Cabrera takes self from race
NEW YORK – Melky Cabrera has been disqualified from the National League batting title at his own request.
Major League Baseball and the players’ association said Friday that they agreed to change the rule governing the individual batting, slugging and on-base percentage champions for this season.
Serving a 50-game suspension, the San Francisco Giants slugger entered Friday with a league-leading .346 average, seven points ahead of Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen. Cabrera was suspended Aug. 15 for a positive test for testosterone.
MLB could not unilaterally disqualify Cabrera, needing an agreement from the union to alter the rules.
Cabrera has 501 plate appearances, one fewer than the required amount for the batting title if the Giants play 162 games. But he would win the title if an extra hitless at-bat is added to his average and it remains higher than that of any other qualifying player.
Gordon wins N.H. pole
LOUDON, N.H. – Jeff Gordon came into the media center after winning the pole in New Hampshire and found that the moderator was not yet at his post.
No problem: Gordon began interviewing himself.
The four-time NASCAR champion was in a familiar position at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday after qualifying for his 72nd career pole position. Gordon will be joined in the front row by Kyle Busch, With Tony Stewart and Brian Vickers behind them.
“I think we surprised ourselves a little bit with this pole,” said Gordon, whose last championship was in 2001 – before the current Sprint Cup format.
Park girls, 4-1
CHARLESTON – Meghan Horan scored a goal and notched two assists as Wheeling Park defeated Charleston Catholic, 4-1, in prep girls’ soccer action Friday night.
Ashley Grove, Carley Collins and Alyssa Sonnefeld also finished with a goal apiece, while Grove and Sonnefeld both added an assist for the Patriots (8-2-2).
Devan Nickerson registered 10 saves in goal.
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Help sought for Ironmen reunion
A 50th anniversary reunion of the Wheeling Ironmen is being planned with organizers seeking contact information for players or staff on the 1962-69 minor league pro football teams that competed in the United and Continental Leagues.
The reunion will be held on Friday, Oct. 12 at Generations restaurant in Wheeling. A social hour is set for 6-7 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner sponsored by Wheeling Hospital.
Anyone who has names, addresses or telephone numbers of former players or staffers should contact either Ann Thomas at 304-281-6670 or Bob Butts at 740-968-3043.
take top spot
WHEELING – Wheeling Park High School students John Burkley and Nikita Slivchenko recently captured the top spot in the West Virginia Student Angler Federation High School Fishing State Championship on the Monongahela River in Fairmont. The events was played host to by the West Virginia Bass Federation.
Their five fish limit tipped in at 6 pounds even to win the title in the storm ravaged state that had been hit with 80 mph winds the previous night. Burkley said they used a fluke most of the day and “we caught several fish, but just had to grind it out to get five that would make the 12-inch size limit.”
The West Virginia Bass Federation again proved to be great hosts for the group they also sponsored the “Certified Angler” top prize which recognizes teams for their work in the classroom. That prize also was won by Burkley and Slivchenko as the top finishing team who completed their online testing.
The teens are headed to the Conference Championship this weekend in Carlyle, Ill.
WVU basketball tickets on sale
MORGANTOWN – Season tickets for West Virginia’s 2012-13 men’s basketball campaign will go on sale Monday, Sept. 10, at the Mountaineer Ticket Office.
West Virginia will play 15 home games at the WVU Coliseum. The Mountaineers will open their schedule against Glenville State in an exhibition game on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Every Big 12 Conference school will visit Morgantown this season. Those include Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech. Virginia Tech, VMI, Oakland, Radford and Eastern Kentucky will all visit the Coliseum in non-league action.
Lower level seats are available only to renewing season ticket holders. Faculty/staff can purchase up to six season tickets at a discounted rate.
To order 2012-13 men’s basketball season tickets, call 1-800-WVU GAME, visit WVUGame.com or stop by the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum. Single game tickets will go on sale at a later date.