Sports Digest: Most of HR Derby participants named

2013-07-08T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:43:14Z Sports Digest: Most of HR Derby participants named nwitimes.com
July 08, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

MOST OF HR DERBY PARTICIPANTS CHOSEN: League leaders Chris Davis of Baltimore and Carlos Gonzalez of Colorado headline the list of hitters chosen to participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby.

American League captains Robinson Cano also picked Detroit's Prince Fielder before announcing he is undecided on his final selection. National League captain David Wright also named Washington's Bryce Harper and Colorado's Michael Cuddyer.

The contest will be held July 15 at New York's Citi Field.

 

Pro football

EA SPORTS PULLS HERNANDEZ FROM GAMES: EA Sports, the maker of the popular video games "Madden NFL 25" and "NCAA Football 14," has opted to remove former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez from each game.

Hernandez is currently in jail in relation to six charges, including a charge for the murder of Odin Lloyd, and was released by the Patriots shortly after his arrest. NFL teams were notified that no contract for Hernandez would be approved prior to the resolution of his charges, as the NFL would need to further investigate possible league punishment for his actions.

An image of Hernandez on a card appears in "NCAA Football 14" as a Nike Skills Trainer reward for an achievement, but the company spokesperson added that the image will soon be removed.

 

Pro basketball

LAKERS TO SIGN KAMAN: It's not Dwight Howard, but the Los Angeles Lakers will be signing a center for next season.

Chris Kaman, a 7-foot free agent pivot man who spent the first eight years of his career with the Clippers, is reportedly planning to accept a one-year deal to play with Los Angeles' other team.

Terms were not disclosed, but the deal is believed to worth the Lakers' mini mid-level exception amount of just under $3.2 million.

 

College football

CLOWNEY NAMED TO WATCH LISTS: South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been named to the watch lists for the Maxwell and Bednarik awards.

The Maxwell Award is given to college football's best player while the Bednarik Award goes to the game's top defensive player. Clowney is a 6-foot-6, 274-pound junior who was a unanimous All-American selection last season. He was also the Southeastern Conference's defensive player of the year and finished sixth in voting for the Heisman Trophy.

Clowney was a finalist for the Bednarik Award last year, finishing behind Notre Dame linebacker Manti T'eo.

Semifinalists for this year's awards will be announced Oct. 29 and the winners will be named Dec. 12.

 

Soccer

BRAZILIAN POLICE DETAIN SUSPECT IN SLAYING: Police in rural Brazil have detained one man and were seeking two others in the slaying of a soccer referee who was killed, dismembered and decapitated by spectators after he stabbed a player to death mid-match.

Officer Valter Costa, who was heading the investigation into the June 30 slayings, said police have detained Luis Moraes Souza, 27, who is suspected of pummeling the referee over the head and smashing a bottle of cachaca sugarcane rum onto his face. Souza's brother, Francisco, is among the two still being sought, Costa said.

The slayings began after the 20-year-old referee, Otavio Jordao da Silva, expelled player Josemir Santos Abreu, 31, from an amateur match in the small town of Centro do Meio, in the northern state of Maranhao. Angered by the expulsion, Abreu threw Silva to the ground. As he rose, Silva pulled a knife and stabbed Abreu in the chest, Costa said, and the player died on the way to the hospital.

 

Boys basketball

WIDEMAN CHOSEN FOR INDIANA TEAM: Lake Central senior Tyler Wideman will play in the National High School Basketball Coaches Association 'Rising Senior' Event Monday through July 16 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. Squads representing Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio and Wisconsin will participate in the event, which includes five rounds of games, a skills competition and off-court sessions. Admission is $10 for a one-day pass or $15 for a two-day pass. The on-court action begins at 9 a.m. Monday with the skills competitions. The first round of games follows at 10 a.m.

 

Around the horn

Tickets for the Comcast Bears Family Fest are on sale through Ticketmaster. The event will start at 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at Soldier Field. Tickets are $8 to $12. For details, call (800) 745-3000, or go to www.ticketmaster.com.

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