Messenger Sports Briefs for June 3

Messenger Sports Briefs for June 3
Briefly ’Hounds 7th inning shoots down Firebirds The Union City Greyhounds broke open a tight game with a six-run seventh inning and went on to rout Farmington 9-2 in Kitty League baseball action Monday night at Elam Stadium. UC was clinging to a 3-2 lead before sending 12 men to the dish and plating a half-dozen runs in the seventh. The ‘Hounds (2-2) used three walks, a pair of hit batsmen and three hits to erupt. Both Tyler Acker and Luke Putnam singled in runs. Trey Horn went 3-for-4 to pace the winners, while Ryan O’Gara went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and Phillips had two hits in three trips with a pair of RBI in Union City’s 11-hit attack. Patrick Schatz gave up just three hits and two earned runs while striking out three to pick up the pitching victory. Josh Vaghi and Tanner Hensley combined for three frames of scoreless relief. Despite the victory, errors remain a concern for the locals after they committed three more misplays in the field. The Greyhounds wind up their season-opening five-game homestand by hosting the Firebirds again tonight at 7:05. OVC meetings end with many changes The Ohio Valley Conference concluded its annual Conference Spring Meetings on Friday in Nashville. Items of business that highlighted the meeting included the approval of an associate member for men’s outdoor track and field, the reorganization of the All-Sports Trophy, revised football schedules for 2010 and 2011 and a contract extension for the commissioner. There was an approval to add the University of Texas-Pan American as an associate member in the sport of men’s outdoor track and field beginning in the 2008-09 season. Revised football schedules for the 2010 and 2011 seasons were also approved. The changes were made due to a change in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoff structure. The FCS playoffs will expand to 20 teams (up from the current 16 participants) beginning in 2010. It other news Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference, was rewarded with a two-year contract extension. His contract now runs through the 2011-12 school year. NCAA Women’s event could go to Nashville NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville has submitted a bid to host the NCAA Women’s Final Four between 2012 and 2016. The bid was turned in Monday by the Ohio Valley Conference, based in suburban Brentwood, and the Nashville Sports Council. The groups offered to hold the event for one year between 2012 and 2016 at the Sommet Center, also home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators. Local officials said the NCAA expected 13 bids. $$$ split by SEC largest amount ever DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference will split $127 million among the 12 member schools in the revenue sharing plan for the current fiscal year. The figure announced by the league late last week is the highest in SEC history and is $5 million more than last year. The fiscal year ends Aug. 31. The revenue sharing plans include money generated by television and postseason games for football and basketball. The league made nearly $51 million from football television and more than $25 million from bowl games. The SEC football championship game brought in almost $14 million. Basketball generated nearly $38 million, most of that ($21.8 million) from the NCAA Tournament. The average amount distributed to each school was $10.6 million. The bowl teams also kept $11.6 million.

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