Wednesday’s Sports In Brief
BALTIMORE (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays yelled, hugged and jumped for joy around the mound after clinching their first AL East title in 22 years.
With their 15-2 rout of Baltimore in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday, the Blue Jays brought an appropriate conclusion to their unstoppable, two-month run.
The Orioles won the nightcap 8-1, getting two home runs from Chris Davis. Kevin Gausman (4-7) had a career-high 10 strikeouts over eight innings against a lineup consisting entirely of backups.
Toronto entered the doubleheader needing only one victory to eliminate the New York Yankees and claim its first title since 1993. The suspense ended quickly as the Blue Jays built a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning of the opener before adding four unearned runs in the fifth.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal appeals court agreed Wednesday that the NCAA’s use of college athletes’ names, images and likenesses in video games and TV broadcasts violated antitrust laws but struck down a plan to allow schools to pay players up to $5,000.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the NCAA could not stop schools from providing full scholarships to student athletes but vacated a proposal for deferred cash payments.
A statement from NCAA President Mark Emmert said the organization agrees with the court that ”allowing students to be paid cash compensation of up to $5,000 per year was erroneous.”
The NCAA had appealed U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken’s 2014 decision to allow players in the top division of college football and in Division I men’s basketball to be paid. The money would have been put in a trust fund and given to them when they left school.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Olympic and world champion Katie Ledecky earned a leading five nominations for the Golden Goggle Awards which honor the year’s top swimming performances.
The teenager from Bethesda, Maryland, will vie for female athlete of the year, female race of the year for her victorious 200, 800 and 1,500-meter freestyles at this summer’s world championships in Russia, and relay performance of the year for the 4×200 free relay in Kazan. She has won two consecutive female athlete of the year awards.
Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps and open water swimmer Jordan Wilimovsky earned three nominations each.
Ledecky won five gold medals at the world meet. Also nominated for female athlete of the year are open water swimmer Haley Anderson and Franklin.
Lochte, Phelps and Wilimovsky will contend for male athlete of the year.
CATON, N.Y. (AP) – A former minor league hockey player has been charged with killing his wife inside their upstate New York home.
The Steuben County sheriff’s office says deputies and state troopers responded to Thomas Clayton’s home in Caton, near the Pennsylvania border, after he called 911 early Tuesday and said he found his wife dead.
Officials say 35-year-old Kelley Clayton was discovered on the floor with severe facial trauma.
The couple’s two young children were home.
Thomas Clayton was charged with second-degree murder. He’s being held Wednesday in the county jail without bail. It couldn’t immediately be determined if he has a lawyer who could comment on the charges.
The 37-year-old Clayton played at Niagara University and for several seasons with the Elmira Jackals, a mid-level minor league hockey team.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) – The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum is getting a new home.
The U.S. Soccer Federation and FC Dallas have called a news conference for Wednesday at Toyota Stadium to announce plans. The USSF says the Frisco Independent School District voted Tuesday night to approve an amendment to the Toyota Stadium lease agreement between Frisco Stadium LLC and the City of Frisco, the last of four approvals needed from the city.
Long located in Oneonta, New York, the Hall announced its closing in January 2010 and said its archives would be stored by Eurosport, a Hall sponsor, in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Annual elections conducted by the USSF continued.