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Sharon Speedway racing washed out

Hartford

Morning and early afternoon rain showers coupled with the forecast of rain later on forced the cancellation of Saturday racing at Sharon Speedway.

The rainout marks the fourth in the past five weeks, the sixth in eight scheduled race events and eighth overall in 10 nights since April.

Saturday racing will include the “Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals” featuring the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series, a $10,000 to-win event presented by Blue Ox Timber.

Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will return on June 19 for Ohio Speedweek and will be joined by the HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.

Summitt’s influence presides over HOF rites

KNOXVILLE, TENN.

The spirit of former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt hovered over a Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony that included her longtime assistant coach and one of her greatest players.

Former Lady Vols star Chamique Holdsclaw and former Tennessee assistant Mickie DeMoss both referenced Summitt in their induction speeches. Summitt died in June 2016 at the age of 64, five years after announcing she had early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.

Holdsclaw noted how Summitt told her players how her job was to raise strong independent women who would know how to fend for themselves after college.

Holdsclaw and DeMoss were inducted along with former Colorado coach Ceal Barry, former New Jersey high school and college coach Rose Marie Battaglia, Connecticut assistant coach Chris Dailey and former players Katie Smith and Tina Thompson.

DeMoss was an assistant on six of Summitt’s eight national championship teams, while Holdsclaw is the Southeastern Conference’s career scoring leader and Tennessee’s career rebounding leader. Tennessee won three straight titles from 1996-98 when Holdsclaw played for the Lady Vols while DeMoss was an assistant on Summitt’s staff.

Hamilton captures preseason victory

MONTREAL

Johnny Manziel was 12 of 20 for 88 yards and a touchdown and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats scored 30 straight points to beat the Montreal Alouettes 30-15 on Saturday in the final preseason game for both teams.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M also ran for 19 yards, and is set to back up starter Jeremiah Masoli — rested against Montreal — next Saturday at Calgary in the regular-season opener. Manziel is making a comeback in Canadian Football League after being released by the Cleveland Browns in March 2016.

“By no means is it perfect, or close to perfect, but there are some flashes, things I know and feel comfortable with,” Manziel said. “There are things that I should hit on the field that I missed today. That’s just part of trying to get better and get back in a feel of playing ball every day, week in and week out. Any time I’m getting in and getting reps, and getting a chance to take live reps like today, that’s a positive day.”

Garcia-Easter set to fight July 28

LOS ANGELES

Lightweight champions Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter Jr. will meet in a title unification bout July 28 at Staples Center.

The unbeaten champs announced their upcoming fight Saturday before Leo Santa Cruz’s rematch with Abner Mares in downtown Los Angeles.

Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) grew up in nearby Oxnard, but he hasn’t fought in California since 2011. He is moving back down to 135 pounds after defeating light welterweight Sergey Lipinets in March to win a belt in his fourth weight class.

“I wanted to get a fight here at home, and it happens to be the biggest fight of my career,” Garcia said. “Right now at lightweight, there’s no bigger challenge than Robert Easter.”

Staff/wire report

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