Sept. 24 Sports Briefs

Monday, September 24, 2018

Frare makes 3 appearances

Miles City native and major league relief pitcher Caleb Frare appeared in three games for the Chicago White Sox last week. On Wednesday in Cleveland he surrendered a groundball single before catching Melky Cabrera’s pop-up bunt. He gave way to Ian Hamilton, who hit a batter then surrendered a grandslam homer in the White Sox’s 4-1 loss. Frare faced and walked one batter on Thursday in Cleveland, and on Saturday he retired the only batter he faced in the White Sox 5-3 loss to the Cubs.

— by STAR STAFF

Montana proposes closing area outside park to bison hunting

BILLINGS (AP) — Montana wildlife officials want to prohibit state hunters from shooting bison in an area bordering Yellowstone National Park where dozens of hunters can congregate for the chance at an easy kill. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said the area near Gardiner known as Beattie Gulch has become unsafe as hunter numbers increased. The gulch is used by wild bison herds to migrate out of Yellowstone in winter in search of food at lower elevations in Montana. Hundreds of bison annually have been harvested there in recent years. The proposal would close off the area to state hunters. It would not apply to hunters from American Indian tribes who journey to the Yellowstone-border to harvest bison under longstanding treaty rights. A decision is expected next month.

Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Cup playoff race at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kyle Busch passed Brad Keselowski with 38 laps to go and held off hard-charging Kevin Harvick to win the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night. Busch won for the 50th time in his career, the sixth time on the 0.75-mile oval and for the first time here in the fall. Martin Truex Jr., who swept the first two stages before a penalty forced him to play catch up, rallied for third, followed by Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola.

Xfinity: Bell wins, Dale Jr. 4th

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Christopher Bell took the lead away from Matt Tifft with 13 laps to go and won the opening race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs on Friday night. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth in what he said would be his only start of the season. Earnhardt retired from NASCAR’s Cup Series last year and works as an analyst for NBC Sports. Bell won for the fifth time this season on a night when series points leader Justin Allgaier crashed with about 25 laps to go, winding up 32nd, Bell took the points lead. Ross Chastain finished second. Daniel Hemric was third.

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