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9-16-2017 Olympics in London and Paris

LIMA, Peru – The International Olympic Committee has selected Los Angeles as the Host City of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, returning the Summer Games to the United States for the first time since Atlanta 1996. The City of Angels will be hosting the Olympics for the third time (1932, 1984, 2028) and the Paralympics for the first time.

At the IOC Session in Lima, IOC members unanimously voted to ratify a tripartite agreement between the IOC and the cities of LA and Paris, with the 2024 Games going to Paris and 2028 Games to LA. The agreement follows the IOC members’ unanimous approval at the July 2017 Extraordinary IOC Session for the simultaneous election of the host cities of the 2024 and 2028 Games.

In its final presentation to the IOC today, LA 2028 highlighted the City of Angels’ plan to create a New Games for a New Era by harnessing LA’s unparalleled creative, storytelling assets to deliver the world’s greatest sporting event in a low-risk, fiscally responsible and sustainable way.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States. For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels. LA loves the OIympics because the Games have lifted up our city twice before. But to us the Games have always represented an even brighter future and the chance to harness the power of sport and the Olympic Movement again to inspire the next generation – for the next 11 years and beyond.”

LA 2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman said: “This 11-year agreement with the IOC is the ultimate validation of LA 2028’s New Games for a New Era, and Los Angeles’ vision for the future. As a team and as a city, we could not be more excited to be entering into this long-term partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic movements, and with one of the great cities of the world, Paris. This will be an extraordinary collaboration that secures the future of the Movement for generations. Now LA 2028 has a golden opportunity, with four more years to prepare and a $2 billion contribution from the IOC, to redefine how hosting the Games can benefit host communities.”

United States Olympic Committee Chairman and U.S. IOC Member Larry Probst said: “Today is one of the most significant days in the history of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements – and it’s one we’ve been waiting to celebrate for many years. Los Angeles’ Games plan is second to none and will have a far-reaching impact domestically and abroad. This visionary dual award will no doubt provide an era of unprecedented strength and stability for the global Olympic and Paralympic movements, and the LA Games will absolutely fulfill their promise of being a New Games for a New Era.”

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said: “A Games on home soil is an extremely special opportunity that will allow us to grow and serve the Olympic and Paralympic movements for decades to come. We couldn’t have found a better partner than Los Angeles to give a new generation of American athletes and fans the experience of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. I look forward to seeing the innovation, imagination and sustainability Los Angeles will use over the next 11 years to create and deliver something truly magical.”

Los Angeles and the USOC jointly launched the LA bid on Sept. 1, 2015, and shifted the candidature from 2024 to 2028 on July 31, 2017, after coming to terms with the IOC. Under the revised Host City Contract, LA 2028 is able to invest up to $160 million to increase youth sports access and participation in Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games. The new Host City Contract will also provide LA 2028 with an 80 percent share of any Games surplus and an IOC contribution of $2 billion. In August, the LA City Council and USOC board approved the updated agreement.

The bid has been overwhelmingly supported in the city of Los Angeles, the state of California and throughout the entire United States.

U.S. IOC Executive Board Member and LA 2028 Senior Advisor for Legacy Anita DeFrantz said: “I couldn’t be more proud that my beloved city will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028. The Olympic Games are intimately woven into the history of this ever-evolving city – it is part of what defines us. Just as we reimagine ourselves and our stories daily, we are ready to redefine the Games once again, not only for our own benefit, but for the prosperity of this critically important movement. These Games will build on the legacy that began in 1932 and was cemented in 1984, and will touch the lives of Angelenos and Americans for decades to come.”

U.S. IOC Executive Board Member and LA 2028 Chief Strategy Officer Angela Ruggiero said: “Los Angeles has always been a committed partner to the Olympic and Paralympic movements. This city – which played a critical role in my Olympic journey – is home to some of the world’s most creative, athletic and innovative people. Our diversity is our strength, and LA is uniquely and perfectly suited to welcome the world with open arms once again. It is an amazing and defining honor for a city to host the Games, and Los Angeles stands ready to surpass all expectations in 2028.”

8-18-2017 Scrap Yard Dawgs in NPF Championship

Scrap Yard Dawgs Move Onto Championship Finals


BATON ROUGE (August 18, 2017) – The Scrap Yard Dawgs got a late run on a bases loaded walk in the fifth inning and that proved to be the difference in a 4-3 win over the Akron Racers Friday at the NPF Championships at LSU’s Tiger Park.


