Se­nate passes bill to honor Doby

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

The U.S. Se­nate passed leg­is­la­tion to honor for­mer Cleve­land In­di­ans cen­ter fielder Larry Doby, the Amer­i­can League’s first black player, with the Con­gres­sional Gold Medal.

Ohio Sens. Sher­rod Brown, a Cleve­land Demo­crat, and Rob Port­man, a Cincin­nati-area Repub­li­can, re­cently an­nounced pas­sage of the bill, which awaits Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s sig­na­ture.

Doby be­came the AL’S first black player in July 1947. He was a sev­en­time All-star, lead­ing the 1948 In­di­ans to the world cham­pi­onship. Doby died in 2003.

Mike Napoli an­nounced his re­tire­ment af­ter 12 years in the ma­jors that in­cluded three trips to the World Se­ries. The 37-year-old Napoli, who did not play last sea­son be­cause of a knee in­jury, an­nounced his de­ci­sion on Twit­ter.

Napoli bat­ted .246 with 267 homers and 744 RBIS over 1,392 games with the An­gels, Rangers, Red Sox and In­di­ans. He en­tered the ma­jors as a catcher be­fore switch­ing to first base.

Dozens of Venezue­lans waited in line out­side a chapel in the state of Lara, hop­ing to bid farewell to for­mer ma­jor league base­ball player Luis Val­buena, who was killed in a car ac­ci­dent along with team­mate Jose Castillo.

The corpse of Castillo was moved ear­lier in the morn­ing to a dif­fer­ent cen­tral-west state. The 33-year-old Val­buena and 37-year-old Castillo were both for­mer play­ers for the Astros.

They died late Thurs­day when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an ob­ject put on the road. Of­fi­cials said some ban­dits place or throw ob­jects on high­ways to force ve­hi­cles to stop so they can rob the oc­cu­pants.

Soc­cer

Draw friendly to US women: The U.S. women’s na­tional team will be­gin de­fense of its world ti­tle next sum­mer with group matches against Swe­den, Thai­land and Chile — a fa­vor­able draw for the top-ranked Amer­i­cans. The Amer­i­cans were placed in Group F. They will face No. 29 Thai­land on June 11 in Reims, No. 38 Chile on June 16 in Paris and No. 9 Swe­den on June 20 in Le Havre.

Win­ter Sports

Shiffrin gets back-to­back speed wins: Mikaela Shiffrin won a World Cup super-g, con­firm­ing the slalom great’s ar­rival as a pure speed racer and all-round threat. Shiffrin, who got her first ca­reer super-g win last week­end, was 0.28 sec­onds faster than Lara Gut-behrami and 0.42 clear of third­placed Tina Weirather on the sun-soaked En­giad­ina course in St. Moritz, Switzer­land.

Mar­cel Hirscher dom­i­nated yet again in the World Cup in France, win­ning a gi­ant slalom by a huge 1.18-sec­ond mar­gin. The seven-time de­fend­ing over­all cham­pion pro­tected his first-run lead in steady fall­ing snow to leave Hen­rik Kristof­fersen run­ner-up yet again.

Fig­ure Skat­ing

Chen, Ki­hira take gold: Nathan Chen made some mis­takes at the Grand

Prix Fi­nals, yet was good enough to win the gold medal in Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Columbia. Chen, the first Amer­i­can men’s world cham­pion since 2009, over­came a fall on his quad Lutz in Fri­day’s free skate, but still took the top spot with a com­bined score of 282.42.

Teenage Ja­panese star Rika Ki­hira won the

Grand Prix Fi­nal women’s ti­tle. The 16-year-old had a com­bined score of 233.12, de­spite stum­bling on a jump in her free skate. The score topped her ca­reer best of 224.31 set last month in Ja­pan in her NHK Tro­phy vic­tory.

Swim­ming

Swim­mers hit world body with an­titrust case: Three Olympic and world cham­pion swim­mers filed an an­titrust suit in Cal­i­for­nia chal­leng­ing gov­ern­ing body FINA’S con­trol of or­ga­niz­ing competitions. The le­gal chal­lenge is the lat­est faced by Olympic bod­ies from ath­letes seek­ing greater prize money and more say in run­ning their sport.

It was filed Fri­day on be­half of Hun­gary’s Katinka Hosszu and the United States’ Tom Shields and Michael An­drew and fol­lows Switzer­land-based FINA shut­ting down an in­de­pen­dent meet in Italy with threats to ban com­peti­tors.

Olympics

IOC eases off sup­port for es­ports: The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee slowed its sup­port for rec­og­niz­ing elec­tronic gam­ing as a sport. Af­ter an Olympic lead­ers’ meeting, the IOC said “dis­cus­sion about the in­clu­sion of es­ports/egames as a medal event on the Olympic pro­gram is pre­ma­ture.”

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