D'BACKS TO HONOR VICTIMS OF YARNELL WILDFIRE: The Arizona Diamondbacks are going to wear a patch on their uniforms for the rest of the season honoring the 19 firefighters who died in the wildfire about 80 miles from Phoenix.
The firefighters died Sunday night in Yarnell.
During the four-game series against the New York Mets that began Monday night, the Diamondbacks will wear black bands on the right arm of their jerseys to pay tribute to the fallen firefighters who were from a crew in Prescott, Ariz.
Both teams will hang a jersey in their dugouts bearing the name "Yarnell" and the No. 19. Those jerseys were shown on the scoreboard at Citi Field during a moment of silence before the national anthem. There was a moment of silence at ballparks across the majors.
WIN MONEY AT U.S. STEEL YARD IN JULY: Fans will have the chance to win $10,000 for hitting a home run at U.S. Steel Yard in the month of July.
Here’s how it works: For every home game in the month of July, fans 18 and older at U. S. Steel Yard can sign up at fan information before the middle of the fourth inning. One fan will be chosen at random to take three swings to hit a home run. If the ball clears the wall at U. S. Steel Yard, they’ll win $10,000.
The RailCats host Fargo-Moorhead from July 11-14 and Sioux City from July 22-25.
For more information on July JACK-pot, call (219) 882-2255. To purchase tickets for all RailCats games visit RailCatsBaseball.com.
15 IS ENOUGH FOR THE ACC FOR NOW: The Atlantic Coast Conference is now a 15-team league — and it might just stay that way for a while.
After Commissioner John Swofford welcomed Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame to the ACC at a news conference at the NASDAQ stock exchange in Manhattan, he said that further expansion isn't on the agenda.
"It's not a topic of conversation for us right now," he said. "I would not anticipate it being in the future, but we'll see. I don't predict the future much anymore, I've learned better. But it's not something that's on the table for discussion in our league right now."
Swofford was joined at the news conference by Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher, Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim and former Pittsburgh great and now Arizona Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The group then took part in a closing bell ceremony at the stock market.
Men's cross country
CRUSADERS RELEASE 2013 SCHEDULE: Valparaiso cross country head coach Mike Straubel announced today the Crusaders’ schedule for the upcoming 2013 season.
The Crusader Open will be contested for the 25th time and for the 20th straight year it will serve as Valpo’s season-opening meet. Action at Sunset Hills Farm on Sept. 6 begins at 5 p.m. with the women’s race, set for five kilometers, while the men’s 6K will follow at 5:45 p.m.
The Crusaders will aim to be peaking for the 2013 Horizon League Championships, scheduled for Nov. 2 in Youngstown, Ohio. The NCAA Great Lakes Regional is slated to be run Nov. 15 in Madison, Wis.
NASCAR DRIVERS LIKE RESULTS AT INDIANAPOLIS TEST: Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya like what they've seen from the new Cup cars at Indianapolis.
On Monday, the two former Indianapolis winners joined a growing list of test participants who have raved about everything from handling to quicker speeds to tire wear on the 2.5-mile oval that has often caused so much consternation for NASCAR drivers.
"Our car has been quick at a lot of tracks where it has not been really fast in the past, and the testing has been pretty good today," said McMurray, who won the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in 2010. "It's our first time here with this car and it seems like some of the setup stuff is a little different from what we've been doing here the last couple of years."
McMurray and Montoya are part of a small contingent — five cars from the Cup Series and four from the Nationwide Series — that is testing at Indy through Tuesday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.