YSU’s Perry sits in summer league opener
Youngstown State graduate Kendrick Perry did not play in the Orlando Magic’s summer league opener against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.
Perry was one of five players on the roster with a DNP-Coach’s Decision. Orlando, which played nine players, won 83-77.
The Magic play the Rockets at 5 p.m. on Monday.
Strader returns to Sr. Olympics nationals
Randy P. Strader of Salem again will represent Ohio next year at the U.S. Senior Olympics national championships which will be held in Minnesota.
He placed first in the javelin (73 feet-71/2 inches) and fourth in the shot put on June 27 at the Ohio Senior Olympics in Canton.
Strader, who was inducted into the Ohio Senior Olympics Hall of Fame last year, has qualified for the nationals nine times. He has been a member of the U.S. Masters track and field team since 1984 and currently competes in the 70-74 age bracket.
Old-Timers plan picnic at Scrappers game
The Youngstown Baseball Old-Timers and friends will attend the Mahoning Valley Scrappers baseball game Tuesday for their annual picnic (5:30 p.m.) and game to follow.
For a reservation or for more information, call Ed Brannan at 330-651-0424.
Also, the Old-Timers will meet Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Kramer Field clubhouse on Bears Den Road.
Athletics finalize big trade with Cubs
The beginning of July’s first blockbuster trade occurred about a month ago, when Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane called Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein to ask about Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Beane told Epstein he liked the starting pitchers, and he was going to be aggressive in an attempt to improve the AL West leaders. Fast forward to this weekend, when Beane proved just how serious he was during that initial call.
Oakland and Chicago announced the big trade on Saturday, with Samardzija and Hammel heading to the West Coast for a package of prospects that included the A’s first-round selections in each of the past two drafts. Minor leaguers Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and Dan Straily went to Chicago.
Samardzija and Hammel join Scott Kazmir and Sonny Gray in one of the majors’ best group of starting pitchers. In somewhat of a surprise, the A’s sent left-hander Tommy Milone to Triple-A Sacramento later Saturday to make room for Samardzija.
Montoya wins first IndyCar pole at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa.
In open wheel or a stock car, Juan Pablo Montoya knows how to top the speed chart at Pocono Raceway. Driving for Team Penske in his open-wheel return after seven years in NASCAR, the Colombian knocked off Penske teammate Will Power on the final qualifying run Saturday.
Montoya had a two-lap average of 223.871 mph for both a track record and his first career IndyCar pole.
Montoya won a Pocono pole in NASCAR in August 2012. He also won 14 open-wheel poles in CART in 1999-2000. Carlos Munoz joined Montoya and points leader Power on the front row.
Staff reports/Associated Press