South Lexington 12-year-olds win 26-1 to reach quarterfinals
The South Lexington 12-year-old All-Stars scored 26 runs over the first three innings Tuesday and routed Drew County, Ark., to advance to the quarterfinals of the Cal Ripken/Major 60 World Series in Monticello, Ark.
South Lexington scored 11 runs in the first inning, nine runs in the second and six in the third to trigger the mercy rule in the 26-1 victory.
Samuel Tackett hit a two-run homer in the first, James Ballinger hit a three-run shot in the second and Jack Harris crushed a grand slam in the third. Harris went 4-for-4 with three runs and five RBI.
Carson Caudill pitched one shutout inning to get the win.
The opposing starter, Connor Gossman, allowed 16 runs in 11⁄3 innings, needing 63 pitches to record four outs.
In three World Series games — all wins — South Lexington has outscored the opposition 52-3.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Jordan in court for trial over use of name
Michael Jordan was in a federal courtroom Tuesday for the start of a civil trial that will scrutinize the market value of the former basketball star's brand and look at whether a grocery-store chain diluted that value by running a steak-coupon advertisement that invoked his name without permission.
The trial in the city where Jordan won six NBA championships with the Bulls stems from a lawsuit he filed against the now-defunct Dominick's Finer Foods for the 2009 ad in Sports Illustrated that congratulated him on his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Text above a $2 coupon and photograph of a steak read, "Michael Jordan ... You are a cut above."
Jordan, 52, entered through the front doors of the courthouse Tuesday after Judge John Blakey denied his request to use a security tunnel. A relaxed-looking Jordan walked through a metal detector as dozens of reporters and passers-by looked on, pulling an ID from his wallet and showing it to security.
Opening statements were scheduled for Wednesday. Jury selection was completed Tuesday, with lawyers for Dominick's questioning would-be jurors about whether Jordan's stardom would tilt their findings in his favor.
When a dozen prospective panelists were asked to raise their hands if any considered Jordan "an idol or personal hero," none of them did. But the judge later dismissed a man who did say he idolized Jordan. When a lawyer noted the man wasn't wearing Nike-brand Jordan shoes, Blakey said maybe they should scrutinize if he used another product Jordan endorses.
"We should check if he was wearing Hanes (underwear)," the judge joked.
Little League claims team committed fraud
Court documents from Little League International contend Chicago's Jackie Robinson West baseball team was stripped of its national championship because of "fraud and cover-up."
Little League filed documents last week in response to a lawsuit by Jackie Robinson West seeking documentation for why the league took the action.
Court filings indicate maps submitted in September and December by Jackie Robinson West differed from the original boundary map submitted in May when the team began tournament play. Little League contends district administrators met with officials from surrounding leagues "to get them to retroactively agree to boundary changes" so players would not be found ineligible.
BOXINGAli to receive Grawemeyer Spirit Award
Boxing great Muhammad Ali will get some special hometown recognition next month from the University of Louisville.
The school said Tuesday that the three-time world heavyweight champion will be the inaugural recipient of the Grawemeyer Spirit Award. It cited Ali's role in inspiring others and working for positive change in the world.
The university says the 73-year-old Ali and his wife, Lonnie, are scheduled to attend the Sept. 17 ceremony.
The Grawemeyer Awards have been given for 30 years to recognize contributions in music composition, education, religion, psychology and improving world order. This is the first time the spirit award is being given.
Ali retired from boxing in 1981 and has devoted himself to social causes. His public appearances have diminished in recent years as he battles Parkinson's disease.
MEDIAFormer H-L writer Maloney honored by OVC
Mark Maloney, who covered Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com before his recent retirement, was bestowed the Ohio Valley Conference Media Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday.
Also Tuesday, Eastern Illinois radio voice Mike Bradd was named the winner of the OVC's 2014-15 Media Award.
The awards were established in 2010 as a way to recognize media members who provide publicity for the conference, its member institutions and intercollegiate athletics, perform their jobs in a fair, consistent and accurate manner, provide all-around coverage for a variety of sports and demonstrate the ability to go above and beyond their normal beat or job description.
UK SPORTSWomen's swimming and diving finishes 5th
The University of Kentucky women's swimming and diving team finished fifth among 69 college and club teams at the Phillips 66 National Championships in San Antonio, Texas, this week.
The fifth-place finish was the highest ever for UK, which set 10 long-course school records during the meet.
The event serves as the USA National Team selection for several international events, including the 2015 Pan Pacific Championships, 2016 World Championships and the 2016 World University Games.
Danielle Galyer scored 17 of UK's 117 total points by finishing second in the 200-meter backstroke. Tina Bechtel earned 16 points with her third-place finish in the 100 butterfly.
The last word
New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, who was hit in the back of the head by a ball thrown from the Yankee Stadium bleachers after a Blue Jays home run Sunday:
"It's unfortunate it hit me where it did, but it is what it is. I got a hard head, so it's all good."