LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Rain has washed out Friday's Sprint Cup qualifying at Pocono Raceway. Points leader Jimmie Johnson will automatically sit on the pole for the start of Sunday's 400-mile race. It rained all day and cars never got on the track. There are only 43 entries for the race so no driver will miss the field.
NASCAR remains a ratings winner for Fox. The network said Friday that 13 Sprint Cup races this season averaged a 4.8/10 rating. Fox also said live NASCAR viewership ranked No. 2 among men 18-49 and men 25-54 from February through the end of the broadcast season. NASCAR on Fox also posted ratings increases in five of the top seven and nine of the nation's 15 biggest markets, including Los Angeles (6 percent) and Chicago (32 percent). Overall, ratings grew 7 percent in the country's 56 biggest markets compared with a year ago. Last week's race at Dover, the final one this year for Fox, averaged 6 million viewers. The TNT portion of the NASCAR television schedule begins this week at Pocono Raceway.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have announced the selection of right-handed pitcher Jonathon Crawford with the team's top pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Crawford's selection is the 20th overall. He compiled a 3-6 record with a 3.84 ERA and 69 strikeouts as a junior this year at the University of Florida. Crawford threw a no-hitter as a sophomore last June against Bethune-Cookman. He was rated by Baseball America as the ninth-best pitching prospect available in this year's draft and the 19th-best prospect overall.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - IndyCar has issued $40,000 in fines and placed two drivers on probation for incidents at Detroit last weekend. Sebastian Saavedra was fined $30,000 for making an obscene gesture at Marco Andretti, an incident caught on live television. IndyCar said Thursday Saavedra can pay the fine or work it off by making appearances on behalf of the series. Will Power was placed on probation for the rest of the year for throwing his gloves at Sebastien Bourdais. And Bourdais was placed on probation for comments made toward officials on pit road after an accident. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing was fined $10,000 for a pair of technical violations on the car of James Jakes, who finished second Sunday. IndyCar last week rescinded a $10,000 fine levied against Jakes in the Indianapolis 500.
DETROIT (AP) - Max Scherzer struck out nine in seven innings to remain unbeaten, and Victor Martinez homered and drove in three runs to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. Scherzer (8-0) allowed a run and four hits, walking two. He is the first Detroit pitcher to start the season 8-0 since Jeremy Bonderman in 2007. Joaquin Benoit allowed a run in the eighth, and Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in nine chances. Martinez went deep in the fourth for his fourth home run of the year, giving Detroit a 2-0 lead. Miguel Cabrera drove in a run the following inning with a single. Roberto Hernandez (3-6) allowed four runs in 5 1-3 innings.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Austin Peay has hired Derek van der Merwe as athletic director. The school announced the hiring of van der Merwe (meer) at a news conference Wednesday on campus. He had been Central Michigan's deputy athletics director and chief operating officer. He replaces Dave Loos, who resigned as athletic director in April but remains the men's basketball coach. After playing football at Central Michigan as an offensive lineman from 1991-95, van der Merwe joined the school's athletic department in 1997 as an academic adviser. As deputy athletic director, van der Merwe's responsibilities at Central Michigan included oversight of facilities, events, summer camps, business operations, communications, the Chippewa Athletic Fund, corporate sales and marketing. He also was the primary administrator for softball, wrestling, men's basketball and football.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Matt Willis and defensive end Braylon Broughton. To make room on the roster Wednesday, the Lions released wide receiver Lance Long and defensive end Robert Maci. Willis has 30 career receptions for 385 yards and a touchdown in 43 games. He caught 28 of those passes and was a key player on special teams the past two seasons for the Denver Broncos. The former UCLA standout started his NFL career in 2007, playing in five games for the Baltimore Ravens. Broughton signed with the New Orleans Saints last year as an undrafted free agent and was on their practice squad last season.
DETROIT (AP) - Matt Joyce hit a sacrifice fly to break a scoreless tie in the ninth inning, and Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings each drove in another run to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. Longoria added an RBI single later in the ninth off Doug Fister (5-3), who pitched well again for the Tigers but got no offensive support. Jennings made it 3-0 with a run-scoring triple. Alex Cobb allowed five hits in 7 2-3 scoreless innings for Tampa Bay, and Joel Peralta (1-2) struck out Prince Fielder with two on to end the eighth. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 17 chances. Fister allowed three runs and seven hits in 8 1-3 innings.
BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Services have been held in Michigan for a former college football quarterback found dead last month. Former teammates and coaches joined family and friends Tuesday at a Mass for Cullen Finnerty at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Livingston County's Brighton Township. Interment followed at a Detroit area cemetery. The 30-year-old Finnerty won more than 50 games and three national championships at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., the last in 2006. His body was discovered May 28 in woods in western Michigan after he disappeared during a family trip to a cottage. A cause of death hasn't been determined. Finnerty was a star at Brighton High School, about 35 miles northwest of Detroit.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan director of men's basketball operations Travis Conlan is resigning to pursue a coaching career. Conlan held the job for three seasons. Coach John Beilein says the team is grateful for Conlan's work, and that he was "born to coach." Conlan played 124 games for the Wolverines from 1994-98 and was a captain as a junior and senior.