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Kevin Dillard transfers to NIT champion Dayton Flyers

Info Courtesy of Dayton Athletics

University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory has announced that Kevin Dillard, who was the 2008 Illinois Mr. Basketball award winner, will transfer to UD from Southern Illinois University.

Dillard, a 6-foot guard who graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Chicago, will enroll at Dayton this summer. He will be come eligible to play for the Flyers beginning with the 2011-12 season and will have two seasons of basketball eligibility remaining with the Flyers.

Kevin Dillard Dayton (southern illinois photo)

Dillard had announced his commitment to come to Dayton on May 24, but the transfer is now official with the completion of the NCAA paperwork.

“We’re very excited that Kevin is joining our program,” Gregory said. “He fits with the players we have in our program in many ways, but without a doubt the biggest fit is his desire to win. He is a versatile player who will thrive in our up-tempe system. Because he is team-oriented and has a strong desire to improve himself, Kevin will make an immediate strong contribution to our team.”

Dillard averaged 12.3 points and 5.0 assists in 2009-10 for SIU. He was the Salukis’ leading scorer and the Missouri Valley Conference’s assist leader. He was also fourth in the MVC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0), ninth in steals (1.1) and 12th in scoring.

In 2008-2009, he was named the Missouri Valley Freshman of the Year after leading Southern Illinois in scoring (12.2). Dillard was also second in the MVC in 3-point FG% (452, 57-126) and third in the league in assists (4.2).

As a high school senior, Dilliard averaged 23.3 points, 5.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds a game while leading Homewood-Flossmoor to a 27-2 record. He was immediately preceded in winning the Illinois Mr. Basketball Award by Darius Miles (2000), Eddy Curry (2001), Dee Brown (2002), Shannon Brown (2003), Shaun Livingston (2004), Julian Wright (2005), Jon Scheyer (2006) and Derrick Rose (2007).

The Dayton Flyers will return nine letterwinners from last year’s 25-12 NIT championship team, including team MVP Chris Wright and NIT MVP Chris Johnson.

Strasburg lives up to pressure by striking out 14 Pirates in debut

compiled from staff, wire and Washington Nationals news

Stephen Strasburg showed Tuesday night that as a 21-year-old, he can live up to all of the hype and pressure of major league baseball. At least for his first start.

The rookie had an electrifying performance especially in his last inning when he heard a roar on every pitch from the fans at Nationals Park as he struck out the side.

Stephen Strasburg (MiLB)

The 2009 number 1 overall draft choice put on a remarkable display of power pitching in his major league debut Tuesday night, being clocked at 100 mph with his sizzling fastball baffling hitters and also using nasty curve balls in helping the Nationals to a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The right-handed phenom pitched seven innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs on Delwyn Young’s homer into the right field seats on a 90 mph changeup. He threw 94 pitches with 65 being strikes.

In comparing MLB pitching debuts, this ranks at the top. Only J.R. Richard of the Houston Astros and Karl Spooner struck out more in the record books dating to 1920; 15 for Richard in 1971 and 15 for Spooner with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954. Both had three walks and pitched complete games.

Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore out for season after knee surgery

compiled from staff, wire and Cleveland Indians news

Grady Sizemore says he is sacrificing this season for many more in the future.

The Cleveland All-Star and the face of the franchise, will miss the remainder of the 2010 season after having microfracture surgery on his left knee.

Grady Sizemore (mlb)

Sizemore underwent a 90-minute operation on Friday in Vail, Colorado. The team said that Dr. Richard Steadman found cartilage that was unstable in the knee, and after discussing the options with the Indians centerfielder before the operation, Sizemore decided on the microfracture surgery, which involves small holes being drilled into the kneecap to stimulate cartilage growth, as opposed to facing future procedures.

The Indians say that Sizemore will need six to nine months to recover. As long as there are no setbacks, he is expected to be back with the team in time for exhibition games in March 2011 when the team opens training camp in Goodyear, Arizona.

Sizemore injured his knee diving back to a base in April and re-injuring it sliding May 16 at Baltimore.

Red Wings rally late to win; Brantley goes 5 for 5 in Clippers loss

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AEP Power Pavilion (megasportsnews.com)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Infielder Toby Gardenhire, son of Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, drove in the winning run for Rochester in the eighth inning in a 7-5 win over Columbus Tuesday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Rochester opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning but the Clippers rallied to move ahead 3-2 in the fourth thanks to a two-run single by Michael Brantley of the Clippers, one of his five hits on the evening.

Rochester tied it at 3-3 in the fifth inning. The score remained tied going into the eighth inning asĀ  both teams exchanged runs to move the score to 5-5 after seven.

Gardenhire, who had played in only nine games prior to the series opener, drove in the winning tally with a ground ball to shortstop. Jose Morales started the rally with a base on balls in the eighth and Matt Macri moved Morales to third with a double before Gardenhire bounced to shortstop to drive in the go-ahead run. Brian Dinkelman added the final Red Wings run in the ninth with a home run to make the final 7-5.

Matt LaPorta is back in Columbus (megasportsnews.com)

Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh was impressed with Clippers starter Aaron Laffey, who made his second start since being optioned back to Columbus from the Indians. “He was pretty steady but got a few balls up; he had a good slider. He is a sinker ball pitcher and needs to keep the ball down in the strike zone to be effective.”

Sarbaugh praised loser Jeremy Sowers who pitched in relief. “I thought he made some good adjustments along the way despite losing the game.”

Columbus will continue its eight-game homestand tonite with a 7:05 PM single game.

Huntington Park (megasportsnews.com)

GAME NOTES

* Former Red Wings manager and former Clippers manager Joe Altobelli will be honored Friday August 13th with a life-sized statue in front of Frontier Field in Rochester.

Altobelli is the only member of the Rochester organization to be a player, manager, coach and radio color commentator in the history of the club.

Altobelli led Rochester and Columbus to International League pennants in his long managerial career.

He is one of a few managers to have a Governor’s Cup title (Rochester) and major league World Series title (Baltimore) in 1983. Altobelli also managed the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants.

"Jungle Jack Hanna throws out first pitch (megasportsnews.com)

*The Rochester Red Wings Ohio trip to Columbus and Toledo has been dubbed “The Buckeye Curse.” Rochester hasn’t had much luck on the Columbus/Toledo road trip the last 11 years. Rochester has come back from this road trip with a winning recordĀ  just twice since 1999 (2007 at 5-3 and 1999 at 5-3). You have to go back to July 17-22, 1990 for the last time Rochester won six games on a Columbus/Toledo road trip, a 6-1 record.

Culpepper is reunited with Dennis Green in the UFL

compiled from staff and wire reports

former NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper has signed a contract with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League. The 33-year-old Culpepper will be reunited with Dennis Green, his former coach with the Minnesota Vikings, when the season begins in the fall.

Daunte Culpepper (nfl)

An 11-year NFL QB who threw for 24,153 yards and 149 touchdowns, Culpepper is expected to be in uniform when the Mountain Lions begin mini-camp on Thursday.

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