Canfield wins Little League District title


Canfield wins Little League District title

BOARDMAN

Canfield’s 8-10 team defeated Poland, 6-2, on Thursday at Fields of Dreams. Canfield advances to the State of Ohio 8-10 Year-Old Tournament in Jefferson. Canfield plays their first state game on July 27. Boardman’s 9U team defeated Poland, 5-4. The teams will play each other again today at 6 p.m.

Scrappers rained out

BROOKLYN

Thursday night’s Mahoning Valley Scrappers game against the Brooklyn Cyclones was postponed due to inclement weather. The two teams will play a doubleheader today with the first game starting at 5 p.m.

At Eastwood Field on the same day, the ballpark is hosting Free Movie Night. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will play at 8 p.m. with the gates opening at 7 p.m. Admission is free and food and drinks are for sale.

Thunder trade Westbrook to Rockets

LAS VEGAS

A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, a shake up of top point guards and a move that reunites Westbrook with James Harden.

The Thunder also are getting first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, plus the right to swap first-rounders in two other seasons, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the trade has not been announced.

ESPN first reported the agreement.

It is part of a massive shake up by Oklahoma City, which traded Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers and now sends Westbrook — its franchise player — to another West rival while adding to an enormous stockpiling of draft picks. The Thunder got five first-rounders in the trade with the Clippers for George.

Former Jets coach Michaels dead at 89

NEW YORK

Walt Michaels, the former New York Jets coach who retired following the 1982 season after leading the team to the AFC title game, has died. He was 89.

The Jets said Thursday that Michaels died Wednesday. The team did not immediately provide a cause or location. The New York Times said Michaels died at a nursing home in Plains, Pennsylvania.

The former Cleveland Browns linebacker was the defensive coordinator of the Jets’ Super Bowl-winning team in the 1968 season. He was head coach from 1977-82, going 39-47-1 and making the playoffs in the 1981-82 seasons. The Jets reached the AFC title game after the 1982 season before losing to the Miami Dolphins in a rain-soaked Orange Bowl.

Rose Bowl debuts Chastain statue

PASADENA, Calif.

A statue capturing Brandi Chastain’s iconic reaction to scoring the U.S. team’s winning goal in the 1999 Women’s World Cup has been unveiled outside the Rose Bowl.

Chastain was on hand for the unveiling Wednesday, the 20th anniversary of the historic win which coincided with celebrations in New York for this year’s World Cup champion team.

This year’s the team sealed its second consecutive tournament win by beating the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday.

The statue shows Chastain at the moment she dropped to her knees in exultation, clutching the jersey she pulled off after cinching the win over China on a penalty kick in the game played at the Rose Bowl.

Ortiz recovering from third surgery

BOSTON

Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is recovering from a third surgery after experiencing complications resulting from his gunshot wound.

Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, says in a statement Thursday that he is “recovering well and in good spirits.” He had the surgery earlier this week at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Ortiz was shot in the back at a bar in the Dominican Republic last month.

Staff/wire report

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