finish in a three-way tie with Jim Furyk (FYOOR’-ihk) and Charley Hoffman at minus-11.
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) – Inbee Park closed with a 3-under 69 to earn a four-stroke win over So Yeon Ryu at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Park took control on her opening hole of the final round, carding a birdie to go six shots up after playing partner Lizette Salas had a double bogey. Salas had a 79 to tie for 25th at 2 under.
ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Braves have placed first baseman Freddie Freeman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. Freeman, who his hitting .417 with one homer and seven RBIs through the first five games, said he was upset that team management did not tell him before making the decision. The injury first occurred in a workout the day before the season opener.
UNDATED (AP) – A person familiar with the situation tells the Associated Press that the FBI is investigating whether a former employee of the Rutgers basketball program tried to extort the university. Investigators are interested in Eric Murdock, a central figure in the scandal that has led to the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice and resignation of athletic director Tim Pernetti.

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