HCC 11s fall to Franklin-Simpson, 8-2

OWENSBORO -- Brady Brown and David Ginn scored one run apiece as the Hopkinsville-Christian County 11-year-old Little League All-Stars fell 8-2 to Franklin-Simpson in District 1 Tournament pool play on Tuesday at Country Heights Elementary School.

Hopkinsville-Christian County finished pool play at 0-4.

Franklin-Simpson (1-3) was led by Mason Davis and Max Wren, who scored two runs apiece.

Franklin-Simpson scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning before Hopkinsville responded with a run in the second. However, five more scores by Franklin-Simpson pushed the lead to 7-1. Hopkinsville scored its only other run in the top of the third frame, and Franklin-Simpson added another run in the fifth inning for the game's final margin.

Bowling Green East 13, Hopkinsville-Christian County 1 In 12-year-old play

Caleb Moss finished with two hits, as Hopkinsville-Christian County fell in four innings in its final pool play matchup.

Eli French added a hit and an RBI for Hopkinsville-Christian County (2-2), while Jackson Flynn clubbed a hit and scored his team's lone run.

Bowling Green East (4-0) pounded out 14 hits in the win, including three from Chaze Huff.

BG East led 4-0 through the first two innings, but nine runs in the fourth frame pushed the lead to 13-0. Hopkinsville notched its run in the bottom of the fourth, but couldn't cut into the deficit any further.

BG East, the tournament's top seed, plays in the semifinals Wednesday.

Christian County to announce coaches today, Polley to sign

Christian County is prepared to announce coaches for softball, track and field and cross-country this morning and senior Jase Polley will sign his National Letter of Intent today at Christian County High School.

The coaching announcement will be at 11 a.m. and Polley's signing will be 2:30 p.m.

Memphis to host Georgia as part of SEC/American alliance

Memphis will host Georgia this season in a matchup that features two of the nation's most heralded incoming freshmen as part of a scheduling alliance between the Southeastern Conference and American Athletic Conference.

The SEC and AAC announced in April they had formed a scheduling alliance. The plan calls for four SEC schools to hold home-and-home series with four AAC programs.

Matchups were revealed Tuesday.

Houston will visit South Carolina on Dec. 8. Memphis will host Georgia, SMU will visit Vanderbilt and Ole Miss will play at Wichita State on Jan. 4.

Memphis forward James Wiseman is the nation's No. 1 prospect in the 2019 class and Georgia guard Anthony Edwards is rated second according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports.

Memphis signed the nation's No. 1 overall recruiting class.

U.S. women's soccer team captain accepts Capitol invitation

Megan Rapinoe has accepted an invitation for the U.S. women's soccer team to celebrate its World Cup victory with a visit to Congress.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he looks forward to scheduling a time when "these inspiring women can come to the nation's capital."

Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others in Congress invited the team to visit. Rapinoe said Tuesday on CNN that she had accepted invitations from New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi and Schumer to go to Washington.

The team co-captain has said she's not interested in celebrating at the White House. It's unclear if the winning team would be invited by President Donald Trump to visit.

St. Louis Blues arena to get state money for renovations

The Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues have scored another victory -- this time, at the Missouri Capitol.

Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation Tuesday that authorizes up to $70 million in state subsidies over two decades to help pay for renovations at the arena where the Blues play their home games.

The annual state payments for the Enterprise Center would start in the 2022 fiscal year. Supporters say the improvements are essential as St. Louis competes with similar arenas in other cities to attract U.S. Olympic and college sports events.

Missouri already provides $3 million of annual subsidies for the stadiums used by the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. The legislation extends those for 10 more years.

Boston Marathon runners raise record $38.7 million in 2019

Boston Marathon runners raised a record $38.7 million for 297 charitable organizations this year.

That's $300,000 more than 2014, when the field expanded to 36,000 people to accommodate those who wanted to run in the year after the finish line bombings.

The 2019 total was also $2 million more than the previous year.

Most of the money was raised through Boston Athletic Association and John Hancock programs that provide nonprofit groups with entries to the race. They provide the bibs to athletes who agree to raise funds for the organization.

Over the past 30 years, B.A.A. and John Hancock's programs have raised more than $372 million for community-based organizations.

MMA great Shamrock starts bare-knuckle boxing promotion

Mixed martial arts great Ken Shamrock is jumping into bare-knuckle boxing promotion.

Shamrock is starting a promotional company in the growing combat sport, he announced Tuesday.

Valor Bare Knuckle will hold its first fight card Sept. 21 at 4 Bears Casino in North Dakota, with plans for quick growth.

The long-dormant sport is on the rise in North America after Bare Knuckle FC staged the first sanctioned bare-knuckle bouts last year. The sport is already proving popular with pay-per-view audiences.

The 55-year-old Shamrock is an MMA pioneer who fought on the inaugural UFC 1 show in November 1993. Most competitors in that tournament fought without gloves.

Shamrock also competed in Japan and remained active as an MMA fighter until 2016.

Union wants competitive environment, meaningful free agency

The head of the baseball players' association has detailed the union's goals during collective bargaining, listing the restoration of a "competitive environment" and "meaningful free agency" as aims.

Baseball's labor contracts runs until December 2021, but the sides committed last winter to early talks. Thus far, they met once to discuss the scheduling of future meetings.

Union head Tony Clark says his members want to have "getting players something closer to their value as they are producing it," a reference to the structure that has players getting close to the minimum until they have nearly three years of major league service time, when they become eligible for salary arbitration.

He also says the union wants the "best players on the field at all times," a reference to accusations that clubs hold top prospects in the minor leagues to delay their eligibility for salary arbitration and free agency, which requires six years of service.

Clark also has said rebuilding teams that are noncompetitive hurt the industry.

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