North Central College’s Dhruvil Patel was named NCAA Division III National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA.,Frank Gramarosso was chosen Coach of the Year.,Patel also was chosen co-most outstanding track athlete at the indoor nationals.

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“You could put him on a field with professional players, or play at the international level and he would score three or four goals in a game right now as a 16-year-old.,“When I watch Mikey Powell, or Lyle Thompson or Brennan O’Neill play the game, there’s nothing traditional about their game.,O’Neill, a junior at St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) High School, was once the earliest boys’ lacrosse player ever to commit to a college program — making the pledge to Penn State as an eighth-grader in 2016 before flipping his commitment to Duke in September.,After games, O’Neill would come home to watch YouTube videos of Mark Matthews and John Grant Jr., then head out to the backyard to test their moves.,It took a meeting with coach Joe Spallina at a Pro Player Lacrosse Camp to give O’Neill that impression. read more

For Major League Baseball players, three teams are at the bottom of the standings on state taxes: the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants.Thats because California is in a league of its own on personal income taxes.,Players really get hit.No one sheds tears over the tax burdens of multimillionaire young men who are blessed with enough athleticism to become fabulously rich playing a game.But many diehard fans undoubtedly moaned because Harper didnt choose the Dodgers or Giants, two teams that made strong pitches for him.The Giants reportedly offered 12 years and $312 million, but were told theyd need to ante up more to compensate for Californias tax hit.,But that puts a California player in the National League West at a significant tax disadvantage because there are three division teams in this state: the Dodgers, Giants and Padres.,The Dodgers will play 20 away games this season in California and the players will feel its tax bite.Players for out-of-state teams also get taxed at the California rate when they play in our stadiums.Theres a softer tax hit in the American League West.,Thats because all division rivals for the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics are in no-tax states: Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers.Theres a significant boost to players earnings being in the A.L. West vs. the N.L. West, Boras says.Repelling baseball stars isnt the worst thing about Californias income tax.

Vince Velasquez made his first start for Philadelphia, allowing one run, one hit and two walks in one inning.,Mike Yastrzemski, a grandson of Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, homered in the ninth inning — a two-run shot for his first hit of spring training.,Tyler O’Neill, still looking for his first single of spring training, hit his fourth home run and his first double, driving in two runs for St. Louis.,Tyson Ross struggled in his third start, giving up four runs, six hits and a walk in three innings as his ERA rose to 13.50.,Matt Harvey made his first start for Los Angeles, pitching three innings and allowing one run, two hits and a walk.

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Tampering or not, Bryce Harper didn't back away from his comments about recruiting Mike Trout to the Philadelphia Phillies.,Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million deal last week, caused a stir Tuesday when he told a local Philadelphia radio show he would campaign for the two-time American League MVP if the Los Angeles Angels outfielder became a free agent after the 2020 season.,"If you don’t think I’m not gonna call Mike Trout in 2020 to have him come to Philly, you’re crazy,” said Harper.,Bryce Harper signed a $330 million deal with the Phillies last week.,When approached by media members Wednesday, Trout didn't have much to say about Harper's comment. read more

This Sunday, County of Orange officials plan to pull the plug on a five-year field agreement they struck with the youth football and cheer team back in 2017.,Back then, a frustrated County Supervisor Shawn Nelson engaged youth league leader, Fred Jung, to help revamp a local sports field that had been largely abandoned by the county parks department, just off Rosecrans Avenue, near Clark Regional Park.,Supervisor Doug Chaffee, a Democrat who now represents the Fourth District and is a former Fullerton Mayor, told me he has asked OC Parks to keep the City of Fullerton in charge of administering the fields on a “fair” basis to “all” teams.,Without any action from the county on the lease, the challenge now turns to Fullerton City Manager Ken Domer to consider the special circumstances behind the development of those sports fields and figure out a use agreement that can keep the Bears doing what they are doing for so many working class kids.,Indeed, County supervisors and their city colleagues should work diligently to ensure that any kid living in one of their districts could attend an inexpensive youth sports activity every day.

There are numerous factors in play ranging from the role of Connecticut’s agreements with a pair of federally recognized tribes, the role of sports leagues, and how the issue crosses paths with other efforts to expand casino gambling.,The state’s two tribes that operate Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, respectively, argue that their compacts with the state reign supreme over all discussions of sports betting.,The tribes provide payments to the state based on slot machine revenues, and a similar arrangement could be designed when it comes to sports betting.,“Across the country, sports wagering is considered a casino game, which means it falls under the exclusivity portion of our agreements with the state.”,It is still believed in the State Capitol that a similar arrangement would be passed by lawmakers, allowing for tribes, off-track betting operators, and possibly the Connecticut Lottery to be part of a sports wagering program.

RHINEBECK, N.Y. — District officials are paying close attention to reviews by Section IX that could affect which teams students will be eligible to participate with and the schools Rhinebeck can merge with.,District Athletic Director Steve Boucher said concern has been raised over mergers that have made some teams significantly better.,Boucher said the rules were updated to grant mergers for teams if one district cannot field a full roster but is making an effort to restore or establish the sport.,For sports such as golf and track that have both individual competitions and an overall team result, there would need to be a shortage of players for both districts that would prevent a school from winning the overall competition.,It prohibits the two districts from jointly having mixed squads for events that would involve relays, which Boucher said does unfairly affect athletes who are not part of the full team.

Czech's Andrea Sestini Hvalackova and Barbora Strycova vs. Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh and Germany's Laura Siegemund on Stadium Court Saturday, August 25, 2018, in the championship match at the Connecticut Open at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven.,less

Czech's Andrea Sestini Hvalackova and Barbora Strycova vs. Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh and Germany's Laura Siegemund on Stadium Court Saturday, August 25, 2018, in the championship match at the Connecticut Open at ... more read more

Tryouts: Sunday, March 17, 2-5 p.m. at Mystic Indoor sports for all baseball and softball players ages 8-12 For questions, email London Babe Ruth — Spring registration is open online at newlondonbaberuth.weebly.com.,Waterford/Montville Babe Ruth 13U-14U travel teams — Evaluations are March 3 at Mystic Indoor Sports (90 Welles Road) from 9-11 a.m. No fee to attend, but is mandatory for players interested in travel teams.,Contact: Joe Auwood, (860) 443-1523 of email [email protected]

CT Crush softball — Looking for players for 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U teams.,Contact: [email protected] read more