Saturday, June 16, 2018
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WNBA again tops hiring for diversity

ORLANDO — The WNBA kept its standing among pro sports leagues as the leader in racial and gender hiring.

According to an annual report released Tuesday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at UCF, the league received an A-plus in race and gender hiring. It marks the 11th consecutive year the WNBA has had at least an A grade in each category.

Reports are also issued on the NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS and college sports.

Report author Richard Lapchick said progress in diversifying team ownership is welcome.

"It's the one area where there has not been great progress, so any positive motion will be a good signal to other leagues," he said. "The WNBA is doing that and the NBA is the only league with two (majority) owners of color. It's not a big number, but it's two more than where we were five years ago."

Soccer

FIFA audit head criticizes Blatter

The first public indication from within FIFA about the weight of the case against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini came from its financial compliance head, who denounced a payment that led to the sport's leaders being suspended as a "classic conflict of interest." Blatter, the FIFA president, could also be culpable for the alleged "falsification" of accounts over the payment of about $2 million to UEFA president Platini, according to Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA's audit and compliance committee.

Americans tie: The U.S. under-17 national team, which has a full-time residency program at IMG Academy in Bradenton, tied Croatia 2-2 at the U-17 World Cup in Vina Del Mar, Chile. Christian Pulisic and Brandon Vazquez scored for the Americans, who have one point through two games in Group A.

NWSL: A team in Orlando will join the women's league as its 10th member next season. The Orlando Pride, led by former U.S. women's national team coach Tom Sermanni, is owned by the same group that owns Orlando City SC of MLS.

Autos

Pigot racing here in IndyCar event

Indy Lights champion Spencer Pigot, 22, landed an IndyCar ride for next year's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and Indianapolis 500, plus at least one other race, with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. The program for Pigot, a native Californian residing in Orlando, is funded by Bradenton-based Andersen Promotions, which operates Indy Lights and the two lower rungs on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder.

NASCAR: The series will make just one attempt to finish races under green this weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. There are usually three tries at a green-white-checkered finish, but NASCAR seeks to cut the chance of accidents in Sunday's Sprint Cup and Saturday's truck series races. July's race at Daytona was marred by a last-lap crash that sent Austin Dillon's car sailing into the fence.

Et cetera

Tennis: American John Isner relied on his strong serve to beat qualifier Kenny De Schepper 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) in the first round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. Isner had 16 aces.

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Rays lose again to Yankees, this time 4-1

Rays lose again to Yankees, this time 4-1

NEW YORK – The Rays had their problems against the Yankees again Saturday, losing 4-1.This one was pretty much a lost cause all the way around, as they didn't pitch well, didn't hit much until the ninth and didn't look good in the field.The res...
Updated: 3 minutes ago
For starters: Rays at Yankees, trying to break through

For starters: Rays at Yankees, trying to break through

UPDATE, 11:49: Cash said he played Cron at 1B in an effort to get him more involved in the game, indicated he may do so again Sunday (with Bauers off vs. LH Sabathia) and should have done so more as Cron struggled. … Cash reiterated that CF Kev...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

TAMPA — There's always a lot of attention on the rookie class this time of year, rightfully so. There's a reason the Bucs focused on defense, and DT Vita Vea, CBs M.J. Stewart, Carlton Davis and S Justin Whitehead all look like they could have ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Times wiresVISTA, Calif. – Former Bucs and Hurricanes tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was jailed without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to nine counts of kidnapping, rape and other charges.If convicted on all counts, Winslow, 34, could face...
Published: 06/15/18
Rays owner Stuart Sternberg frustrated, but optimistic

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg frustrated, but optimistic

NEW YORK — So what does the boss — lowercase, of course, around here — think of this up-and-down, hot-and-cold Rays season so far? Appropriately, a variety of things.In a 30-minute chat with the Tampa Bay Times before Friday's 5-0 l...
Published: 06/15/18
Rays journal: Nathan Eovaldi pitches well against his ex-team but gets no help

Rays journal: Nathan Eovaldi pitches well against his ex-team but gets no help

NEW YORK — RHP Nathan Eovaldi made an impressive return to Yankee Stadium on Friday to face his high-powered former teammates.It's too bad he didn't get any help from his current mates, in what ended up a 5-0 Rays loss.Eovaldi was in command an...
Published: 06/15/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

Give RHP Nathan Eovaldi credit for not letting emotions get in the way in his return to Yankee Stadium. He said he planned to treat it as all business, despite memories and friendships and he did just that, working impressively into the eighth.The Ra...
Published: 06/15/18

Sports on TV/radio for Saturday, June 16

TODAYArena FootballPhiladelphia at Albany6 p.m.CBSSNAutosTrucks: Iowa 250 qualifying4:30 p.m.FS2Trucks: Iowa 2507 p.m.FS1BaseballRays at Yankees1 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Orioles4 p.m.FSFTwins at Indians4 p.m.MLBRed Sox at Mariners8 p.m.FoxCFLHa...
Published: 06/15/18

Captain’s Corner: Fishing this month is all about diversity

This is the month of diverse opportunity. The choice of species is unlimited, as long as you have the bait. You can target snook and tarpon in the morning, then fish for Spanish mackerel, bluefish, snapper, sharks and cobia in the afternoon. The tarp...
Published: 06/15/18
Irish boxer brings his dream to St. Petersburg

Irish boxer brings his dream to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — In his vision for this weekend, Connor Coyle is standing in the ring at the Coliseum, and the referee is raising his gloved fist.He’s got a National Boxing Association middleweight championship belt around his waist, the first of sev...
Published: 06/15/18