STATE COLLEGE, PA.
Shane Rowland went two-for-three with a RBI but it wasn’t enough as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers lost to the State College Spikes 5-4 on Wednesday night.
Scrappers starter Sean Brady took the loss (2-4) pitching five innings and giving up five runs on 10 hits.
The Scrappers (25-33) threated in the ninth when Yonathan Mendoza walked with one out but the Scrappers were unable to drive him in. The Scrappers play State College today at 7:05 p.m.
Woods pulls out of US Ryder Cup
Tiger Woods has removed himself from consideration for a U.S. Ryder Cup captain’s pick because of back problems.
Woods posted a statement on his website Wednesday, saying: “I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practice now.”
Woods’ season ended last week when he missed the cut by five shots in the PGA Championship, his fourth event since having surgery to alleviate pain from a pinched nerve.
The week before the PGA, he withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational in the final round because of back pain that he said was unrelated to the microdiscectomy surgery in March.
U.S. captain Tom Watson has three picks for the Sept. 26-28 matches against Europe at Gleneagles in Scotland. The PGA Championship completed the points race for the nine automatic spots.
Sun Devils’ Sarafin tells magazine he’s gay
Arizona State senior offensive lineman Edward Sarafin has told a local magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out.
Sarafin told Phoenix-based Compete, a magazine for gay sports, that he revealed his sexual orientation to his teammates nonchalantly last spring.
The walk-on lineman, who goes by the nickname Chip, follows the precedent set by St. Louis Rams linebacker Michael Sam, who came out publicly after finishing his career at Missouri.
Arizona coach Todd Graham and athletic director Ray Anderson issued statements of support for Sarafin on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-6, 320-pound lineman from Gilbert, Arizona, graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering last spring and is currently in Arizona State’s master’s program.
Amy Van Dyken leaves Colorado hospital
Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is being released from a Denver-area hospital to continue her rehabilitation after an all-terrain vehicle crash left the 41-year-old paralyzed just below the waist.
Van Dyken-Rouen is leaving Craig Hospital on Thursday, just over two months after the accident in Arizona on June 6.
The six-time Olympic gold medalist will speak to media after her release. She has been keeping fans informed about her recovery on social media, including boasting on Twitter earlier this month that she had finally graduated from a hospital bed to a regular bed. She also posted a photo of her new wheelchair.
The odds of her ever walking again are long.
Nathan Smith advances in US Amateur
JOHNS CREEK, Ga.
Pittsburgh financial adviser Nathan Smith beat U.S. Amateur co-medalist Lee McCoy in 19 holes Wednesday in the first round of match play at Atlanta Athletic Club.
The 36-year-old Smith, the oldest player left in the field, pulled even with a birdie win on the par-3 17th, matched McCoy — the University of Georgia player junior from Clarkesville — with a par on the par-5 18th and won with a par on the par-4 19th.
Last year in the Walker Cup on Long Island, Smith won the deciding point in the United States’ 17-9 victory over Britain and Ireland. He’s a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion.