July 26 Sports Briefs

Thursday, July 26, 2018

MC Babe Ruth All-Stars 

competing in Portland

The good news is the Montana State Champion Miles City Babe Ruth All-Stars have scored 21 runs in just three games at the Babe Ruth Northwest Regional tournament in Portland, Oregon this week. The bad news is, they’ve given up 40.

It all adds up to an 0-3 record for the local squad, which took Calgary, Alberta into extra innings on Tuesday, before falling 9-7.

Calgary scored two runs in the eighth inning to record the win. Jayden Venable tripled, singled and scored three runs to lead the Miles City attack. Carson Hunter had a double, single and two RBIs, while Riley O’Donnell singled twice, drove in two runs and swiped two bases.

Dalton Polesky doubled, singled, scored three runs and drove in three more for Miles City on Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough to beat Portland, which won 18-11. O’Donnell added a triple for Miles City, which had just four hits but drew 13 walks. In their tournament opener on Monday, Miles City trailed South Washington 8-0 after two innings, and lost 13-3. O’Donnell was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Hunter doubled. Miles City plays North Washington on Friday.



MCC women’s basketball team to offer free camp for kids

Coach Nate Vogel and the Miles Community College women’s basketball team will offer a free basketball skills camp for boys and girls in grades K-12 on Friday, Aug. 3 at the Centra. The session for grades K-5 is from 9-9:45 a.m., while the session for grades 6-12 is from 10-10:45 a.m.

Attendance is free, but organizers request donations of school supplies for all ages. Pens, pencils (regular and colored), crayons, markers, Kleenex, rulers, erasers, notebooks, composition books, crayons, scissors, glue sticks, white glue, pipe cleaners, pocket folders, highlighters,  snacks and other items are being sought.



Owner Jerry Jones insists Cowboys stand for anthem

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doubled down on insisting that his players stand for the national anthem, declaring that he wouldn’t support anyone who chose to stay in the locker room.

Speaking at his annual news conference to open training camp in California, the outspoken billionaire became the first owner to say publicly that his players would not be allowed to stay off the field during the anthem.

Last week, the NFL and the players’ union agreed to suspend the rule approved by owners this spring that gave players the option of staying in the locker room while allowing teams to discipline players who took a knee or sat during the anthem.


NAIA Division I women’s 

tourney to stay in Billings

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The NAIA Division I women’s basketball tournament will be held in Billings through 2020.

Visit Billings and Rocky Mountain College announced the extension on Wednesday.

The 32-team, single elimination tournament was held at MetraPark in Billings in 2017 and 2018 and was contracted for March 13-19, 2019. The Billings Gazette reports the success of the previous tournaments led the organization to extend it through a fourth year, March 18-24, 2020.

Beginning in 2021, the NAIA will merge Divisions I and II in both men’s and women’s basketball and hold a single, 16-team national tournament in each sport.


Vikings Elflein put on PUP list

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings center Pat Elflein has been placed on the physically unable to perform list prior to the start of training camp, still rounding into form after offseason surgery on his left ankle.

The Vikings made the move Wednesday with Elflein, before their first workout for rookies and other selected players. He’ll be taken off the list once he’s cleared by team doctors for full participation in practice. Head coach Mike Zimmer said Elflein’s absence “shouldn’t be too long.”

Drafted in the third round out of Ohio State last year, Elflein was an immediate starter as a rookie, missing two games to a shoulder injury. He hurt his ankle in the NFC championship game. The first practice for the full team is Saturday.


Swimming: Ledecky off to strong start at US Nationals

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Katie Ledecky cruised to a nearly 11-second victory in the 800-meter freestyle on the opening night of the U.S. national championships.

Ledecky was under her own world-record pace through the first 300 meters before dropping off and finishing in 8 minutes, 11.98 seconds. She failed to crack the top 10 performances in the event, which all belong to her.

Leah Smith chased Ledecky all the way and touched second in 8:22.79. Ledecky earned the 14th national title of her career and a spot in the event at next month’s Pan Pacific championships in Tokyo, site of the 2020 Olympics.


Triple Crown winner Justify retired from racing

LOS ANGELES — Triple Crown winner Justify was retired from racing because of fluid in his left front ankle.

Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify’s owners said caution over the horse’s ankle condition made it impossible to tell if he’d be healthy enough to race by the fall. Baffert said Justify wasn’t responding quickly enough to treatment to be able to race in the next few months, so he was retired.

The goal was for Justify to run in a major race this summer, likely the Travers Stakes at Saratoga, and be pointed toward the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.