YSU’s Alex Bellardini receives weekly honors
Senior right-hander Alex Bellardini was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday.
Bellardini, a senior from Elmira, N.Y., scattered five hits over seven shutout innings as the Penguins beat Oakland 5-1 in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday. Bellardini struck out five batters and walked just two on his way to earning his third victory of the season. He set a new career-high with seven innings pitched and his five strikeouts matched his career-best.
Penguins will play five road games in a six-day span this week. YSU will begain a five-game road trip today. The Peguins will travel to Toledo. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.
Phantoms take Morrow with first pick in draft
The Youngstown Phantoms selected defenseman Scott Morrow with the 28th overall pick during Phase I of the 2018 USHL Draft on Monday.
Morrow, from Darien, CT., played for Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sabres 16U Prep in 2017-18. He scored 11 goals and had 21 assists.
The Phantoms gave up their first round pick after using their tenure on forward Ben Schoen on April 17.
Phase II of the draft will began today at 10 a.m.
Van Gundy won’t return to Pistons
Stan Van Gundy will not return to the Detroit Pistons as coach or president of basketball operations.
The Pistons announced Van Gundy’s departure Monday, with owner Tom Gores saying in a statement that the team has not progressed over the past two seasons. Gores said Van Gundy wanted to return for a fifth season with the team.
The Pistons went 39-43 this season, missing the playoffs for the third time in four years under Van Gundy. They’ve made the postseason just once in the past nine years, and even a blockbuster trade for Blake Griffin wasn’t enough to salvage 2017-18.
Doctors: Farquhar done for the year
Chicago White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar has been released from a hospital, and a doctor who treated the 31-year-old right-hander expects he will pitch again but not this season.
The White Sox said in a statement Monday that Farquhar is resting at home with his family after being discharged from Rush University Medical Center.
Farquhar collapsed in the dugout with a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm during a home game against Houston on April 20. He had surgery the following day.
Neurosurgeon Dr. Demetrius Lopes expects Farquhar will be able to pitch again but said he won’t medically release him to throw in a game this season so he can fully recover.
NFLPA files grievance on behalf of Eric Reid
The NFL players’ union has filed a non-injury grievance on behalf of free agent safety Eric Reid.
The NFLPA cites one team appearing “to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player’s statement that he would challenge the implementation of a club’s policy prohibiting demonstration” during the national anthem.
League policy does not prohibit demonstrating during the anthem. Referring to the labor agreement with the league, the union notes that NFL rules supersede any conflicting club rules.
The union also says “at least one club owner has asked pre-employment interview questions about a player’s intent to demonstrate. We believe these questions are improper, given league policy.”
Considered one of the top safeties in the league, Reid played out his contract with San Francisco last season. He has been a strong supporter of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who in 2016 became the first player to kneel during the anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.