Sports briefs | Manatee 12U Cal Ripken team starts 2-0 at regional tournament

July 26, 2013 

Youth baseball: Manatee squad 2-0 at regional

PALM BEACH GARDENS -- Caleb Whitson fired a no-hitter at Porter Ridge (N.C.) in the second round of the Southeast Regional tournament as the Manatee 12U Cal Ripken team got off to a 2-0 start Thursday.

Manatee defeated Buckhead (Ga.) 12-8 in the first game and downed Porter Ridge 8-0 in the second game behind Whitson, who struck out 13.

John DiPasqua hit a grand slam, and Ian McLean homered in the opener, and Wesley Coleman rocked a three-run blast in the second game. Pitcher Hunter Smith earned the win in the first game.

Manatee advances to meet Winchester (Va.) at 1 p.m. Friday in the winner's bracket semifinals of the double-elimination tournament. The tournament champion advances to the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen, Md.

Little League: Braden River juniors at state

The Braden River Little League juniors team opens play at the state tournament Friday with a 6 p.m. game against host Palma Ceia.

Braden River defeated New Tampa 16-14 on July 20 to win the Section IV championship and earn its trip to state. It will play in Pool B at state and will compete at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Palma Ceia Little League, 4501 S. Himes Ave., Tampa. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the semifinals Sunday. The final is Monday.

College football: UF removing Hernandez items

GAINESVILLE -- The University Athletic Association says it's removing all references of Aaron Hernandez in and around the football stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

A statement said the organization "didn't feel it was appropriate to celebrate" the former Gator and New England Patriots tight end. The 23-year-old is charged with murder in the killing of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

The statement says that immediately following the news, a plan was put in place "to remove his likeness and name in various private and public areas." Those areas include the end zone team area, locker room, lobby and brick display outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

ELSEWHERE -- Alabama has penalized director of football operations Joe Pannunzio for his role in the Miami scandal while a member of the Hurricanes' staff. Alabama said the staffer received no raise or contract extension for one year, wasn't allowed to communicate with recruits for 90 days and had to attend an NCAA regional rules seminar.

Golf: Steele atop Canadian Open leaderboard

OAKVILLE, Ontario -- Brendan Steele topped the Canadian Open leaderboard at 7-under 65, birdieing five of the first seven holes on his back nine at Glen Abbey.

Matt Kuchar, a two-time winner this year, was a stroke back along with Scott Gardiner and Scott Brown. Kuchar eagled the par-5 18th hole, his ninth hole of the day.

ELSEWHERE -- American Gene Sauers shot a 3-under 67 in windy conditions at Royal Birkdale to take the first-round lead in the Senior British Open in Southport, England. ... England's Simon Dyson, Sweden's Rikard Karlberg and China's Liang Wen-chong shot 5-under 67 to share the first-round lead in the European PGA's Russian Open in Moscow.

NBA: Miller returning to Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mike Miller is going back to a former home, agreeing to a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Miller confirmed the deal to The Associated Press about a week after the Miami Heat designated him as their amnesty player after three seasons with the team.

ELSEWHERE -- The New York Knicks have re-signed veteran forward Kenyon Martin. ... The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard Ronnie Price, giving them another veteran reserve in their backcourt.

Tennis: Slumping Federer loses at Swiss Open

GSTAAD, Switzerland -- Roger Federer lost before his home fans at the Swiss Open, beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Daniel Brands for his third straight tournament exit against a low-ranked opponent.

Brands, a German ranked 55th, troubled Federer with his serve and big forehands in the second-round match on clay.

ELSEWHERE -- Top-seeded John Isner barely avoided an upset in the Atlanta Open in Norcross, Ga., outlasting 19-year-old wild-card entry Christian Harrison 7-6 (9), 4-6, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals. ... American Jamie Hampton beat Stanford All-American Nicole Gibbs 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-3 in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif. Andreas Seppi advanced to the quarterfinals of the Croatia Open when Andreas Haider-Mauer retired with an injury while trailing 6-1, 4-0 in Umag, Croatia. ... Israel's Shahar Peer defeated third-seeded South African Chanelle Scheepers 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Baku Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. ... Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki has been suspended for 18 months for refusing to submit to blood testing.

Hockey: Weight, Guerin headed for U.S. hall

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Doug Weight, Bill Guerin, Peter Karmanos, Ron Mason and Cindy Curley are headed for the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

Guerin was a two-time Stanley Cup champion and four-time NHL All-Star. He and Weight helped the U.S. win silver at the 2002 Olympics. Weight won a Stanley Cup and was a four-time NHL All-Star. Karmanos owns the Carolina Hurricanes. Mason led Michigan State to the 1986 national championship and won 924 games with the Spartans, Lake Superior State and Bowling Green. Curley had a record 23 points in the International Ice Hockey Federation's first world championship for women in 1990.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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