Sports Briefs

Staff and wire reports

Moundsville tops

St. Marys, 7-2

MOUNDSVILLE – Mitchel French, Shane Wellman and Jeremiah Fromhart all laced doubles Thursday as Moundsville Post 3 posted a 7-2 victory against St. Marys in American Legion baseball action.

Ryan Hughes, Jake Lucas, Zach Winland, Mark Walker and Austin Pegg also contributed to Post 3’s 12-hit effort.

Hunter Kaschke picked up the complete-game victory on the hill, fanning two.

Matthew Houser had two hits for St. Marys.

Indiana boy hit

by baseball dies

INDIANAPOLIS – An 8-year-old eastern Indiana boy has died after a baseball hit him in the head and neck.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office says Dylan Williams died of blunt force trauma Wednesday, one day after suffering the injury in Union City, about 75 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Coroner’s office manager Marchele Hall tells The Indianapolis Star an autopsy Thursday showed the injury occurred on the right side of the boy’s head and neck.

The boy was hit by a ball that had been thrown during practice Tuesday evening.

He was taken to a hospital in Winchester, then transferred to an Indianapolis hospital.

Union City Fire Chief Gary Moore tells The (Muncie) Star Press that organizers of the baseball program were arranging help and counseling for other children who witnessed the accident.

Wrigley upgrade

clears hurdle

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs’ planned $500 million renovation of Wrigley Field has won the approval of another city commission and the support of the local alderman – all but assuring the project will go forward.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday approved the proposal to renovate Wrigley and develop nearby property. The plan includes putting an electronic Jumbotron above the ivy-covered outfield walls of the 99-year-old ballpark.

Alderman Tom Tunney endorsed the plan days after he told the city’s landmarks commission that he didn’t.

Tunney said Mayor Rahm Emanuel has assured him there will be no other outfield signs other than the Jumbotron and another large sign for several years.

Approval from the City Council is widely expected because it’s supported by Tunney and Emanuel.

Penguins sign F

Jeffrey to deal

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed restricted free agent Dustin Jeffrey to a one-year contract.

The deal, worth $625,000, gives the Penguins added depth after losing veterans Brenden Morrow, Jarome Iginla and Matt Cooke in free agency.

The 25-year-old Jeffrey had three goals and three assists for the Penguins during the 2013 season.

Jeffrey has played in just 50 NHL games since tearing the ACL in his right knee in March, 2011.

The signing leaves the Penguins with just one restricted free agent on the roster, Robert Bortuzzo. Bortuzzo is eligible for arbitration.

He played in 15 games last season, with two goals and two assists.

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WVU newcomer

Sims honored

IRVING, Texas – West Virginia’s Charles Sims, a transfer from Houston, is the Big 12 preseason newcomer of the year.

Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk and TCU defensive end Devonte Fields are the Big 12 preseason players of the year.

The league released its preseason All-Big 12 teams Wednesday as selected by media members who cover the conference.

Seastrunk, the former Oregon transfer who will be a junior, averaged 139 yards rushing over the last six games in 2012 and was the league’s top offensive newcomer.

Fields was the Big 12 defensive player of the year last season as a freshman, when he had 10 sacks. TCU coach Gary Patterson said in May that Fields is suspended for the first two games this season for an unspecified violation of university and team policies.

All-Star ratings

are up slightly

NEW YORK – The Major League Baseball All-Star game’s television rating is up slightly from last year’s record low.

The American League’s 3-0 victory Tuesday night on Fox earned a 6.9 rating and 12 share, up from a 6.8/12 in 2012.

Played at the Mets’ Citi Field, the game’s viewership got a boost from its trip to the big market of New York. The 11.3 rating there was up 16 percent from a year ago, when Kansas City hosted.

There was also a spike in viewers when Mariano Rivera made his final All-Star appearance, with the rating peaking at 7.6/13 right about that time.

Ratings represent the percentage of all households with televisions tuned into a program, while shares are the percentage watching among those homes with TVs in use at the time.

Field set for the

Maui Invitational

LAHAINA, Hawaii – Gonzaga, the No. 1 team in last season’s final AP college basketball poll, will face Dayton in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational while Final Four participant Syracuse will meet Minnesota and first-year coach Richard Pitino.

The other first-round games on Nov. 25 at the Lahaina Civic Center will have California against Arkansas and Baylor facing Division II host Chaminade, it was announced Wednesday.

The Gonzaga-Dayton and Chaminade-Baylor winners will meet in one semifinal with the Syracuse-Minnesota and Arkansas-California winners in the other. The championship game is Nov. 27.

The tournament will begin with four “mainland teams” – Coastal Carolina, Louisiana, Oakland and St. Francis, Brooklyn – playing the seven teams headed for Maui in seven games to be played Nov. 15-19 at campus sites. The mainland teams will play a tournament at Coastal Carolina on Nov. 23-24.

2K Sports teams

are announced

NEW YORK – Connecticut and Boston College, two of the original members of the Big East, will meet in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project at Madison Square Garden.

The other semifinal on Nov. 21 will have Indiana facing Washington, it was announced Wednesday. The championship game will be Nov. 22.