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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Golf
Neale, Gillman lead Junior PGA at Miramont (The Associated Press)
Gordon Neale shot a 7-under 64 on Wednesday at Miramont to top the boys' field in the Junior PGA Championship, and Kristen Gillman increased her lead to three strokes in the girls' division. Neale, the 17-year-old Trabuco Canyon, California, player who has committed to SMU, birdied the first five holes and finished with eight birdies and a bogey. Gillman, the 16-year-old Austin, Texas, player who has committed to Alabama, had her second straight 66 to reach 10 under. ''I didn't make as many mistakes in today's round,'' Gillman said.
NASCAR
Greg Ives to crew chief Earnhardt in 2015 (The Associated Press)
There was no shortage of candidates to replace Steve Letarte as Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief The list of applicants was long, but Hendrick Motorsports has always liked to groom its own talent. Greg Ives, who was shipped over to Earnhardt's Nationwide Series team at the end of 2012 to gain his first experience as crew chief, was chosen Wednesday as Letarte's replacement with NASCAR's most popular driver. Letarte will move to an analyst role with NBC Sports and Ives will move from JR Motorsports to crew chief for Earnhardt.
NBA
Stern sees Sterling saga ending well, lauds Silver (Yahoo Sports)
Former Commissioner David Stern praised the NBA's handling of the Donald Sterling controversy and predicts it will ''end well'' for the league. Stern said his successor, Adam Silver, has been ''forceful'' but also ''demonstrated a compassionate side'' in his reaction to the racist remarks that were made by the Los Angeles Clippers owner. He has been forceful, he has been reflective, he has been buttoned-down and I think he has also demonstrated a compassionate side as well,'' Stern told The Associated Press on Wednesday during a phone interview. Sterling's wife, Shelly, later agreed to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion, a transaction the league believes will close shortly even as Donald Sterling continues trying to fight in court.
NCAA Hockey
NHL
Kings re-sign Dwight King to 3-year contract (Yahoo Sports)
Left wing Dwight King has agreed to a three-year, $5.85 million contract to return to the Los Angeles Kings, avoiding arbitration. The Stanley Cup champions announced the deal Wednesday with King, a two-time Cup winner. King has been a dependable two-way forward for Los Angeles throughout its run to two NHL titles in three years, playing in all 64 of the Kings' postseason games during that stretch. He is a favorite of coach Darryl Sutter for his defensive play and penalty-killing acumen.
Local Sports Headlines
Royals drop two at district to close out 2014 season (07/31/14)
After winning their first two district tourney games, the Mountain Home Royals dropped two straight to be eliminated from the Area B Class A Eastern Division Tournament. Royals 12, Senators 3 A seven-run fourth inning put the game away for Mountain Home Monday night as they downed the Boise Senators in the winner's bracket of the Area B Class A Eastern Division American Legion District Baseball Tournament at Mountain View High School in Meridian...
Royals open at District with 5-2 victory over Capitals (07/24/14)
The Mountain Home Royals closed out their regular season American Legion baseball schedule with a win over Columbia last week and opened the district tourney with a win over the Boise Capitals. Royals 9, Columbia 0 The Mountain Home Royals closed out their regular season schedule July 14 with a 9-0 win over the Columbia Mudcats at Columbia High School in Nampa...
Royals pick up six additional wins (07/17/14)
The Mountain Home Royals picked up six more wins last week, sweeping doubleheaders from the Boise Capitals, Twin Falls Cowboys and Kuna Diamondbacks, all at home, while dropping a league doubleheader to the Boise Gems in Boise. Royals 7, Capitals 5 Royals 13, Capitals 7...
Royals sweep Seminoles during double header (07/10/14)
The Mountain Home Royals started the week off with a doubleheader sweep of the Boise Seminoles and tried six days later to make it three in a row over the Seminoles. But they blew a 4-0 lead to lose to the Seminoles 5-4 in the fifth-place game at the Firecracker Invitational Tournament...
Mountain View snaps Royals' six-game winning streak (07/03/14)
The Mountain Home Royals had their win streak snapped at six last week by the Mountain View Toros, but they bounced back to sweep the Centennial Cannons and win eight of 10 games. Royals 3, Senators 2 Royals 13, Senators 7 The Royals swept a league doubleheader from the Boise Senators on June 21 at Borah's Wigle Field in Boise. The Royals won the first game, 3-2, in eight innings before a 13-7 nightcap...
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