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Hamlin earns 3rd Dover Sprint Cup Pole Position

By Sean Greene 5:50pm, May 29, 2015
Denny Hamlin on trying to connect qualifying success into Sunday victories
Denny Hamlin continued his recent domination of Dover qualifying by taking the pole for Sunday's FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks.

Sprint Cup has switched to a three-tiered qualifying system this year, and in the last run of the final round Hamlin broke out a lap of 160.121 MPH to best Martin Truex, Jr. by about .4 MPH.

The final five-minute session only allowed each of the top 12 drivers one lap, and Kyle Larson had the first position with under 30 seconds remaining when Truex, Jr. bested him by just .006 seconds.

Hamlin finished just after him, and claimed his third pole in the last six races on the Monster Mile.

It is Denny's 21st career pole, but just his first of the season.

With his second place finish, Truex will start on the front row for the first time in 2015.

Greg Biffle won the opening round of qualifying over Larson and Truex, before falling to third in the second round and seventh in the final round.

The top 10 for Sunday's race: Hamlin, Truex, Jr., Larson, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Biffle, Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, and Austin Dillon.

Jimmie Johnson, a nine-time winner in Dover, was fastest in morning qualifying, but will start 14th after being eliminated in the 2nd round.



Jimmie Johnson hoping 'bravery' leads to 10th win at Dover

By Sean Greene 5:15pm, May 29, 2015
VIDEO: Jimmie Johnson on the 'bravery' needed to complete a lap at Dover
Few NASCAR drivers have dominated a track on the Sprint Cup Circuit like Jimmie Johnson's ownership of Dover's "Monster Mile."

The No. 48 driver has claimed 9 victories with 14 Top 5s in his 26 races in Dover, his most victories on any circuit in the tour.

His third place finish in the fall snapped a two-race winning streak at Dover, and he says his success actually brings extra pressure.

"I find the moments when we are off, we are probably a little more anxious than we would be at other tracks, do the fact we have been so good here. There is this level of expectation that we have among ourselves that we don't even realize, until we are in that challenging moment."

Johnson said he enjoys running laps here, but it requires courage.

"The set of corners from straightaway to straightaway you kind of work up your bravery, you make it through the corner, you get on the next straightaway, you smile like, 'Wow, that was pretty cool, I'm going to do it again, he we go.' And you fly through (turns) 3 and 4, and you just end up with that mindset around the track. It's a ton of fun."

If he can pick up that 10th victory Sunday, he'll become just the fifth driver in NASCAR history to pull off the feat, and the first since Dale Earnhardt, Sr. won his 10th race at Talladega (Alabama) in 2000, just under a year before he passed away in a crash in the 2001 Daytona 500.

Johnson was fast in opening practice Friday, but was eliminated in the second round of qualifying and will start 14th. Despite that, No. 48 figures to be one of the cars to beat throughout the weekend.



NASCAR's Truex calls Dover Speedway 'home'

By Sean Greene 2:49pm, May 29, 2015
WDEL's Sean Greene reports
Dover International Speedway is 129 miles away from Mayetta, New Jersey, but it might as well be "home" for NASCAR's Martin Truex, Jr.

The 35-year-old is in his 10th full season on the Sprint Cup circuit, and is looking to build on his two career victories. He won his first career race on the "Monster Mile" in 2007, and has four Top 10 finishes in his last six races in Delaware.

Momentum is also on his side, as he led the most laps (131) last week in Charlotte before settling for 5th in a race won by Carl Edwards.

"Charlotte is one of my worst race tracks," Truex said Friday. "I can't tell you the confidence it gave me after the race."

He said he enjoys running laps on the high-banked Dover oval.

"My favorite part is just the way you land down in the corner," he said. "What I really like about it is, you just have to drive the car really hard every lap. I don't like tracks where you kind of have to let off or be smooth on the gas to be fast. I like tracks where you have to drive the car hard. That has kind of always been my style. That is part of the reason why I have always liked this place."

He is 10th in the Sprint Cup Standings, leading all drivers who have not won a race yet in 2015.

The FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks is Sunday at 1 p.m. in Dover.



Caravel beats Laurel to win spot in softball finals

By Kara Pokropski 10:26pm, May 28, 2015 - Updated 10:58pm, May 28, 2015
WDEL's Kara Pokropski reports
Caravel earned a spot in the 2015 DIAA Softball State Championships with extra inning victory over Laurel, 3-1.

The semifinal matchup was scoreless up until the seventh inning spark.

Caravel's Nicole Marcon stepped up to plate, and with her swing Grace Walker rounded third and found home for the first edge of the game.

Laurel quickly responded at their turn at bat, when Lexi Ullman brought Regan Green home to even out the score.

On the edge of a storm, the battle was forced into extra innings.

