Senate passes bill to honor Doby
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”