Sports Digest: Mitchell leads RailCats to win

2013-07-06T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:43:13Z Sports Digest: Mitchell leads RailCats to win nwitimes.com
July 06, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

MITCHELL LEADS RAILCATS TO WIN: Zac Mitchell went 3-for-4 with five RBIs as the RailCats defeated host Winnipeg 11-6 on Saturday night.

The Railcats (28-19) broke open a 6-5 game in the eighth inning with five runs. Mitchell’s two-run single was part of the outburst.

RailCats starter Billy Spottiswood picked up his second win, allowing five runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

The RailCats continue their series with Winnipeg at 1:30 p.m. today. The radio broadcast will begin at 1:20 on The Lakeshore-FM (89.1).

 

Pro basketball

CATCHINGS LEADS FEVER PAST SUN: Tamika Catchings had 22 points and six steals to help the Fever beat the Connecticut Sun 78-66 on Saturday night.

Briann January had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Shavonte Zellous also scored 14 points for the injury-plagued Fever. The defending WNBA champions won their third consecutive game after dropping seven of eight to start the season.

 

Pro football

MEYER SAYS HERNANDEZ MURDER CHARGE NOT FLORIDA RELATED: Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said it is "wrong and irresponsible" to connect him or his former Florida staff to the murder charge facing Aaron Hernandez.

In texts to The Columbus Dispatch and The Gainesville Sun on Saturday, Meyer said there was no cover-up of drug tests during Hernandez's time at Florida. Meyer coached Florida from 2005 to 2010.

These were Meyer's first comments about Hernandez after he declined to comment earlier this week.

The coach said in the texts he "received an email from a friend where there is an accusation of multiple failed drug tests covered up" by the university or the coaching staff. Meyer said that is "absolutely not true" and Hernandez was "held to the same drug testing policy as every other player."

Hernandez played three years under Meyer at Florida. The former New England Patriot is charged in the shooting death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. He has pleaded not guilty.

"Prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim," Meyer texted. "Relating or blaming these serious charges to the University of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible."

During Meyer's time with the Gators, Florida had at least 31 arrests involving 25 players. Many involved alcohol possession and disorderly conduct, but a dozen involved initial charges of felonies or violent misdemeanors.

Hernandez was never arrested during his three seasons with the Gators. He was, however, suspended for the 2008 season opener and later acknowledged the suspension was punishment for testing positive for marijuana.

In other Hernandez developments Saturday, hundreds of Patriots fans traded in their No. 81 Hernandez jerseys. The team is allowing fans to swap jerseys with the tight end's number for a different one this weekend.

 

Auto racing

JOHNSON SWEEPS AT DAYTONA: Jimmie Johnson is the first driver in 31 years to sweep Daytona International Speedway.

The Daytona 500 winner became the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982, and the fifth overall, to win both races in a season at Daytona.

The five-time NASCAR champion was the leader on the restart for a two-lap sprint to the finish in overtime Saturday night. He held off Kevin Harvick on the restart, and then pulled out front to a sizeable lead. Tony Stewart moved into second and may have been timing his attempt to make a pass for the lead when a caution in the middle of the pack froze the field.

Stewart was second, followed by Kevin Harvick in a Chevrolet sweep.

Clint Bowyer was fourth in a Toyota.

 

Youth basketball

MARVIN REA BASKETBALL CAMP SLATED: The Marvin Rea Youth Basketball Camp will run Monday through Thursday, July 15 to 18 and July 22 to 25 at Bowman Academy, 3401 W. Fifth Ave. in Gary.

On each day of the camp, the first session will be for students aged 6 through 12 and will run from 10 a.m. to noon. The second session, for students aged 13 to 17, will run from noon through 2 p.m. The cost of the camp is $60. Players can register at the door.

 

Prep volleyball

HIGH SCHOOL OFFICIAL TRAINING SESSIONS START MONDAY: The Lake County Athletic Officials Association will hold training classes for interested high school volleyball referees beginning Monday at Diggz Volleyball Center, 4590 W. 61st Ave., in Hobart. For details, call Steve Kline at (219) 730-1663, or email vbhoss21@sbcglobal.net.

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