Sports shorts: Cats edge Missouri in gymnastics finale

2013-03-17T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Cats edge Missouri in gymnastics finaleStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

The University of Arizona gymnastics team won its final home meet of the year, topping Missouri 196.625-195.450 on Saturday night at McKale Center.

UA's Allison Flores took first on bars (9.900), while Jessie Sisler and Kristin Klarenbach tied for first on the floor (9.900). Molly Quirk finished tied for first on the beam (9.875). The Pac-12 championships will be held Saturday in Corvallis, Ore.

• The UA men's golf team is in seventh after two rounds of the Don Puckette NIT at the Omni Tucson National. Arizona is 15 strokes behind leader Oklahoma State.

• Wildcat freshman Rafael Quintero finished second with a score of 828.25 in the platform diving competition on the final day of the Zone E Diving Championships.

Auto racing

Busch wins Nationwide race

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Kyle Busch held off rookie Kyle Larson at the finish Saturday to win the Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Larson stalked Busch around the bullring as he looked for the right place to make his move. It came as they closed in on the finish line with both drivers held up by lapped cars. Busch chose the low line and Larson went high, then tried to squeeze his way past Busch. Larson's car bounced off of both the wall and Busch's car, but he was nipped at the finish line by Busch.

Ironwood Ridge High grad Alex Bowman was 14th.

Miscellaneous

Gootter Grand Slam event today

The Gootter Grand Slam tennis tournament will be held today at Ventana Canyon. The pro celebrity exhibition will be at 5 p.m. and features the No. 1-ranked doubles team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, as well as UA football coach Rich Rodriguez.

• The Pima softball team (19-13) split two games Saturday in Casa Grande, losing to Clackamus (Ore.) College 4-2 in eight innings and beating Odessa (Texas) 6-1.

• NFL free agent Donte Stallworth was hospitalized with serious burns after the hot air balloon carrying him and two other people crashed into power lines in Florida.

• The New York Jets re-signed kicker and former Arizona Wildcat Nick Folk.

• Juan Martin del Potro defeated top-ranked Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday. Del Potro will play Rafael Nadal for the title today. No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova and No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki will play in the women's final.

• Kim Yu-na won the world title Saturday night in her first appearance at the World Figure Skating Championships in two years.

Includes material from news releases

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