Wright State cuts 3 teams
DAYTON (AP) — Wright State is dropping its softball and men’s and women’s tennis programs as part of a plan to cut $2 million from its athletic department budget.
The Dayton, Ohio, school is reducing expenditures across the board because of decreases in enrollment and state funding because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The move affects 39 athletes and six coaches. Wright State will have 11 sports and must be granted a waiver from the NCAA to remain in compliance with Division I requirements. Division I schools are required to sponsor 14 sports.
Cowboys test positive
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Two more Oklahoma State football players have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to campus for voluntary workouts, bringing the total to three.
Linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga announced Tuesday he tested positive after he attended a protest in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The other two players were not identified.
10-Cent Beer Night
“They were just uncontrollable beasts. I’ve never seen anything like it except in a zoo.” — Umpire Nestor Chylak, who was hit by a chair and a rock during 10-Cent Beer Night at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium on June 4, 1974. The game between the Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers in front of 25,134 fans was forfeited to Texas.
There were problems all night, primarily because of 10-cent beers. The Indians tied the score at 5-5 with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. With two outs and Rusty Torres on second base, a fan tried to steal Rangers outfielder Jeff Burroughs’ cap. Manager Billy Martin and the Rangers ran onto the field, some with bats. Hundreds of fans surrounded the Rangers, so Indians manager Ken Aspromonte ordered his players to get their bats and try to help the Rangers. Both teams fought their way off the field and were locked in their locker rooms.
Straight from the horse’s mouth
ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — A racehorse named for Dr. Anthony Fauci reached the finish line at a safe enough distance from others that would have made his namesake proud. Fauci the 2-year-old colt finished a distant second to a horse named Prisoner and was well ahead of third-place Indoctrinate in his much-anticipated debut Wednesday at Belmont Park. In a sport known for topical names, Fauci is the first of a series of horses inspired by the coronavirus pandemic and the latest tribute to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Social Distancing, Self Isolation, Flatten the Curve, Herd Immunity and No Spectators have also been registered with the Jockey Club.
Co-owner Phillip Antonacci picked the name Fauci in mid-March after the 79-year-old started doing daily coronavirus briefings from the White House. The Antonacci family, like Fauci, is Italian-American and from Brooklyn.
“We wanted to honor the service that he’s given to the whole world: beside COVID, fighting all the other infectious his whole life,” Antonacci said. “Throughout the whole thing, he seemed like a voice that knew what was going on and, without trying to be too political, kind of calmed things and provided real data behind what was going on.”
Antonacci hoped to name a filly after Dr. Deborah Birx. In the end, though, Antonacci said he didn’t have horse good enough to name after the coordinator of the White House’s virus task force.
This colt who debuted Wednesday was named Fauci in part because his owners thought he’d be a special horse. Trainer Wesley Ward has seen that since the then-unnamed horse got to his barn in September.
“He’s a beautiful colt, done everything right on the track in the mornings, got a beautiful mind on him to where he’s not fractious or anxious and seems very, very intelligent,” Ward said. “He’s just a real easygoing guy. Not much bothers him.”
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