SPORTS DIGEST || Mount Union defeats Eastern Gateway in 10
Mount Union defeats Eastern Gateway in 10
Chad Szydlowski scored the winning run on a throwing error in the bottom of the 10th inning as Mount Union defeated Eastern Gateway 9-8 Wednesday at 23rd Street Field.
The Purple Raiders improved to 20-15.
Kevin Sierra Tirado led the Gators (10-16) at the plate, going 3 for 5 with a solo home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Ryan Luciano also had three hits and scored twice while Doug Painter added two hits for EGCC.
The Gators used six pitchers with Luciano taking the loss in relief.
EGCC returns to action at 11 a.m. today when they host Sinclair Community College of Dayton in a doubleheader at Eastwood Field.
Browns trade Telfer to Chiefs for Nicolas
The Cleveland Browns traded tight end Randall Telfer to the Kansas City Chiefs for defensive end Dadi Nicolas.
A sixth-round pick in 2015, Telfer is the sixth veteran dealt by new Browns general manager John Dorsey, who continues to remold a team that has just one victory over the past two seasons.
Telfer started 19 games for Cleveland and was used primarily as a blocker. He caught five passes for 40 yards. After he was selected in 2015, Telfer sat out his rookie season while recovering from a foot injury.
Nicolas has history with Dorsey, who was Kansas City’s GM from 2013-16. He selected the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Nicolas in the 2016 sixth round.
The 25-year-old Nicolas appeared in 11 games as a rookie, but injured his knee in the regular-season finale and sat out 2017.
Steelers place Shazier on injured reserve
The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed linebacker Ryan Shazier on injured reserve for the 2018 season to give him more time to recover from spinal stabilization surgery.
The team made the move on Wednesday, which will open up a roster spot for the AFC North champions as they begin organized team activities later this month.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert ruled Shazier out for 2018 earlier this year. Shazier, injured in a game at Cincinnati last December, walked publicly for the first time in nearly five months when he strode onto the stage to announce Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in last week’s NFL draft.
Suns hire NBA’s first foreign head coach
The Phoenix Suns have hired Utah Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov as their new head coach.
The 46-year-old Serbian becomes the first NBA head coach born outside the United States. He served as a Suns assistant from 2008 to 2013, a stretch that included Phoenix’s 2010 run to the Western Conference finals.
Kokoskov inherits an exceedingly young team that compiled a 21-61 record, worst in the NBA and second-worst in franchise history.
He succeeds interim coach Jay Triano, who took over after Earl Watson was fired three games into the season.
NHL heads back to China for exhibition
The NHL is going back to China for two exhibition games this fall between the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames.
The league announced Wednesday the Bruins and Flames will face off Sept. 15 in Shenzhen in southeast China and then again Sept. 19 in Beijing. The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks played preseason games in Shanghai and Beijing last September, the NHL’s first foray there.
The league is working with local authorities to develop grassroots hockey programs as the government of the country with a population of 1.3 billion aims to have 300 million participants in winter sports by 2022.