Sportshorts for Wednesday, June 28, 2012
Disch cards ace at Timber Creek
George Disch, of Dixon, notched his fourth hole-in-one Monday at Timber Creek Golf Course.
Disch aced the 171-yard 10th hole with his 5-iron. It was witnessed by Charlie Warner, Ed Cox, Ron Rick and Steve Baumgartner.
Paws Open outing is August 3
The Paws Open, an outing that will raise funds for Happy Tails Animal Shelter, will take place Friday, August 3, at Emerald Hill Golf Club.
Registration – $65 per person or $250 for a foursome – will be at noon the day of the event. For more information on the outing and the shelter, visit happytailsanimalshelter.org.
Utley hits homer in first at-bat of season
Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, who missed the Phillies’ first 76 games with chronic knee problems, hit a solo home run Wednesday in his first at-bat of the season. The Phillies lost, however, 11-7 to the Pirates in Philadelphia.
Utley turned around a 2-2 pitch from Pittsburgh starter James McDonald in the first inning.
Sabathia placed on 15-day DL
New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained left adductor muscle, meaning he won’t face the White Sox as scheduled Friday.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia is likely to return after the All-Star break and would miss only two starts. An MRI revealed a Grade-1 strain.
Illini add former wideout to staff
Illinois football coach Tim Beckman added a familiar name to his staff, hiring former receiver Mike Bellamy as director of player personnel and relations.
Bellamy, an All-Big Ten receiver in 1989, led the Illini in kickoff and receiving yards.
Walsh replaces Bird as Pacers president
Larry Bird officially resigned as Indiana Pacers’ president of basketball operations, returning the baton to Donnie Walsh, who filled the role in the team’s glory days over 24 seasons before spending four seasons with the Knicks.
Recently named NBA Executive of the Year, Bird met with owner Herb Simon to finalize the restructured front office Tuesday.
Season could start sans new agreement
The NHL season could start without a new labor agreement if both sides agree to continue talks beyond the Sept. 15 expiration of the current deal.
NHL players association executive director Don Fehr said Wednesday “the players haven’t considered what they would do on Sept. 15 or any other date if no agreement is in place.”
If there is no agreement by the expiration date, work could go on under the old pact if management and players agree to that.