SPORTS digest

Champion players receive regional honor


Three members of Champion High School’s undefeated softball team have received recognition from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Senior shortstop Megan Turner and sophomore pitcher Allison Smith were named to the first team for the North Region.

Sophomore pitcher Sophie Howell was named to the second team.

Champion went 31-0 to win the Division III state tile. Smith (16-0) and Howell (15-0) shared pitching responsibilities. Turner will play for Kent State University next season.

Blaney Memorial scheduled Saturday


The 10th annual “Lou Blaney Memorial” will feature Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars on Saturday at Sharon Speedway.

The Mod Tour for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds also will race.

Activities to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association will begin after the gates open at 3 p.m. leading up to warm-ups at 6:30.

Fans are encouraged to wear Lou Blaney or Lou Blaney Memorial t-shirts. A $1,000 prize will be awarded.

Pit passes will go on sale Saturday at 3 p.m. A drivers meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. with Sprint engine starts at 6:15, warm-ups at 6:30 with qualifying and racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $25 for those 14 and over. Advanced and reserved tickets are on sale through Friday at midnight by visiting

Minnesota’s Quintero nets hat trick in win


Darwin Quintero scored three times for the first hat trick in Minnesota United FC history in Wednesday’s 4-3 victory over Toronto FC.

Minnesota United (6-1-10) snapped a three-game losing streak that included a 1-0 loss to FC Dallas on Friday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Quintero got his first goal eight minutes into the match, splitting two defenders and firing into upper left corner for a 1-0 lead.

His second goal, in the 52nd minute, was just off the fingertips of Toronto FC keeper Clint Irwin and his third came just five minutes later, bending in a shot from the left side.

Miguel Ibarra also scored for United in the 13th minute.

Justin Morrow, Sebastian Giovinco and Jordan Hamilton had Toronto FC’s goals. Hamilton got the Reds (4-3-10) within one with just a minute left in stoppage time.

Holloway drops UFC title defense


UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway’s representatives say he is dropping out of his title defense against Brian Ortega at UFC 226 this weekend due to apparent concussion symptoms.

Holloway’s management team announced the decision in a statement issued Wednesday night, three days before the bout.

The UFC didn’t immediately confirm any changes to the penultimate bout on its biggest show of the summer.

The statement from Holloway’s camp indicates the champion stayed overnight in an emergency room Monday before he had even started his weight cut for the bout. Holloway was taken to an emergency room again Wednesday after awakening groggily from a nap following an open workout for fans at the MGM Grand.

Holloway (19-3) has been pulled from three prospective bouts this year due to health problems.

Staff/wire report

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