Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 27, 2013

Sports in Brief: 07/27/2013


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — ELK RAPIDS — The Annual Elk Rapids women’s soccer alumni game is Tuesday at the Elk Rapids High School varsity soccer field.

Any current Elk Rapids High School women’s player and any Elk Rapids women’s alumni soccer player are welcome to play. The start time is 7 p.m. and costs $20, including a t-shirt. Any profit will go to support the Elk Rapids High School women’s soccer program.

For more information, contact coach Andrea Krakow at 392-4900 or at graybroc@elkrapidsnet.com.

Bail for Hernandez associate set

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Bail was set Friday at $500,000 cash for a so-called right-hand man of Aaron Hernandez, who prosecutors say was with the former New England Patriots star on the night his friend was shot to death.

Ernest Wallace appeared in Attleboro District Court on a charge of being an accessory after the fact to murder in Odin Lloyd’s killing. Defense attorney David Meier had sought bail of $10,000, arguing Wallace wasn’t a flight risk and wanted to return to his family in Florida.

But Assistant District Attorney William McCauley asked for $1 million bail, saying Wallace was at risk of fleeing. He said Wallace had a long criminal history that included drug convictions and that he had used aliases and impersonated others.

Yankees get Soriano from Cubs

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees acquired Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs on Friday, bringing back the seven-time All-Star to provide a power boost to a team that desperately needs more pop.

Soriano immediately went into the starting lineup, batting cleanup and playing left field against Tampa Bay. The Cubs got minor league pitcher Corey Black, and are sending almost $17.7 million to the Yankees to cover the rest of Soriano’s rich contract.

Griner up for WNBA adding dunk contest

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Brittney Griner’s eyes lighted up at the thought of the WNBA adding a dunk contest to its All-Star weekend festivities.

Griner won’t be participating in the All-Star game Saturday because of a sprained left knee, but said she would come up with a trick or two for fans next time around if the league added a display of slams and jams to its festivities.

“Definitely would have something that the fans would love,” the 6-foot-8 star said. “It would be a nice addition to the weekend and I got a couple of things I’d pull out for it.”

Griner made a splash in her WNBA debut by dunking twice and puts on a show in warmups for the fans when she’s healthy.

But even though she’d be the heavy favorite to win a dunk contest, don’t hand her the title just yet. Among others, Candace Parker, Sylvia Fowles, Elizabeth Cambage, Nneka Ogwumike and Maya Moore can all dunk.