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Kyle Young flips commitment to Butler; follows Coach Holtmann to Ohio State

Kyle Young (courtesy OSU Twitter page)

June 19, 2017

MBK: Kyle Young Joins Buckeyes for 2017-18 Season

Massillon native scored 1,582 career points and was a three-time All-Ohio selection


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kyle Young, a 6-8, 205-pound forward from Massillon, Ohio, signed a financial aid agreement to join Ohio State for the 2017-18 season, head coach Chris Holtmann announced Monday. Young joins Braxton Beverly and Kaleb Wesson as newcomers for the 2017-18 campaign.


“We are very excited to add Kyle to the 2017 class,” Holtmann said. “His versatility, motor and work ethic make him a great addition to our program. We really look forward to getting him to campus to join his teammates.”


A Top 100 recruit nationally, Young was three-time All-Ohio selection, helping Massillon Jackson High School to the Division I state championship and a 28-2 record in his final season. As a senior, Young averaged a team-high 18 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 59 percent from the field. In his junior campaign, Young scored 21 points per contest while grabbing eight rebounds per game. He finished his high school career with 1,582 points.


Young is the third newcomer to the Buckeye roster for the 2017-18 season, joining Beverly, a 6-0 guard from Hazard, Ky., and Wesson, a 6-9 forward from Westerville, Ohio.


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Clay Millican heading to Norwalk and Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals with momentum


Clay Millican Sunday celebration 6 18 2017 at Bristol (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)


NORWALK, Ohio – No matter what happened on Sunday in his ninth career Top Fuel final round, Clay Millican would have gone to Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the site of this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, with a smile on his face.
But after grabbing his first NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series victory, fans can expect that grin to be a little bit wider this weekend. Millican knocked off Leah Pritchett in the final round at Bristol in his 10,000-horsepower Parts Plus/Great Clips dragster, sewing up a win that had been a long time coming. One of the most well-liked competitors in the sport, Millican received hearty congratulations after the victory and now hopes to build on that heading to Norwalk.
“I never questioned myself,” Millican said. “All I did was I just started working harder. I’ve been working harder right now than I’ve ever worked. Age doesn’t have a factor on driving a Top Fuel car, but these kids are awesome out here, and when it’s hot and sweaty I want to be able to sit in that car and it not bother me. Guess what, I sat in that car and it didn’t bother me.”
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s winners of the event that will be televised on FOX Sports 1, including final eliminations coverage starting at 6:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, June 25. It is the 12th of 24 events in 2017 and finishes off a stretch of four straight races.
As the year hits the halfway mark, Millican couldn’t be more pleased of what his Stringer Performance team has accomplished. They sit seventh in points after the victory – but are just 39 points out of fifth – and Millican is thrilled with the atmosphere within a team that has shown significant improvement through the first 11 races of the 2017 season.
“I love what I do, whether I ever won one of these or not,” Millican said. “There’s no such thing as a coincidence. This was supposed to happen, and when the time was right this was going to happen. When it’s your day, it’s going to happen. It took a family and (team owner) Doug (Stringer) put together a heck of a group and a heck of a family.”
The victory and the emotional celebration that followed is something Millican will always remember, but he’ll also use it to for even more motivation heading to Norwalk, a facility and race that has long been near the top of the veteran’s favorites. Getting a second straight victory against the Top Fuel elite won’t be easy, as Millican will duke it out with the likes of points leader Steve Torrence, back-to-back world champ Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher, Doug Kalitta and Brittany Force.
But Millican saw something special from his team and crew chief David Grubnic in Bristol, and he knows that it wasn’t just a one-time thing, either.
“I saw a guy that was smiling some (Sunday) and I think a lot of that stems from when we swapped chassis,” Millican said. “He felt like he kind of got a handle on something that was giving him problems the last few races. We were going rounds, but the previous chassis would throw him a curveball. He just had an easiness about him all weekend. When that dude’s smiling, the results show. The car was doing what he wanted it to do and that’s what a crew chief wants.”
Defending event winner Capps has been dominant since winning his first Funny Car world championship. He has five victories in 2017, including last weekend in Bristol.
Line started 2017 with a win, but he’s chasing points leader Bo Butner and rookie Tanner Gray, who both have two wins this season. In all, seven drivers have won a race in Pro Stock in 2017.
Krawiec leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle points after a season-opening win, but L.E. Tonglet has back-to-back wins. Other stars include Andrew Hines and reigning world champ Jerry Savoie.
The NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series makes its eighth of 12 stops in the 2017 season in Norwalk. The event also features thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. After Nitro qualifying, fans can watch the spectacular Douthit Motorsports eye lighting Black Pearl Jet Funny Car vs. Pro Jet Motorsports Al Z’s Hot Blade Jet Dragster. Jet cars are thrust driven propelled by jet engines with exciting pre-run flame shows.
As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.
Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 5:15 and 7:45 p.m. on Friday, June 23 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, June 24, at 12:45 and 3:15 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 25.
To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park at (419) 668-5555. Tickets also are available online at Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. For more information about the NHRA visit

