Former Colt Smith’s band to play free concert
The Hunter Smith Band, featuring former Indianapolis Colts punter Hunter Smith, will play a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at Creative Financial Center, 2704 S. Goyer Rd.
There is limited seating available. For tickets, contact Kourtney Shawhan at 765-453-9600.
Signups under way for YMCA programs
The Kokomo Family YMCA is taking signups for the following youth and adult sport programs:
• Little dribblers basketball: Instructional program for ages 3-6.
• Indoor centipede soccer: Instructional program for ages 3-5.
• Co-ed basketball league: Three age divisions — 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14.
• Co-ed indoor soccer league: Three age divisions — 6-8, 9-11 and 12-15.
• Youth volleyball: Instructional program for players in grades 3-8.
• Adult soccer league.
•Adult volleyball league (competitive and rec divisions).
Register for all programs at the YMCA, 200 N. Union St. Those with questions should call the Y at 765-457-4447.
Mayweather-Alvarez bout is richest fight ever
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s dominating win over Canelo Alvarez was the richest fight ever, a box-office smash at the arena and on television.
Showtime said Thursday that at least 2.2 million homes bought the pay-per-view for the bout, second only to the 2.44 million homes in Mayweather’s 2007 bout against Oscar De La Hoya.
With the highest pay-per-view boxing price — at an average of more than $70 — the fight will generate nearly $150 million revenue in TV sales alone.
Nevada boxing regulators say the gate for the bout was just more than $20 million, also a record. A total of 16,146 seats were sold for the event at an average price of almost $1,240 per ticket.
AP source: Candace Parker wins 2nd WNBA MVP
Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker has won the WNBA MVP, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Parker was expected to receive the award Thursday night in Los Angeles before the Sparks play the Phoenix Mercury in the opener of their Western Conference playoff series.
Parker edged out Minnesota’s Maya Moore and Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne in one of the closest ballots in league history, the person told the AP. Parker finished with 234 points, Moore had 218 and Delle Donne 189. It’s the closest the top two players have been in the voting since Sheryl Swoopes edged Lauren Jackson by two points in 2005.
Parker and Moore each received 10 first-place votes from the 39-member national media panel.
The 27-year-old Parker averaged 17.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists in helping the Sparks (24-10) finish second in the Western Conference.
It’s the second MVP award for Parker, who won it her rookie year. Parker also won the All-Star game MVP this past July. She was runner-up to Tina Charles last season for the award.
Parker, who is still looking for her first WNBA championship, is the fifth player to earn multiple MVP awards, joining Jackson, Swoopes, Lisa Leslie and Cynthia Cooper.
— Associated Press
Terre Haute to name field after Tommy John
TERRE HAUTE (AP) — A ceremony is being planned for next month to honor former major league pitcher Tommy John by naming a sports field for him in his western Indiana hometown.
The field is in Terre Haute’s Spencer F. Ball Park where John played his final game for the old Gerstmeyer High School before starting his professional career.
City recreation director Bruce Rosselli tells the Tribune-Star that John is expected to attend the Oct. 24 ceremony, with a dinner at the Indiana Theatre also being arranged.
The 70-year-old John was born and raised in Terre Haute, then went on to post a 288-231 record over 26 major league seasons. He’s also known for the procedure known as Tommy John surgery that fixed his injured pitching elbow in 1974 and saved his career.