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Sportshorts for Monday, July 8, 2013


Aitken, Hendricks win mixed doubles

Kip Aitken, the recently resigned Sterling tennis coach, and his former player, Brooke Hendricks, won the mixed doubles bracket at the KSB Tournament on Saturday at Emma Hubbs Courts.

Aitken and Hendricks won 38 points ahead of Matthew Kerr and Amanda Kent, and Jim Murphy and Karmie Rapp at 35 points.

Andy McCarter and Chris Gabany won the men’s doubles bracket with 32 points. Kayla Wilson and Kent won the women’s division with 25 points. Full results can be found on B5.


Sterling wins two at state tournament

The Sterling Intermediate Little League baseball team won their first two games of pool play at the state tournament this weekend in Woodstock. Sterling beat Melrose Park 14-4 on Saturday, and then knocked off Macomb 11-8 on Sunday.

Sterling plays Elgin in the third game of pool play at 5:45 p.m. today. The top four teams will advance to the semifinals that will start on Saturday.


Cards’ Molina: knee injury in minor

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina believes a little rest is all he needs after an MRI exam on his right knee showed only inflammation. He’s hopeful of being back in the lineup on Tuesday.

Molina, who leads the National League with a .346 average, topped NL vote-getters for the All-Star Game. He said the knee had been bothering him for a month but felt worse Friday.

Ramirez bats cleanup for Texas affiliate

Manny Ramirez, at age 41, batted cleanup for the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate, Round Rock on Sunday night and singled to right field in his first at-bat in the majors since 2011.

Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a walk in the 4-0 win over Omaha. He signed a minor-league contract with Texas on Thursday. The 12-time All-Star’s comeback attempt with Oakland last year failed, and he recently finished a 3-month stint in Taiwan.

Oswalt hurt in fourth start with Rockies

Colorado Rockies starter Roy Oswalt left Sunday’s game against Arizona with a strained left hamstring with two outs in the second inning.

In his 13th MLB season, Oswalt entered the game 0-3 and was making his fourth start.


Blixt rallies to win delayed Greenbrier

Jonas Blixt shot a 3-under 67 on Sunday to win the rain-delayed Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. by two strokes.

The Swede emerged from a five-player chase over the final five holes to pick up the $1.1 million winner’s check. He also gets a spot in the upcoming British Open and next year’s Masters for the victory.

Blixt overcame a four-shot deficit at the start of the final round and finished at 13 under. Third-round leader Johnson Wagner (73), Australians Steven Bowditch (68) and Matt Jones (68), and Jimmy Walker (71) tied for second.

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