SPORTS digest


Andretti leads on Day 2 of Indy 500 practice

INDIANAPOLIS

Marco Andretti led four Honda drivers atop the speed chart on the second day of practice for the Indianapolis 500.

After ending Wednesday as the fastest driver of the day, Andretti promptly asked for rain to wash out the next few days at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“When you’re good, you always want it to rain and go right into the race instead of giving other guys time to catch up,” he said.

Qualifying for the May 27 race begins Saturday and Andretti is anxious to get on with the show.

Andretti turned a lap at 227.053 mph around IMS in a strong showing for the American driver. Mario Andretti is the only member of the famed family to win “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and Marco Andretti has been desperately trying to add a victory to go alongside his grandfather’s.

Seahawks sign Penny to rookie contract

RENTON, Wash.

The Seattle Seahawks signed first-round pick running back Rashaad Penny to his rookie contract Wednesday.

The Seahawks have now signed six of their nine draft picks. Offensive tackle Jamarco Jones (fifth round) and quarterback Alex McGough (seventh round) signed earlier this week.

Penny was taken with the 27th overall selection. His contract is for four years with a team option for a fifth.

Penny was one of the elite running backs in college football last season as he became a full-time starter for the first time. He led the nation with 2,248 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns for San Diego State. Penny rushed for at least 200 yards in each of the final five games to close out the 2017 season and had 13 rushing TDs during the stretch.

Judge rejects lawsuit by prep pole vaulter

NORTH CANTON

A federal judge has a rejected a lawsuit by a pole-vaulter who says his northeast Ohio high school banned him from competing because he refused to practice in the rain.

Max Stokey, a freshman at Hoover High School in North Canton, claimed he was “restricted from participating” after he questioned a track coach’s decision to practice vaulting in wet conditions April 3.

But a federal judge upheld the ban, saying that the school had the discretion of keeping Stokey out of competition for failing to abide by the coach’s rules.

The Canton Repository reports the judge’s decision will keep the athlete from participating in this week’s district tournament meet.

Stokey’s father acknowledged that the lawsuit was a “longshot.”

LeBron among finalists for NBA MVP award

NEW YORK

Houston’s James Harden, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Anthony Davis of New Orleans are the finalists for the NBA’s MVP award.

Harden, who led the league in scoring, has twice been a runner-up for the award, including last year when Russell Westbrook won. James has won the MVP award four times.

The three finalists for the individual awards were announced Wednesday. The winners will be announced on June 25 in Santa Monica, California during the NBA Awards show.

Davis was also a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, along with Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid.

The other finalists:

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Donovan Mitchell, Utah

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia

Jayson Tatum, Boston

COACH OF THE YEAR

Dwane Casey, Toronto

Quin Snyder, Utah

Brad Stevens, Boston

SIXTH MAN

Eric Gordon, Houston

Fred VanVleet, Toronto

Lou Williams, Clippers

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

Clint Capela, Houston

Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn

Victor Oladipo, Indiana

Staff/Wire report

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