The win advances the Dawgs to the NPF best-of-3 championships series on Saturday night at 7 p.m. against either the USSSA Pride or the Chicago Bandits who were playing the late game on Friday. The Dawgs won two consecutive games over the Racers in their semifinal, winning 4-1 on Thursday.


For the second straight game, after throwing a one-hitter on Thursday, Monica Abbott picked up the win to run her record to 19-3. Abbott came in as the third pitcher for the Pride, pitching 3.2 innings with eight strikeouts, giving her 22 for the two games. The Dawgs are now 33-18.


Megan Betsa, who put what would be the winning run on base, took the loss to go to 3-8. The Racers finish at 26-26.


In the fifth, Nerissa Myers walked and Akron brought in former LSU pitcher Rachele Fico to the circle. Myers was replaced on the field by Allexis Bennett on a fielder’s choice. Brittany Cervantes walked and then Taylor Edwards was hit by pitch to load the bases. Kasey Cooper then walked to score Bennett with the go-ahead run.


The Dawgs scored a solo run in the first on a Cervantes single and got two in the second on a two-run single by Myers.


The Racers would then get three of their own – two coming on a two-run homer to right field by Sami Fagan in the third and a single by Griffin Joiner in the third.


That set up the Dawgs go-ahead run and then Abbott got four strikeouts and two fly balls over the final two innings to seal the win and advancement to the championship series.


8-7-2017 Pride Claims Regular Season NPF Championship

Viera, FL (August 6, 2017) – Concluding the weekend series in outstanding fashion, the USSSA Pride (33-8) swept the Scrap Yard Dawgs (29-16) clutching Game 3, 3-0. With the win, the Pride claimed its fourth straight Regular Season Championship Title. In seven years within the National Pro Fastpitch, the franchise collected a total of six titles and has now secured the number one seed headed into the Cowles Cup.

In the circle, Jessica Burroughs (1-0) earned her first win in the National Pro Fastpitch with a six-inning shutout. The 2017 First-Overall Draft Pick tamed the Dawgs bats, allowing solely two hits for a game batting average of .091. Prior to entering her first season within the NPF, Burroughs was named 2017 ACC Pitcher of the Year and earned a spot on the 2017 All-ACC First Team, while being selected within the NFCA First Team All-American selection. The former Seminole finished her senior year with an ERA of 1.22 and an overall record of 27-5, collecting 266 strikeouts over 195 innings pitched. After the night outing, the former Garnet & Gold pitcher counts seven strikeouts and six walks in 24.2 innings pitched, with an ERA of 3.00

Blasting three homeruns over the three game series, Chelsea Goodacre lit up in the box once again, ending the night event with a 3-for-3 performance and driving in one run for the Pride. With her nine homeruns, the USSSA catcher conquered the second spot among the NPF leaderboard, right behind fellow teammate Shelby Pendley, who leads the League with a total of 12 home runs. The former Wildcat now counts 26 RBIs and 34 hits for a batting average of .298, and posts a slugging percentage of .544.

Ending the night with a perfect score, Sierra Romero aided the USSSA offense to lock the sweep against Scrap Yard. Romero went 2-for-3 at the plate with one double, one single and one RBI. The second baseman sits in second in the NPF leaderboard for RBI with 30, and takes the fourth spot for slugging percentage with a .587. In 103 at bats, the former Wolverine counts 32 hits, including seven homeruns, six doubles and one triple.

The Pride kick started the game in the bottom of the first, when Romero shot a double to left center to drive home Kelly Kretschman and put USSSA ahead, 1-0. In the bottom of the second, Goodacre went yard once again, snatching her third homerun for the home series to increase the Pride’s stretch, 2-0. As both teams wrapped up the fourth, fifth and sixth with quick frames, the Pride tacked one more run in the sixth, when Lauren Chamberlain dropped a solo shot behind the left field fence to further increase the USSSA lead, 3-0. In the seventh, Hannah Rogers flawlessly closed the game for her first seasonal save to cap the title-winning game, 3-0.

The 2017 Regular Season Champions will be back on the field tomorrow to welcome the Eagles in the last home series before heading to Baton Rouge. Teams will line up at 7:05 p.m. EST. Quick Facts

Attendance: 325

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Vaultz® Lock It Up!® Player of Game: Jessica Burroughs (USSSA Pride)


8-1-2017 Racers Defeat Canada

Akron Racers Force Tie Game With Canada


AKRON, OH (August 1, 2017) – After a marathon, 13-inning game the night before, Tuesday’s exhibition between the Akron Racers and Team Canada could have been destined for a similar outcome. However, the game was pre-determined to last only seven innings, so the game ended with the score tied 7-7 after the Racers made a second furious comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning.


