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BASEBALL

LSC Hosting Hornet Baseball Clinic Today

LYNDON CENTER -- Skip Pound Field will be the site of the Baseball Exposure Clinic at Lyndon State College on Aug. 2. Run by Hornets coach Tom White of Lisbon, New Hampshire, this clinic is a pro-style showcase for high school ballplayers.

Primary-position instruction is followed by batting practice, a 60-yard dash, and infield, outfield, catcher, and pitcher evaluations. In addition to the Lyndon State baseball coaching staff, coaches from New Hampshire's Plymouth State University and Colby-Sawyer College will also be in attendance.

"It should be a great day of exposure for young Vermont baseball players," coach White stated. Contact White at Thomas.White@lyndonstate.edu for more info (rain date Aug. 3).

YOUTH ATHLETICS

Vermont Needed for Fall Soccer Games



Go Green

Soccer Officials are needed to referee JV, freshmen and middle school soccer games at schools in Central and Northeast Vermont this fall. Interested candidates will receive instruction, training and scheduling.

Weekday games are at 4 p.m. and Saturday games at 11 a.m. The assigner will schedule games for all qualified officials. Officials can select to work one day per week or up to six days per week, September and October.

Officials receive $45 for per game, plus mileage reimbursement. If you are at least 17 years old, have transportation and desire to become a soccer official, contact Bruce James at BruceJamesSoccer@hotmail.com or call at 802-626-3317 for an application or for more information. Instructional clinics are in early August. Registration is taking place now.

NBA

Lin Joins Lakers, Say's Lin-sanity Thing of Past

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Jeremy Lin joined perhaps the most popular global brand of any basketball team in the Los Angeles Lakers.

But it doesn't mean Lin is looking to use all that attention to replicate the same lightning-in-a-bottle situation he had when he burst onto the scene with the New York Knicks during the 2011-12 season.

"I'm not trying to relive that banner season," Lin said during his introductory news conference with the Lakers on Thursday. "I think that's been a big weight off my shoulders and I think that's very important for me as a player. I'm not trying to recreate a 'Linsanity.' I'm not trying to be that phenomenon that happened in New York. I think I just want to be myself more than ever."

The player Lin is today in some respects is even better than the one who dropped a career-high 38 points on the Lakers at Madison Square Garden in February 2012. Even though Lin lost his starting point guard role with the Houston Rockets to Patrick Beverley last season, he still shot career bests from the field (44.6 percent), from 3-point range (35.8 percent) and from the free throw line (82.3 percent). He also limited his turnovers to just 2.5 per game after averaging 3.6 with the Knicks.

COURTS

Ex-MLB Star Knoblauch Charged with Assaulting Ex-wife

HOUSTON -- Former baseball star Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities in Houston say he hit and pushed his ex-wife.

Knoblauch has been released on $10,000 bond. His first court date is set for July 30. The four-time All-Star previously served a year of probation after being convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010.

Knoblauch played for the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals during a 12-year career.

He was set to be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in August. The Twins issued a statement Thursday saying that "in light of recent news reports surrounding Chuck Knoblauch, as well as direct communication" with Knoblauch, they have decided to cancel the Aug. 23 ceremony.

GOLF

Langer Leads British Senior by 2 After 1st Round

BRIDGEND, Wales -- Bernhard Langer made a statement of intent when he opened with a 6-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead over American Bob Tway in the British Senior Open at a sweltering Royal Porthcawl on Thursday.

Langer, who threw away a two-stroke lead on the final hole at Royal Birkdale last year and then was beaten for the title in a playoff, was out in a best-of-the-day 31.

He birdied the third, fourth, sixth and eighth holes, and went 5 under when he birdied the long 13th. He dropped a shot at the 16th but then hit back immediately with birdies at the two closing holes.

"Six under is very satisfying," Langer said. "I played smart, some good, some great.

"I kept it out of the bunkers and out of the hay, and gave myself some opportunities. And I'm pleased with a birdie-birdie finish."

Langer is trying to add a second British Senior title to the one he won at Carnoustie in 2010.

TOUR DE FRANCE

Nibali Wins Stage 18, Closes in on Tour Victory

ARGELES-GAZOST, France -- Vincenzo Nibali crushed everyone on the last mountain leg of the Tour de France on Thursday, all but ensuring he will be crowned champion when the race ends in Paris in three days.

On the big, final climb of Stage 18, the Italian broke out of the peloton, chased down breakaway riders, and rode solo in front for the last eight kilometers (five miles) uphill.

Nibali, who captured his fourth stage of the Tour, stuck out his tongue, tapped his chest, and raised a fist skyward as he finished the 145.5-kilometer (90-mile) leg more than a minute ahead of Thibaut Pinot of France, who was second. Rafal Majka of Poland, in third, was another two seconds back.

The remarkable effort by Nibali, set to become the first Italian to win the Tour since Marco Pantani in 1998, essentially reduced the race drama to who will join him on the podium on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday.

He is also set to become only the sixth rider to win all three Grand Tours of France, Italy and Spain. He won the 2013 Italian Giro and the 2010 Spanish Vuelta.

BASKETBALL

India Angered by No Turban Rule

NEW DELHI -- India's sports minister has criticized the 'no-headgear' rule of basketball's world body FIBA after two Sikh players on the national team were told to remove their turbans during the recent Asia Cup in China.

Sarbananda Sonowal said in a statement Thursday he was "shocked and outraged" and was seeking a report from the Basketball Federation of India as well as urging the International Olympic Committee to instruct sporting federations to alter rules so such an incident is not repeated.

According to FIBA rules, players are not allowed to use headgear, hair accessories and jewelry.

The players, Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh, were told to remove their turbans, which followers of the Sikh religion are expected to wear, in the match against Japan on July 12 but never before that.







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