Hur­ri­canes, Pesce agree to six more years

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - — Eric Sond­heimer

The Carolina Hur­ri­canes and de­fense­man Brett Pesce agreed to a sixyear con­tract ex­ten­sion. Un­der terms of the deal an­nounced Tues­day and tak­ing ef­fect in 2018-19, Pesce will make $4.025 mil­lion per sea­son. The 22-yearold Pesce had 18 as­sists and 20 points last sea­son.

Top-seeded Si­mona Halep de­feated Sloane Stephens 7-6 (3), 6-0 in her open­ing match at the Citi Open in Wash­ing­ton. Halep will face Mar­i­ana Duque-Marino in the sec­ond round. Stephens played only her sec­ond match of the sea­son af­ter miss­ing nearly a year beause of a stress frac­ture in her foot. Eka­te­rina Makarova stopped Jamie Loeb 7-6 (4), 6-3, and Mon­ica Puig beat Louisa Chirico 6-4, 6-4. A rain de­lay pushed the women’s night matches to Wed­nes­day.

On the men’s side, eighth-seeded Jack Sock beat Mar­ius Copil 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6).

At Stan­ford, Amer­i­can CoCo Van­deweghe ad­vanced to the sec­ond round of the Bank of the West Clas­sic when Ajla Toml­janovic re­tired dur­ing the sec­ond set of their match. Van­deweghe won the first set 6-2. Amer­i­can Cather­ine Bel­lis beat France’s Al­ize Cor­net, 6-3, 6-2.

For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, high school foot­ball par­tic­i­pa­tion at the 11-player level de­creased by more than 3,000 stu­dents in Cal­i­for­nia, ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia In­ter­scholas­tic Fed­er­a­tion’s an­nual sports par­tic­i­pa­tion sur­vey, re­leased Tues­day.

In 2015, there were 100,205 par­tic­i­pants, 3,520 fewer than the pre­vi­ous year. In 2016, there were 97,079, a drop of 3,126. Eight-player foot­ball par­tic­i­pa­tion in­creased by 196.

“I don’t think it’s a con­cern but re­flects con­cerns by par­ents and re­flects a na­tional trend in youth sports,” said Roger Blake, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the CIF. “Kids are still play­ing sports. They’re just play­ing other things.”

Over­all sports par­tic­i­pa­tion at the high school level in­creased for the fifth con­sec­u­tive year to an all-time high of 785,357 in Cal­i­for­nia. It was up by 0.78%. Lacrosse saw the largest per­cent­age in­crease among in­di­vid­ual sports, a com­bined 7.40% or 1,245 par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing an in­crease of 12.4% — 940 play­ers — among girls. Foot­ball re­mains the most pop­u­lar sport for boys and soc­cer for girls.

Wash­ing­ton Mys­tics for­ward Elena Delle Donne tore a lig­a­ment in her left thumb and will be side­lined at least two weeks, the team said. She tore the ul­nar col­lat­eral lig­a­ment dur­ing a game against the At­lanta Dream on Sun­day. Delle Donne will have surgery Wed­nes­day and is ex­pected to re­turn by the end of the sea­son.

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