Akron faced multi-run deficits on two separate occasions during the game, but continued to fight and tied the game both times.


Heading in to the final half inning of the ball game, the Racers came to the plate trailing 7-4. Centerfielder A.J. Andrews led off the inning with a bunt single, and Canada pitcher Sara Plourde walked both left fielder Kristen Wyckoff and designated player Sami Fagan to load the bases for Akron. Shortstop Sam Fischer-Cooke came through with a sacrifice fly, that came just a few feet from being a game-winning grand slam, cutting the lead to 7-5. Plourde then hit first baseman Nicole Schroeder with a pitch, once again loading the bases. A single from right fielder Megan Geer plated Wyckoff, cutting the Canada lead to just one run. Another sacrifice fly, this time from third baseman Kelley Montalvo, scored Fagan for the seventh run for Akron, tying the game in the seventh inning. With one more out to declare a winner, catcher Shelby Hiers was unable to get all of it, flying out to center field, ending the game with the score at 7-7.


Canada jumped out to a quick lead against Akron, scoring four unanswered runs in the first two innings against Racers’ starter Jailyn Ford.


In the first inning, Canadian third baseman, and former NPF player, Jenn Salling drove in a run on a double ripped over the head of centerfielder A.J. Andrews. The double plated shortstop Joey Lye, who reached on a bunt single.


Canada came back with three more runs in the second, putting Akron behind the eight ball early in the game. Following back-to-back singles into left-center field by left fielder Erika Polidori and catcher Kaleigh Rafter, a sac bunt from designated player Carey-Leigh Vyse moved both runners into scoring position. Centerfielder Larissa Franklin smacked a double into left center, scoring both runners. Franklin advanced to third on an error following her hit, and was able to score when second baseman Kelsey Jenkins grounded out to third base, giving Canada the early 4-0 lead.


Akron battled back, however, as reliever Emily Weiman entered the circle to start the third, and did not give up a run in the next three innings. The Racers began their comeback in the bottom of the third inning, as A.J. Andrews stretched a single into a double on a hit to shallow right-center field to lead off the inning. A bunt from Kristen Wyckoff moved Andrews to third, and a throwing error allowed her to come home to score Akron’s first run of the game and cut the score to 4-1.


A couple Canada errors led to Akron’s second run of the game in the fourth frame. Geer reached first on an error by Lye, and stole second base to move into scoring position. An error by Jenkins at second base on a grounder hit by Hiers allowed Geer to hustle around and score, cutting the lead to 4-2.


Akron completed their initial comeback effort in the fifth inning, tying the game at 4-4 at the hands of Fischer-Cooke. With two outs, Fagan ripped a single into right field, bringing the tying run to the plate. Fischer-Cooke tied it up with one swing of the bat, blasting a two-run homer to straight away centerfield and evening the score after five innings.


“Tonight, we really came together and I think that’s really important to finish out the season, to get our run for the playoffs,” Fischer-Cooke said. “I think it was just everybody being there for everybody. Everybody rooting everybody on. It was just a really big team effort tonight.”


In the top of the sixth and seventh innings, it looked as though Canada would take the victory. Canada scored a go-ahead run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Jenkins, giving them the slim 5-4 lead. Team Canada would add two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning, as Rafter hit a two-RBI single into right field, pushing the Canada lead to three runs before the seventh inning rally by the Racers. Rafter ended the game 4-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI.


Starting pitcher Karissa Hovinga pitched 5 innings and allowed only two earned runs before being relieved by Sierra Bertrand. Bertrand threw a perfect sixth inning, before Canada turned it over to Plourde in the seventh. After Ford and Weiman, Alexis Silkwood and Laura Winter each pitched two-thirds of an inning to finish of the game for the Racers in the circle.


“I’m pretty pleased all around with the little adjustments that we are making, we just have to do it all together, Akron Field Manager Charlotte Morgan explained. “It seems we either show up in the circle, or we show up on offense. We just have to show up all in the same day. I think if we do that we’re going to be unstoppable.”


Andrews had two hits and scored two runs, while Wyckoff had two hits and a run, and Fischer-Cooke drove in three RBI to lead the Racers offensively.


Akron will host three more series at Firestone Stadium this season, as they look to make a push for a spot in the 2017 NPF Championship Series. The Racers will resume NPF play on Thursday at 7:05 pm ET, kicking off a three-game series against the Beijing Shougang Eagles. Tickets for the remainder of the season are available now. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact the Akron Racers ticket office at (330) 376-8188 today.


Quick Facts:

Attendance: 366

Game Time: 2:16