Sports briefs | Braden River's Courtney Mirabella pitches perfect game against Manatee

February 17, 2013 

Prep softball: Mirabella fires perfect game

Two-time Bradenton Herald Softball Player of the Year Courtney Mirabella threw a perfect game and struck out 16 batters in Braden River's 3-0 victory over Manatee on Friday night at G.T. Bray park.

It was the second perfect game in two years for the senior right-hander who has signed with North Carolina State. Last season, Mirabella struck out all 18 batters she faced in a 10-0 victory over McDowell High from Erie, Pa.

The Pirates scored all their runs in the fourth inning thanks to an error, fielder's choice and a passed ball. For Braden River, Jessica Cadorette had an RBI and Hannah Loyer and Raelyn Bastien each had a hit.

Mirabella, who led the state in strikeouts per inning last season, had 18 first pitch strikes in the seven inning game. She averaged 1.96 strikeouts per inning last season fanning 241 batters in 123 2/3 innings.

Juco men's basketball: Manatees fall to Polk State

LAKELAND -- Polk State College upended State College of Florida 81-78 to pull even for first place in the Suncoast Conference. Both teams are 5-3 in the conference.

Leading scorers for SCF were Michael Sanchez with 17 points, Obinna Oleka (16), Savad Garner (15) and Denzel Myers (10). Sanchez added 10 assists for the Manatees, who fell to 22-7 overall.

Skiing: U.S. teen Shiffrin youngest to win slalom

SCHLADMING, Austria -- Mikaela Shiffrin might as well be dancing or flying.

That's what skiing is like for the American teenager these days. The victories and milestones keep piling up, fortifying a U.S. team that is without Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller.

A day after Ted Ligety became the first man to win three gold medals at a world championships in 45 years, Shiffrin became the youngest woman in 39 years to win the slalom title Saturday.

Swimming: Franklin wins pair at Arena Grand Prix

ORLANDO -- Missy Franklin made it four wins in three nights with a triumphant final day at the Arena Grand Prix.

The four-time gold medalist at last year's London Olympic Games won the 200-meter backstroke in 2 minutes, 8.47 seconds and added the 100-free title by beating fellow Olympian Christine Magnuson 55.37 to 55.99.

Other Olympians also won, with Ryan Lochte capturing the 200 individual medley and Tyler Clary taking the 200 backstroke for his third win of the meet.

Soccer: Former U.S. player announces he's gay

Robbie Rogers, a former player for the U.S. national team and Major League Soccer, says he is gay and "could not be happier" about his decision to go public with his disclosure.

In a post on his personal website, Rogers writes: "Life is only complete when your loved ones know you. ... Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay."

Rogers' agent, Shaun Higgins, confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday that the post was from his client. Rogers, who linked his Friday post from his Twitter account, said he was retiring.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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