SPORTS DIGEST || Alonso leads Muckdogs past Scrappers

Alonso leads Muckdogs past Scrappers


Lazaro Alonso had two hits and two RBIs as the Batavia Muckdogs topped the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 10-6 on Wednesday.

Batavia took the lead in the first when Bubba Hollins hit a three-run double and then scored on a two-run single by Michael Hernandez.

Trailing 7-3, the Scrappers cut into the deficit in the fifth inning when Ulysses Cantu hit a two-run single and then scored on a double by Simeon Lucas.

The Muckdogs later added two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh. In the sixth, Alonso and Hollins both drove in a run, while Hernandez scored on an error in the seventh.

Batavia starter Alejandro Mateo (3-1) picked up the win despite allowing six runs and nine hits over five innings. Opposing starter Sam Hentges (0-1) took the loss in the New York-Penn League game after giving up five runs and two hits while only recording two outs.

For the Scrappers, Lucas homered and doubled, driving in two runs.

Fired Kent State coach defends credentials


A strength and conditioning coach fired after a Kent State University football player died following a summer workout says he was upfront with the university about his credentials.

The university says it fired Ross Bowsher because he gave false information about his certification.

Bowsher says in a statement released Wednesday he was working toward certification and had been transparent with university officials about his credentials.

Kent State has said a review found the trainers and coaches at the workout were following the right procedures.

Freshman offensive lineman Tyler Heintz died following a morning workout on June 13. A final autopsy report on his death is expected within the next few months.

Ryan Leaf joins sports radio show

Former NFL quarterback and Washington State star Ryan Leaf is joining SiriusXM for regular talk show appearances on the satellite radio’s college sports channel.

Leaf was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 1997 and the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers. His NFL career was a bust and after football he struggled with substance abuse and served time in prison for burglary and drug charges.

Leaf now works for recovery program and has started a foundation to raise money for those in need of addiction treatment who cannot afford it.

Tommy Hawkins, 80; was Laker, Royal


Tommy Hawkins, the first black athlete to earn All-America honors in basketball at Notre Dame and who played for the Los Angeles Lakers during a 10-year NBA career, has died. He was 80.

Hawkins died Wednesday in Malibu, according to the Los Angeles Dodgers, for whom he once worked as director of communications.

He graduated from Notre Dame in 1959. Hawkins was inducted into the school’s Ring of Honor and his 1,318 career rebounds remain the oldest record on the books in Fighting Irish basketball history.

Hawkins was selected by the Minneapolis Lakers in the first round of the 1959 NBA draft. He played for them as well as the Cincinnati Royals, and notched 6,672 career points and 4,607 rebounds.

Smaller gloves OK’d for Mayweather bout


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor got their wish to fight in smaller gloves, but not before being chastised by a Nevada boxing official for using the issue to hype their fight later this month.

Nevada boxing regulators on Wednesday gave the two fighters an exemption to a rule requiring 10-ounce gloves for fights at 154 pounds, approving 8-ounce gloves for the Aug. 26 bout.

Staff/wire report

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