Sportshorts for Monday, July 28, 2014
Sterling All-Stars win twice at state
The Sterling 9-10 All-Star softball team won two games over the weekend at the Little League state tournament at Reed Park in Freeport.
Sterling beat Brown County in the first game 11-0 in four innings on Saturday. Sterling turned around on Sunday and beat Norridge 14-0 in four innings.
Sterling advances to championship game at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Its opponent will be determined on Monday.
Giants acquire Peavy from Red Sox
The San Francisco Giants boosted their rotation for the stretch run by acquiring right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers.
Peavy was slated to start in Sunday’s series finale with the Dodgers.
Peavy (1-9, 4.72 ERA) has been hurt by poor run support this season, receiving two runs or fewer of support in each of his past eight starts. He is in the final season of a $29 million, 2-year contract.
Lakers, Scott agree on 4-year deal
The Los Angeles Lakers and Byron Scott have agreed on a 4-year, $17 million deal. The Lakers hold a team option on the final year of the deal.
Scott, who has coached the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers, played a key role as a player in helping the Lakers win three of their five NBA championships in the 1980s.
Hungarian Grand Prix
Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix for Red Bull on Sunday in Budapest.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was second with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, who started last and from the pitlane, third for Mercedes.
Championship leader Nico Rosberg, who started on pole position for Mercedes, was fourth in an astonishing race with two safety car periods, and the top four separated by just 6.3 seconds at the checkered flag.
Vos wins first
Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won the inaugural women’s version of the Tour de France on Sunday, a 55-mile (88.5 km) circuit on the famous cobblestones of Paris’Champs-Elysees.
Vos’ teammate Kirsten Wild finished second and Leah Kirchman of Canada was third.
In this first edition of “La Course by le Tour de France,” 120 women from 20 teams raced thirteen laps of Paris’ broad tree-lined boulevard.
Tour de France Director Jean-Francois Pescheux said he was already looking to the future.
“The next step will be, first to consolidate as much as possible this race, to make it sustainable in the long run, and then to try and organize a race with different stages, which would really respond to the demands of professional female cyclists.”