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SportShorts for Tuesday, September 11, 2018

NASCAR

Team Penske earns Indianapolis sweep

Brad Keselowski snatched victory from Denny Hamlin in the final laps of the Brickyard 400 on Monday to give Roger Penske a sweep this year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Will Power won the Indianapolis 500 in May for Team Penske’s 17th victory in that event. Despite all the organizational success at Indy, no Penske driver had been able to win NASCAR’s Brickyard 400.

Keselowski, an afterthought most of this season, used fresher tires and timely late cautions to put Penske in victory lane. Keselowski has now won two consecutive races headed into NASCAR’s playoffs. The victories are big ones, too: the Southern 500 last week and now the Brickyard 400, two of NASCAR’s crown jewel events.

GOLF

Bradley beats Rose
in BMW playoff

Keegan Bradley held off Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff to win the rain-plagued BMW Championship on Monday for his first PGA Tour victory in 6 years.

Bradley, who shot a final round 6-under 64 to finish at 20-under par, thrust his arms toward the gray sky and drizzle in celebration and waved his family onto the 18th hole. He tossed his young son, Logan, who wasn’t even born the last time Bradley won on the tour, into the air.

Rose could have won in regulation but lipped out on the last hole to force the playoff.

Furyk names Finau to Ryder Cup team

Tony Finau has been named to the Ryder Cup team, the final pick by U.S. captain Jim Furyk.

Finau joins Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods as Furyk’s four wild-card selections. Finau has 11 top-10s this season, including three in majors.

“There won’t be any locker room noise with me,” Finau said Monday. “I can play with anyone. I feel that my personality is just that way.”

His appeal is that he makes a lot of birdies, which is critical in match play. He was paired with Furyk the first two days at the PGA Championship, and struggled in the opening round before he tied a championship record by making 10 birdies in the second round.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Purdue penalties prompt punishments

Purdue coach Jeff Brohm has seen enough silly penalties to last him the entire season.

Now, after watching flags cost the Boilermakers potential wins in each of their first two games, he is imposing new punishments.

“There has to be consequences for their actions, and if guys are getting 15-yard penalties they’re out of the game,” he said Monday. “If we see something close to that that’s not a penalty, they’re coming out of the game. We have to do it in practice, address it in practice and make sure that they’re training themselves every day to understand you can’t be silly and do things that cost your team when it has nothing beneficial for anybody.”

Some growing pains might have been expected from Purdue’s young, rebuilt defense. But it’s been painful instead.

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