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SPORTS BRIEFING

Heads up baseball

“I’ll be on ESPN for about a month. Anybody got a Band-Aid?” — Texas Rangers right fielder Jose Canseco, after Carlos Martinez hit a fourth-inning home run off his head in a 7-6 loss to Cleveland on May 26, 1993. Martinez hit a deep fly ball off Kenny Rogers that carried towards the right field wall at Cleveland Stadium. Canseco reached the warning track and lost sight of the ball in the sun at the wall. He made a wild stab for it with his glove and the ball bounced off his head and over the wall for a solo home run.

Harvey’s perfect night

“Not a day goes by that somebody doesn’t ask me about that game. I think I got more notoriety from it because I lost.” — Pittsburgh Pirates’ Harvey Haddix, who pitched 12 perfect innings before losing to Milwaukee 1-0 in the 13th on an error, a sacrifice and Joe Adcock’s double on May 26, 1959, in front of 19,194 fans at County Stadium. Haddix’s line was 104 pitches in 12 2/3 innings with one hit, one unearned run, one walk and eight strikeouts. Lost in the game was Braves pitcher Lew Burdette tossing a 13-inning shutout.

WVU selling old seats

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is selling off the old WVU Coliseum seats before installing new ones later this year, the college said this week.

WVU basketball season ticket holders can buy their own seats for $100 and the general public can get them for $150. The 50-year-old seats are being replaced this off-season.

The for-sale seats only consist of the plastic seatbacks and bottoms because the way they were installed prevents the metal bases and armrests from being included.

You can buy the seats at wvugame.com but must pick them up in-person during a selected date and time over the summer. WVU says it will not ship the seats.

Larson wins WoO event

PEVLEY, Missouri (AP) — Fired NASCAR star Kyle Larson won the World of Outlaws race Saturday night at Federated Auto Parts 1-55 Raceway, a day after finishing second behind brother-in-law Brad Sweet in the first Sprint Cup event with live fans in the dirt series’ return from a coronavirus pandemic suspension.

With attendance limited and other safety measures in place at Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway, Larson edged Brent Marks by 0.794 seconds — with Sweet third in the 40-lap feature on the one-third mile oval.

Larson has returned to dirt racing after losing his NASCAR Cup ride with Chip Ganassi Racing for using a racial slur during an online race.

“This win means so much personally. I can’t even describe it,” Larson said.

Larson earned $20,000 for his ninth career series victory as part of the two-state Drydene Double Down Invitational, with Ricky Thornton Jr. also getting $20,000 for his Late Model victory at Jackson Motorplex in Minnesota in a race run without fans at the track.

NHL teams offer ticket options

(AP) — Canada’s NHL teams have offered season-ticket holders rebate or refund options in acknowledgment that no more 2019-20 regular-season games will be played in front of fans in their respective buildings.

In a four-day span May 13-16, all seven teams contacted their season-ticket bases with options and, in some cases, deadlines to make a decision, according to The Canadian Press.

“It has become increasingly apparent, that any possibility will not include any further games being played this season in front of fans at Bell MTS Place,” the Winnipeg Jets said in an email.

That admission may seem anticlimactic given leagues and teams around the world are either playing in empty stadiums, or trying to figure out a way to just resume play during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But season-ticket money is a key element of NHL business. Clubs are loathe to part with it. Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money.

Cincinnati’s Stam-pede

CINCINNATI (AP) — Oops!

Cincinnati’s Major League Soccer team posted the wrong photo in its tweet announcing the hiring of former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam.

And it wasn’t the first time the coach with a shaved head has been confused with someone else who has the same look.

“It’s happened before, but it was quite a big surprise yesterday,” Stam said Friday.

The team announced his hiring Thursday on a tweet that mistakenly featured the photo of look-alike Tinus van Teanenbroek, an Ajax youth coach. Cincinnati soon retweeted the announcement with the correct photo, saying, “Join us in welcoming our actual new head coach, Jaap Stam.” The team wrote “actual” in italics.

Stam told the team’s website that he’s thankful for the attention the mistake brought to his hiring. He said he’s accustomed to such mistaken identity.

“A lot of people with no hair, in Holland, sometimes they say, ‘There’s Jaap!'” he said. “It’s a thing that’s quite normal.”

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