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Messenger Sports Briefs for June 24

Messenger Sports Briefs for June 24
Briefly

Greyhounds’ twinbill
set for this evening

The Union City Greyhounds’ scheduled game against the Farmington Firebirds was postponed on Monday due to supposed travel difficulties by the Farmington squad.
The game is set to be made up this evening as part of a doubleheader that is slated to begin at 5:30. Each game will be seven innings long.
Union City comes into tonight’s twinbill five games behind first place Owensboro with a record of 10-12, while the last place Firebirds enter play with a mark of 4-17.

Pau’s brother Marc
ready for NBA, Griz

MADRID, Spain (AP) — Marc Gasol says he is ready to move from a Spanish team to the NBA, where his older brother already plays.
The 7-foot-1 Gasol has spent the past two years with Spain’s Akasvayu Girona. His rights are held by the Memphis Grizzlies.
“Now I’ve got a good opportunity and I’ll give it a try. I’m excited about it,” the 23-year-old center told the Europa Press news agency. “In the United States basketball is different, it gets played differently. The best centers are there, there’s another rhythm of play and another rhythm of life.”
Grizzlies spokesman Dustin Krugel said Monday he could not immediately comment about a possible move by Gasol, but said “our general manager has expressed interest in bringing him over.”
Gasol, who played high school basketball in Memphis, was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the 48th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. The rights to Gasol were traded by the Lakers to the Grizzlies in February as part of the deal that sent his brother, Pau Gasol, to Los Angeles.

Predators add pair
of solid free agents

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed goalie Dan Ellis and defenseman Shea Weber.
The team announced Monday that Ellis signed a two-year deal for $3.5 million. Weber signed for three years and $13.5 million.
Ellis, who led the league in save percentage with .924, will likely be teamed up with prospect Pekka Rinne in training camp.
The 28-year-old goalie was signed as a free agent last July and was a key part in Nashville’s late-season run to clinch a fourth consecutive playoff berth.
In the 2007-08 season, Weber established a career high in average time on ice with 19:29.
He also tied personal bests in shots with 152 and game-winning goals with two. That is despite missing 28 games due to injury.

Ex-UT star Abbott
throws no-hitter

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — Former Tennessee standout Monica Abbott pitched a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts, Crystl Bustos and Stacey Nuveman hit three-run homers, and the U.S. Olympic team tuned up for Beijing with a 20-0 win over a Mid-American Conference All-Star team on Monday night.
The Americans, who will be seeking a fourth straight gold medal in China, improved to 49-1 on their “Bound 4 Beijing” tour and delighted a standing-room-only crowd of 4,126 fans.
A first-time Olympian and former star at Tennessee, Abbott was in control from the outset. She had at least two strikeouts in all but one inning and ran her record to 13-0.
The hard-throwing left-hander is part of a three-pitcher rotation — along with Olympic veterans Jennie Finch and Cat Osterman — that coach Mike Candrea will use in Beijing.
The closest the MAC team came to a hit was when Bowling Green’s Hayley Weimer lined out to short in the seventh.
Blanked for two innings by Kent State’s Gabrielle Burns, the U.S. scored nine runs in the third inning, highlighted by Bustos’ 22nd homer of the tour — a towering shot to left off Western Michigan’s Kyla Sullivan. Natasha Watley had an RBI double and singled home a run in the outburst.
Jessica Mendoza homered in the fifth and had three RBI and Lauren Lappin hit a two-run shot in the sixth for the Americans, who posted their 41st shutout of the tour and have outscored opponents 571-26.
Finch played first base and drove in two runs. Nuveman, who had five RBI, connected in the fifth when the U.S. scored four times, and Lappin homered in the sixth to cap the scoring.
The U.S. has 10 games remaining on its coast-to-coast tour. The Americans will open Olympic tournament play on Aug. 12 vs. Venezuela.

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