SPORTS BRIEFING

Baker at worlds today

TAMPERE, Finland — Lindsay Baker, a 2017 graduate of East Liverpool High School, is going after a world championship today.

Baker, the Ohio Division II state shot put champion in 2017, will be throwing in the IAAF (International Assocation of Athletics Federation) World Junior Championships at Tampere Stadium.

She is ranked fourth in the world in the under-20 shot put and will throw in the second of two flights at 8:30 a.m. EDT. The finals will follow at 1:35 p.m. EDT.

Baker, a redshirt freshman at Ashland University, qualified by placing second at Indiana University last month with a toss of 54-feet-4.

Trimmer on Horizon list

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University junior basketball player Melinda Trimmer has been named to the Horizon League Spring 2018 Academic Honor Roll.

Trimmer, a West Branch High School graduate, is a biology pre-medical major.

Candidates for the Honor Roll must meet must participate in at least one of the Horizon League’s 19 sports and possess a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20.

Little Bulldogs signups set

EAST PALESTINE — East Palestine Little Bulldogs will be holding signups for football players and cheerleaders from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Girl Scout cabins at East Palestine City Park.

It is for grades K-6. Cost is $75 for the first child, $55 for the second and $25 for each additional child. You must bring copy of child’s birth certificate and insurance card to register.

The monthly meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

Pizza party on LeBron

CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of fans hoping to see new Los Angeles Laker LeBron James on Tuesday had to make do with free pizza instead.

James was a no-show at the Blaze Pizza outlet in Culver City, California. The NBA superstar tweeted a day earlier about a “pizza party” at the location and fans hoped it was a hint that he might attend.

James is an investor in the pizza chain. Blaze gave away pizzas at Southern California locations for three hours to celebrate his move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Lakers, which was made official on Monday.

The first fan in line at the Culver City store, Janet Raines, arrived at 7:30 a.m. and waited for hours.

“If he doesn’t show up, I won’t be disappointed. I know he’s busy, trying to spend time with his family before the season starts,” Raines said.

Rick Wetzel, a co-founder of Blaze Pizza, said the chain expected to give away up to 1,500 pies at the Culver City location alone.

Colton’s Catch Catfish Tourney

GUILFORD LAKE — The third annual Colton’s Catch Catfish Tournament will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Guilford Lake.

Registration will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Guilford Lake beach pavilion acessed from Camp Boulevard. Early registration is available Glenn’s Archery until Saturday.

Entrants will be judged on the combined length of three fish with a minimum of 14 inches per fish. Measuring will begin at 7 a.m. Sunday at the beach.

Entry fee is $25 with 50 percent of the proceeds to benefit Sudden Infant Death Syndrome research at Boston Children’s Hospital in memory of Colton Koons, who died in 2013 at 6 months old.

3-on-3 basketball in Salem

SALEM — The Salem CenterPlex is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on July 21. There are divisions for boys and girls from third grade through adult.

Cost is $80 team if registered before July 15 and $100 after that. For more information, call (330)332-5885.

U.S. viewership drops

MOSCOW (AP) — World Cup English-language ratings in the United States remained down from 2014 through the quarterfinals, but improved from earlier in the tournament.

The four games in Russia last weekend averaged 4,892,000 viewers on Fox and FS1, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was down 12 percent from an average of 5,582,000 for the 2014 quarterfinals in Brazil on ABC and ESPN and up 13 percent from the 4,337,000 average in South Africa on ABC and ESPN in 2010.

Coverage of this year’s tournament on Fox and FS1 has averaged 2,716,000 viewers for 60 games through the quarterfinals. That is down 35 percent from the 2014 average of 4,193,000 on ESPN, ABC and ESPN2 and down 8 percent from the 2010 average of 2,947,000 on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.

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