Sports Digest: RailCats rout Canaries

2013-07-21T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:41:16Z Sports Digest: RailCats rout Canaries
July 21, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

RAILCATS ROUT CANARIES: Ari Ronick allowed just one run on three hits to help the RailCats to a 9-1 win over the Sioux Falls Canaries on Sunday.

The RailCats scored six runs off Sioux Falls starter Adam Champion and held a 6-1 lead after three innings.

Mike Massaro paced the RailCats' offense, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored.


College baseball

OILMEN SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER WITH ZEPHYRS: Joe Cochran pitched a complete game, allowing six hits with seven strikeouts as the Northwest Indiana Oilmen recorded a 6-1 win over the Chicago Zephyrs in the first game of a Sunday doubleheader.

Nick Bartolone continued his strong season, breaking the Midwest Collegiate League's single-season RBI mark (32) by knocking in two runs, giving the cleanup hitter 33 RBIs on the season.

In the second game, Munster grad Jim Hinkleman carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but the Oilmen fell 1-0.


College football

MISSOURI VALLEY LAMENTS LOSS OF BIG TEN OPPONENTS: The commissioner of the Missouri Valley Football Conference — which includes two schools from South Dakota and one from North Dakota — says her league would be hurt the most if the Big Ten Conference stops scheduling smaller Division I colleges.

The Big Ten says it is unlikely to schedule Football Championship Subdivision teams now that Rutgers and Maryland are joining the league and a playoff system is being planned in the upper tier of Division I.

Missouri Valley commissioner Patty Viverito tells the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that her league has close ties to the Big Ten, mainly because teams from the conferences are located in the same area.

Viverito says there's always a lot of interest in games between Missouri Valley and Big Ten teams.

FLORIDA'S MORRISON ARRESTED AND SUSPENDED: Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison has been suspended for at least the first two games of the regular season after being arrested for the second time in five weeks.

Morrison was arrested early Sunday for barking at a police dog and resisting arrest. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Later Sunday, Gators coach Will Muschamp announced that Morrison would be held out of the opener against Toledo (Aug. 31) and the road game the next week against Miami.

"I'm extremely disappointed in Antonio Morrison's decision making," Muschamp said in a statement.

Morrison played in 13 games, with three starts as a freshman, and is expected to have a bigger role this season

The sophomore from Bolingbrook, Ill., also was arrested June 16 for allegedly punching a bouncer. He received deferred prosecution on the simple battery charged, a deal in which he was ordered to stay out of trouble for six months.


Pro soccer

US DEFEATS EL SALVADOR 5-1 IN GOLD CUP QUARTERS: The passes were sharp, the defense sound and the goals plentiful.

The United States couldn't have played much better, and the timing could not have been more perfect.

Clarence Goodson and Joe Corona scored during an eight-minute span of the first half, and the U.S. cruised past El Salvador 5-1 Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan and Mix Diskerud added second-half goals for the Americans, who will play Honduras in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday night.

Honduras beat Costa Rica 1-0 on Sunday night as part of a doubleheader before a sellout crowd at the home stadium of the Baltimore Ravens.

Assists aren't an official statistic in the Gold Cup, but Donovan set up three scores in a dazzling performance.


Pro golf

49-YEAR-OLD AUSTIN WINS SANDERSON FARMS PLAYOFF: Woody Austin's spent the past few years living the life of a golf nomad, not knowing when his next opportunity to play on the PGA Tour would come.

Those days are over for a while.

The 49-year-old Austin won the Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory since 2007, beating Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays with an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.

"It's been a long road and a long time," Austin said. "Now I've got a job again."

Austin is the eighth-oldest winner in PGA Tour history and the oldest since Fred Funk won at 50 in 2007. The victory gave him a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour and a spot in the PGA Championship — not to mention a $540,000 paycheck.

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