Sports Digest: Indiana pitcher a mountain on the mound at College World Series

2013-06-19T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:51:15Z Sports Digest: Indiana pitcher a mountain on the mound at College World Series nwitimes.com
June 19, 2013 9:15 pm

College baseball

SLEGERS A MOUNTAIN ON THE MOUND: Indiana starting pitcher Aaron Slegers, at 6-foot-10, is the tallest man to take the mound in the College World Series since the 6-9 Kyle Bakker pitched for Georgia Tech in the 2002 CWS in his hometown.

Longtime observers couldn't remember anyone taller than Slegers, the Minnesota Twins' fifth-round draft pick, ever competing in the CWS.

Slegers isn't the tallest pitcher in college baseball this season. That distinction goes to Frank Szczepanik, a 7-2 relief pitcher for Division II Barry College.

 

Pro football

POLICE AT PATRIOTS TIGHT ENDS'S HOME FOR 2ND DAY: State police returned to the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday, two days after a body was found about a mile away.

Two troopers knocked on the door of Hernandez's sprawling house in an upscale subdivision Wednesday morning, but no one answered. The night before, police spent hours there as another group of officers searched an industrial park where the body was found Monday. No more details about the body have been released.

Sports Illustrated, citing an unidentified source, reported that Hernandez was not believed to be a suspect in what was being treated as a possible homicide. The magazine said police had spoken with Hernandez.

State police referred questions to Bristol District Attorney Sam Sutter's office, which declined to comment.

Sports Illustrated reported that the link between Hernandez and the case was a rented Chevrolet Suburban with Rhode Island plates that police had been searching for. The Associated Press could not independently confirm the report.

Later Wednesday, at least seven state troopers searched both sides of a road just off the street where Hernandez lives. The officers used thin poles to pull back plants and search through undergrowth along the road.

 

Local golf

VALPARAISO'S JACOBS A SHOT OFF INDIANA AMATEUR LEAD: Recent Valparaiso High grad and Bradley recruit Bobby Jacobs carded a field-low 67 and is in second place at the Indiana Amateur Championship at South Bend Country Club. Jacobs is at 212, a stroke behind leader Adam Schenk. Rich Butler (Michigan City) and Nick Grubnich (Crown Point) are tied for 25th at 222; Kyle Grassel (Chesterton) is tied for 31st at 223 and Dave Vlasic (Valparaiso) is tied for 34th at 224. Final round is today.

 

Pro hockey

RED WINGS PLAN NEW HOME IN DETROIT SPORTS DISTRICT: The Detroit Red Wings and city officials on Wednesday announced a $650 million plan for a new arena development for the NHL team in Detroit's downtown entertainment and sports district.

Plans for an 18,000-seat arena were announced by the team's owners and local economic development officials. Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has long said he wanted a replacement for the 32-year-old Joe Louis Arena.

The new proposal — essentially a framework of financing and development plans — still needs to be approved by the City Council and a handful of state and local agencies, but it's seen as an important first step. The Red Wings said there will be $367 million in private investment and $283 million in public funds in the complex, which would also include residential, retail and office space.

Developers said the public money would come from existing economic development funds and requires no new taxes or funds from the cash-strapped city. Detroit, the largest city in the country under state financial oversight, is struggling with a long-term debt that emergency financial manager Kevyn Orr believes is more than $17 billion.

 

Soccer

ITALY SWEATS OUT 4-3 WIN AGAINST JAPAN AT CONFED CUP: On a hot and humid tropical evening, Italy sweated out a 4-3 victory over Japan.

And by their own account, the Azzurri were fortunate to come out on top.

Italy rallied from a two-goal deficit Wednesday to overcome a passionate Japan squad coached by one of their countryman and reach the Confederations Cup semifinals.

First-half substitute Sebastian Giovinco scored the winner in the 86th minute of a wild match at the Arena Pernambuco, pounding home a cross from Claudio Marchisio.

After a dismal start for the Azzurri that saw Japan score twice in the opening 33 minutes, Daniele De Rossi pulled one back with a header in the 41st, Japan defender Atsuto Uchida scored an own-goal in the 50th and Mario Balotelli converted a penalty in the 52nd to give Italy a 3-2 lead.

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