The Buccaneers secured the victory with a RBI single from Alexa Proffit and sac fly from Holly Brooks.

Caravel will take on Polytech in the finals Saturday at Red Lion.



2015 DIAA Softball Schedule and Results

By WDEL Staff 11:08pm, May 21, 2015 - Updated 1:04am, May 29, 2015
The top two seeds fell in semifinal action in the DIAA Girls Softball Tournament Thursday afternoon.

SEMIFINALS

Thursday, May 28

No. 4 Polytech 5, No. 1 Delmar 3

No. 3 Caravel 3, No. 2 Laurel 1 - 8 innings

FINALS

Saturday, May 30 - At Red Lion Christian Academy

No. 3 Caravel (16-5) vs. No. 4 Polytech (17-3) - 11am

QUARTERFINALS

Tuesday, May 26

No. 1 Delmar 10, No. 8 DMA 0

No. 4 Polytech 5, No. 5 Appoquinimink 1

No. 2 Laurel 8, No. 10 Padua 0

No. 3 Caravel 6, No. 6 Caesar Rodney 5 (8 inn.)

FIRST ROUND

Saturday, May 23

No. 1 Delmar 12, No. 16 Lake Forest 2

No. 8 DMA 7, No. 9 Sussex Tech 6

No. 4 Polytech 5, No. 13 Indian River 2

No. 5 Appoquinimink 7, No. 12 St. Georges 0

No. 2 Laurel 1, No. 15 Smyrna 0

No. 10 Padua 5, No. 7 Concord 1

No. 3 Caravel 11, No. 14 Cape Henlopen 1

No. 6 Caesar Rodney 11, No. 11 Woodbridge 4



Appo's Alexander drives in 4 as Jags head to baseball finals

By Sean Greene 1:35am, May 29, 2015
VIDEO: Highlights and reaction to Appo's victory
Appoquinimink's Matt Alexander's 3-run triple highlighted a 6-run, 4th inning as the Jags defeated Dover 9-4 to earn a trip to the DIAA Baseball Championship Game.

The Jaguars wasted no time jumping on the Senators' pitching as Alexander's RBI single and Joe Otto's 2-run single staked the 8-seeds to a 3-0 advantage before Dover took their first swings.

A 2-out error allowed Dakota Graham to score for Dover in the bottom half of the inning, and the score remained 3-1 into the 4th inning.

That's when the Appo offense truly shined. After a strikeout to lead off the inning, the next 8 batters all reached base.

Javon Fields walked, and Kevin Banning singled to start the threat. Brett Willett walked to load the bases, and then Julian Kurych also picked up a free pass which allowed Fields to score.

Alexander then came to the plate, and he connected on a long drive into the right-centerfield gap that cleared the bases for three more runs.

Steckline then tried to do him one better, with a thunderous shot to right that somehow stayed in the ballpark and didn't even hit the warning track in the error. The generous power alleys allowed Steckline to slide into 3rd with Appo's second straight triple.

Otto walked and Steckline scored on a wild pitch before Chandler Fitzgerald's single which ended the onslaught.

Dover would get a run back on Aaron Jenkins' RBI triple, but it was still a 9-2 game into the 7th.

The Senators attempted a furious rally, as Graham led off with a single to left, and then Aven Purnell hit the game's 4th triple, this one to right field, bringing home Graham to make it 9-3.

Jordan Hutchins' single to right plated Purnell, but that would be the end of the offense for Dover as two strikeouts by Kevin Banning sealed the win for Appo.

The Jaguars will look for their school's first ever team championship when they battle Cape Henlopen Saturday at 1pm at Frawley Stadium.



Cape goes extras to earn first trip to baseball final

By Sean Greene 1:20am, May 29, 2015
VIDEO: Highlights and reaction to Cape Henlopen's victory
Cape Henlopen's Austin Elliott smacked a two-run double to the wall in left to send the Vikings to their first ever DIAA Baseball Championship Game with an 8-7 win over Caravel.

Caravel led 6-3 after Nick Jones scored on a wild pitch in the 5th inning, but the Vikings would rally.

After a leadoff strikeout, Jason Wiberg doubled to right, and Austin Elliott singled to left. Alex McCoy then walked to load the bases. Drew Mulcahy drew one of his 4 walks in the game to bring in Wiberg.

Two batters later, Kai Vitella doubled to left field, and Noah Clifton, running for McCoy, slid home safely just ahead of the throw to tie the game at 6.

A pitcher's duel developed between relievers Vitella and Caravel's Troy Marenco into the 9th inning, when Cape picked up their decisive rally.

David Kennedy started an infield single, but would be picked off for the second out.



The Vikings would not be daunted, as JJ Dominic walked, and Wiberg singled to right to put two runners on base.

Elliott then slammed a ball just before the warning track that had more than enough distance for Dominic and Wiberg to score.

