Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 3, 2013

Sports briefs for Saturday, Aug. 3

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Post 6 schedules tryouts for Aug. 24-25

The Kokomo Post 6 American Legion baseball team has scheduled tryouts on Aug. 24-25 for spots on the 2014 summer squad. Tryouts are at CFD Investments Stadium in Highland Park and players need to attend only one session. Players who will be freshmen or sophomores this coming school year will tryout at 1 p.m. Juniors and seniors will tryout at 3 p.m. Players should bring their own equipment.

For more information call any of the following: Don Andrews at 765-453-5569; Ron Barnes at 765-860-4763; or Will Harris at 765-461-1225.

AP source: Miami Heat to sign Greg Oden

MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Greg Oden has told the Miami Heat that he will accept their contract offer.

Oden has informed the Heat of his decision and is expected to formally sign in the coming days, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday night because no contract has been signed. It ends months of suspense that saw several NBA teams line up for a chance to sign the former No. 1 pick whose career has been derailed by a series of knee problems.

The Heat had been widely believed to be the frontrunners to land the former Indiana Mr. Basketball for some time, and now get to add a 7-footer to a team that’s won the last two NBA championships.

Philadelphia excuses Cooper from team

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles excused Riley Cooper from all team activities on Friday as the wide receiver deals with repercussions of being caught on video making a racial slur.

Cooper has been sent away from the team to get help with his issues, something the player and the team agreed upon. Coach Chip Kelly made it clear after Friday’s practice, however, that Cooper would be back with the team when he’s ready.

“There has never been any question of cutting Riley,” Kelly said. “His status with us is not in question.”

Cooper said the last few days have been incredibly difficult and he will step away to seek counseling.

“My actions were inexcusable,” he said. “The more I think about what I did, the more disgusted I get. I keep trying to figure out how I could have said something so repulsive, and what I can do to make things better.”

Cooper apologized profusely Wednesday after a video of him using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert last month surfaced on the Internet. The Eagles immediately fined him.

Private/public debate heats up in Mississippi

BELDEN, Miss. (AP) — The private-public school debate has officially gone public.

At the Mississippi High School Activities Association District 1 coaches meeting this week, there were five proposals, none more open to debate than one by Smithville principal Chad O’Brian.

He introduced a proposal that would, at the next reclassification, disallow private, parochial and boarding schools from being MHSAA members.

The O’Brian proposal passed by a majority of votes from the 41 schools in attendance at Belden’s Itawamba Community College campus and now moves over to the MHSAA executive meeting in October.

The major concern, debated quietly until now, has been the ability of private schools to accept students from within a 20-mile radius, while public schools allow only students in their smaller district.

Eagles bowling league seeks players

The Thursday night Eagles men’s bowling league is looking for players and teams for the upcoming season. The league will hold an organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 15.

For more information on the league, which runs for 30 weeks, call Ed Madsen at 453-7267 or Rick Kelly at 432-8757.