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SportShorts for Monday, August 27, 2018

FOOTBALL

Gunshots not related to football game

According to police, initial investigations into the
gunshots that cut short the season-opening game between Freeport and Auburn at Wyeth Stadium in Rockford on Friday night show the incident was not related to the football game.

Rockford police believe the gunshots were exchanged between two vehicles around 9:45 p.m. to the southeast of Auburn High School, in the area of Pierpont Avenue and School Street.

The gunshots caused fans to rush from the stadium, and both football teams dropped to the ground for safety. Minor injuries were reported from the spectators fleeing.

The incident occurred with 10:32 remaining in the game and Freeport ahead 32-0. The game has been officially called final with that score.

GIRLS SOCCER

Gasso to play at
Robert Morris-Chicago

Golden Warriors senior Maddie Gasso has committed to continue her soccer career at Robert Morris
University-Chicago.

Gasso tweeted out the announcement Sunday. She was a NIB-12 West first-team all-conference selection last spring as a junior defender.

YOUTH BASEBALL

Hawaii wins LLWS championship

Mana Lau Kong homered to center field on the first pitch his team saw Sunday, and Ka’olu Holt pitched a complete game to lead Hawaii to a 3-0 victory over South Korea in the Little League World Series championship.

Holt allowed just two hits and struck out seven.

Hawaii padded its lead with two runs in the third inning by capitalizing on just the second error of the tournament by South Korea.

It’s the first Little League World Series title for Hawaii since 2008. Hawaii is now one of seven U.S. states with at least three LLWS titles.

Seoul, South Korea, has played in the three of the last six LLWS title games, but won only once, in 2014.

INDYCAR

Late splash lifts Power at Gateway

Will Power took a splash of fuel late in Saturday night’s IndyCar race, allowing him to go wide open to the checkered flag and not only give team owner Roger Penske another win at Gateway Motorsports Park, but keep his championship hopes alive.

Power had regained the lead with eight laps to go, and he held off Alexander Rossi, who had conserved fuel for 70 laps to give him a chance.

Rossi, who had won the last two races, wound up second, just ahead of series leader Scott Dixon, trimming Dixon’s points lead to 26 with two races left.

NASCAR

Allgaier pulls away
at Road America

Justin Allgaier won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America on Saturday, pulling away over the final five laps to pick up his second victory in 3 weeks.

Allgaier held a 5.4-second advantage over second-place Matt Tifft to take a tense race filled with bumps, scrapes and spin-outs around the 14-turn course on Saturday.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott finished 20th after coming out of retirement to take his first Xfinity ride around Road America.

The 62-year-old Elliott started 23rd, then climbed up to 17th before spinning out and falling back.

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