Vitella than took to the mound to finish his work, but Caravel wouldn't make it easy.

A pair of walks to Tyler Juhl and Nick Jones started the inning, and after they were moved into scoring position by a sacrifice bunt by Dexter Marchan, a strange play happened.

Will Findley struck out swinging, but it reached the backstop, allowing him to get to first, and Juhl to score.

Vitella then beared down, getting a strikeout and fly out to end the game. He finished with 3 RBI to go with the win on the mound.

Cape Henlopen advances to their first ever baseball title game which will take place Saturday at 1pm at Frawley Stadium.

Contact Sean Greene at sgreene@dbcmedia.com or follow him on Twitter at @seangreeneWDEL



2015 DIAA Baseball State Tournament

By WDEL Staff 11:04pm, May 21, 2015 - Updated 1:04am, May 29, 2015
The upsets continued in the DIAA Baseball Tournament Thursday night.

SEMIFINALS

Thursday, May 28

No. 10 Cape Henlopen 8, No. 3 Caravel 6 - 9 innings

No. 8 Appoquinimink 9, No. 5 Dover 4

FINALS

Saturday, May 30 - At Frawley Stadium

No. 8 Appoquinimink (14-7) vs. No. 10 Cape Henlopen (14-7) - 1pm

QUARTERFINALS

Tuesday, May 26

No. 8 Appoquinimink 3, No. 1 St. Mark's 1

No. 5 Dover 9, No. 4 Hodgson 7

No. 10 Cape Henlopen 9, No. 2 Salesianum 4

No. 3 Caravel 4, No. 11 Tower Hill 3

FIRST ROUND

Saturday, May 23

No. 1 St. Mark's 7, No. 16 Milford 3

No. 8 Appoquinimink 5, No. 9 St. Georges 4

No. 4 Hodgson 10, No. 13 Mt. Pleasant 0 - (6 inn.)

No. 5 Dover 4, No. 12 DMA 3

No. 2 Salesianum 5, No. 15 Sussex Central 2

No. 10 Cape Henlopen 8, No. 7 Sussex Tech 4

No. 3 Caravel 6, No. 14 Smyrna 1

No. 11 Tower Hill 7, No. 6 Archmere 2



NASCAR's best test golf games in Wilmington in autism benefit

By Sean Greene 2:29am, May 29, 2015
VIDEO: Danica Patrick joins other NASCAR celebrities in Wilmington to raise money for autism charities (Courtesy: NBC10)
NASCAR's best traded in stock cars for golf carts Thursday in the annual "Drive for Autism" Tournament at the DuPont County Club.

Joey Logano, Michael Waltrip, Matt Kenseth, and many other drivers, former Eagles, and other celebrities took part in the fundraiser for Autism Delaware.

The group was founded in the late 90's with the goal of increasing the quality of life for adults with autism.

"We now serve 90 adults with autism on a daily basis with job site training and rec opportunities in a community setting," Autism Delaware founder Artie Kempner told NBC10. "So they are out in the real world living an independent life an that is very rare for people with autism."



Kempner, who is a long-time producer of NASCAR on FOX broadcasts, has parlayed his motorsports connections into one of the biggest events around the spring race weekend at Dover International Speedway.

The connection to autism charities runs deep in NASCAR, as this week's Sprint Cup race is officially the "FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks." 68 drivers will have the trademark light blue puzzle piece as a decal on their cars this weekend to help raise awareness. Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Cares Toyota, will have it prominently displayed in this week's paint scheme.



Eagles' Kelly says McCoy was wrong to question his motives

By Rob Maaddi/AP 1:04am, May 29, 2015
Chip Kelly says LeSean McCoy was wrong to suggest he favors white players over black players and says he never considers race when he's building the Philadelphia Eagles' roster.

Kelly said Thursday: "I've got great respect for LeSean. However, in that situation, I think he's wrong. We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color's never been one of them."

Kelly traded McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in March for linebacker Kiko Alonso. McCoy wasn't happy about the trade. The two-time All-Pro and leading rusher in franchise history then questioned Kelly's motives in an interview with ESPN The Magazine earlier this month.



Rocks hits don't translate into runs in loss

By Don Voltz 7:54am, May 29, 2015
The Blue Rocks had their six game winning streak snapped but didn't give away any ground in the Carolina League's northern division race when they lost to the Potomac Nationals Thursday night, 8-3.

The Blue Rocks had plenty of hits, 14 of them, but went four for 15 with runners in scoring position and left 14 runners on base.

Yender Caramo had his shortest outing of the year for the Blue Rocks, lasting just three innings and giving up four runs.

Cody Stubbs went four for five for the Blue Rocks, including two doubles, but no one was able to bring him home.

Ramon Torres led off the game with his first home run of the season, but after that it was a case of one missed opportunity after another.

