JURY GIVES INJURED RED SOX FAN $4.3 MILLION: A Boston Red Sox fan who was harassed and stabbed through the neck by a New York Yankees fan at a restaurant in 2010 has been awarded $4.3 million by a jury.
The jury in New Haven reached the verdict Thursday in favor of Monte Freire and against the restaurant, U.S.S. Chowder Pot III, in Branford, attorneys for both sides said. Bartenders ignored warnings that the Yankees fan was harassing fellow patrons and trying to start a fight and continued to serve him alcohol, said attorney Timothy Pothin, representing Freire.
Freire, 45, suffered life-altering injuries, including a brain injury, a stroke, impaired speech and vision and severe scarring, Pothin said.
The Yankees fan, John Mayor, was convicted of assault and is serving a 10-year prison sentence.
LOCAL NOT TAKEN IN DRAFT: Ohio guard D.J. Cooper, a Seton Academy grad and Times 2009 Illinois player of the year was not drafted.
Cooper, the 2013 Mid-American Conference player of the year, is the only player in NCAA Division I history to have at least 2,000 points, 900 assists, 600 rebounds and 300 steals in a career.
THOMAS JOINS KANKAKEE STAFF: Former Seton Academy boys basketball coach Brandon Thomas has joined the Kankakee Community College men's basketball program as an assistant coach.
CHESTERTON GRAD TIES FOR THIRD AT INDIANA OPEN: Chesterton graduate Kelly Grassel finished in a two-way tie for third at the Pepsi Indiana Women's Open at Purgatory Golf Club.
Grassel shot a two-day 147, 10 strokes off the winner Kristi Cardwell of Kokomo.
Munster's Kamryn Klawitter tied for 27th (158) in the two-day event that finished Thursday.
CASTRO OPENS WITH AT&T LEAD: Roberto Castro took the first-round lead in the AT&T National at Congressional, shooting a 5-under 66 on the difficult course that has hosted three U.S. Opens.
Winless on the PGA Tour, Castro made three straight birdies late in his round with a 20-foot putt, a perfect 3-wood into a par 5 and a chip-in.
Defending champion Tiger Woods wasn't around, unable to play because of a sore left elbow that will keep him out of competition until the British Open next month.
FIVE-UNDER LEADS SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP: John Huston shot a 5-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Senior Players Championship, the third of the Champions Tour's five majors.
Fred Couples, Duffy Waldorf, Fred Funk and Russ Cochran were a stroke back. Colin Montgomerie had a 69 in his Champions Tour debut. The start of play was delayed nearly five hours because of heavy rain.
CRUSADERS SOCCER STAR EARNS LEAGUE HONOR: Valparaiso University men’s soccer standout Kyle Zobeck has been named the male recipient of the Horizon League’s 2012-2013 Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor, the league office announced Thursday, June 27.
The Horizon League’s highest individual honor, the Coleman Award is presented annually to the league’s top male and female student-athletes who best exemplify the dignity and high purpose of the League and its membership. The individuals demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. Candidates must be seniors who have exhausted their eligibility and were participants on the varsity level in a league-sponsored sport. In addition, nominees must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.
SPAIN BEATS ITALY ON PENALTY KICKS TO REACH CONFED FINAL: The Confederations Cup has got the final nearly everyone wanted.
The World Cup holder against the five-time world champion. The two-time European winners against the tournament host. Spain's passing wizards vs. Brazil's new star, Neymar.
Spain came through an exhausting scoreless 120 minutes and then a penalty-kick shootout 7-6 over Italy in the semifinal Thursday and will face Brazil in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium on Sunday to cap the World Cup warm-up tournament.
Jesus Navas scored the decisive penalty kick after a draining match made more difficult by heat and thick humidity.
HIGH SCHOOL OFFICIAL TRAINING SESSIONS START JULY 8: The Lake County Athletic Officials Association will hold training classes for interested high school volleyball referees beginning July 8.
Sessions take place at Diggz Volleyball Center, 4590 W. 61st Ave., in Hobart. For details, call Steve Kline at (219) 730-1663, or email email@example.com.
Around the horn
Purdue Calumet men's basketball coach Dan Voudrie is the guest on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230).