Diamond League track series drops 3 events
MONACO (AP) — Track and field’s global Diamond League series is dropping discus, triple jump and the 3,000 meters steeplechase as official points-scoring events due to fading interest from fans.
The IAAF governing body says the 200 meters will also be skipped next year due to tight schedules for athletes in the Tokyo Olympics season.
The four events will still be included at some of the 14 regular meetings, though not the Sept. 11 finals at Zurich.
It’s part of a Diamond League revamp to include the most popular events — topped by the 100 meters, long jump and high jump — and fewer long-distance races in a shorter, 90-minute broadcast package.
IAAF President Sebastian Coe says the aim is “a faster-paced, more exciting global league … that broadcasters want to show and fans want to watch.”
Athletes in discus, triple jump and steeplechase will have more chances to earn prize money in a new Continental Tour of second-tier meetings.
Twin Springs sold off
GUILFORD LAKE — Twin Springs Golf Course, a fixture in the area since 1962, is done.
The rolling 78-acre, nine-hole course was sold Saturday in five parcels for $522,511 by Kiko Auctioneers. The equipment also was auctioned in the complete liquidation.
Listed are the five parcels along Route 172 and how much they brought:
¯ $127,380 — 3.5 acres with clubhouse, garage and two apartments.
¯ $127,694 — 21.3 acres and half wooded.
¯ $104,313 — 17.4 acres with maintenance building, lake and pond, two-thirds wooded.
¯ $108,674 — 24.8 acres with timber and four greens.
¯ $54,450 — 11 acres with 250-foot frontage.
1st D-I scholarship player with autism debuts
KENT (AP) — Anthony Roberts scored a career-high 18 points and teammate Kalin Bennett, the first player with autism to receive a Division I basketball scholarship, made his debut as Kent State defeated Division III opponent Hiram 97-58 on Wednesday night.
Bennett, a 6-foot-11, 300-pound freshman from Little Rock, Arkansas, entered with game in the final six minutes and scored his first collegiate basket with 2¢ minutes left on a left-handed hook in the paint. He finished 1 of 3 from the floor with two rebounds and a block.
After the game, teammates led Bennett over to the victory bell, which he rang.
Antonio Williams and Troy Simons added 17 points each for the Golden Flashes and Danny Pippen had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Kent State made 13 of 35 3-pointers, including 7 of 16 in the second half.
Dean Sherman III led the Terriers with 19 points.
Air Force-New Mexico game postponed
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The football game between Air Force and New Mexico scheduled for this weekend was postponed following the death of a Lobos defensive lineman. Air Force will travel to New Mexico on Nov. 23 instead, the Mountain West said Wednesday.