The potential for severe storms led to the postponement of the final game of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Chicago White Sox, with manager John Gibbons pushing each of his starting pitchers back one day as a result. Coming off his Blue Jays debut the previous evening, Taiwanese right-hander Wang Chien-ming is now scheduled to start against the Colorado Rockies at the Jays’ home field on Tuesday (Taiwan time), instead of the original plan to pitch against the Texas Rangers. In his debut against the White Sox, Wang gave up 10 hits and five runs, but more importantly hurled 7.1 innings to give some much-needed rest to the bullpen, which has logged more innings than any other major league team. Wang’s 7.1 innings were mainly marred by a three-run homer in the fourth, in which he lost four points, but he settled into rhythm after the home run and retired eight of the next nine batters.
McIlroy channels Rocky
Rory McIlroy took the chance to re-enact a scene from Rocky before teeing off in the US Open. The world’s No. 2 ranked player said earlier this week that he was “half-thinking” of heading into Philadelphia to the spot where Rocky Balboa jumped up and down triumphantly after running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. On Wednesday, the 24-year-old from Northern Ireland tweeted: “Can’t come to Philadelphia and not see the ‘Rocky’ steps!!” along with a photograph showing a jubilant figure with arms raised Rocky-style and wearing a Phillies baseball cap backward. The museum is about 16km from the Merion Golf Club, where McIlroy and the rest of the US Open field were to tee off yesterday.
Leffler dies after crash
NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died from injuries suffered when his car slammed into the wall of a dirt raceway in New Jersey on Wednesday night, state police said. The crash occurred during a race at the Bridgeport Speedway in Logan Township, New Jersey State Police spokesman Sergeant Adam Grossman said. Leffler, 37, of Huntersville, North Carolina, was rushed to the Crozier Hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead at 9:02pm, police said. The raceway calls itself the “Fastest Dirt Track in the East.” It consists of a high-banked dirt oval, where average speeds reach well above 160kph, according to the track’s Web site. Leffler was a two-time winner of the Nationwide Series and had been racing for more than a decade, his Web site said.
Jellyfish stops McCardel
Australian endurance star Chloe McCardel abruptly scrapped her bid to swim non-stop from Cuba to the US state of Florida after a “debilitating” jellyfish sting, her team said late on Wednesday. “McCardel’s attempt to be the first person to complete a non-stop swim from Cuba to the US without a shark cage has ended prematurely after 11 hours due to a severe, debilitating jelly fish sting,” spokesman Tim Stackpool told reporters by e-mail. “Chloe is now on one of the support vessels heading to Key West [Florida]. She will spend the next 24 hours recuperating before deciding on her plans going forward,” he added. The jellyfish struck just hours after the 29-year-old, who was attempting the feat without flippers or a wetsuit, plunged into the sea at Havana’s Marina Hemingway at 10am at the start of a what would have been a 170km swim.