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SPORTS BRIEFING

First-inning outburst

“Maybe we snapped out of our hitting slump.” — Brooklyn Dodgers manager Chuck Dressen, after Duke Snider’s home run highlighted a 15-run first inning in the Dodgers’ 19-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on May 21, 1952, in front of 11,850 fans at Ebbets Field. Snider, Pee Wee Reese and Billy Cox each made three plate appearances in the first inning, which lasted almost an hour. The Dogers set modern era records for runs in an inning (15), runs scored after two outs in an inning (12), RBIs in an inning (15), batters in an inning (21) and men reaching base safely in succession (19). For good measure, pitcher Chris Van Cuyk went 4-for-5.

Pirates infielder out

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kevin Kramer will miss four to six months months while recovering from surgery on his right hip. The team announced Wednesday that Kramer underwent the procedure last week in Vail, Colorado. The 26-year-old Kramer had been dealing with what the club called “chronic symptoms” while attempting to stay ready for the potential start to the 2020 season. Kramer was in the mix for a utility spot with the Pirates.

A’s behind on rent

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The head of the agency that oversees the Oakland Coliseum says the A’s have informed him they had “no ability to pay” the annual $1.2 million rent on the facility.

“They said because they haven’t used it, they were not able to generate revenue and they have no ability to pay,” Henry Gardner, the interim executive director of the Coliseum authority, said in a story published by the Bay Area News Group.

Sanctions for Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa women’s volleyball program was placed on probation for one year and must vacate 33 wins over two seasons as part of its penalties for violations committed by former coach Bond Shymansky.

The university’s athletic department also will pay a $5,000 fine to the NCAA under terms of the negotiated resolution announced Wednesday.

Shymansky, who was fired in June 2019, admitted making two cash payments totaling $2,000 to a prospective player during the summer of 2017.

The player transferred to Iowa after her sophomore year and arrived on campus in May 2017. She could not receive a scholarship immediately because she was academically ineligible.

She obtained a loan to pay for summer classes and asked the volleyball staff about getting a part-time job to assist with her living expenses.

Shymansky, according to the negotiated resolution, encouraged the player to focus on getting eligible by the fall instead of finding a job. Shymansky later went to the player’s apartment and handed her an envelope containing $1,500. On another occasion, the coach gave her an envelope containing $500.

Shymansky told investigators he intended the money to be an advance for wages the player would earn working at his volleyball camp later that summer. However, all parties agreed the player was also paid for working the camp and the advance was not paid back.

In addition to vacating 33 wins in which the player appeared in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, Iowa will reduce its number of recruiting evaluation days in volleyball by 3.75%.

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