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Eastern Gateway falls to Sinclair CC

NILES

Malave Bettinger belted two home runs and the Sinclair Community College baseball team scored 10 runs in the seventh inning in a 21-2 win Friday over Eastern Gateway on Friday at Eastwood Field.

Bettinger hit a grand slam, adding a three-run shot while accounting for eight RBIs to pace the Tartan Pride (36-8).

Mark Herron led the Gators (10-17), going 2 for 4 with a run scored.

Josiel Ayala Sierra went four innings and allowed just five hits, striking out three in the loss.

The second game of the doubleheader was cancelled due to rain in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Gators trailing, 10-7.

EGCC returns to action at 11 a.m. today in a doubleheader against Franciscan College in Steubenville.

OHSAA: Snodgrass next executive director

COLUMBUS

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors has named Jerry Snodgrass as the OHSAA’s next Executive Director. Snodgrass will assume leadership duties in September when Dr. Dan Ross steps down after 14 years at the helm. Snodgrass will be the OHSAA’s 10th leader in its 111th year of service to Ohio schools.

A 31-year veteran in education prior to joining the OHSAA in 2008, Snodgrass has served as the administrator for various sports, including soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse and hockey.

Former Ohio Bobcats basketball coach dies

CARY, N.C.

Former Ohio and Western Carolina coach Larry Hunter died on Friday after suffering a stroke earlier in the week..

He was 68 and had stepped down at Western Carolina in March after his team went 13-19.

Hunter, who coached for 25 seasons, won 702 career games, including 397 in Division I during 12 seasons at Ohio. He also was the head coach at Division III Wittenberg from 1976-89.

His only NCAA Tournament appearance as a Division I head coach came in 1994 with the Bobcats and future NBA player Gary Trent. Ohio lost 84-72 to Bob Knight-coached Indiana.

Former NHL player Jeff Parker had CTE

MINNEAPOLIS

Researchers say former NHL player Jeff Parker suffered from a brain disease that has been linked with repeated head injuries in athletes.

The diagnosis comes from Boston University’s CTE Center. Parker is at least the seventh pro hockey player diagnosed with the disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which led to a $1 billion settlement between the NFL and former players.

Parker died of other causes at age 53 last September. The CTE center’s director, Dr. Ann McKee, says Parker suffered from an advanced stage of the disease. His symptoms included memory loss and impulsivity.

Parker played five seasons at Buffalo and Hartford until a head injury ended his career in 1991.

Mets to cut ties with pitcher Matt Harvey

NEW YORK

Matt Harvey, once regarded as a premier pitcher who could join the Mets’ greats, refused a minor league assignment and will be designated for assignment today.

The 29-year-old right-hander lost his spot in the rotation last month after four starts, and he had a 10.50 ERA in four relief appearances.

After Harvey is designated, the Mets have seven days to trade him or release him. Because of Harvey’s $5,625,000 salary, a trade may be difficult to work out unless the Mets agree to send cash as part of a deal.

Harvey is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in four starts and four relief appearances, leaving him with a 34-37 record and 3.66 ERA in six major league seasons.

He started the All-Star Game at Citi Field in 2013 and was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA

Harvey went 13-8 with a 2.27 ERA in 2015 as the Mets reached the World Series for the first time since 2000.

Staff/Wire Reports

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