ARKANSAS TEAM HEADS TO HAMMOND: Tuesday night in Hamburg, Ark., the 12-year-old All-Stars from El Dorado, Ark., punched a ticket to Hammond with a 4-1 victory over in-state rival Siloam Springs. It marks the second straight year El Dorado will send a team to the 12-year-old Major World Series.
Jacob Boshears pitched a one-hitter for Tuesday’s victory, and Derek Jobe hit a three-run homer in the first inning.
El Dorado, the Southwest Regional champ, will play in the first World Series game at Hammond Optimist at 1 p.m. Aug. 9 against the winner of Friday’s Pacific Southwest Regional championship in Surprise, Ariz.
Those teams both will compete in the same five-team division as Crown Point.
SKY'S DELLE DONNE SUFFERS CONCUSSION: Top All-Star vote-getter Elena Delle Donne suffered a concussion in the Sky's 82-78 loss Wednesday to the Washington Mystics and is questionable for the All-Star game.
All-Star Ivory Latta had 18 points and 13 assists as the Washington Mystics rallied from a 21-point deficit over the Eastern Conference-leading Sky. Delle Donne sustained the concussion with 1:10 remaining in the third quarter and did not return.
Mystics coach Mike Thibault said Delle Donne's head hit the knee of Mystics' forward Kia Vaughn while going for a loose ball.
"She's not nauseous now," said Sky coach Pokey Chatman, who confirmed the concussion after the Mystics' team doctor examined Delle Donne. "She's groggy, headache...moving gingerly. Hopefully she'll be OK."
HAWKS AGREE TO ONE-YEAR DEAL WITH WINCHESTER: The Blackhawks have agreed to a one-year contract with forward Brad Winchester.
Winchester has 37 goals and 31 assists over 390 NHL games with Edmonton, Dallas, St. Louis, Anaheim and San Jose. He had nine goals and 18 assists last season with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, a Nashville Predators affiliate.
The Blackhawks announced the move Wednesday.
HAWKS TRAINING CAMP FESTIVAL TICKETS ON SALE: Tickets for the Blackhawks Training Camp Festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
Fans can purchase tickets for $5 on chicagoblackhawks.com, by calling (800) 745-3000 or by going to any Ticketmaster location.
The Blackhawks Training Camp Festival will be held at the United Center on Sept. 16.
SELIG PROUD OF BASEBALL'S ANTI-DRUG EFFORT: Commissioner Bud Selig defended baseball's fight against performance-enhancing drugs on Wednesday, declining to discuss the recent suspension of Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun or whether other stars will also face penalties.
Braun was suspended for the rest of the season Monday, a total of 65 games, for violating baseball's anti-drug policy. He is the first player to be punished as part of an investigation of the now-closed Biogenesis Clinic, which is believed to have provided performance-enhancing drugs to as many as 20 other players; a list that is believed to include injured New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
Selig said he could not discuss the ongoing investigation.
"Any comment from me is inappropriate, "Selig said. "People have been thorough. I said last week the process would be comprehensive, thorough, fair and we have spent thousands of hours doing these things. I appreciate all the players who have been complimentary of the process. We're doing this in a very a disciplined, thorough, fair and sensitive matter."
Selig said he was proud of baseball's drug testing program. Since the program was first implemented in 2004, 32 major league players have been suspended for using banned substances. Three were suspended a second time.
C.P.'S CURTIS TIES FOR 31ST AT PGA JUNIOR EVENT: Tiffany Curtis (Crown Point) tied for 31st in the PGA Junior Series at Purdue, finishing with a three-round total of 252. Jennifer Gough (Valparaiso) tied for 36th with a 255. Jessica Porvasnik of Hinckley, Ohio, won the title with a 217.
FREE NEW RIDER CLINIC SATURDAY: A free new rider clinic takes place Saturday at Imagination Glen BMX Park, 2190 In. 149 in Portage. The clinic takes place before regularly-scheduled racing at 7 p.m.. Registration fees for racing are $10 for class/cruiser and $5 for open/strider. For details, call (219) 406-9833 or visit www.steelwheelsbmx.com.