The Blue Rocks maintained their three and a half game lead over Frederick because the Keys lost to Salem.

The Rocks wrap up the four game series at Potomac tonight.



Orioles, White Sox split doubleheader caused by riots

By David Ginsburg/AP 1:04am, May 29, 2015
Chris Sale struck out 12 over 7 2-3 shutout innings to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 3-2 victory Thursday over the Orioles, who rebounded to win the second game 6-3 in a doubleheader caused by rioting in Baltimore last month.

The doubleheader was scheduled after games on April 27-28 were postponed because of riots near the ballpark following the funeral of a black man who died of injuries sustained while in police custody. The third game of that series was played without fans in the stadium.

A crowd of 18,441 showed up Thursday.

The nightcap featured a matchup of rookie right-handers. Chris Beck (0-1) made his major league debut for the White Sox and Mike Wright (2-0) was starting for the third time after scoreless appearances against the Angels and Miami.



Girls Division II Soccer Schedule and Results

By WDEL Staff 7:34pm, May 18, 2015 - Updated 10:57pm, May 27, 2015
The Division II Girls Soccer Tournament will now conclude Monday due to a thunderstorm affecting the Division I Tournament.

SEMIFINALS

Tuesday, May 26

No. 3 Indian River 1, No. 2 Archmere 0

Wednesday, May 27

No. 1 Caravel 1, No. 4 Friends 0

FINALS

Monday, June 1 - At Smyrna H.S. (NOTE: DATE CHANGE)

No. 1 Caravel (15-1-1) vs. No. 3 Indian River (15-2) - 5pm

QUARTERFINALS

Wednesday, May 20

No. 1 Caravel 2, No. 8 St. Georges 0

No. 4 Friends 1, No. 5 DMA 0

Thursday, May 21

No. 2 Archmere 1, No. 10 Ursuline 0

No. 3 Indian River 2, No. 6 Lake Forest 1

1ST ROUND

Saturday, May 16

No. 5 DMA 1, No. 12 Saint Andrew's 0

No. 8 St. Georges 3, No. 9 Saint Elizabeth 2 (Penalty Kicks)

No. 6 Lake Forest 2, No. 11 Conrad 0

No. 10 Ursuline 1, No. 7 Delmar 0



Girls Division I Soccer Schedule and Results

By WDEL Staff 7:34pm, May 18, 2015 - Updated 10:54pm, May 27, 2015
The second DIAA Division I Soccer Semifinal was postponed to Friday due to Wednesday night's thunderstorms in Smyrna.

SEMIFINALS

Wednesday, May 27

No. 1 Padua 4, No. 4 Sussex Tech 0

Friday, May 29 - At Smyrna H.S.

No. 6 Appoquinimink (11-5) vs. No. 2 Caesar Rodney (14-1-1) - 5pm

FINALS

Monday, June 1 - NOTE: DATE CHANGE

No. 1 Padua (16-0-1) vs. CR/Appo winner - 7pm at Smyrna H.S.

QUARTERFINALS

Wednesday, May 20

No. 1 Padua 9, No. 8 Concord 0

No. 4 Sussex Tech 2, No. 5 Smyrna 0

No. 6 Appoquinimink 1, No. 3 Charter of Wilmington 0

Thursday, May 21

No. 2 Caesar Rodney 4, No. 7 Newark 0



Boys Lacrosse Schedule and Results

By WDEL Staff 11:30pm, May 16, 2015 - Updated 10:57pm, May 27, 2015
There will be a championship game rematch in the DIAA Boys Lacrosse Tournament.

SEMIFINALS

Wednesday, May 27

No. 2 Cape Henlopen 9, No. 3 Caesar Rodney 8

No. 1 Salesianum 12, No. 4 Tower Hill 2

FINALS

Saturday, May 30 - Site/Time to be Announced Thursday

No. 1 Salesianum (15-3) vs. No. 2 Cape Henlopen (13-5)

QUARTERFINALS

Saturday, May 23

No. 1 Salesianum 15, No. 8 DMA 3

No. 2 Cape Henlopen 11, No. 7 Archmere 9

No. 3 Caesar Rodney 12, No. 11 Dover 6

No. 4 Tower Hill 9, No. 5 Appoquinimink 8 - OT

1ST ROUND

Tuesday, May 19

No. 1 Salesianum 17, No. 16 Delmar 2

No. 3 Caesar Rodney 20, No. 14 Concord 2

No. 5 Appoquinimink 17, No. 12 Saint Andrew's 10

No. 4 Tower Hill 12, No. 13 Saint Mark's 6

Wednesday, May 20

No. 7 Archmere 21, No. 10 Sussex Tech 7

No. 11 Dover 8, No. 6 Milford 7

No. 2 Cape Henlopen 17, No. 15 Smyrna 3

No. 8 DMA 8, No. 9 Friends 4



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