SPORTS DIGEST || Sharon Speedway races are Saturday

Sharon Speedway races are Saturday


Saturday, there will be another installment of “Steel Valley Thunder” at Sharon Speedway.

The track will have a six-division program of Governor Insurance Agency DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.

Racing begins at 7 p.m. Sharon Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt track located on Custer-Orangeville Road near the intersection of state Routes 7 and 305. For more information, check out the website at or call 330-772-5481.

Casi qualifies for LPGA event


East Palestine High graduate Alex Casi has qualified for this weekend’s LPGA Tour Kingsmill Championship.

Casi, 28, shot a 69 and finished second in Monday’s qualifier and earned one of the two spots open in the tournament. Amelia Lewis earned the other spot with a 68.

Little Scrappers win tournament


The Mahoning Valley Little Scrappers 10-under team won the Great Lakes Opener baseball tournament held by Triple Crown Sports at Fields of Dreams. Eight teams from Pennsylvania and Ohio competed.

Little Scrappers members are Jared Mindek, Dominic Parise, Brendon Kilpatrick, Nicholas DeMonica, Austen Price, Elijah Taylor, Austin Vogt, Jordan Sheehan, Connor Meyer and Anthony Massucci. Head coach Kyle Kilpatrick’s assistants are Paul Mindek, Brian Massucci and Michael DeMonica.

NASCAR upholds Penske penalties

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A three-member appeals board upheld NASCAR’s sweeping penalties against Penske Racing on Wednesday for a failed inspection last month at Texas and team owner Roger Penske vowed to take the ruling to the series’ highest level.

The three-member National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel unanimously upheld all penalties levied against the organization, including defending champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, over confiscated parts in the rear suspensions of the drivers’ Fords. NASCAR chief appellate officer John Middlebrook will hear Penske’s final appeal next Tuesday.

“Obviously a disappointing outcome with the panel,” Penske said. “We have a good case and we are allowed under the NASCAR rules in the rule book to appeal this to the next level.”

Lillard named NBA Rookie of Year


It’s unanimous: Damian Lillard is the NBA’s Rookie of the Year.

Now, it never was in question.

Lillard, the sixth overall pick in last June’s draft out of Weber State, led all rookies with a 19-point scoring average. He also averaged 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds, playing in all 82 games this season.

He broke Stephen Curry’s rookie record for 3-pointers in a season, finishing with 185, and became just the third NBA rookie with at least 1,500 points and 500 assists, following Oscar Robertson and Alan Iverson.

And he swept all six of the league’s Rookie of the Month awards this season.

Cubs threaten to abandon Wrigley


The lengthy and complicated negotiations over the future of Wrigley Field took an unexpected turn Wednesday when Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts for the first time raised the specter of leaving the venerable ballpark if his demand for more stadium signage, including a giant video scoreboard, doesn’t receive government approval.

Ricketts dropped the bombshell after a speech at a breakfast meeting of the City Club of Chicago to rally support for the team’s plans to renovate Wrigley Field.

Staff/wire reports

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