Sports shorts: UA grad captures Paralympic bronze

2013-07-21T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: UA grad captures Paralympic bronzeStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

University of Arizona graduate Steven Toyoji won the bronze medal in the 1,500-meter race Saturday at the Paralympic World Championships in Lyon, France.

The wheelchair athlete, who led at the 800-meter point, finished in 3 minutes 52.88 seconds. Raymond Martin won gold in 3:51.28.

"Just being able to run with a big, elite pack like that was a lot of fun," said Toyoji, 27. "Winning a medal makes it a thousand times better. It is a huge plus for me."

• UA baseball players Kevin Newman and Mathew Troupe were named Cape Cod League All-Stars. Newman will represent the West as the starting shortstop, while Troupe will be a relief pitcher for the East in the July 27 game in South Yarmouth, Mass. Newman is hitting .315 with 11 steals. Troupe has a 1.39 ERA with 23 strikeouts.

• In Barcelona, Spain, UA diver Samantha Pickens and Amanda Burke of the United States finished seventh in the women's synchronized 3-meter final at the FINA World Aquatic Championships.

Soccer

Mexico, Panama make semis; US plays today

ATLANTA - Mexico and Panama set up a semifinal rematch in the CONCACAF Gold Cup after each won their quarterfinal matches on Saturday.

Mexico escaped with a 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago as Raul Jimenez beat diving goalkeeper Jan Williams with a shot into the left corner of the net in the 84th minute, and Panama beat 10-man Cuba 6-1.

The United States faces El Salvador and Honduras takes on Costa Rica in today's quarterfinal matches.

Golf

Summerhays, Thompson tie for lead

MADISON, Miss. - Daniel Summerhays waited out a rain delay before making a 19-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a share of the lead with Nicholas Thompson in the PGA Tour's Sanderson Farms Championship.

Summerhays, still looking for his first PGA Tour win, finished with a 3-under 69. Thompson had a 65.

• In Sylvania, Ohio, Spain's Beatriz Recari birdied the two closing par 5s to catch Paula Creamer atop the leaderboard through 54 holes at the LPGA Tour's Marathon Classic. They both had 67s to lead by three.

• In Lorton, Va., Oklahoma State's Jordan Niebrugge, 19, won the U.S. Amateur Public Links, beating Cal's Michael Kim 1 up in the 36-hole final.

• Golden State's Stephen Curry had four birdies in a late six-hole stretch to take a one-point lead after two rounds of the American Century Championship in Stateline, Nev.

Miscellaneous

Giants' Hill gets 4-game drug suspension

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New York Giants safety Will Hill has been suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league's substance of abuse policy, his second drug suspension in two years.

• Ex-Oregon defensive end/linebacker Dion Jordan, the Miami Dolphins' first-round pick, signed a multiyear contract and will be at practice Sunday.

• In tennis, Roger Federer lost to Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4) in the semifinals of the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg.

• In baseball, TCU's Brandon Finnegan limited Cuba to three hits in seven innings in Team USA's 1-0 victory in Omaha, Neb., the third straight U.S. one-run win in the first three games of the five-game exhibition series.

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