Clay Millican in action Sunday at Bristol burnout 6 18 2017 (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)


Latest NL 2017 All-Star balloting update shows close races all around the infield

Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot available online until Thursday, June 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET


A trio of close infield races at third base, first base and shortstop highlight the latest National League balloting update for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, it was announced earlier today on MLB Network. The next balloting update for the American League will be announced tomorrow. The 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, which is available exclusively online via, Club sites and mobile devices, will be accessible until the voting period ends on Thursday, June 29th at 11:59 p.m. (ET).

At third base, two-time All-Star and reigning NL Most Valuable Player Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs has received 1,603,326 votes, while two-time All-Star Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies remains close behind with 1,300,612. Bryant, who is tied for first in the Majors with 47 walks, is batting .264 on the season with 15 home runs, 28 RBI and 14 doubles. Arenado, who leads the Majors with 26 doubles while batting .299 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI, hit for the cycle on Sunday afternoon following his dramatic three-run, walk-off homer in a 7-5 win over the San Francisco Giants. Bryant is bidding for his second consecutive fan-elected start, while Arenado is trying to become the first Rockies third baseman to earn a fan election.

Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has tallied 1,404,251 votes to remain slightly ahead of Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo (1,247,219) in a race that has remained close from the start. Zimmerman, who is batting .349 on the season with 19 home runs and 54 RBI, is aiming for his second career All-Star selection (2009) and first starting assignment. Rizzo is vying for his fourth career All-Star selection (2014-16) and second straight fan-elected start.

Cincinnati’s Zack Cozart has received 1,465,327 to remain in front of Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers (1,143,767). Cozart is aiming for his first career All-Star selection, while Seager is attempting to earn his first starting assignment and second All-Star selection overall in his second full season. The 31-year-old Cozart leads NL shortstops with a .320 batting average, a .404 on-base percentage and a .562 slugging percentage, while Seager leads the position with 50 runs scored and 18 doubles.

The remaining NL leaders include: second baseman Daniel Murphy of the Nationals (2,365,180); catcher Buster Posey of the Giants (1,890,039); and outfielders Bryce Harper of the Nationals (MLB-high 2,827,330), Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies (2,259,867) and Jason Heyward of the Cubs (973,333).

The third outfield spot remains the NL’s closest race as Heyward continues to fight off teammate Ben Zobrist (887,804); Miami’s Marcell Ozuna (871,393); Atlanta’s Matt Kemp (835,324); Giancarlo Stanton (823,558) of the Marlins; and Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs (775,212). The six outfielders are separated by less than 200,000 votes. Murphy, who still has the second-highest vote total in the NL behind Harper, remains ahead of Chicago’s Javier Báez (1,328,917) at second base. Cubs backstop Willson Contreras (957,933) continues to chase Posey behind the plate.

The Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, the largest program of its kind in professional sports, is being conducted exclusively online for the third consecutive season. Fans around the world can cast their votes for starters a total of 35 times with the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, including a maximum of five valid ballots cast in any 24-hour period. The 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot is available in English and Spanish, and offers audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually impaired fans. Banco BHD León once again sponsors online All-Star balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available to fans in the Dominican Republic via, the official Spanish-language Web site of Major League Baseball.

Details regarding the unveiling of the 2017 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be available later this week. The AL All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the NL All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 23 for the NL and 22 for the AL – will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the Commissioner’s Office.

Following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 32-man roster via the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period. Now in its 16th season with over 680 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on, Club sites and their mobile devices.

This year’s final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans can vote exclusively at and the 30 Club sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2017 All-Star Game MVP Vote, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year’s recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Marlins Park (July 11th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 10th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 9th), All-Star FanFest at the Miami Beach Convention Center (July 7th-11th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 88th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit and follow @AllStarGame on social media.




MLB suspends two Minor League players for violations of drug abuse

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Minnesota Twins Minor League left-handed pitcher Cam Booser has received a 50-game suspension following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. The suspension of Booser, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League, will be effective at the start of the 2017 Appalachian League season.


New York Yankees Minor League right-handed pitcher Matt Marsh has received a 50-game suspension following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. The suspension of Marsh, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League, is effective immediately.