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September 21, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Wire reports

Cabrera takes self from race

NEW YORK - Melky Cabrera has been disqualified from the National League batting title at his own request.

Major League Baseball and the players' association said Friday that they agreed to change the rule governing the individual batting, slugging and on-base percentage champions for this season.

Serving a 50-game suspension, the San Francisco Giants slugger entered Friday with a league-leading .346 average, seven points ahead of Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen. Cabrera was suspended Aug. 15 for a positive test for testosterone.

MLB could not unilaterally disqualify Cabrera, needing an agreement from the union to alter the rules.

Cabrera has 501 plate appearances, one fewer than the required amount for the batting title if the Giants play 162 games. But he would win the title if an extra hitless at-bat is added to his average and it remains higher than that of any other qualifying player.

Gordon wins N.H. pole

LOUDON, N.H. - Jeff Gordon came into the media center after winning the pole in New Hampshire and found that the moderator was not yet at his post.

No problem: Gordon began interviewing himself.

The four-time NASCAR champion was in a familiar position at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday after qualifying for his 72nd career pole position. Gordon will be joined in the front row by Kyle Busch, With Tony Stewart and Brian Vickers behind them.

"I think we surprised ourselves a little bit with this pole," said Gordon, whose last championship was in 2001 - before the current Sprint Cup format.

Horan leads

Park girls, 4-1

CHARLESTON - Meghan Horan scored a goal and notched two assists as Wheeling Park defeated Charleston Catholic, 4-1, in prep girls' soccer action Friday night.

Ashley Grove, Carley Collins and Alyssa Sonnefeld also finished with a goal apiece, while Grove and Sonnefeld both added an assist for the Patriots (8-2-2).

Devan Nickerson registered 10 saves in goal.

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