Pacers Add Scola in Suns Swap
Phoenix — The Indiana Pacers have bolstered their front-line depth with the acquisition of Luis Scola from the Phoenix Suns.
The Pacers sent forward Gerald Green, center Miles Plumlee and a lottery-protected first-round draft pick to the rebuilding Suns.
Scola, a 6-foot-9 forward from Argentina, played his first five NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets before coming to Phoenix a year ago when the Suns submitted the winning bid under the league’s amnesty rule. He appeared in all 82 games for the Suns, averaging 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds. It was the fifth time in his career that he’s played in all games.
Scola, who has averaged 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in his career, joins a team that figures to contend in the Eastern Conference after he toiled for a season with a Suns squad that compiled the worst record in the Western Conference and second-worst in the franchise’s history.
Isner to Atlanta Final
Atlanta — Top-seeded John Isner beat seventh-seeded Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Saturday to reach the Atlanta Open final.
The 6-foot-9 American will play the winner of Saturday’s night match between second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa and 21-year-old American Ryan Harrison.
Isner improved his ATP-best tiebreaker record to 24-6 for the season.
Stanford, Calif. — Dominika Cibulkova advanced to her second WTA Tour final this year, coasting past Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-0 on Saturday in the Bank of the West Classic.
Cibulkova controlled the pace and played patient and near-perfect tennis against an opponent who folded fast. The third-seeded Cibulkova saved all six break points in the first set and often stayed back on the baseline waiting for Cirstea to make mistakes.
The approach helped Cibulkova go ahead 5-3 in the first set and sweep the second set to cruise into the final on the sun-splashed Stanford campus. The Slovak has two career singles titles and last appeared in a final in January in Sydney, where she lost 6-0, 6-0 to Agnezia Radwanska.
The top-seeded Radwanska faced American Jamie Hampton in the other semifinal.
Claims Jim Dandy
Saratoga Springs, n.y. — Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice pressed front-running Moreno from the outset, then took command in the stretch to win the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
Mike Smith rode the Todd Pletcher-trained Palace Malice, who ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.37 and finished a length in front of Will Take Charge. Moreno was third of nine.
The Jim Dandy sets up Palace Malice for what it expected to be a return engagement with Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Oxbow, the Preakness winner, in the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes.
The victory was worth $360,000 to the owner, Dogwood Stable, and $4.70, $3.40 and $2.70 to Palace Malice’s betting supporters.
“It set up really well, but Todd and his connections had him really ready,” Smith said. “He was better than last time. Those are kind of big words to say after winning the Belmont, but he truly was, and with room to grow.”
Will Take Charge paid $11.80 and $6.10, and Moreno returned $4.30 to show.
Earlier on the Saratoga card, Laughing led four opponents at every call and won the $600.000 Diana Stakes for fillies and mares. The Alan Goldberg-trained 5-year-old held off a late bid from Dream Peace and prevailed by a head. Jose Lezcano rode the winner, who covered 1 1/8 miles on the inner turf course in 1:47.24. Laughing paid $15.80 and earned $360,000 for owner Richard Santulli.
Lighthouse Bay ($45.20) scored an upset victory in the $300,000 Prioress Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, beating Wildcat Lily to the wire by a half-length after 6 furlongs run in 1:09.29. Joe Rocco Jr. rode the George Weaver-trained, Richlyn Farm-owned winner who earned $180,000. Odds-on favorite Kauai Katie finished last of seven.
Soap Box Derby Draws Hundreds
AKron, Ohio — More than 440 racers competed in the 76th All-American Soap Box Derby in northeast Ohio.
The derby Saturday featured an international field competing for a share of $30,000 in scholarships.
Fourteen-year-old Ricky Desens of Webster, N.Y., won the Rally Super Stock division. Thirteen-year-old Macaila Ziolkowski, of McKeesport, Penn., took the Stock Car division, and 14-year-old Bryce Volpe of Mentor in northeast Ohio topped the Super Stock division. Two 16-year-olds won the Masters divisions, Jay Warnick, of Drayden, Md., and Melanie Kohout, of Geneva, Ill.
Racers were able to qualify for the downhill competition of gravity-powered cars by winning just one race in their local community or by being a rally champion after competing throughout the year.